VIRTUAL CULINARY ACADEMY

Live virtual cooking classes for children and teens

ROOKS TO COOKS VIRTUAL CULINARY ACADEMY 

Our virtual culinary academy was built to teach our students foundational culinary knowledge and skills in a fun, engaging and interactive way.  

All programs are conducted LIVE on Zoom by our experienced and passionate chef instructors. Through step-by-step instruction, your chef-to-be will learn valuable life and cooking skills as they cook their way through 5-star menus inspired by the season. While learning and practicing new culinary skills, their chefs will also share industry knowledge and theory promoting a holistic learning environment.

Zoom links, consolidated shopping lists, recipes, equipment needs, and set up instructions will be sent 1 week before your course. All savoury recipes will yield 4 servings to help with family meal prep!

Whether your child is a beginner looking to get the basics down or a budding chef eager to expand their recipe repertoire, build on their current foundation of knowledge and take their skills to the next level, Rooks to Cooks has a program for them. 

The recipes featured are optimal for teaching fundamental culinary knowledge and skills such as measuring, mixing, whisking, assembly, knife skills, stove top cooking, baking and more! Recipes have also been carefully selected to minimize the use of high risk equipment when possible in order to prioritize your child’s safety and encourage independence in the program. Every week students will learn to work with new equipment and ingredients, exposing your child to a large array of kitchen tools and flavours.  

Through their participation your child will become more independent, self-sufficient, confident and eager to continue cooking at home.  

Testimonials

“My daughter did her first class this week, virtually. We’ve tried three different companies for virtual cooking classes, and this one was by far the best! The instructors were extremely patient and explained everything clearly. It was very organized, funny, and a great time. The recipes were easy to follow and tasted delicious. We’ll definitely do more classes through them! ** Highly Recommend**” 

-Jay and Bri D. 

 “My daughter’s virtual classes have been a bright light in the pandemic. Chef Shai’s pedagogy is evident in every engaging, hilarious, informative session. The kids have a blast and learn so much! I highly recommend signing up!”

Julie B. 

“My son has taken several class at Rooks to Cooks, both in person and now virtually, both baking and cooking. He has thoroughly enjoyed all them. Since starting the classes he always wants to make dinner, and does a good job at it. I have enjoyed the virtual classes as well. Although I have been baking my entire life I have learned tips from Chef Shai. Speaking of Chef Shai, she is an amazing teacher. She is so patient with students, some of which are younger and less sure of what they are doing. She also has a unique and memorably way of explaining different techniques that are relatable to the children.” 

Deb M. 

Dear Chef Shai, I can’t thank you enough for this wonderful experience you and Chef Helen have given K. She is constantly telling me that she is fine, doesn’t need my help and is a real chef now. She is looking forward to continuing with her learning from Rooks to Cooks virtually this summer”

– Sheva O

“My daughter A is having a blast. She Looks forward to every week and the one day a week is super manageable for us to get the ingredients from the store. So we are definitely spreading the word to our friends and neighbours.”

– Fay A.

My boys had a fantastic time baking last week.  I thought the virtual program was very well organized and simple to follow.   Baking is so much easier than I thought!  Although it took a little more planning from me, the boys truly enjoyed making all of the dishes and they especially loved the coconut macaroons, the challah bread and the chocolate moist cake.  What I also loved is that the camp kept the boys busy all afternoon, which meant that they were not on their phones!  It helped to build their confidence in the kitchen and showed them the importance of organization as well as patience!

 – Liane T. 

Our professional uniform (chef coat, apron & specialty cut resistant glove) is ONLY $25.00 plus tax

CURB SIDE PICK UP AND DELIVERY OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR THE GTA AT CHECK OUT

Our professional uniforms were custom made by our team and designed specifically for children and youth. The fabrics used in our chef coats and aprons are a blend of polyester (65%) and cotton (35%). This blend recipe is optimal as the polyester is a strong and resistant fabric, dries quickly, and is naturally fire retardant as it has one of the highest burning temperatures than other fabrics (perfect for the kitchen). The cotton adds softness and breathability to the uniform, keeping your child cool in the kitchen and ensuring they are comfortable while wearing the uniform. Our cut safe gloves are lightweight, comfortable and awarded the highest level of protection for cut resistant gloves, Level 5. Now your kiddo can learn to work with knives without the fear! All components of our uniform are washer and dryer safe and are meant to hold up against heavy use. 

 

All recipes have vegetarian and nut free alternatives. 

Most recipes also have gluten-free and vegan substitutions. All substitutions are pre-listed in your program package.

