Cultivating Cooks

Calling all aspiring teen chefs! Chefs Andrea Roelen and Lisa Crawford lead this creative program for young people ages 8 to 16 that conveys basic culinary skills and the how-to’s of tasty, seasonal ingredients through the creativity of cooking. Students work in teams over a multi-week period as they gain culinary experience and develop confidence in their own cooking abilities.

Budding Chefs

Chefs Roelen and Crawford cover all the basics, including kitchen safety, culinary equipment, knife skills, and some foundational preparation techniques. They infuse the course with topics like: how unprocessed foods sustain life; food preservation techniques; using energy efficient alternative cooking methods; and how to find and select locally-grown ingredients. The final class concludes with preparing an un-rehearsed meal in an Iron Chef-style challenge.

The Cultivating Cooks 101, 201, and 301 series can be enjoyed as an entire series at one time, or sometimes as individual classes that best suit your budding chef’s culinary needs. Questions? Contact us at