Sunday, August 7, 2011

(almost) Silent Sunday: Kids' Camps

Want to know what's been keeping me busy all summer? 

134 KIDS (ages 8-16)!   I have a whole new respect for elementary/middle/high school teachers! 

Here's a pictoral representation of the 7 weeks of Kids' Camps I just finished teaching at Trident Technical College....  I look forward to no longer dreaming every night that 16 small voices are calling "Chef V!  Chef V!"

Pastry Boot Camp 

 June 6-10 class (ages 8-11)

 Banana Cream Pie

 Peach Bacon Pizza

Cinnamon Rolls

Cake Decorating
Rice Krispy Treat Cake

 Student Work

Rice Krispy Treat Cake 

Zucchini Cupcakes with White Chocolate Pastry Cream & White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing

Zucchini cake bites with White Chocolate Pastry Cream, White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing & Candied Zucchini

Strawberry Whipped Cream Torte

Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Icing & Chocolate Decoration

Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Icing & Chocolate Decoration

Devils' Food Cake with Swiss Meringue Icing 

Cake Truffles & Cake Pops: Devils Food, Red Velvet, Zucchini, Vanilla

 June 7-13 class (ages 8-11)

  July 18-22 class (ages 8-11)

 Aug 1-5 AM class (ages 8-11) 

 Aug 1-5 PM class (ages 12-16) 

The Art of Chocolate 
 Things dipped in chocolate (Pretzels, Oreos, Potato Chips, Strawberries...) 

Tuxedo Strawberries

Things dipped in chocolate (Strawberries, Pretzels, Potato Chips) 

Clusters (Cashew, Feuilletine, Frosted Flakes, Marshmallows) 

Apple Jack Clusters

Sweet & Salty Mix for clusters

Nutella Truffles

Raspberry Truffles (pink stripes) & Nutella Truffles (white stripes) 

Triple Chocolate cookies sandwiched with Chocolate Butter cream, 
dipped in dark chocolate & striped with white chocolate

Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache Icing & white chocolate striping 

Chocolate Cake Bites with Chocolate Icing & Piped Chocolate Garnish

 June 20-24 class (ages 8-11) 

 July 25-29 AM class (ages 12-16) 
 July 25-29 PM class (ages 8-11) 

Outtakes & Quotes

 What happens when kids crack eggs.... 

Quote (while I was demonstrating how to cut a pineapple): "NOOOOOOOO! Not Sponge Bob's house?!?" 

Quote (during a Cake Decorating week)
Student: When do we get to play with the fondu? 
Me: you mean Fondant? 
Student: Yeah, that stuff...

Quote (while showing a student how to get hardened chocolate off a table)
Me: "Just use a little elbow grease"
Student (very seriously): "Where do I get the elbow grease?"

Frequent Quote of all the weeks:  
"Chef V, can I lick the spoon?"
"Chef V, Can I eat it?"

Another Frequent Quote of all the weeks: 
"Chef V, are there any MORE dishes I can wash?" 
(they just loved the giant 3 compartment sinks)  

Quote (overheard during class): "This is the BEST WEEK OF MY LIFE!" 

And that about sums my summer up! Yes, it was a great challenge, but also greatly rewarding :) 

Finally, a BIG thank you to my assistants throughout the summer: Megan (who helped all summer, a great majority of my camps), Laura, Abby, Sonia, Georgia, Alexis, Sarah, Sandrea, Amber, Caroline & others....

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