The Teen Chef Sustainable Food Camp: Day 2: World Cuisine and Essential Kitchen Techniques

July 25, 2011 11:00 am
July 25, 2011 1:00 pm
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Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center
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540 President St., Suite 2E, Brooklyn, NY, United States, 11215

There’s no better time than youth to familiarize your kid with the role that food plays in the world around them, and that is where the Ger-Nis Kids in the Kitchen Sustainable Food Camp can be your teen’s guide through the world of local, organic, fair-trade and sustainable food systems! We’ll bring our awareness of food to a global scale, talking about global cuisine and food culture while learning about the most important and essential kitchen tools while practicing the most useful techniques, from whisking, chopping, using proper knife skills while gaining experience with popular cooking methods from baking to roasting. We’ll feast on Mediterranean fare, including chicken slouvaki, seasonal cucumber salad, fresh pita and more washed down with refreshing Middle Eastern herbal iced teas, learning about their culture as it pertains to food and geography! Teens will receive hands-on cooking instruction, geographical understanding of where foods come from as well as regional ingredients as well as enhanced muscle memory in the cooking department using essential tools and techniques. Food affects every step of our life experience, from the way we function as human beings; the way we understand and treat our earth and its inhabiting plants and animals; the way we relate within our community both on a local level as well as international level; and how we define what real food means!

Recipes: Mediterranean Chicken Souvlaki; Cucumber Salad; Fresh Pita; Eggplant Caviar with Mint-Cilantro Yogurt; Tahini Ice Cream with Black Sesame Seeds; Fresh Herbal Middle Eastern Iced Teas

Class Type: Ger-Nis Kids in the Kitchen Sustainable Food Camps, Educational, Teen Chef (Ages 13-17 years)

Class Notes: Teens dive into the world food culture, learning about the most essential kitchen tools and techniques! Kids signing up for just one class receive a Ger-Nis tote bag & Ger-Nis Kids in the Kitchen T-shirt!

Ashton Keefe

Ashton Keefe is a private chef, caterer, and food stylist in New York. After graduating from Wake Forest University with a BA in English and Entrepreneurship she studied Classic Pastry Arts at The French Culinary Institute. Ashton also contributes to Leslie Sbrocco’s Thirsty Girl, and has written, developed and tested for magazines such as O Magazine and Everyday with Rachael Ray. Check out Ashton’s personal blog Diary of a Sweet Tooth at and Contact Ashton

Nissa Pierson

Managing Director of Ger-Nis International, Nissa Pierson, loves introducing kids to new experiences that’ll enrich their minds and their lives. Spices are one of the most interesting ways to introduce children to the culinary world due to their stimulating sensory properties, and she looks forward to sharing this with the middle chefs! In addition to running Ger-Nis, Nissa is a long-time culinary instructor, specializing in fresh herbs. Besides being a passionate teacher of fresh herbs, organics, & fair-trade, she enjoys spice (in food and life), good conversations and debates, kickboxing, surfing, and submersing herself in the food and cultures of the world. Contact Nissa

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