Teens gain skills and confidence in the kitchen


A mouth-watering camp to inspire budding culinary artists

Here’s a mouth-watering summer camp that lives up to its name. Camp Delicious is all about delicious food—preparing it, serving it, learning about it, and most of all, eating it.

During the five days of camp, teens will gain new skills and confidence to create meals, discover new flavors and gain independence in the kitchen.

Throughout the week, campers will participate in tastings and learn where food comes from, how it grows and ways to establish a healthy relationship with food.

Under the guidance of some of Pittsburgh’s most notable chefs and widely respected nutritionists, campers will learn how to turn nature’s raw ingredients into flavorful meals that appeal to all the senses. They will train their palates to appreciate the many distinctive flavors of herbs and spices.

By week’s end, the campers will have blossomed in their abilities to prepare and appreciate real food; they will return to their own home kitchens with the skills and knowledge to create delectable meals for their own families.

Please note:  Camp Delicious! is not designed for those who have significant dietary restrictions, personal or medical.

About the Director
Chef Erika Bruce (Director) is new to the Luminari kitchen for 2021! Erika worked for years as a pastry chef in the San Francisco Bay Area and Boston before embarking on a 20-year career developing recipes and writing about the process for publications including Cook’s Illustrated, Cook’s Country, and Milk Street magazines. She also appeared as a regular cast member on several TV cooking shows. Erika launched her bakery, Le Beau Gateau, after relocating to Pittsburgh. ******** Beth Taylor (Co-Director) runs the teaching kitchen at Sampson Family YMCA. A graduate of Chatham University’s Master of Arts in Food Studies program, Beth has led food tours and has done freelance food writing. She’s also an instructor for 412 Food Rescue’s Cooking Matters food education courses. After getting her undergraduate degree in child development and child care, Beth spent many years working with children.