Friday, July 23, 2004
Luxury Living: Cullinary Summer Camp
You've probably heard of cheerleading camp, band camp and even space camp. But in tonight's Luxury Living report, Shireen Sandoval takes us to a South Florida camp for kids and teens that's all about fine dining and eating.
(WSVN) -- Summers for a kid are supposed to be about playing, hanging out with your friends or just vegging out in front of the TV.
But at Ars Magirica in Coral Gables, summer camp meets luxury living.
For five days, kids and teens learn all about the fine art of cooking.
Ars Magirica Owner Lourdes Castro: "Here they're able to be very creative and um, they're basically doing a lot of cooking."
Lesson number one, say goodbye to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches... And hello to dishes like Sushi.
Lourdes: "They're really learning to eat at a certain level that when they go home, I can't imagine that they want the hamburgers and hotdogs that they're used to eating, used to being given."
But before the eating begins, the students learn how to slice, dice and perform other cutting techniques.
They learn how to use a food processor.
How to saute, grill and even pan sear. Plus, they whip up daily dishes from around the world from scratch.
Virgil Canton: "I made lemon risotto with butter and um, couscous salad with pineapples. One of the best two dishes I've ever tasted before."
Alexis Lugo: "It's a lot of fun cooking different foods that I never tried before, since they're from different countries and it's fun."
On this day, the theme, everything Japanese. While they may not be iron chefs, students chopped veggies. Made a marinade for a fish dish. And even made their own sushi rice.
Rolled to perfection or not quite so, these young chefs learned one big lesson, no matter how you cut it... Food can be fun and fancy too.
Virgil: "I'm not that kind of fast food person anymore."
Lourdes: "They never thought that they themselves would be learning to pan sear, chop, saute at such a young age, it's a gift, and it's a pretty luxurious to not only be able to say that they eat it, but that they know how to make it."
It costs $250 dollars per camper per session, and they accept children from four to 16.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
158 Almeria Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134