The Essex Culinary Resort Will Teach Your Kids to Cook For You
Send your kid to camp, return with diminutive Rachael Ray that cooks for you for once.
One minute, your seven-year old daughter is cooing innocuous pop songs into her hairbrush. The next, she’s twerking in the schoolyard and taking duckface selfies. Thanks a lot, Miley Cyrus. Are there no TV stars our children can safely treat as role models anymore?
Luckily, the era of food TV has elevated a pantheon of comparatively wholesome celebrity chefs to “rock star” status — something that The Essex, a “culinary resort and spa” located just outside Burlington, Vermont, has clearly noted. The result: Camp Cook, a series of weeklong immersions in the food world for the budding Bobby Flay in your family.
Package rates start at $1,295 per room for a five-night escape that lets you send your kid to daily from 9am to 4pm to activities that include gathering eggs from a chicken coop and harvesting herbs and veggies from the resort’s gardens, learning about basic kitchen skills and local farming, practicing everything from basic kitchen skills to sushi making, and even cooking dinner for a local community service program.
Meanwhile, mom and/or dad kicks back with discounted spa services or, if you feel like joining in the fun, enrolling in classes (from “Italian Basics” to “Mad About Maple!”) offered a la carte daily through the resort’s Cook Academy.
The four-diamond rated, 120-room property also boasts a well-regarded restaurant in Amuse, which focuses on gourmet New England-inspired cuisine, when both parent and child want to let someone else do the cooking. As far as hotel packages go, this is one of the more creative offerings we’ve noted lately. And unless there’s an X-rated tape of Guy Fieri leaks online, which we pray to Julia Child will never be the case, it’s probably one of the most family-friendly too.
For more info on the camp, which kicks off its weeklong series on June 16, head here.
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