COMING SOON: Virtual Summer Cooking Camp for Teens

In our virtual summer cooking classes, Master Chefs teach teens 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. 

Camp registration is not yet open; fill out the contact form to be notified when sign-up begins!


How it works:

A total of 12 different menus will be taught throughout the summer, featuring dishes from around the globe as well as familiar favorites. Each cooking camp course consists of four days of themed classes taught in a progressive format. Campers are encouraged to sign up for camp courses (consisting of four consecutive menus) to get the most out of this experience, however individual class sign-ups are also available. 

Teens 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 starters, vegetarian sides, fresh pasta, poultry, red meat, fish, and desserts inspired by global and regional American cuisines. While some prior cooking experience is helpful, any teen with a passion for food and a commitment to learning is welcome! 

          WHO: Recommended for ages 13-17

          WHERE: In your home!

          WE PROVIDE: Ingredients sent to campers within the DC metropolitan area via no-contact delivery and, of course, live cooking demonstrations and instructions from our Master Chefs!

          YOU PROVIDE: A laptop or other device capable of streaming the class, access to the internet, a stovetop, oven, pots, pans, and other basic kitchenware (like bowls and utensils).

          WHEN: Camp courses will run Monday to Thursday each week from July 6th through August 13th, 2020. Course dates and class menus are available in the schedules and details that follow. 


Please Note

  • Deliveries outside the Washington DC Metropolitan Area may incur an additional food delivery fee.
  • We are committed to accommodating all allergies and dietary restrictions and will offer substitutes if required.
  • Menus are subject to change based on ingredient availability. 

If you have any questions, please contact us via email or call 202-838-1900!



Monday – Thursday  Course Theme
Week A July 6 – July 9 Around the World
Week B July 13 – July 16 Perfect Party Picks
Week C July 20 – July 23 Classic Diner Fare
Week D July 27 – July 30 Around the World
Week E August 3 – August 6 Perfect Party Picks
Week F August 10 – August 13 Classic Diner Fare
Around the World Italian Favorites July 6 July 27
Indian Delights July 7 July 28
Journey to Japan July 8 July 29
Greek Feast July 9 July 30
Perfect Party Picks Pizza Party July 13 August 3
Comfort Food Faves July 14 August 4
Chinese Takeout Make-In July 15 August 5
Summertime Fiesta July 16 August 6
Classic Diner Dishes Popular Menu Items July 20 August 10
Southern Soul Food July 21 August 11
Latin Hits July 22 August 12
Breakfast Club July 23 August 13

About Us

Find out more about our instructors by clicking on their tabs below.

Our Company: Mangia DC Food ToursMangia DC Food Tours Logo - Best Food Tours in Washington DC

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.

Chef Dorothy

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.

Chef Julian

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.

Contact Us

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