“I love the fact that it felt like a real cooking camp rather than a camp that says “Today we are going to make chocolate chip cookies”. There were real culinary skills being taught and learned.” – Antoinnea, (2019 student)
“My favorite thing about campusNYC was learning more about cooking and having people around me that also felt the same way.” – Audrey (2019 student)
“My favorite thing about campusNYC? Everything; I think it’s a combination of the people, the chefs and the counselors.” – Nikki (2019 student)
What are you doing about COVID? Should we register or wait? What if it isn’t safe? If we register will we lose our money if its cancelled? We will only run the program if it is safe to do so, period. We will of course follow all requirements, guidelines, rules etc. We will do everything we need to do in terms of social behaviors as well. And as we get closer to camp we will constantly re-evaluate the safety and viability of our programs and we will be in communication. In terms of refunds we have made everything refundable until May 15th, because we are confident we will know well before that what the summer will look like… and… given there are kids from last summer already registered and a huge pent-up demand for camp, we anticipate being sold out so reserve your spot early!
What makes campusATX different than any other program? Culture, kitchen, and chefs. Our culture of foodie excellence is amazingly fun and awesome. And it is our professional teaching kitchens and pro chefs that make the difference while students are in the kitchen all day. Ask any other program where they cook, what they are using to prepare food, what recipes they make and who are the instructors… we literally hear stories like “Jake used a hot plate! A hot plate is all they had! In a regular school classroom! And they made pre-made pizza and that was it for the day! Help!” Don’t make the same mistake Jake’s parents made!!! We got you.
I love cooking, but Im not good enough to win Masterchef Junior or Chopped like some of your students have done. Is this program too advanced for me? No not at all. We accept all skill levels. Many of our students are newbies, fresh, and they aren’t mad experienced in the kitchen. They just love to cook. That is all that is required of our students, that they love to cook and love food and all of that. We have and accept all skill levels. We divide up into small subsets and groups so each set of students can be challenged and learn at their own ability.
Is the program safe? How do you keep the kids safe when you travel around town? Are there chaperones? Student safety is our number one concern. Most of our students come from outside Austin so we stick to them like glue! Everywhere we go, at all times, chaperones/counselors are with the students every step of the way. In the end it comes down to staying smart, staying together, keeping our eyes open and our ears clear of headphones etc. While we can never 100% guarantee anything, we 100% do our very best to ensure safety as that is always our top top priority!
Who will my roommate be? What is my room like? Is the dorm nice? Roommates are matched by age and geography. We try to mix international students with American students to maximize socialization. Staff live on the same floors as students to provide maximum supervision. nOur dorms, Hardin House, are by their nature exclusivd, secure and high-end as they are used as luxury student housing during the school year, being just off the UT campus.
I’m flying to campusATX; can someone pick me up? Yes! campusATX offers airport pickup as an up-charge. Contact us for more details, and yes we know this is a critical aspect of camp… we have to flawlessly pickup and or dropoff our students and we have years of experienced we have a great system for this call for details!
Do international students attend this program? In normal summer absolutely! Yes! As much as 25% of the program each year has been international. Students from Germany, Switzerland, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia and other places have all enjoyed a fabulous time with us. Given COVID we will have to see how that plays out.
Can I bring my cell phone or lap-top? Cell phone, yes. Laptop, no. There will be a cell phone use policy detailed in your welcome pack; we do not want students on their phones in the kitchen and we collect them during cooking times (and give them back in time to take pics of their creations of course). Lap-tops are not allowed.
How do I get my welcome pack? Welcome pack pdf’s are emailed to the family immediately upon registration at our premier summer cooking program. Nothing is ever sent through the USPS snail mail.
How well supervised are campusATX students? Safety is our top priority! We are living in NYC, and so we must keep our eye on our students at all times. Additional staff are hired as necessary during travel times, we have strict buddy-group rules, and we work closely with the students to bring them up to speed as to what is expected in terms of behavior and actions throughout the day. Nothing comes before student safety, in the kitchen, in the subway, on our trips, or anywhere else.
How old are campusATX students? Our student age range is quite diverse. We do have students of each age attending our program, from 12-year old students to 17-year old students, and each age in between. Our program will have enough of each age represented, so your student will be able to make friends and hang out with similar-aged students.
What if my student is vegetarian, vegan, keeps kosher or has food allergies? No problem! We will substitute a different menu item to replace meat or animal by-products for those who do not want to learn to cook, prepare or eat those items. And of course we will watch out for food allergies! Just let us know. We will make any reasonable accommodation for our students, no worries. Kosher meals are not provided but we can make efforts to connect to kosher food service as needed, please contact us to discuss.
Do you have references? Yes! Of course! Please contact us to get a family that matches your interest.