Is your child already bombarding you with words, “Mom, I’m bored!”?
I bet you are starting to scout for some fun yet educational time killers for your kid now that the school is officially off. Let me recommend one fun summer class that could be enjoyed by your child, most especially if he or she is passionate about cooking — CCA Manila Young Chefs Boot Camp (YCBC).
The YCBC, an existing summer program of CCA Manila which started over 10 years ago, is a series of cooking classes designed for young culinary enthusiasts, from age 5 to 16 years old. It offers participants the opportunity and the fun of practical hands-on learning, including valuable insights on food, kitchen safety, and preparation. Classes officially begin on March 24 until May 26, 2014.
The YCBC age-specific cooking programs are classified under the following categories:
- Junior Culinary & Baking Essentials (12-16 years old) for tweens and teens who are serious in taking up a culinary degree for college, as this class provides an extensive glimpse of the culinary and baking world
- Cooking my Way through Asia (7-16 years old) wherein learners get to master various flavors of Region, from the trendy Korean Pop to the sacred Thai Cuisine
- My Ultimate Comfort Foods (7-16 years old) for easy-to-prepare meals and snacks
- Baking 101 (7-16 years old) for beginners who love to know more about their favorite oven-made goodies
- and for the youngest set to learn to cook the food they love to eat, the Little Chef program (6-9 years old)
When I got an invitation from CCA Manila to take a sneak peek of what they do during Young Chefs Boot Camp, it was an outright YES!! I knew that one afternoon at CCA Manila’s Kitchen would be a time well-spent since I could get to learn a recipe or two, and some cooking techniques that I’ve never watched before on Food Network.
Let me introduce to you our teacher for the day, Chef Anne Atanacio. Chef Anne is very approachable and relaxed when we first met her at CCA Manila’s Grand Kitchen. Hello, Chef Anne if you can read this!
Our YCBC Instructor: Chef Anne Atanacio of CCA Manila
The moment we reached CCA’s Grand Kitchen, the first thing that came to my mind was: “Wow, parang kitchen sa Starting Over Again!” (It looks like the kitchen in Starting Over Again!”) Of course with the qualifier GRAND since it is way bigger than the kitchen in that movie.
My Little Sous Chef at CCA Manila’s Grand Kitchen
Let me introduce you to my teammates: Louisa of Art of Being a Mom and her daughter Kianna
Anyway, after a short pep talk with Chef Anne, we were given our recipe handouts. We were asked to cook Macaroni & Cheese and Chocolate Crinkles, which according to Chef Anne are the classic favorites of the kids who have joined YCBC.
Frying the sausage that we are going to use for Macaroni & Cheese
Chef Anne fries the sausages
Macaroni & Cheese is pretty easy and fun to cook. As promised, I will be sharing with you its recipe so you can prepare this for your kids at home.
Macaroni Hungarian & Cheddar Cheese product ala Moomy Musings and Art of Being A Mom, Louisa
MACARONI HUNGARIAN & CHEDDAR CHEESE
- 2 cups cooked elbow pasta
- 1 big Hungarian sausage sliced
- 2 tbsp flour
- 2 cups fresh milk
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a small frying pan, saute Hungarian sausage pieces. Set aside the sausages and keep the oil used for frying.
- In a medium sauce pot, poor used cooking oil. Heat on medium flame and add flour. (This cooking technique is called Roux.)
- When flour and oil mixture turns into paste like consistency, add fresh milk.
- Add in grated cheddar cheese and cook until it melts and mixture becomes a nice cheesy sauce.
- Season with a bit of salt and pepper.
- Present on a clean plate.
You can also top it with cheese and bake it in your over until the cheese melts.
While our Macaroni & Cheese was baking, we were taught how to make our own Chocolate Crinkles.
Chef Anne uses a spatula in removing the thick choco mixture from the whisker
Chef Anne shapes the mixture into small balls then rolled into powdered sugar
Chocolate Crinkles ala Moomy Musings & Art of Being A Mom
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 pieces whole eggs
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- a pinch of salt
- powdered sugar for dusting
- Pre-heat the oven to 350’F and prepare your baking trays by lining it with parchment paper
- In a medium bowl, combine the DRY INGREDIENTS: all purpose flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder.
- In a smaller bowl, combine all LIQUID INGREDIENTS: vegetable oil, whole eggs (crack and place in separate bowl in case you chance upon a rotten egg), vanilla extract, white sugar and salt. Whisk until well combined.
- Combine the dry and the liquid ingredient and whisk until well blended. Cover the bowl with cling film and rest in the chiller for 15-30 minutes.
- Once mixture is firm enough ti scoop, scoop out mixture, shape it into balls, and coat with generous amount of powdered sugar. Arrange cookies unto prepared pan making sure there is an inch of space in between cookie.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes.
I have always believed that cooking is one life skill that my daughter should learn early on.
After that fun and informative afternoon at CCA Manila, we even had some leftovers so we decided to take them home to share. Yipee!!! I’m sure there are still a lot more to learn so I hope you do consider sending your children to CCA Manila’s Young Chef Boot Camp.
Taking Home our Macaroni Hungarian & Cheddar Cheese and Chocolate Crinkles from CCA Manila
Our Class Picture! Thanks CCA Manila for inviting us from the Mommy Blogging Community! ♥
About CCA Manila Young Chefs Boot Camp
The Young Chefs Boot Camp (YCBC), which aims to ignite passion among the future generation of culinarians, is one of the many learning enrichment programs pioneered by CCA, Manila, which unrelenting commitment has successfully produced many of today’s outstanding experts in both local and global fields.
Providing access to world-class programs and only the best learning environment for driven and talented students for 17 years, the academic experience at CCA, Manila imbibes the essential rudiments through realistic, hands-on experience of both the science and the art of professional cooking.
CCA, Manila campus is located at 287 Katipunan Ave., LoyolaHeights, Quezon City. Application is ongoing.