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5-Day Cooking bootcamp

5- Day Cooking boot camp

Real food does not have ingredients, real food is ingredients
                                                                                        Jamie Oliver

As a cooking teacher at heart, I have been dreaming up a course that could teach a vast amount of recipes, skills and about real ingredients over a number of days. And that is what the cooking boot camp is all about. Our children don’t learn to cook in school anymore, although it is such an important life skill and parents work so hard there is not always time to patiently teach children the basics of cooking.

I also wanted to be able to delve a little deeper into topics like sustainability, gardening, organic farming ,healthy eating, eating more plants and teaching them how to cook under pressure.

We had our first boot camp a few weeks ago and we learned a ton of new recipes, did some gardening, harvested herbs and salad from the garden. Made our own breakfast and lunch and got to prepare a  high tea for parents.

We even had a farmer visit us from Millvale farm that told us more about his chickens that sleep in a mobile caravan and lay pasture raised eggs.

Cooking bootcamp

It was an intimate group of girls and every day was packed full of new skills to learn. For all the foodies in the group it was the best thing ever to come to a cooking class for 5-days straight.

The next boot camp is happening in the July holidays! I made a few changes to the program but it is going to be great fun and we are covering so many different recipes and skills.

This course is for the really keen young cook, it is intense but also a lot of fun.
Cost: R2900 per child (early bird booking fee R2750)
Time: 8:30-12:30 for 5 DAYS
Ages: 10 Years and older

What is included?

20-page worksheets and recipe booklet
x5 Breakfast
x4 Lunch
x1 High tea
All ingredients and equipment
Learning 30+ new recipes
High tea for parents
1x take home herb plant
1x vegetable in a box garden seeds from Reel gardening

I will not take more than 10 children so please contact me quickly if you are interested at to make a booking.

For the high tea and certificate ceremony on Friday, parents need to be here at 12:00 for just 30 minutes.

For the certificate ceremony we made a high tea for parents.

The menu was:
Mini Carrot and courgette muffins
Black bean brownie bites
Strawberry panna cottas
Mini lamb sausage rolls

It was the grand finale of our week of cooking and taught the children about working under pressure, presentation of food and how to be a hostess.

Cooking bootcamp

Cooking bootcamp

We used loads of fruit in vegetables in our recipes and learned to use a lot of handy equipment like a pasta machine, food processors, juicers and electric whisks. How measure and weigh ingredients.

Each child went home with  fresh thyme and a garden in a box seeds from Reel gardening.

It was a lovely week, hard work but so worth it. Children love to cook and learn new skills and it was a great pleasure to bring them into my cooking classroom.


What a wonderful experience! Every day when I picked up my girl, her eyes sparkled and she couldn’t stop talking about her lovely morning. She learned so much, was motivated and is definitely even more keen to cook and explore in the kitchen! Ankie is is very good teacher and does a lot of research on every recipe she use. We are very grateful that our daugther could be part of this bootcamp!”

Our daughter recently visited The Wooden Spoon Kitchen for a week long cooking bootcamp with fabulous results during the August holidays. She has become more active in our kitchen, has learned about knife safety and the importance of a balanced diet. Ankie has taught the girls so many recipes, we were amazed with the skills our daughter brought back! I can recommend The Wooden Spoon Kitchen to every parent who needs a young chef in the kitchen!

E-mail to make a booking

Pictures by Tracey Kelsey photography

Ankie Niesing

Hi, I'm Ankie! Welcome to Wooden Spoon Kitchen, my pantry of life, love and health where we constantly stir laughter, learning, eating and cooking together!

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