VIRTUAL CULINARY ACADEMY

Live virtual cooking classes 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
  • Some pre-class prep may be required
  • Minimal parental supervision recommended (student dependant)

SPRING 2021 PROGRAM OFFERINGS:

ALL OF THE COURSES LISTED BELOW TAKE PLACE ONCE A WEEK FOR 8 WEEKS

SCROLL TO FIND COURSE DESCRIPTIONS AND MENU OUTLINES 

2021 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS AND MENU SNEAK PEEKS 

MENU A = WINTER TERM PROGRAM, MENU B = NEW SPRING TERM PROGRAM 

All new students are encouraged to start with menu A and work their way up 

Delectable Dinners 

$ 236.00 CAD/8 Weeks 

Looking for a fun, engaging and educational after school program for your chef-to-be? Look no further, Rooks to Cooks has just the program for them! Delectable Dinners is the best of both worlds. It is a fun after school program designed to teach our students fundamental life and cooking skills, AND makes for a fantastic opportunity to get dinner prep completed by none other than your budding chef! In each class, your child will learn to create a nutritious and delicious meal to be proud of and it will be completed just in time for dinner!

All recipes have been carefully selected to permit hands-on practice for all fundamental culinary skills, such as knife skills, pan work, oven mastery and more! Our experienced Chef instructor will be there every step of the way to guide your child, answer any questions, and offer support as they learn these 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 both you and your child looks forward to the most! 

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

Difficulty LevelIntermediate (Adult support required for beginners)   

Menu A sneak peek:

  • Baked Chicken or Cauliflower Wings with Homemade Ranch, Crudite and Zesty Potato Salad 
  • Homemade Ricotta Gnocchi in a Winter Ragu Sauce with a Side Lemon Parmesan Salad 
  • Rooks to Cooks Signature Veggie Burgers with Crispy Baked Onion Rings and Lemon Aioli

ALL NEW Menu B sneak peek:

  • Pan Fried Fish and Chips with Homemade Tartar Sauce and a Side Arugula Salad 
  • Pan Seared Sirloin or Portobello Steak with a Caramelized Onion Jus and Roasted Veggie Medley
  • Crispy Sweet Chili Chicken or Tofu with Jasmine Rice and Oven Roasted Garlic Ginger Bok Choy

VEGETARIAN AND GLUTEN-FREE SUBSTITUTES AVAILABLE FOR ALL RECIPES

A FOOD PROCESSOR REQUIRE FOR THIS PROGRAM 

 

Perfecting Pastries 

$ 236.00 CAD/8 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. This progressive and groundbreaking curriculum may just be Chef Shai’s most prized work to date. From quick breads 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, executing recipes that utilize this new knowledge, building both a practical and theoretical knowledge base. Recipes will increase in difficulty as the program proceeds, ending off with a showpiece cake that will make your entire family proud. Leaving the program, our pastry-chefs-to-be will know a wide range of baking techniques, the science behind the ratios that make their baked goods so delicious, and, of course, the practical experience needed to recreate the magic at home! First time registrants are encouraged to enrol in Menu A prior to Menu B for an optimal learning experience.

Difficulty LevelIntermediate (Adult support required for beginners)

Menu A sneak peek:   

  • Chef Shai’s Signature Mixed Berry Pie
  • Cinnamon Sugar and Vanilla Glazed Doughnuts
  • Vanilla Marbled Marshmallows
  • Show Stopping Layered Galaxy Shard Cake with Chocolate Drip

ALL NEW Menu B sneak peek:  

  • Creme Brulee and Decadent Chocolate Mousse     
  • Homemade Gummies and Chocolate Truffles
  • Cinnamon Sticky Buns & Rosemary Focaccia
  • Show Stopping Layered Geode Cake

NUT-FREE & GLUTEN-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)

Cutting Edge Chefs 

$ 215.00 CAD/8 weeks 

Knives are the most important tool in any chef’s kitchen and mastering knife skills safely, confidently and efficiently is integral to any cooks’ path to safe and successful cooking at home. With this being said, learning to work with knives can be intimidating for both children and their parents. This understanding inspired the birth of our newest and most innovative after school program yet, Cutting Edge Chefs! 

In Cutting Edge Chefs, your child will become increasingly more confident and skilled in knife work by safely slicing and dicing their way through 8 delicious weeks. Through daily demonstrations, hands-on practice and corrective guidance from our chef instructors, your child will learn foundational knife cuts such as slicing, dicing, chopping and mincing, as well as, an invaluable education of the nutritional significance of each dish. Over the course of the program, students will be exposed to the foundational blade instruments such as knives, microplanes, peelers and graters as we prepare over 16 recipes that make for a perfect side dish for dinner and emphasize knife work from start to finish. What better time to get your chef-in-training started than this course!? 

Whether your child is interested in mastering knife skills, eager to have fun, learn about nutrition or are just here to eat, Cutting Edge Chef’s is the program for them. 

