Junior Top Chefs

Pierce County Parks and Recreation is working with Chambers Bay executive chef Dustin Joseph and his culinary team, which will consist of youth ages 9 to 15 years of age. The cooking classes will take place every Tuesday from 6 pm to 7:30 pm February 26, 2013 through March 26, 2013. The classes will take place at the Environmental Services Building located at Chambers Creek Regional Park: 9850 64th Street West, University Place, WA 98467.

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The first class will students will learn basic kitchen etiquette and applications, including knife skills and one to two appetizers. The second class students will learn about salad and soup, the third class students will learn how to make an entrée, and the fourth class students will learn a dessert, and the fifth class students will prepare a formal dinner for their special guests. The class fee is $125 per student $115 for each additional student from the same family. All materials will be provided in that fee and students only need to bring themselves to class. Those that are interested in participating need to register by February 19, 2013.

Chad Harvell, recreation coordinator for Pierce County Recreation and Services, came up with the idea in cooperation with executive chef, Dustin Joseph and food director, Anthony Shipman at Chambers Bay Grill to entice youth and their families become interested in cooking. It’s “Junior Top Chefs” first annual of this event and Chad hopes many other cooking classes for youth. Chad commented: “The TV. show “Top Chefs” inspired my idea to get interest from the youth to learn about cooking.”

Chad commented on the course: “I think it’s a great concept. The executive chef, Dustin Joseph and food director, Anthony Shipman of Chambers Bay Grill and I collaborated and thought of this class format. I’m really excited to get this off the ground and running, if things go well we’ll look at a better program next time.”

Chad revealed what many people may not know about the classes, “It’s a new program that’s hot off the press. I would recommend people to really look at it and call for questions.”

Chad mentioned how the program series is unique compared to other cooking programs, “I think it’s unique because it’s not just utilizing one specific class. It’s not a 5 to 6 week class on a dessert; it’s an overview on the type of cooking, baking, and learning kitchen etiquette. It’s an opportunity for the students to jump in and for us to hopefully capitalize on this program by offering those types of classes. I haven’t seen classes with our series with a different topic per class, that’s what makes us different.”

Chad recommends youth age 9 to 15 years of age who want to learn how to cook or enjoy cooking to the “Junior Top Chefs” program.

For more information, please visit: www.piercecountywa.org/parks or call the Parks and Recreation office at: 253 798-4141.

By: Carly Calabrese, staff for Tacoma.com

3 thoughts on “Junior Top Chefs”

  1. I have taken the adult cooking classes offered by Pierce County Parks and taught by Chef Dustin and love them. When I saw this class, I knew I had to sign my friend’s daughter! She is so excited.

  2. Thank you Tacoma.com for posting this story, your support is much appreciated! You won’t be disappointed by this class, sign up today by calling 253-798-4141.

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