|Chef Eric Crowley has a lot to say about cooking with Kids – he’s been teaching them in his Los Angeles Cooking School for over 10 years. He started Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom 13 years ago when there were only 3 cooking schools in Los Angeles and he is still thriving. For recreational cooks and home chefs, he offers classes on couples cooking, international cuisines, wine and food pairing, sushi making, cupcake baking and lots more. He also offers Master Chef and Baking Programs to prepare for jobs at in the culinary industry. “At the Culinary Classroom, we pride ourselves on creating a positive and intimate setting for every student to explore their enthusiasm and passion for cooking, and to derive a greater sense of worth and accomplishment through their personal growth,” says Chef Eric. “One of my greatest rewards is to see a student who I’ve trained become a very successful professional chef at a top restaurant or a thriving business owner.”
Many companies and law firms have come to Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom for fun team-building events. “Taking people out of their daily routine and putting them in a situation where communication and cooperation are vital, is a great way to team-build,” says Chef Eric. “Throw in the tastes, aromas and beauty of delicious dishes, and you have a fantastic experience.” He also hosts private cooking parties for birthdays, anniversaries and other special events.
The summer, though, is mostly about the Kids. His Children’s Culinary Academies began when local parents taking his cooking classes started asking him to offer camps. “There’s something very refreshing about teaching children for a change. In many ways, their exuberance for getting to do something new and creative reminds me of how I was when I first began learning the culinary arts,” says Chef Eric.
Teaching children responsibility in the kitchen also helps to reinforce good eating habits that will last a lifetime – they try foods they wouldn’t normally eat. They learn cooperation in the kitchen, math skills, sanitation, how to use kitchen equipment, knife skills, and so much more. Chef Eric feels that it is important for children to learn to cook at a young age and the investment pays off tenfold when they grow up and leave for college. Many parents are surprised when their kids want to go directly to the grocery store after class to shop for ingredients. They may even clean the kitchen after they make you dinner!
So, when you are looking for the premiere Cooking School for Children’s Cooking Camps – look no further. If you’re interested in having your child participate, visit his website soon as his classes are selling out quickly: http://culinaryclassroom.com/kids-summer-programs/
Culinary Academy 1 – $375
Mon-Thurs-July 18-21, 2016 9:30am-12:00pm
Mon-Thurs-August 1-4, 2016 9:30am-12:00pm
Mon-Thurs-August 15-18, 2016 9:30am-12:00pm
Mon-Thurs-August 22-25, 2016 2:00pm-4:30pm
Each day will be fun-filled with kitchen activity as we introduce your children to our kitchen with safety procedures. Your children will return home with new skills and want to help in preparation of family meals.
Monday-PIZZA and Sauces -Cheese and Pepperoni Pizza, Grilled Vegetables, Homemade Pesto Sauce, Homemade Tomato Sauce – We make the Dough
Tuesday-Desserts; Cinnamon Snickerdoodle Cookies; Spicy Chocolate Cakes; Popcorn Cakes with Chocolate Chips, Jimmies and Marshmallows; Lemon Custard Tarts; Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars; Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Wednesday– Pasta, Ravioli and Sauces – Fresh Pasta Dough, Cheese Raviolis, Fresh Pasta with Olive Oil and House Dried Herbs, Bechamel Sauce Marinara Sauce; Creamy Alfredo Sauce
Thursday– Breakfast Buffet– Easy Cheesey Omelet – each child makes their own, Oven-Baked Crispy Turkey Bacon, Challah Bread French Toast with Vanilla Bean and Maple Syrup, Snowy Pancakes with Powdered Sugar, Challah Bread Deep Dish French Toast with Cream Cheese and Raisins, Chocolate Chip French Toast with Strawberry Sauce, Baked Breakfast Potatoes with Onion
Culinary Academy 2 – $375
Mon-Thurs-July 11-15, 2016 9:30am-12:00pm
Mon-Thurs-August 1-4, 2016 2:00pm-4:30pm
Mon-Thurs-August 15-18, 2016 2:00pm-4:30pm
If your children are a little older or have participated in Summer Cooking Camp, this is the next Academy for them! Each week the menu will be as follows:
Mondays-Cookie Festival Sugar Cookies, Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies, Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Cranberry-Orange Cookies, Giant Ginger Snap Cookies, Lemon Rolled Cookies, Flourless Chocolate Cookies
Tuesdays-Gourmet Sandwiches with Homemade Breads Grilled Chicken and Rosemary on Ciabatta Bread, Curried Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Smoked Salmon with Herbed Crème Fraiche on Focaccia Bread, Grilled Tenderloin Sandwiches Wrapped in Naan Bread, Fresh Grilled Tuna Salad with Mayonnaise on Pita Bread, Spiced Skirt Steak Sandwiches Wrapped in Tortillas with Avocado and Sour Cream, Grilled Focaccia Bread Vegetarian Sandwiches
Wednesdays-Healthy and Delicious Snacks– Mushroom-Cheese Pitas, Tofu Veggie Cakes with Roasted Corn Salsa and Asian Vinaigrette, Fruity Kabobs with Marshmallows, Apples with Sweet Yogurt Dip, Home-Baked Pretzels, Homemade Hummus with Pita Bread Triangles, Spinach, Red Onion and Jack Cheese Quesadillas, Classic Guacamole with Plum Tomatoes, Oven-Roasted Sweet Potato Fries, Peanut Butter Granola Bars
Thursdays-Easy Meals with Desserts – Portobello Mushrooms with Leeks and Spinach, Teriyaki Beef and Vegetables With Peanut Noodles, Grilled Halibut with Bacon and Red Onion Relish, Barbequed Chicken and Apple Kebabs, Vegetable Burritos with Brown Rice, Grilled Corn on the Cob with Herb Butter, Mini Apple Pies, Strawberry/Blueberry Shortcakes with Whipped Cream, Tofu Chocolate Mousse, Meringue Nests with Chocolate Filling, Tropical Filling, Strawberry Filling
Culinary Academy 3 – $395
Tues-Fri-July 5-8, 2016 2:00pm-4:30pm
Mon-Thurs-July 18-21, 2016 2:00pm-4:30pm
Mon-Thurs-August 8-12, 2016 2:00pm-4:30pm
For kids who love being in the kitchen and parents who love to eat their creations! Planning of meals, adding baking, desserts and plating with this more advanced series for those who have taken Summer Cooking Camps or have kitchen experience.
