In the past, the College of Eastern Idaho has done cooking courses for adults.
 
Then the question came up: why not do a summer camp for kids?
 
"It's funny what they already come knowing, and the passion that they already have," said Blake Avery, the instructor for the course and sous chef for Catered Your Way.
 
This week CEI hosted its first ever Kids Cooking Academy.
 
Kids age 10-14 went through a week-long culinary clinic, learning about topics like kitchen safety, spices and seasoning, while making dishes like medium-well steak and different types of pasta.
 
At the end of the week, a competition, taste-tested by three judges.
 
"I hope that they learn of a love of food, a love of good eating, a love of cooking out rather than going out to fast food," said Avery.
 
And the kids brought their best for the Friday night competition, preparing various types of chicken, cheeseburgers, pastas, wraps, you name it.
 
While there were awards at the end and prizes for the best dishes, each of the kids who participated in the camp learned valuable skills, and will be years ahead of their peers in the kitchen.
 
"Meeting all of the kids, seeing their enthusiasm , seeing their passion as they come in enjoying the food and enjoying things about cooking food. It's fun to teach my craft," said Avery.
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