Guest Blog: Valentine Warner, plus our Root Camp comp

Root Camp is the brainchild of Cassia Kidron. Aimed at 15–21 year olds, these residential courses educate young people about food: where it comes from and how best to cook it.

We caught up with chef Valentine Warner to have chat about his involvement in Root Camp. Plus, we’ve got a fantastic prize for budding young chefs – a free place on a Root Camp course. Read on for more info about the competition. Valentine Warner Continue reading

Getting to the root of Root Camp

Intrigued about what teenagers can learn from Root Camp? We caught up with Root Camp’s founder, Cassia Kidron, to chat about her motivations, memories and more.

Q Let’s start with an interesting fact about yourself.Image of Cassia Kidron

I was approached by Mossad to be a spy. Most people think I declined…

Q Where did the name ‘Root Camp’ come from?

A My son came up with the idea. There’s the obvious vegetable association, but also the idea of taking root in life, which is so potent for this age group (15 to 21 year-olds).

Also, the rhyme with ‘boot camp’ seemed to fit – muddy teenagers coming back from a rigorous morning in the field, the exertion and camaraderie.

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Kids in the kitchen

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Root Camp is a (literally) groundbreaking field-to-fork venture for 15-21 year-olds, and we’re proud to support it.

On this hands-on cookery course, youngsters learn about everything from farming and sourcing to cooking for others, and the whole process is taught in a fun and creative environment.

The aim is to turn up the heat on your kid’s culinary enthusiasm, to inspire them, and to help give them the skills for leading an independent life.

Activities include foraging, harvesting and fishing; debates and guest speakers; and learning to cook delicious, nourishing food – from bread to soups and sauces. The course counts towards The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award too.

Find out more here.

Bookings are open for this summer’s camps – 15th-20th July and 22nd-27th July – and you can find more information about them on the website:

Happy camping!