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ALL PROGRAMS INCLUDE

  • 1:8 Chef to student ratio
  • Digital program package ( consolidated shopping list, recipes, euipment needs, and set up instructions)
  • Access to recorded classes for any missed lessons
  • Pre-class prep is required
  • Minimal parental supervision recommended (student dependant)

SPRING 2021 PROGRAM SCHEDULE:

ALL OF THE COURSES LISTED BELOW TAKE PLACE ONCE A WEEK FOR 6 WEEKS

SCROLL TO FIND COURSE DESCRIPTIONS AND MENU OUTLINES 

2021 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS AND MENU SNEAK PEEKS 

FULL MENUS CAN BE VIEWED AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION  

ALL COURSES RUN 1 x WEEK FOR 6 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS   

Delectable Dinners (2 – 2.25 hours)

$ 190.00 CAD per household/6 Weeks

Delectable Dinners is the best of both worlds! A fun after-school program designed to teach your child fundamental life and cooking skills, AND a fantastic opportunity to get dinner prep completed by none other than your budding chef! In each class your child will learn to cook a nutritious and delicious meal to be proud of, ready just in time for dinner! 

All recipes have been carefully selected to optimize hands-on practice of fundamental culinary skills, including knife skills, pan work, oven master, and more! Our experienced chef instructor will be there every step of the way, guiding the class through the recipe, answering questions, and offering support as your child learns an array of new skills. What better way to keep them busy, engaged and learning, while feeding the whole fam at the same time!? Join us for our most delicious program yet. Delectable Dinners will be the night of the week the whole family looks forward to! Beginners are welcome with 1:1 parental support at all times.

Difficulty LevelModerate – Advanced (Adult support required for beginners)   

Pre-Summer Menu Sneak Peek (ALL NEW):

  • Homemade Artisanal Sushi with Steamed Edamame Beans (Crispy Teriyaki Tofu or Chicken Maki & Roasted Sweet Potato Avocado Rolls)
  • Homemade Lasagna with a Side Lemon Parmesan Salad 
  • Chicken or Chickpea Shawarma Wraps with Zesty Garlic Yogurt Sauce and a Side Lemon Salad  

Summer Term (July & August) Coming Soon…

VEGETARIAN, NUT-FREE AND GLUTEN-FREE SUBSTITUTES AVAILABLE FOR ALL RECIPES 

Perfecting Pastries (2 – 2.25 hours)

$ 190.00 CAD per household/6 weeks

Perfecting Pastries is a fun and intensive baking program built to engage any child or teen with a passion for the sweet side of life. From quick bread to confectionery, your chef-to-be will transform their baking skills and gain an unparalleled learning experience from our passionate and experienced pastry chefs and culinary professionals. Each week we will focus on new foundational techniques and pastry theories. Recipes will increase in difficulty as the program proceeds, ending off with a showpiece creation that will make your entire family proud. Leaving the program, our pastry-chefs-to-be will be equipped with a wide range of baking techniques, scientific knowledge, and of course, the practical experience needed to recreate our recipes time and time again. Beginners are welcome with 1:1 parental support at all times.

Difficulty LevelModerate – Advanced (Adult support required for beginners)

Pre-Summer Menu Sneak Peek (ALL NEW):   

  • Mini Blueberry Scones with Vanilla Glaze
  • No-Bake Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Bars 
  • Peach Pie Crumble Squares 
  • Vanilla Swiss Roll with Vanilla Berry Buttercream 

Summer Term (July & August) Coming Soon… 

NUT-FREE & DAIRY-FREE SUBSTITUTES AVAILABLE FOR ALL RECIPES

Electric mixer with paddle, whisk and hook attachments & piping bags required (feel free to reach out for recommendations on where to purchase)

Summer Sweets (1.5 – 2 hours)

$ 170.00 CAD per household/6 weeks

After countless requests from our community, Rooks to Cooks is pleased to release our newest and most innovative program to date, Summer Sweets! While being the BEST gluten-free and vegan pastry course of its kind, Summer Sweets teaches various baking techniques and theoretical pastry knowledge, all while debunking any myths that gluten-free and vegan baking is inferior (spoiler alert, it’s NOT!).

As a progressive course, each week will get more intensive and challenging, making it perfect for all students with a passion for the culinary arts and hunger to expand their skills and recipe repertoire. Beginners are welcome with 1:1 parental support at all times. Although this course is 100% gluten-free and vegan, it is highly recommended for all students, regardless of their dietary restrictions. Don’t miss out on our summer menu and secure your child’s spot today!

Difficulty Level: Moderate (Adult support recommended for beginners)

Menu Sneak Peek (ALL NEW): 

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles 
  • Strawberry Shortcake Trifle 
  • Maple Walnut Butter Tarts 
  • Funfetti Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream 

Summer Term (July & August) Coming Soon… 

NUT FREE ALTERNATIVES AVAILABLE. FOOD PROCESSOR REQUIRED.

