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Culinary Camp Description

Do you have a budding chef or restaurateur looking for an exciting experience? Looking to grow your culinary skills so you can make more than just a dinner reservation? As you may have heard in the media, Virginia Tech students enjoy a wonderful dining experience during their time at college. We would like to share our award-winning skills with you and your family! There are four different camps to choose from.

Please note: All Culinary Camps are day camps, no overnight accommodations will be provided. For all youth camps, Camps will run from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each with pick-up and drop-off available from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.. Virginia Tech Dining Services will provide trained camp counselors to ensure the safety of your campers. All camps will require long periods of standing in a kitchen environment and campers will be expected to try all items prepared unless there are food allergy or intolerance concerns.

Culinary Camp 100

Currently full for 2019.

For students who are 10-14 years old. Virginia Tech Chefs will be teaching the basics, including cooking techniques, nutrition, food safety, and more. Culinary Camp 100 is scheduled for June 24 - June 28, 2019 and will cost $395. .

Culinary Camper pours hot sauce into pot with whisk.

Campers will:

  • gain hands-on culinary training;
  • learn to prepare different meals;
  • learn kitchen and food safety;
  • tour the kitchen facilities
  • learn about nutrition
  • and much, much more!

Culinary Camp 200

Currently full for 2019.

Dining Services will host a five-day day camp for students who are 13-18 years old. Virginia Tech Chefs will be teaching advanced cooking techniques, food safety, knife skills, and more.  Culinary Camp 200 is scheduled for July 8-12, 2019 and will cost $395. 

Culinary Campers learn how to toss pizza dough into the air and catch it.

Campers will:

  • gain hands-on culinary training;
  • learn advanced techniques on grilling, tempering, roasting, and more;
  • learn kitchen and food safety;
  • and much, much more!

Culinary Camp: Baking/Desserts Edition

Currently full for 2019.

Dining Services will host a five-day day camp for students who are 14-18 years old and have some cooking experience. Camp is scheduled for June 10-14, 2019 and will cost $395.  Space is limited to 10 campers. 

Two culinary campers smile and show off what they learned how to bake in a culinary camp class.

Camper will:

  • learn about Baking Ingredients, equipment and culinary math.
  • Basic and Classical Cakes
  • Quick bread and yeast breads
  • Pastry and Chocolates
  • Individual Desserts
Culinary campers stir chocolate sauces over stove.
Molly, a Culinary camper serves food from one of the food trucks to a customer.
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Culinary Camp: Food Truck Edition

This five-day day camp is targeted for students who are 14-18 years old.  Campers will create menus and learn how to cook on one of Virginia Tech's state of the art food trucks. Campers will compete to see who can prepare, market, and serve the best dish during this week long camp.  Camp is scheduled July 29-August 2, 2019 and will cost $395.

Registration and Payment for the Youth Camps

Each camp is $395/person and includes meals, a chef coat, and a chef hat. Full payment is due upon registering for the event.  If you need to cancel your registration, you will receive your payment back if you cancel by May 15. After that, no refunds will be given. (Program and schedule is subject to change.) 

 


  • Click here to register for 2019's Food Truck Culinary Camp.  
  • Culinary Camps 100, 200, and Baking Edition are currently full.  Click here to be added to the waitlist. 

For more information, contact Laura Pontier at 540-231-9205 or culinarycamp@vt.edu.