Take your child from wanting to cook
to becoming a cook.

Join the interest list for 2023 summer camps

This summer's camp will be a little different.

Dates are not yet locked in, no payment due at this time.

For full details and to sign up on the interest list, click below.

All information below is from 2022 as a resource of what to expect from camp.

To get a spot for 2023, please click the link to get on the interest list.



Outdoor Cooking Camps for Kids 6-12

Your Kid Wants To Cook. 

I teach them the skills to become a cook. 

Join me on the patio for a super interactive cooking camp.
Real food. Real cooking. Real fun.

Around the World
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Week 1: June 13 - 17 SOLD OUT
Week 2: June 20 - 24 SOLD OUT
Week 3: July 11 - 15 SOLD OUT

Whaaaat!?! You sold out all 2022 camps in 72 hours. Amazing.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

I can't wait. 

 ❤️ Sandra

All camps are M-F, 9 AM-12 noon
$350 per week,
$295 sibling rate
(I gladly offer a few need-based scholarships. Please email hello@thekitchennatural.com to inquire.)
Darn, you missed it.

It's going to be an awesomely tasty week.

We cook real, fresh food using ingredients
that are local, sustainable and organic as much as possible.

I'll offer your kids the same quality of food I feed my own kids,
and support my favorite local farmers.

Using fresh, season produce is my favorite way
to introduce flavors to help kids fall in love with new foods.

Nothing tastes better.

Sign up to join me this summer!

Real Skills and
Really Tasty Recipes

"Unlike most cooking instructors for kids, Sandra teaches kids real skills and recipes that are both delicious and healthy. My kids have taken several cooking classes, but Sandra's are the most useful for long-term skills and recipes we'll actually make again.

My kids have improved by leaps and bounds."

- Anoosh Jorjorian

I created the kind of cooking camp
I'd send my own kids to.

Kitchen Skills for Life

Knife Safety + Cooking Joy

- Your child will get 1:1 hands-on help learning to use real knives.

- Focus on senses and fun to learn safety skills, when food is "done" and how to create flavor.

- They'll leave the camp with skills to take with them for the
rest of their life.

- Not kidding, one of last year's kids taught how to properly crack an egg at a school talent show.

Fun for You + Your Kid

Small Camp, Big Fun

- Lots of opportunities to cook for real: real pans, knives,
and LOTS of supervision ;)

- SAMPLES! You kids will bring you home tasty food they cooked.

- Classes are limited to 12 kids with me and an assistant,
or 6:1 kids to teacher ratio.

Clear Communication

You'll Receive:

-A Google Calendar Invite to make it easy to plan.

- Daily Emails during your camp week sharing exactly what your kid learned and cooked.

-Have a question? Chat with me before or after class or via email.

- Camp Cookbooks they'll cook from and illustrate are yours to keep!

Kids Cooking
On Their Own 

"Sandra's so great teaching children how to cook!  My kids took a week long class with her this summer and it was amazing!

 My kids actually will cook a few things on their own now!
We still use the camp recipes.

If you haven’t checked out her classes, I definitely would recommend."

- Kerri Alley

Darn, you missed it.
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About Sandra

Hey, I’m Sandra. I’m a writer, cook, and teacher.  I've taught cooking classes for more than 14 years.
I come to cooking as an academic, professional, and curious home cook.

And a mom- I’ve got kids too and they’ve attended my camps and classes haven’t held back on what they liked and didn’t!) Teaching people how to cook flexibly and naturally for themselves and their family is at the core of what I do.

My number one goal is always to help you feel like at ease, like a natural, in the kitchen through a flexible, approachable style, and emphasis on seasonal food. Every recipe we’ll cook is something I’ve personally written or adapted with you in mind.

No matter what your kitchen or life looks like,
I passionately believe you can cook fantastic, healthy, fresh food in a
delicious and doable way.

I believe anyone can cook like a natural starting exactly where they are.

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Try again next year!
Happy Camp Cooking = More Confident Cooking At Home
The "high 5" is one of the cutting techniques I teach kids
how to safely and effectively hold a chef's knife.

Where is camp held?

We’re OUTSIDE of my home kitchen near Sycamore Park in Central Davis on the patio, with portable cooktops, umbrellas for shade and open air cooking.

Masks + COVID safety:

I'm fully vaccinated and boosted, as is my assistant.

I'll be following the same guidelines as Davis Joint Unified School District and city camps in accordance with recommendations from the Yolo County Health Department. If you'd like to wear a mask, PLEASE do.

I don't know what the guidelines will be at the time of camp, but I'm hopeful that transmission numbers are low and we can be safe without masks outside.

What does a typical camp day look like?
Walk through the labeled side gate to the back patio. There's a semi-circle of chairs around the outdoor table. But your kid won't stay there for long. We're super interactive, taking turns to measure flour, chop carrots, mixing batter, pound pesto, and flip crepes. Stories, chalk time, and occasional dance parties.

Pool Party Friday is the capstone of every week. The kids are welcome to suit up and swim the last hour of the last day.
My kid doesn't eat _______.

My daughter has allergies too - I feel you.
I’ve worked with cooks of all ages, abilities, and diets: gluten, dairy or nut allergies, vegetarian, kosher, etc.

I’m all about a safe, accessible opportunity for everyone, as much as possible.

For super-sensitive allergies, please reach out directly so we can keep your child safe. Email me at hello@thekitchennatural.com.

When Will I Hear From You?

  1. Welcome email will go out within a few hours of your registration.

  2. A reminder email 1 week in before your child's camp.

  3. Each day of camp you'll receive details a rundown of the day so you can hear more about what they learned and did.

You’re welcome to respond to any of those emails with questions or speak with me briefly before or after camp each day.

I love answering your questions and helping out your kids feel comfortable in the kitchen. I’ll also provide my number in case of emergency during the class.

What's the Teen Cooking Club + Camp Combo Deal?

Have a tween? Teen Cooking Club is the perfect way to graduate from Cooking Camps. The combo is $60 off regular price, only $547 for both Summer Camp + Teen Cooking Club combined.

Teen Cooking Club is a 6 week livestream class where tweens/teens cook-along with me to create a rockin' family meal on Wednesday nights, 4-6 PM PT.

It's like this 😎 :

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Take your child from wanting to cook
to becoming a cook at camp this summer.

Sign up early.
Camp sold out last year and the year before that...

Try again next year!

I can't wait to cook with your kiddo.
Sign up and join the fun this summer.
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