Foodie Families (2 – 2.25 hours)

$ 190.00 CAD Per household/6 weeks

Foodie Families is a course meant to engage every member of your family! Built to help families learn new recipes, skills, and expand their pallets, this course is an exciting opportunity for your family to connect over food. Each week our experienced chefs will share industry tips, tricks and knowledge and as they guide your family through our nutritious, delicious and out-of-the-box recipes. At Rooks to Cooks we believe there is no better place to build relationships than in the kitchen. Join us for this fun, educational and deliciously transformative course! Beginners are of course welcome with 1:1 parental support at all times, and a minimum of 2 skilled participants are recommended to maintain a manageable level of intensity.

Difficulty Level: Moderate 

Pre-Summer Term Menu Sneak Peek (ALL NEW): 

  • Baked Fish and Chips with Homemade Tartar Sauce and a Side Arugula Salad 
  • Crispy Sweet Chilli Chicken or Tofu with Jasmin Rice and Soy Braised Bok Choy 
  • Pan Seared Sirloin or Portobello Steak with a Caramelized Onion Jus and Roasted Veggie Medley 

Summer Term (July & August) coming soon…

VEGETARIAN AND GLUTEN-FREE SUBSTITUTES AVAILABLE FOR ALL RECIPES 

Breakfast Club (1 – 1.5 hours)

$ 170.00 CAD per household/6 weeks

The Breakfast Club is your child’s ticket to mastering the foundations and preparation of breakfast foods. Eggs shmegs! The Breakfast Club is here to kick your traditional breakfast foods up a notch, educate on the wonderful world of breakfast cookery, and start your child’s day off right. Each week our exclusive Breakfast Club students will come together to learn and prepare new nutritious and delicious sweet and savoury breakfast recipes that will inspire and encourage independence and self-sufficiency. At the end of each class, your child will serve up a gourmet breakfast/brunch for the entire family. What better way than to kick start your day than with our most innovative and delicious program yet!

First time registrants are encouraged to enrol in Menu A prior to Menu B for an optimal learning experience.

Difficulty Level: Easy – Moderate (Adult support required for beginners)  

Pre-Summer Term Menu Sneak Peek (ALL NEW): 

  • Oatmeal Pancakes with Blueberry Compote and Whipped Cream 
  • Open-Faced Poached Egg Breakfast Sandwich on a Homemade Savoury Scone  
  • Peach and Cream French Toast Casserole with Orange Zested Greek Yogurt Topping  

Summer Term (July & August) Coming Soon… 

VEGETARIAN SUBSTITUTIONS AVAILABLE FOR ALL RECIPES GF SUBS FOR ALL POSSIBLE RECIPES

Sweet & Savoury Snacks (1.5 hours)

$ 170.00 CAD per household/6 weeks

Can’t decide between a sweet treat or a savoury snack? With our Sweet & Savoury Snacks program, there’s no need to choose a side. During this 6 week course, your child will learn fundamental cooking and baking techniques, proper knife skills and diverse cooking methods, as they prepare new sweet and savoury dishes each week! This course was developed to help youth of all ages build their independence and self-sufficiency, while teaching them to view food as fuel for their bodies, and how to take control of their personal nutrition. All the recipes featured were collaborated on by Holistic Nutritionist Hailey Malkin and are exceptionally balanced, nutritionally optimal and of course incredibly delicious! Following their participation, not only will they have gained practical cooking and baking skills, they will also leave with a new mindset, passion for their personal nutrition and the skills to cook for themselves (and even you!). 

Each week we will alternate between a sweet and savoury recipe. This course is perfect for budding chefs of all ages and skill levels looking to add to their recipe repertoire. Don’t miss out and secure your child’s spot today!

Difficulty Level: Easy (Beginners welcome with little to no parental support) 

Pre-Summer Term Menu Sneak Peek: 

  • Crispy Cauliflower Bites with a Creamy Buffalo Dipping Sauce  
  • Chocolate Coconut Bars and Granola Bites 
  • Rainbow Fresh Rolls with Sweet and Salty Dipping Sauce 
  • Fudgy Black Bean Brownies Topped with Chocolate Ganache and Toasted Nuts or Seeds 

VEGETARIAN SUBSTITUTIONS AVAILABLE FOR ALL RECIPES GF SUBS FOR ALL POSSIBLE RECIPES

NEED HELP CHOOSING A COURSE FOR YOUR CHILD? HAVE NO FEAR, WE’RE HERE! PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW AND WE WILL BE IN TOUCH SHORTLY TO ASSIST YOU laughing

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