Mondays – Italian Cuisine – Gnocchi di Semolina Gratinati, Creamy Alfredo Sauce, Potato Gnocchi, Homemade Pesto Sauce, Chicken Cacciatore, Roasted Potatoes with Garlic and Rosemary, Chocolate Torte Caprese
Tuesdays – Mexican Buffet– Spicy Ground Beef with Homemade Chipotle Sauce, Spicy Garlic Cilantro, Chicken, Arroz a la Mexicana, Spicy Frijoles Refritos, Corn and Flour Tortillas, Cinnamon Sugar Churros, Cinnamon Lace Cookies
Wednesdays – Asian Cuisine – Asian RICE Noodles with Sesame Sauce, TOFU Vegetable Fried Rice, Lemon Chicken, Orange Chicken, Snow Peas and Fresh Ginger, Traditional Almond Cookies
Thursdays –All American BBQ and Desserts – James Beard-Style Hamburger Sliders, Grilled Chicken with Homemade Deep South BBQ Sauce, Oven-Baked French Fries, Homemade Tomato Ketchup, Traditional Potato Salad, Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting.
Culinary Academy 4 – $395
Mon-Thurs-July 11-14, 2016 2:00pm-4:30pm
Mon-Thurs-July 25-28, 2016 2:00pm-4:30pm
We’ve added some new delicious dishes, fantastic grilling recipes, and International Cuisine exploration, as well as incorporating Baking and Desserts. Watch your kids create menus for you and your family at home out of these great classes.
Mondays – Menus for Healthy Dining– Pizza-Topped Portobello Mushrooms, Grilled Chicken Breasts with Romesco Sauce , Tofu and Peppers with Spicy Peanut Sauce, Basmati Rice with Onion, Carrot, Garlic and Ginger, Chicken Breasts with Mixed Vegetables, Spinach and Goat Cheese Frittata, Chickpea Soup with Olives and Anise, Citrus Soufflé
Tuesdays – Worldly Travels – Tex-Mex-Style Tamale Pie, Thai-Style Hot and Sour Soup with Beef, Thai-Style Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk, Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Prosciutto, Spinach and Boursin Cheese, Spanish-Style Vegetable Paella, Jamaican-Style Creamy Yam Bisque, Cherry Clafloutis and Apricot Clafloutis
Wednesdays –International Cuisines– Thai-Style Hot and Sour Soup with Beef , Spanish-Style Sautéed Pasta with Shrimp, Escalivada (Spanish Peppers, Eggplant and Onion), Pilaf-Style Rice, Thai-Style Eggplant and Long Beans, Thai Eggplant and Baby Carrots in Herb Sauce, Spicy Peanut and Chicken Noodle Salad, Moroccan Chicken, Torte Caprese with Chantilly Cream
Thursdays – Hearty Grilling and Desserts– Oven-Roasted Vegetable-Stuffed Flank Steak, Grilled Shrimp with Asian Dipping Sauce, Traditional Steamed Rice, Grilled Strip Loin Steak with Red Wine Sauce and Kalamata Olive Tapenade, Honey Mustard Baby Carrots, Roasted Vegetable Kabobs with Greek-Style Marinade, Multi-Color Potatoes with Pesto and Parmesan Cheese, Warm Chocolate Cakes with Homemade Berry Sauce.
Baking and Pastry Camp – $395
Mon-Thurs-July 25-28, 2016 9:30am-12:00pm
Mon-Thurs-August 22-25, 2016 9:30am-12:00pm
By popular demand, we’ve added a Baking and Pastry Camp! Come join in the fun and enjoy delicious desserts and baked goods loved by us all.
Mondays – Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars, Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce, Apple and Apricot Tarts, Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Cookies, Spritz-Ring Piped Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Tuesdays – Profiteroles with Crème Chantilly, Individual Chocolate Glazed Buttermilk Bundt Cakes, Cornmeal-Crusted Apple Cakes, Congoloa’s (Coconut Macaroons), Fudge Genoise Cake
Wednesdays – Wheat Crepes filled with Homemade Pastry Cream, Chocolate Soufflés with Homemade Crème Anglaise – Vanilla Sauce, Apple Tarte Tatin with Phyllo Dough Crust, Maple Pot de Crème; Coconut Pot de Crème, Mint Pot de Crème
Thursdays – Cinnamon Sticky Buns with Raisins, Nuts and Caramel Glaze, Sweet Irish Soda Bread, Traditional Scones with Homemade Orange Butter, Cornbread Biscuits with Cheddar Cheese.
To register your child for one of Chef Eric’s culinary academies for kids, visit
Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom
2366 Pelham Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90064