Summer Camp: Teen Intensive Cook-Like-a-Chef Course


12 - 16 yrs


Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri

Jun 28, 2021 - Aug 27, 2021


1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT


20 students

Class Experience

This camp runs June 28 - July 2, August 2 - 6 (just added!), and August 23 - 27.
You asked for it: an intensive, personalized program for teens that welcomes them into the world of the restaurant kitchen to give them the skills and know-how to cook like a chef at home. We’ll meet for three hours with a short break each day: see below for details about each day’s lessons and recipes.
Students will receive a robust lesson packet with a shopping list and recipes, plus a guide to setting up their kitchen.
Lucky for us, we’re teaching this course in the summer when we’ll have the very best produce to work with. Everything we make will be vegetarian, and adaptable for gluten, dairy and nut-free diets.
****We discourage single-day drop-ins for this camp since each day’s activity builds on the next. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday MUST be taken together.


****We discourage single-day drop-ins for this camp since each day’s activity builds on the next. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday must be taken together.
Monday: Knives Out!
Today we’ll learn about the tools and ingredients that are essential, how to read a recipe, and talk mise en place and kitchen safety. Then we’ll hone our knife skills and make a meal with everything we sliced and diced.
Recipes: Vegetable Scrap Stock & Risotto with Caramelized Onions, Corn and Herbs
Tuesday: Fire & Flavor
Today we’ll learn how cooks manipulate heat to achieve different results and practice sautéing, roasting, and searing. We will also focus on sauces as we create a gorgeous vegetable platter.
Recipes: Roasted and Seared Vegetable Platters with three sauces: Aioli, Romesco and Salsa Verde & Perfect Boiled Eggs
Wednesday: Taking Stock of the Season
Today we’ll focus on celebrating and preserving the season’s harvest. We’ll make seasonal vegetable galettes with homemade pastry and lacto-fermented pickles, then we’ll set up our overnight bread.
Recipes: Seasonal Savory Galettes, Lacto-Fermented Pickles & Overnight Bread (part 1)
Thursday: Rise Up
Today we’re talking yeast and leaveners, doughs and gluten. As our overnight bread bakes, we’ll prepare our cake layers.
Recipes: Overnight Bread (part 2) & Rainbow Cake Layers with Buttercream Frosting (part 1)
Friday: Eat the Rainbow
Today we’ll do a deep dive into frosting and cake decorating skills as we put together our four layer rainbow cake. We’ll wrap up our week with our famous seasonal pasta challenge where each cook creates their own signature dish.
Recipes: Rainbow Layer Cake with Buttercream Frosting (part 2) & Seasonal Pasta Challenge

How To Participate

Attend class via Zoom video

This class will be hosted on Zoom video conferencing platform. You will receive an email 30 minutes before class starts with a link to the class and access instructions. We recommend you make sure your device is up to date and meets all system requirements before class.


Heidi N.

Jun 28, 2021


The recipes!

Summer Camp: Teen Intensive Cook-Like-a-Chef Course
Location: Online Kitchen

Reviews for The Dynamite Shop (kids cooking classes)

4.9 out of 5

Based on 327 provider ratings

David S.

Aug 19, 2021


Absolutely fantastic. Raves. I am seeing my kids develop kitchen confidence — and make amazing meals — before my eyes, in a way that could never, ever happen if I were leading a class. I am THRILLED. Truly.



Dynamite Dinner Club - Summer 2021
Location: Online Kitchen

Response from The Dynamite Shop (kids cooking classes)

David, thanks so much for taking the time to share this! As the founders of The Dynamite Shop who created this program from this very reason, it warms our heart to hear that Penelope is thriving in the kitchen and enjoying it. We certainly enjoy cooking with her!

Jennifer C.

Jul 16, 2021


Best cooking classes for children, and the food they prepare is healthy and delicious.

Teens Only Dynamite Dinner Club - Summer 2021
Location: Online Kitchen

Amanda B.

Jul 12, 2021


It was very kid-focused, and easy for the kids to follow and feel successful.

Summer Camp: Let's Play Restaurant
Location: Online Kitchen

Nicola M.

Jul 2, 2021


Food was delicious and he learned new skills.



Teens Only Dynamite Dinner Club - Summer 2021
Location: Online Kitchen

About The Dynamite Shop (kids cooking classes)

We started as a culinary social club for children and their families in a Park Slope, Brooklyn storefront with a teaching kitchen, cook's library, photo and video studio, backyard garden and a cafe up front. That was in 2017. In 2020 everything changed and we pivoted online.

Our goal is to help the rising generation of cooks find their niche in food, to celebrate the diversity of our communities and the wider world, and to develop positive relationships around food. Consider us Home Ec 2.0: we champion an old fashioned reverence of the table and offer a cool, supportive place to unplug, but we also embrace technology in the ways it can foster creativity and connection.

The Dynamite Shop empowers kids to express themselves through the lens of food, so we’re not just cooking lasagna and bibimbap to bring home for dinner--we’re learning about regional variations, live-streaming with chefs, watching and creating videos, and exploring how food intersects with culture and community.

Our core curricula is the Dynamite Dinner Club where kids gather in our Zoom kitchen to cook dinner for their families and learn real life cooking skills in the process. Beyond Dinner Club, we're a community that revolves around food: We offer cooking classes for the whole family, weekend workshops, food service projects, private parties and group cooking activities for all ages. Now that we’re online, we are available to the whole planet.