WSVN — If your child aspires to be the next star chef, get things cooking in the kitchen this summer by enrolling them in the Kid's Culinary Academy at the Biltmore Hotel.

Alexis Pozo: "I love cooking."

Each session is one week long, and kids spend their time with the hotel's star chefs learning everything from prepping to plating.

Lourdes Castro, Director, Biltmore Culinary Academy: "We start off with the kitchen basics. They learn everything about the tools involved, kitchen sanitation, equipment, even knife skills, where we allow them to chop and learn the different vegetable cuts."

Sammi-Jack Martincak: "They let us use real knives and real materials, so you get the real experience."

And don't expect kiddie cuisine. These little chefs are taught how to whip up international dishes.

Lourdes Castro: "Everyday they move on to different cuisines, so we've done Italian, French, today they're doing Asian. Tomorrow we'll explore the pastry kitchen."

Alexis Pozo: "Today we're going to be making vegetable dumplings and chicken curry."

While it's a lot of fun, many of these kids are prepping for the future.

Sammi-Jack Martincak: "When I'm older, I want to be a chef and have my own cooking show."

If your child is more the Tiger Woods type, let them take a swing at the Biltmore's Junior Golf Camp.

Eddy De Arcos: "Everyone likes Tiger Woods. I like him and Phil Mickelson."

Each week, kids from 6 to 17 years old learn the basics of golf from chipping to putting.

Justin Bruton, golf instructor: "A big advantage of our camp is we get the kids on the golf course. We teach them how to play on the golf course, etiquette, rules."

Instructors also make sure the kids develop their overall athletic ability by doing drills and setting up stations that improve their hand-eye coordination and strength. Plus, they learn some friendly competition.

Eddy De Arcos: "Coming out and just playing with my friends, and you make new friends. I've already made a ton."

New camp sessions start every week and many of the children repeat the camps just to meet with new instructors.


The Biltmore Hotel305-445-1926

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