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Mini chefs whip up treats at Camp OC
Okanagan College Media Release

Sarah Clarke Mini Chefs July 2015Hot dogs don’t cut it for today’s young foodies. Camp OC’s Mini Chef Academy is all about going gourmet—and having fun in the kitchen. 

More than 1,200 students are registered this year for Camp OC, Okanagan College’s summer camp for children and teens, now starting its second week. From Extreme Survivor Challenge to LEGO Robotics to Game Programming using Minecraft, more than 100 programs are scheduled from now until Aug. 28 at Okanagan College’s Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon campuses. 

Kelowna Mini Chef Academy instructor Shandrea Tesoriere says her goal is to have students try new things. Besides introducing campers to less common treats such as dragon fruit, Tesoriere incorporates valuable lessons into the culinary fun. 

“I want them to learn measurements, math and the vocabulary. Today they learned what sauté means,” she says.

“It’s also about learning that sometimes the recipe doesn’t work out and that’s okay.”

Sarah Clarke, 8, counts smoothie popsicles among her favourite treats made so far. Cooking for Sarah is all about getting her hands dirty, or in the case of rolling chocolate and coconut balls, sticky.

“It’s fun,” Sarah says, “And after you’re done you get to eat a lot.”

Space is still available in some courses. To find out more or register, visit the Camp OC website: www.okanagan.bc.ca/campoc.