Welcome to Camp Tablespoon, where young chefs will have a blast learning practical
cooking skills taught by culinary professionals. With approachable yet challenging
menus, students will become familiar with new ingredients and cooking techniques.
At Camp Tablespoon, our professional staff will keep your camper engaged and curious with hands-on learning. Camp Tablespoon is designed to pique kids’ curiosity about new foods and skills, and help them become more confident in the kitchen.
Dates & Times
Camp Tablespoon will run from Tuesday-Friday and meet for 2 hours each day. You’ll choose whether your child will attend either the 9am-11am (morning session) or the 1pm-3pm (afternoon session).
June 14-17 (1 PM session sold out)
June 21-24 (1 PM session sold out)
Camp Tablespoon is a four day, in-person day camp for young chefs aged 8-13. If your child is outside of this age range, please reach out to us prior to registration so we can discuss if Camp is right for your child.
What will campers learn & eat?
Tuesday: Chicken & Biscuits
Buttermilk Biscuit, Pan-Fried Chicken Thighs, Succotash, Strawberry Shortcake
Wednesday: Old School Italian
Pasta Limone, Caesar Salad, Creamy Cannoli
Thursday: Pizza Party
Homemade Pizza Dough, Simple Red Sauce, Cinnamon Sugar Pizza
Friday: Taco Fiesta
Green Chili Chicken Tacos, Fresh Fried Corn Chips, Guacamole, Churro Rice Krispy Treats
(menu subject to change based on supply chain availability)
How does Camp Tablespoon Work?
- Select Your Session: Select which dates work for your family – all sessions are the same menu & age group.
- Watch Your Inbox: Once you register, be on the lookout for important camp information. We will send reminder emails to help you get prepared for camp.
- Attend Camp Tablespoon: Join us for in-person camp at our beautiful kitchen in historic Findlay Market. Make lifelong memories, have fun, and learn kitchen independence!
Where is Camp Tablespoon held?
Camp will be held at Tablespoon Cooking Company, located at 1731 Elm St. Cincinnati Ohio 45202 in the historic Findlay Market District.
$300 per camper per week (+ fees)
Campers will work together at a cooking station set with everything they need for class: pre-measured ingredients, equipment, burners, and aprons. Most of our recipes are designed to serve 2 kids. If your camper signs up with a friend, you may request that they work together. If your camper signs up solo, they’ll be paired up with another camper to complete each recipe.
Campers Will Get
- 4 days of hands-on learning: Campers will learn through kneading, mixing, smelling & tasting! They’ll learn through doing the work themselves.
- To eat what they cook every day: If it’s a baking day, we’ll have a non-dessert item for them to enjoy as well. Campers will typically bring home leftovers as well!
- Instruction from professional chefs: Campers will receive individualized instruction and attention from our staff as needed.
- To try new foods: Your camper will be encouraged to try new dishes and ingredients.
- A certificate of completion
- A digital recipe booklet for each day of camp
- Cooking skills and knowledge that will last a lifetime
- The opportunity to connect with other campers & make new friends!
What skills are going to be taught at camp?
Camp Tablespoon is designed so that campers walk away full of culinary knowledge and kitchen confidence. We’ll go over important skills such as:
- Proper kitchen hygiene and sanitation
- Kitchen & food safety (including the use of knives and burners)
- How to read & follow a recipe
- Cooking creativity
- Time management
- Heat management on the stovetop and oven
- Identifying ingredients and equipment
- Food and cooking history
- Culinary terminology
- Knife skills
- Skills & Techniques such as whisking, mixing, kneading, folding, cutting, sautéing, roasting, etc.
- Measuring ingredients
- Flavor, aroma and seasoning
What’s the overall camp vibe? Will it be fun?
At Tablespoon, we like our classes to be fun, relaxed and laid back. That being said, campers will be using burners & knives, so we expect that campers are able to be mature and focused when required. It is our expectation that campers will be respectful of staff & others.
What is the appropriate age for Camp Tablespoon?
Our camp is recommended for kids aged 8-13. If your child is outside of this age range, please reach out to us prior to registration so we can discuss if Camp is right for your child.
Can my child attend both sessions or multiple weeks?
Sure, but please be aware that Camp will be the same every week with identical recipes and content.
Who are the instructors and staff?
Camp Tablespoon is led by our team of professional chefs & staff. Please visit this page to see our current staff.
My child has a medical condition, allergy or dietary restriction. Can they still attend?
Please contact us prior to registering so we can discuss whether Camp Tablespoon is right for your child. Our first priority is to ensure that we’re able to provide a safe space for your child to cook and eat. While we do our best to accommodate most major allergies, we work in a space that is regularly exposed to soy, wheat, nuts, and dairy products.
What does drop-off & pick-up look like each day?
Doors open 15 minutes prior to the camp start time, and we kindly ask that you pick-up your child on time.
Will masks be required?
At this time, we are not requiring masks in our facility.
Are parents allowed to stay?
Camp Tablespoon is designed to be a drop-off camp as we want campers to feel independent in the kitchen. We recommend spending time around Findlay Market or Washington Park if you’d like to stay nearby. If there’s a special circumstance that requires you to stay, please email us and we can discuss options.
What does the camp include?
Each day of camp consists of hands-on cooking and baking in addition to chef demonstrations. Campers will eat what they make, and may have leftovers to take home! We will provide snacks and drinks to make sure that they are covered throughout the day, however if there is a dietary restriction we always recommend packing something specific. Campers will also receive digital recipes of everything we make in class.
What clothing should be worn during camp days?
While we never anticipate getting very messy in the kitchen, it happens! Each camper will have an apron that they wear throughout class, however, we always recommend dressing in comfortable clothing and always closed toe shoes with long hair tied back.
Can I reschedule or cancel my order?
Please note that all orders are final, and cannot be refunded or credited. If you end up needing to adjust your reservation for any reason let us know.
If my child signs up solo, will they share a station with another camper?
Yes, all campers will be paired up to work together at a station.
I have a group of 3 campers that want to cook together. Is that ok?
This year, we plan to have all campers at stations in pairs of 2 because the menus are designed that way. So if you register a group of 3, then 2 of the campers will cook together and 1 will cook with another camper. Most stations are set up in groups of 4 kids total (so each station of 2 faces another station of 2). So, when we see that a group of 3 signs up, we’ll do our best to make sure they’re all in the same group.