Virtual Summer Cooking Camp
In our virtual summer cooking classes, Master Chefs teach teens and young adults to thrive in the kitchen by giving them every opportunity to roll up their sleeves and learn by doing in their own homes with ingredients provided right to your door!
Campers work to prep and cook family-style meals that can be eaten and enjoyed in the comfort of their own home after each class. With the guidance of our Master Chefs, young chefs will hone a wide range of culinary techniques while tasting novel flavors and creative dishes. From learning the ins-and-outs of managing a kitchen space to experiencing the satisfaction of sharing a meal you’ve cooked, there is something for everyone at Mangia DC’s Virtual Cooking Camp! All levels of culinary experience are welcome.
How it works:
Four different menus are taught during each week of cooking camp this summer. Campers are encouraged to sign up for the 4-day camp course to get the most out of this experience, however individual class sign-ups are also available.
Students will work with Mangia DC Master Chefs via live-stream with the ability to engage and ask questions. Campers learn and practice advanced culinary techniques, knife skills, plating, and professional kitchen management. Students will learn about and make a variety of dishes inspired by global cuisines. While some prior cooking experience is helpful, any young adult with a passion for food and a commitment to learning is welcome!
WHO: Recommended for ages 13-19
WHERE: In your home!
WE PROVIDE: Ingredients sent to campers within the DC metropolitan area, a camp cookbook, and, of course, live cooking demonstrations and online instruction from our Master Chefs!
YOU PROVIDE: A laptop or other device capable of streaming the 4-hour class, access to the internet, a stovetop, oven, pots, pans, and other basic kitchenware (like bowls and utensils).
WHEN: Camp courses run Monday to Thursday each week from June 21st through August 20th, 2021. Class is held virtually from 1 PM to 4 PM.
2021 CAMP WEEKS
June 21-24 | June 28-July 1 | July 5-8 | July 12-15 | July 19-22
July 26-29 | August 2-5 | August 9-12 | August 16-19
All classes take place virtually from 1 PM to 4 PM, Monday–Thursday.
Find out more about our instructors by clicking on their tabs below.
Our Company: Mangia DC Food Tours
As an award-winning, 5-star rated company, we strive for excellence to ensure each of our guests has a blast! Mangia DC is recognized as #1 Cooking Class, Workshop, and Food Activities in Washington DC on TripAdvisor and we are excited for you to join us and see why!
Mangia (pronounced: mahn-ja) means “eat” in Italian. Since 2013, we here at Mangia DC have been committed to helping out-of-town visitors and fellow Washingtonians alike experience the taste of our nation’s capital through culinary experiences where our guests learn, enjoy, and —of course— eat!
Pre-COVID19, we did that by hosting tasting events, cooking classes, and food tours in Washington DC’s iconic neighborhoods. And while our in-person food experiences are temporarily on hold for your safety, we are still cooking up all kinds of fun ways to connect with you as we all stay safe and comply with CDC and local health guidelines.
If you have any questions, please get in contact using the form below.
Born into an Italian-American family in the restaurant business and raised in the kitchen of Rose Cottage, a French restaurant in Long Island, NY, it is no surprise that Chef Dorothy followed in her mother and grandmother’s footsteps to become a third-generation woman chef.
After high school, Dorothy worked as an apprentice pastry chef mastering the art of gourmet desserts. Her inborn talent as a cook flourished as she ventured out into entrepreneurial endeavors, including operating her own wholesale dessert business and retail bakery. That particular business started through the kitchen of Chef Dorothy’s family’s restaurant and later expanded into its own storefront called Piece-a-Cake Bakery.
In 2007, Chef Dorothy enrolled in Queens College while working as a full-time cake decorator to pay her way through school. Using her strengths in psychology, family dynamics, human and adolescent development, and tenured experiences in the food industry, in 2009, she achieved an education degree as a licensed educator of Culinary Instruction and Family and Consumer Sciences.
Chef Dorothy went on to earn her M.Ed. from the University of Mary Washington and enjoyed the pleasure of teaching High School Culinary Arts Programs in Northern Virginia. By 2017, Chef Dorothy started a cooking business teaching families how to cook in their own homes.
Teaching is one of her two greatest passions — the other being preparing food for the enjoyment of others. Since joining the Mangia DC team in 2019, Chef Dorothy has shared these passions with our company and clients as a lead culinary instructor.
As a school teacher, father, former Marine, entrepreneur, and culinary instructor, Chef Julian is a man of many hats. He also happens to be a native Washingtonian and brings over 20 years of culinary experience to our classroom.
After completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and World History from The Citadel military college in South Carolina, Julian elected to protect our nation by joining the Marines and received the rank of 2nd Lieutenant serving as a company grade officer. After returning home, he followed his passion for cooking and earned his Associate of Arts degree in Marietta, Georgia.
Chef Julian’s education didn’t stop there. Back in his hometown of DC, he achieved a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of the District of Columbia and a postgraduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction that prepared him to accept classroom leadership positions that lead him overseas for seven years in South Korea and Turkey.
Following his return to the U.S. in 2016, Chef Julian has become a positively disruptive voice in public education. He teaches English to enrichment students by day and teaches secondary Career and Technical Education courses in Culinary Arts to community college students by night. As an entrepreneur, Chef Julian created a nonprofit to help parents instill independence in their children through cooking.
In 2017, Chef Julian joined the Mangia DC team and has since become our Head Chef, supporting classes and events for a variety of groups from culinary students to corporate teams.
It was so unbelievably amazing working with Chef Dorothy and Mangia DC. I don’t even truly have the words to put together how much of an incredible experience it truly was. What Chef Dorothy taught us and the food we made together was so delicious and special… I truly cannot say thank you enough for all you did!Lauren
We had a blast in this cooking class… The class hosted by Dave and Chef Julian was awesome.
It was 3 hours of fun socializing with great food and a little ravioli making. Plenty of delicious food in the 4 course meal.Alex
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Absolutely! Your health is our #1 priority. Our team follows CDC guidelines wearing gloves and N95 masks when preparing and delivering your ingredients. Our work surfaces are sanitized using EPA-recommended products and ingredients are brought to you via contactless delivery.
While we love working with everyone in person, we’ve developed our online classes to be engaging and fun for participants! Our live-stream cooking class experience is recreational while teaching your kids life skills: clean up strategies, knife skills, safety in the kitchen. Campers will maintain the kitchen and cook delicious dishes (so you don’t have to)!
Our Master Chefs will lead campers via live feed with the ability to ask questions on the fly. We also recommend an adult in the household be on hand to help the younger students navigate your own kitchen stovetop and oven if they do not have any experience with cooking or using your appliances.
Our Master Chefs will be with students on a live feed offering strategies to ensure food items will not be undercooked and to provide visual confirmation on screen.