The next generation of chefs

Young chefs will have the chance to learn how to jazz up family meals with a series of cooking camps to be held this summer at 42 The Restaurant, atop The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester in White Plains.

In a statement announcing the effort, Angela Bastone-Goncalves, a New York-certified teacher who runs the program, “Cooking With Ms. Angela & Friends,” said, “More and more kids are really enjoying cooking. Why not give them some tricks and tips so that they’re not just making your typical mac and cheese? … This camp teaches them to be confident and to be able to help at home.”

Bastone-Goncalves will kick off each lesson and then break the classes into small groups at stations so that everyone will get to work hands-on with the food and the kitchen tools throughout each session.

“We’re going to take basic foods and fancy them up a little bit to show that kids really can put out a great meal,” Bastone-Goncalves added.

Anthony Goncalves, the noted chef behind 42 The Restaurant, will participate, as will other guest chefs.

Learning the techniques in a professional kitchen, the students will get to try out machines they otherwise might not have a chance to see, such as a blast freezer or ravioli maker.

The children will be taught in two age groups – 7 to 9 and 10 and over – starting in late June. Sessions range from $275 to $320.

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– Mary Shustack

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