Difficulty LevelBeginner (Adult support recommended for students under 7)

Menu Sneak Peek: 

  • Lime Salted Baked Tortilla Chips with with Salsa and Guacamole 
  • Chilli Fries with Homemade Chipotle Aioli and Superfood Broccoli Salad  
  • Rainbow Fresh Rolls with a Sweet and Salty Tahini or Peanut Dipping Sauce

VEGAN AND GLUTEN-FREE SUBSTITUTES AVAILABLE FOR ALL RECIPES

Sweet & Savoury Snacks 

$ 215.00 CAD/8 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 8 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 snacks 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 and how to take control of their personal nutrition. All the recipes featured are exceptionally balanced nutritionally and meant to inspire a lifelong appreciation and prioritization of one’s health. 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 students 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 LevelBeginner (Adult support recommended for students under 7)

Menu Sneak Peek: 

  • Pita Chips and Veggies with Pumpkin Seed Hummus and Protein Packed Herb and Garlic Dip 
  • Chocolate Chia Mousse Cups with Fresh Berries and Homemade Granola 
  • Rainbow Fresh Rolls with a Sweet and Salty Tahini or Peanut Dipping Sauce 
  • High Protein Fudgy Black Bean Brownies Topped with Chocolate Ganache and Toasted Nuts or Seeds

VEGAN AND GLUTEN-FREE SUBSTITUTES AVAILABLE FOR ALL RECIPES

Budding Bakers 

$ 215.00 CAD/8 weeks 

Budding bakers is a fun and inviting introductory pastry course designed specifically for beginners with a passion for the sweet side of life. This program teaches our students the foundations of baking, starting with the basics such as measuring, mixing and kneading, and working our way up to more advanced techniques such as pastry execution and doughnuts. As our students bake through the weeks, their confidence will soar along with their skills preparing them for the progressive challenges that lie ahead. 

Each week we will focus on new foundational techniques and pastry theories, executing recipes that utilize this new knowledge, building both a practical and theoretical knowledge base. Leaving the program, our budding bakers will know a wide range of baking techniques, the science behind the ratios that make their baked goods so delicious, and, of course, the practical experience needed to recreate the magic at home!   

Difficulty Level: Beginner (students under 6 require adult support) 

Menu sneak peek:

  • Double Fudge Brownies with Chocolate Ganache 
  • Sweet or Savoury Scones with Homemade Butter 
  • Chef Shai’s Signature Mixed Berry Pie 
  • Cinnamon Apple Fritter with a Vanilla Glaze

VEGETARIAN AND GLUTEN-FREE SUBSTITUTES AVAILABLE FOR ALL RECIPES

Foodie Families 

$ 236.00 CAD/8 weeks

Rooks to Cooks is pleased to release our newest and most innovative after school program yet  Foodie Families. We were inspired to create this course as a way to help parents and their children connect while expanding their knowledge and skills in the kitchen, AND add to their dinner recipe repertoire. 

Foodie Families is all about building your families’ comfortability in the kitchen while creating some delicious memories, and even better food. Our experienced chefs will share industry tips, tricks and knowledge as they guide your family through NEW nutritious, delicious and out-of-the-box recipes the whole family will love. At Rooks to Cooks, we believe there is no better way to build relationships than to do so in the kitchen over food. Join us for this fun, educational and deliciously transformative course! First time registrants are encouraged to enrol in Menu A prior to Menu B for an optimal learning experience.

Foodie Families is a parent and child, grandparent and grandchild and or caretaker and child course for families of all ages and skill levels. Minimum 2 participants per household (1 adult and 1 child) is required. 

Menu A sneak peek: 

  • Teriyaki Turkey or Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Veggie Fried Rice 
  • Chicken or Tofu Souvlaki with Rustic Greek Salad, Fresh Tzatziki and Crispy Lemon Zested Potatoes 
  • Protein-Packed Veggie Burgers with Chilli Sweet Potato Fries, Chipotle Aioli and a Side Salad

ALL NEW Menu B sneak peek: 

  • Homemade Dynamite and Sweet Potato Avocado Rolls with Miso Soup 
  • Chicken or Chickpea Shawarma Wraps with Zesty Garlic Yogurt Sauce and Homemade Pickles 
  • Protein Packed Rainbow Buddha Bowl with a Ginger Tahini Dressing
  • Homemade Lasagna with a Homemade Tomato Sauce and a Side Lemon Parmesan Salad 

VEGETARIAN AND GLUTEN-FREE SUBSTITUTES AVAILABLE FOR ALL RECIPES 

Breakfast Club

$ 215.00 CAD/8 weeks 

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 weekend off right. Each week our exclusive Breakfast Club students will come together to learn and prepare a new nutritious and delicious breakfast recipe that will inspire and encourage independence and self-sufficiency. At the end of each class, your child will serve up a gourmet breakfast for the entire family. Why not kick-start their day 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 LevelIntermediate (Adult support required for beginners)  

Menu A sneak peek: 

  • Tex Mex Omelette with Chilli Sweet Potato Home Fries
  • Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl with a Toasted Coconut Crumble 
  • Breakfast Fried Rice with Poached Eggs  
  • Baked Cinnamon Apples with Homemade Granola and Zesty Greek Yogurt Topping

ALL NEW Menu B sneak peek: 

  • Cinnamon French Toast Roll Ups with a Protein Packed Strawberry Smoothie 
  • Heuvos Rancheros (Crispy Tortillas with Salsa, Queso and Poached Eggs)
  • Chocolate Crepes with Mocha or Nutella Cream and Caramelized Bananas   
  • Best Baked Chicken or Cauliflower Waffle Breakfast Sandwich 

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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