New York City Cooking Program for Teens and Youth



Each Friday evening a group of aspiring young chefs comes to the church rectory at 6:30 PM and cooks for three hours. They learn to prep, sear, sauté, braise, make sauces, and slice and dice. They're taught French and Italian culinary terms, health and safety issues, as well as to “clean-as you-go”. 


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Calling all New York City youth, ages 10-21, interested in being part of the team at the Ascension Culinary Institute (ACI). This is the 12th year the ACI will be accepting applications for the summer/fall program.

If you're interested in cooking, experiencing new foods and culture, learning cooking techniques and having fun while being safe, this is the summer program for you!

Classes start Wednesday, July 31st and will be held every Wednesday from 6:30pm to 10:30pm at The Church of the Ascension Center on West 107th Street in New York City. The program will continue through the new year and will culminate with our annual fundraiser gala on Saturday April, 4th, 2020.

If you need more information, please contact Chef Paul at (212) 203-8759 or via email at

NYC Culinary Institute Cooking for Teens