South Mountain YMCA

Culinary Adventure

Aspiring young chefs get hands on experience in delicious adventures of cooking and baking. We’ll explore and learn food preparation techniques while building skills in the kitchen. Plus, we’ll take field trips to local kitchens to see authentic chefs in action and learn more about the restaurant business. Our head chefs, Lila and Lena are from the French Culinary Institute and Johnson & Wales University. This duo has the knowledge and skills to cook up a summer of scrumptious fun!

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Campers Age: Entering grades 3-6

Camper - to -Staff Ratio: 6-8 yrs 8:1; 9-11 yrs 10:1

Dates: June 29 - August 7

Location: First Presbyterian and Trinity - Church 111 Irvington Ave., South Orange, NJ 07079

Curbside Drop-off Time: 8:30-9:00am

Curbside Pick-up Time: 3:00-3:30pm

Before & Aftercare is available on site for an additional cost.

  • Before Care starts at 7:00am
  • After Care ends at 7:00pm

Head Chefs: Lila Lea & Lena Barnett

Head Chef Contact: (Chef Lila) (Chef Lena)


  • Week 1 French Cooking
  • Week 2 French Baking
  • Week 3 American Cooking
  • Week 4 American Baking
  • Week 5 Italian Cooking
  • Week 6 Italian Baking

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