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Next Level Teen Boot Camp

Prepare your teen for the next step towards independence with a week-long culinary boot camp designed for ages 17 to 19. Through hands-on classes focused on practical, nutritious, and cost-effective recipes, they'll learn essential cooking skills and kitchen techniques using basic tools. Culminating in a mystery competition, this experience emphasizes teamwork, timing, and fun, setting the stage for a successful journey into everyday cooking.

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  • 17 - 19 years old
  • $1,725
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  • 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL
  • 30 hours over 5 sessions

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  • Mon, Aug 05 at 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Tue, Aug 06 at 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Wed, Aug 07 at 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Thu, Aug 08 at 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Fri, Aug 09 at 9:00am - 3:00pm
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Class Description


What you'll learn in this cooking techniques class:

Is your teen leaving for college or otherwise ready to take that next step towards independence? Then this week-long Boot Camp, created for teens ages 17 to 19, is a must. Specifically designed for teens that will be cooking for themselves, the recipes have been crafted to be approachable with easy to find ingredients, realistic for busy lives, cost effective for the young adult and nutritionally well balanced. Each day will focus on skills and techniques that can be accomplished with basic kitchen tools and cookware, setting your teen up for a successful and fun journey into the world of everyday cooking. We will end the week with a mystery competition where groups will be given a surprise menu to execute in the allotted time utilizing the skills from the week. They will focus on teamwork, timing, communication and fun!
Day 1: Knife Skills and Vegetables 

  • Knife Skills Lesson 
  • Taco Salad with Crispy Chorizo, Chili-Spiced Grilled Zucchini, Roasted Peppers and Avocados 
  • Vegetable and Tofu Stir Fry with Steamed Jasmine Rice
  • Caprese Panini with Caramelized Onions, Tomatoes, Basil and Mozzarella 
  • Sweet Corn Fritters with Chipotle-Ranch Dipping Sauce
  • Loaded Baked Potato Chowder with Bacon and Scallions

Day 2: Breakfast and Brunch  

  • Shakshuka with Herb and Garlic Flatbread
  • Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwiches with Crispy Fried Chicken and Fried Egg
  • Breakfast Burritos with Scrambled Eggs, Hashbrowns, Crispy Bacon and Cheese
  • Banana Bread French Toast
  • Crêpes with Macerated Summer Fruit

Day 3: Main Courses and Side Dishes 

  • Shrimp Fried Rice with Carrots and Peas 
  • Broiled Miso-Glazed Salmon with Roasted Sesame Broccoli
  • Chicken Piccata with Lemon Pan Sauce and Parmesan and Garlic Mashed Potatoes 
  • Grilled Steak Caesar Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Romaine and Homemade Croutons 
  • Cheese Burgers with All the Fixings
  • Turkey Chili with Green Chili-Cheddar Cornbread Muffins

Day 4: Baking and Pastry 

  • Chocolate Smores Brownies
  • Individual Key Lime Pies with Graham Cracker Crust 
  • Sprinkle Sugar Cookies
  • Individual Trifles with Lemon Pudding, Vanilla Cake and Blueberries
  • Cheese and Fresh Berry Danishes with Puff Pastry
  • Sheet Pan Pizza with Tomato Sauce

Day 5: Pasta & Gnocchi Workshop and Mystery Competition 

  • Potato Gnocchi with Alfredo Cream Sauce
  • Ricotta Ravioli with Basil Pesto
  • Mystery Competition: Each group will be given a surprise menu to execute in the allotted time utilizing the skills from the week. They will focus on teamwork, timing, communication and fun! 

In this hands-on class, students will be paired in groups of four and work together as a team to prepare the recipes.

School Notes:
  • Please note that upon purchase, your email address may be shared with The Chopping Block Lincoln Square, and you will be receiving class and/or marketing information from the provider.

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Refund Policy

All classes have a 4 business days cancellation policy, except Culinary Boot Camps which have a 16 business days cancellation policy.

You must email us at [email protected] to cancel an existing reservation, but please note the 15% service fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

If you cancel within 4 business days, you will not receive a refund or credit for your class, but feel free to send a guest in your place. Our credit card refund policy is 90 days. If your purchase was made prior to that, you will receive an account credit, not a refund to your credit card.

Please note:

  • All virtual class sales are final.
  • All virtual students will receive a recording of the class within 48 hours of the class.

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

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