When American high school students mess around in the kitchen, they don’t usually emerge with braised cabbage, sautéed spinach with pine nuts and garlic, or Vichy carrots—but these were just a few of the dishes that students were taught to prepare at a free culinary camp called Chefology 101 in Oak Cliff, Texas, last week. The 18 students enrolled in the camp picked up skills they could use in future culinary careers, prepared dinner for 100 guests, and even had the opportunity to develop recipes that will be added to school lunch menus.
Video footage from the kitchen shows the campers having a really good time, and if Chefology 101 starts a trend, more and more teens could be going gourmet. Camps like these would not only help kids make better dietary choices for themselves, but the culinary training could also give them the skills they need to help feed their families—and steer their parents and siblings away from fast food, too.
We’ve got a long way to go to catch up with France—the faraway land where children can be found dining on sautéed rabbit and pear meringue cake in their elementary school cafeterias, but Chefology 101 is definitely a step in the right direction, and it already seems to be catching on. According to the blog run by the Dallas Morning News interns, the staff at a local Japanese restaurant read the story about the culinary camp and emailed the paper to invite the Chefology students to some sushi lessons.