Sprouting Chefs

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At Sprouting Chefs we provide children with opportunities to learn real life skills in garden and kitchen settings. Our vision is to inspire youth to view their world and the food they eat in a wholesome organic and healthy way. We believe that showing children where their food comes from in the garden and how to prepare it in the kitchen, will lead them to be connected to their environment and their own health. We expect that this connectedness will reap incredible benefits. We achieve this vision by sowing seeds of knowledge:

  • Where does food come from?
  • How is food prepared?
  • How healthy food promotes health and wellness
  • What can be learned in the kitchen and garden?
  • What it means to be mindful in the kitchen, the garden and everyday.

Our Purpose

  • To cultivate and facilitate programs for youth that empower them with self confidence in the skills they acquire in kitchen and garden settings
  • To make a difference in the lives of youth and children by providing ways to live a healthier life
  • To maintain and sustain A School Garden by providing urban gardening activities with youth ages 7 to 13 yrs old.
  • To harvest fruits and veggies from School Gardens to be used in local seasonal recipes during the summer camp program

We value the garden and all its stages of possibility. We value the kitchen, the heart of any home, the place where family & community gather to celebrate, nurture and inspire.

Our programs fosters mentorship by encouraging “sprouts” to cultivate future “seedlings” by joining older teens with younger elementary students, university students with high school students and community members who wish to give back and get back to nature. We will also recruit past Sprouting Chefs Cooking participants as possible mentors in the future programs.

 Summer Program

Our Summer Day Camp program is a fun way to "Sprout the Chef” within each participant with day camp sessions running from 10 am to 2 pm Mondays to Fridays throughout the summer months of July and August. Sprouting Chefs is a community based company offering services of cooking and gardening programs for children and opportunities for youth. Recipes are seasonal and inspired by local growers and of course, school gardens.

After a 5 day week session, Sprouts will graduate with the awareness of:

  • The cycle of food production from farm to table
  • Training in basic food preparation
  • Knowledge and skills in sharing and creating meal ideas for their families at home
  • The importance of community awareness and stewardship of the land
  • A strong sense of empowerment from the skills they have acquired
  • How to plant a BC Edible Garden or window box garden at home with opportunities to learn from School Gardens

Included in the cost of registration:

  • Sprouting Chef Certification
  • A mini cookbook of the meals the Sprouts prepared during the week long sessions available via a PDF document to save paper
  • An experienced chef leader who will nurture and guide the Seedlings & Sprouts
  • All food and equipment needed to prepare a locally seasonal inspired recipe
  • An edible plant to take home and continue to eat what they grow

Sprouting Chefs Children Working in Garden - Cooking Camps in VancouverOur cooking camp sessions also include Physical Activities, wide field games, Arts and Crafts, Team Building, as well as Gardening Activities. For 2017 we will be using a variety of BC Local Seasonal Ingredients to base our recipes from. Working with an enthusiastic team of student volunteers with backgrounds in health and nutrition, day camps and summer camps, cooking and youth programs means we can provide a whole camp experience. And of course, Lunch & Snacks are always included!

Throughout all our sessions we will encourage the use of composts, reducing food waste and developing an understanding of food security.

Recipes will all be centered around what kids can do at home with and for their families from Basic Pasta Meals, Learning how to use Herbs, Soups and Lunch Ideas to healthy snacks and desserts. 

Please note: Our first class always focuses on Safety and Orientation around the kitchen. As such, there is less cooking on the first day so students are prepared to fully engage by the second day. 

We do little or no baking with our classes as we do our best to keep sugar, flours and sweets to a minimum.


  • Location: Westside Montessori Academy - 3075 Slocan St., Vancouver, Gardenworks - 6250 Lougheed Hwy, Burnaby, BC
  • Cost: $100 - $285/week
  • Ages: Preschool Camp 4 to 6 yrs, 7 to 9 yrs
  • Monday to Friday: July 10 to 14 OR July 31 to Aug 4 (WMS - 10 am to 2 pm) FULL , July 24th to 28 (Gardenworks - 11 am to 1 pm), Preschool Camp August 28th to Sept 1 (Gardenworks - 11 am to 12 pm)
  • REGISTRATION FORM & Package PDF - email to info@sproutingchefs.com

Sprouting Chefs Children Showing Off Pizza at Vancouver Cooking CampAn introduction to cooking using the summer harvest of vegetables and fruit, this 5 day camp program takes children ages 7 to 9 yrs old on a journey of all the goodness BC has to offer. This session is more of a "Demo Style" with less "Hands On". Our Gardenworks sessions will take place in the Outdoor Learning Garden using the planter boxes from LifeSpace Gardens.  Activities will also include a trip to tour the Burnaby Whole Foods Market to discover the journey of food to market. The Sprouts will enjoy making some of the following items:

  • Summer Salads and Simple Vinaigrettes
  • Basic Pasta Sauces and Pizza
  • Salad Rolls and other Asian Favourites
  • Energizing Green Smoothies
  • Appetizers and Hors D’ouerves
  • Baking Principles 101


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The Sprouts will be introduced to a variety of cooking methods, grilling and roasting of various locally grown vegetables and foods. Campers have the option to join the overnight group via Vancouver Outdoor School as well as being transported to and from the camp. Activities will also include a trip to tour the Burnaby Whole Foods Market to discover the journey of food to market.Recipes themed days will include: Asian Themed Classes, Italian, Indian and of course, West Coast Cuisine as well as Pasta Making.

Overnight Forest Camp with Vancouver Outdoor School

Camp Details

Overnight Forest Camp

Dates: July 17 – 21, 2017
Ages: 8 to 12 (Co-ed)

Price: $589 plus 5% tax per week.  Includes 24 hour supervision, accommodation at Camp Capilano, cooking lessons with Sprouting Chefs, food, transportation (during camp) and all programming.

Locations: Camp Capilano, Grouse Mountain, Cleveland Dam, Lynn Valley Deep Cove and Stanley Park and Lighthouse Park.

Drop-off: Monday July 17, 2017 @ Camp Capilano

Pick-up: Friday July 21, 2017 @ Camp Capilano


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