Sevier Co. culinary camp teaches students how to cook, give back

Sevier Co. culinary camp teaches students how to cook, give back to the community

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Twenty Sevier County 4-H members are taking part in this year’s Chef Camp at Walters State’s Sevier County campus. Twenty Sevier County 4-H members are taking part in this year’s Chef Camp at Walters State’s Sevier County campus.
The campers learned how to make bread this week, which they’re giving to the Sevier County Food Ministry. The campers learned how to make bread this week, which they’re giving to the Sevier County Food Ministry.
Sevierville, TN - By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - Braising, boiling and basting are certainly not things you’d expect to learn at a typical summer camp, but that’s exactly what one group of Sevier County students are learning to do this summer, attending Walters State Community College’s 4-H Chef Camp.

Twenty Sevier County 4-H members are taking part in this year’s Chef Camp at Walters State’s Sevier County campus.

All week long, the middle schoolers are learning how to cook, getting step by step instruction from educators and current students of the Rel Maples Institute for Culinary Arts

"It's really cool. We're actually the chefs here and we're actually going to be serving people,” said Kali Davis, 13.

"There's a multitude of skills they can learn through a four day experience like this,” said Glenn Turner, the UT Extension agent for Sevier County 4-H.

Campers like Davis are learning a little bit of everything.

"You have to cut it a certain way and when you're measuring the temperature of something you can't put it all the way down, you have to put it in the middle,” said Davis. “We’re making an orange vinaigrette for our salads. For the dressing."

They’re getting to do the all-important taste-testing along the way.

"Each group did a different macaroni and that was really good,” said Davis.

They aren’t just leaving their new skills in the kitchen. They’re taking them into the community.

The campers learned how to make bread this week, which they’re giving to the Sevier County Food Ministry.

"They will actually go distribute that bread and see what happens at the food ministry so they'll have an understanding of the need in the community,” said Turner.

Chef Camp is not only teaching them a love of cooking, it’s also teaching them how to use their new skills to give back.

"We're trying to get the chefs of the future. Train them up while they're young and instill an interest in cooking,” said Catherine Hallman, program director of Walters State’s culinary arts program.

"It's something I'm making. It's interactive and its fun. And you can make it however you want,” said Davis. "I love cooking!"

This is the 14th year Walters State has hosted 4-H Chef Camp.

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