Our instructors are talented chefs who love working with kids and young teens. Most are graduates of the prestigious, Le Cordon Bleu culinary program in Pasadena and the Culinary Insititute of America in Hyde Park, New York. They all carry out our mission to provide a unique learning experience that gives our campers the opportunity to develop a life-long love for the culinary arts.

Imagine having a culinary arts expert sharing their passion and depth of experience with your child! Our Cooking Camp chefs not only teach general cooking techniques but sprinkle lots of lessons into the mix, discussing culinary terms, nutritional values, kitchen safety and food science.

Successful cooking begins in a kid-friendly environment and our staff has designed a series of summer sessions where children can succeed in learning skills safely and enjoyably.




CHRIS ALLEN
Executive Chef

Graduating with high honors from the Le Cordon Bleu program, Chef Chris began his work with the Summer Art Academy in 2002 acting as the Executive Chef for the culinary portion of the summertime camp. Currently, Chris owns and operates the Children's Culinary Institute. He has traveled the world sampling the foods from many countries and looks forward to teaching all his international culinary secrets to the kids. Additionally, he has owned a catering company and has been a special demonstration Chef for the Friends of Robinsons Garden as well as a personal Chef.
KATHRINE PORTER
Lead Chef
Glendale


Chef Katherine has recently begun her culinary career with a variety of experiences that she is excited to share with our campers.  Having graduated from Le Cordon Bleu program, she is highly trained and skilled in the areas of fine cuisine and desserts. She is currently working at The Front Runner Restaurant at the Santa Anita Race Park, and will be returning to the Summer Cooking Camp for her seventh year. Chef Katherine is thrilled and looking forward to providing only the best learning, culinary experience for our new and returning campers.

OMAR GARCIA
Lead Chef
North Hollywood

Since 2003, Chef Omar has been teaching children his culinary knowledge as a Culinary Instructor at the Summer Art Academy. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary school in 2002, Chef Omar learned that he had a passion for teaching children when he started as an assistant at the Summer Art Academy then moving up to Chef Instructor after just one year. Chef Omar has background is fine dining, working under great Culinary legends such as Chef Wolfgang Puck and Chef Roy Yamaguchi. Chef Omar’s experiences also include working as Private Chef, Lead line Chef Roy’s Hollywood and Highland and owning catering company, Smokin’ O’s BBQ, and now Chef Omar proudly brings his Culinary wisdom to the Cooking Camp in North Hollywood.

Lead Chefs for San Gabriel
and Tarzana Coming Soon!