Augusta-area summer cooking camp teaches kids more than chef's skills

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A cooking camp is taking shape for the summer months, and it's teaching kids more than how to cook a great meal.

The art of etiquette and cooking isn't usually something you learn in the classroom, and Vera Stewart knows that. It's part of why they started the VeryVera Cooking Camp.

"It has truly grown into something that I never saw coming," said Stewart.

Starting out 16 years ago, it's grown into several classes that stretch six weeks throughout the summer.

"We really focus on culinary skills and learning nutrition But we also have a craft room and an education room," said Caroline Williams, the VeryVera camp director.

Of course, there's a lot of cooking, but the campers learn skills that go beyond that.

"Learning how to set the table, I have more comments. I'll be in the grocery store and somebody will say, 'Oh my goodness! You taught my grandchild how to set the table."

Advanced classes take it even further as kids learn to look at a recipe and determine the price, bringing entrepreneurship into the mix. It's experience parents say is priceless.

"The reactions from these parents on something that is not taught in the school system, that these kids are accelerated in these areas they never saw, said Stewart.

The class is open for kids ages 6 to 14 and registration is still open but it fills fast. You can register here.