NYC Summer Cooking Camps


Based in Manhattan and Brooklyn, our week-long camps are an intensive culinary experience chock-full of hands-on cooking classes in restaurants, plus farm harvests, camper cook-offs, blindfolded palate play…and so much more!

Campers will work alongside guest chefs from some of the leading restaurants in the NYC like Tacuba, Mini Melanie, Luke’s Lobster, and more! You’d be crazy not to join in our culinary frenzy this summer – it’s going to be ridiculously delicious!

Sign up with a buddy and we’ll offer $50 off each of your camp fees!

Camp Fee: $620 each week

60% of ​your camp fee is tax deductible!

Your camp fee​ includes ​all ingredients, lunch, and ​bites that we cook up throughout the day. ​It also covers counselors time and transportation. A significant portion of this camp fee goes directly to financial-based scholarships offered during camps and throughout the year, and goes to subsidize our Chef-in-Training program for disadvantaged youth. ​Thank you for your support!​
​​The camp fee does not include bus or subway tickets to and from restaurants. It also does not include market goodies we may buy!​


A typical day includes cooking with guest chefs, reinforcing knife and safety skills through hands-on cooking, whipping up lunch and tasting our creations throughout the day. We will learn how to taste and smell our way through improvisational cooking as well as learn favorite recipes from our culinary friends. We’ll also get to meet and cook with farmers and artisans all over the city!
Children 7-14 are welcome to attend. 12-14 year olds can sign up as Junior Counselors. Each week-long camp session will have 10-17 campers with a camper/adult ratio of 3:1. Classes are led by guest chefs and assisted by food and nutrition-loving counselors.


Save your spot in the kitchen to start your culinary adventures with us!



Monday, July 9th – Friday, July 13th
Monday, July 16th – Friday, July 20th
Monday, July 23rd – Friday, July 27th

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Campers 7-11 years old are welcome to sign up as campers! Teens ages 12-13 are encouraged to apply for our Junior Counselor (JC) positions. JC registration and payment is the same as campers. Up to two junior counselors are selected for each session to help serve as a liaison between the chef and the campers, and help with the more difficult techniques. No prior cooking experience is needed!

Get 15% off your camp tuition!

Company Matching Program!

Did you know that 60% of your camp, birthday party, or afterschool class fee is considered both a tax write-off and a donation to Sprouts? Do you work for a company that offers a Donation Matching Program? If so, you can match 60% of your tuition and we can give you 15% off your class fee! It’s our way of saying thank you. Your company’s matched donation will help sponsor a Chef-in-Training intern!

Example Camp Schedule

  • Monday

    Society Cafe

    Market-to-table Cooking With Exec Chef Chris Zabita!
    Monday, July 17th, 11 AM to 5 PM

    We’ll be starting off our culinary apprenticeship week with some bling right alongside the Executive Chef of Society Cafe! Christopher Zabita will welcome us into his restaurant for a behind-the-scenes peek into the world of a chef. We’ll warm up with knife skills and kitchen safety before we whip up some of Chef Chris’ most popular dishes. Bring your notebooks – he will even be divulging his recipes and a few of his secret culinary tricks.  Lucky us – our chef mentor will also be treating us to an exclusive Q&A where we can ask anything about his recipes, industry secrets, and the challenges (and rewards!) of owning a popular restaurant in the heart of New York City!

    Drop Off + Pick-Up: Society Cafe, 52 West 13th Street, New York, NY

  • Tuesday

    Mini Melanie

    Birthday Cakes and Sweet Indulgence With Chef Melanie Moss!
    Tuesday, July 18th, 11 AM to 5 PM

    Sweet indulgence will be our theme! After a day cooking with fresh fruits and veggies, we’ve earned ourselves a little treat. Get ready for some butter and sugar, because Chef Melanie will be taking the lead on dessert, and she’s known for her gorgeous truffles and colorful cakes. With her help, we’ll learn how to get creative in the pastry kitchen with sweets that look just as good as they taste!

    Drop Off + Pick-Up: Washington Square Park (At The Arch, Waverly Place, and 5th Ave)

    *We will be transporting the kids on the subway to and from Mini Melanie’ at 630 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

  • Wednesday

    Union Square Cafe

    Authentic Italian Cuisine With Exec Chef Carmen
    Wednesday, July 19th, 11 AM to 5 PM

    What better way to spend a Wednesday than in the kitchen of Danny Meyer’s renowned restaurant, Union Square Cafe? We’ll start our day scavenging for ingredients at a local Farmers’ Market before heading into the kitchen! Once here, we get to work alongside Chef Carmen to cook up some delicious authentic Italian dishes. Don’t be intimidated by the restaurant’s five James Beard Awards and nine-time ranking as New York’s Most Popular Restaurant — we’re in for a day of fun in the kitchen of this long-time favorite NYC restaurant!

    Drop Off + Pick-Up: Union Square Cafe, 101 E 19th Street, New York, NY

  • Thursday

    Luke’s Lobster

    Sustainable Seafood With Owner Ben Conniff!
    Thursday, July 20th, 11 AM to 5 PM

    Lobster and shrimp rolls and crab — oh my! Things are sure to get lively this Thursday as kids get up-close and personal with their food — in this case, Maine lobster! We’ll learn (and taste!) what it means for seafood to be sustainable, and see how restaurants can source ingredients responsibly. Luke’s Lobster has been preserving fisheries to make sure our oceans stay safe and our seafood stays fresh, and we can’t wait to get a taste of the delicious work they’ve been doing in the kitchen!

    Drop Off + Pick-Up: Washington Square Park (At The Arch, Waverly Place, and 5th Ave)

    *We will be transporting the kids on the subway to and from Luke’s Lobster at 459 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY

  • Friday

    Harlem Grown

    Local Urban Farming!
    Friday, July 21st, 11 AM to 5 PM

    We’re in for a farm-fresh Friday as we take a break from the hot kitchen and bring our culinary adventures to an urban farm. Just like Sprouts, Harlem Grown inspires youth to lead more healthy lives! After a tour of their fields and greenhouse, and a crash course on urban farming and ecosystems, we’ll harvest some produce of our own! With our bounty, we’ll invent our very own salads and dressings in a friendly salad cook-off! If we have enough time, we will finish our day with a blindfolded taste-test, as we try various herbs and produce right from the farm.

    Drop Off + Pick-Up: Harlem Grown, 118 West 134th Street, New York, NY

Cancellation Policy

3 weeks before the camp session’s initial day: 50% refund
Within 3 weeks of the class: No Refund available
You can, however, invite a friend to take the place of a cancelled spot

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