Galileo Summer Quest
- Galileo Innovation
Chefology: International Eats
Campers will cook their way around the world this week. They’ll make different dishes every day, each inspired by some of the world’s most distinctive culinary cultures. Campers will be challenged to get inventive with their ingredients as they create delectable versions of Japanese sushi, Mexican quesadillas, Persian kuku sabzi, Moroccan couscous and Indian lassi. At the end of the week, they’ll take home a recipe book of all the dishes they designed.
The first things campers will do is get a tour of their kitchen and equipment, then learn some fancy (and safe) cutting techniques. Chefs will then practice being courageous, putting their new skills to the test by making miso soup. Next, they’ll be challenged to create two rolls of sushi—a “play it safe” roll and a “take a risk” roll. Campers will wrap up the day with Two Stars and a Wish where chefs can document their wins and challenges in their personal recipe books.
Ask your camper: What were the differences between the two sushi rolls you created? What did you like best about each of them?
Campers will travel to Mexico today, where they’ll use their visionary skills to experiment with ingredients and ratios to imagine a new version of salsa. They’ll continue to envision new flavors to add to their salsa with handmade tortillas and quesadillas for a full meal. They’ll finish the day by brainstorming the signature menus they’ll create at the end of the week.
Ask your camper: How did you modify your recipes to create unique and tasty quesadilla dishes?
Campers will meet in the Middle East to explore the flavors of extraordinary spices often used in Moroccan dishes. Chefs will sample a variety of spices and collaborate on an innovative couscous dish, washing it all down with an Indian Lassi. Later, they’ll identify their personal strengths and collaborate to create their final teams for the week.
Ask your camper: How did you build on other campers’ ideas today? Did other campers support you in return?
Campers will need to be determined today to complete the most challenging recipe of the week: Kuku Sabzi. This Persian dish requires a lot of ingredients, a lot of prep and a lot of patience. Teams will brainstorm ways to innovate on the original recipe and break down the lists of tasks, creating focused goals that will require determination to complete. Towards the end of the day, chefs will be introduced to the art of plating dishes for the signature menus they’ll cook up tomorrow.
Ask your camper: How did being determined help you face any challenges you encountered today? What’s Kuku Sabzi and what are some of its main ingredients?
Campers will put it all together to create a smashing display of delicious eats today. Chefs will reflect on their goals from yesterday as they make progress and evaluate what is and isn’t working in their process. Teams will get a chance to share reflections by sharing one win and one challenge with their fellow chefs and get some last minute feedback. They’ll finish the day by plating their signature menus and share them with family and friends.
Ask your camper: What was your favorite recipe of the week? The most delicious? The most challenging?
Activities and outings to build on this week's experiences
- Visit your nearest Williams Sonoma store for a Junior Chef class, covering topics from hors d’eouvres to dessert, available at most store locations.
- Explore an existing passion – or try something new – at DIY.org, an online community for kids to challenge their inner chefs and so much more.
- Draw inspiration for future kitchen innovation with a copy of Make: Edible Inventions
- Invite friends over to put your Chefology skills to the test. Collaborate to further improve a Galileo recipe, challenge them to a quickfire contest or generate ideas for a brand new dish.
Galileo Innovation Approach
The Galileo Innovation Approach® (GIA) is our guiding principle. The GIA is at the core of every activity your kids do at camp, from Pre-K all the way to 8th grade. Having a Galileo Innovator’s Mindset, Process and Knowledge makes a lasting impact on the way children think, explore and create.
1. The Innovator's Mindset: How Galileo innovators approach the world
I am Visionary
I am Courageous
I am Collaborative
I am Determined
I am Reflective
2. The Innovator’s Knowledge:What Galileo innovators need to understand
Concepts and Facts
Skills and Techniques
Audience and Environment
3. The Innovator’s Process:How Galileo innovators innovate