JOIN US for an EIU Summer Culinary Experience. 

Eastern’s Apprentice Chef Cooking School is your opportunity to:

  • Immerse yourself in culinary training
  • Test your skill and talent in the hospitality industry
  • Get a feel for working in a
      professional culinary setting
  • Meet others who are passionately epicurious
  • Experience campus life in our EIU Residence Halls
  • Get a head-start on your college career - 
      earn EIU credit!

High school sophomores and juniors interested in gaining practical experience in the hospitality and culinary arts field will have the opportunity to attend a three and one half-day camp, working under the tutelage of professional chefs.

Participants will be expected to commit themselves to an exciting course of study and development. A variety of recreational activities will also be planned and students will have time to relax, make new friends, and experience campus life.

June 15–18, 2014
Culinary Experiences:
Learn culinary basics such as knife skills, etiquette, and safety and sanitation procedures. Scientific principles of baking, grilling, food preparation and sensory taste testing will be presented. Master the culinary techniques to prepare items such as pastries, fresh pasta, sauces, and Italian ices.
Field Trips: 
Visit a high-end local restaurant and sample various cuisines. Take a field trip to the Firefly Grille in nearby Effingham where you will learn plating and garnishing techniques, and interact with professional Chefs.
Event Planning: 
As a capstone project, you and other apprentice students will plan, prepare and serve a fine dining meal to your family members on Wednesday evening, utilizing skills you have learned throughout the week.

Earn A Semester-Hour of EIU College Credit 

Start your EIU career now! While you attend Apprentice Chef Cooking School, take the opportunity to earn a semester-hour of undergraduate EIU college credit for your attendance. Credit is awarded upon successful completion of 12.5 contact hours of rigorous study and instruction at the camp. This semester-hour of credit will be banked for you and applied to your EIU transcript upon official Freshman enrollment to the University. 


The Apprentice Chef Cooking School is held at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. Charleston is located in East Central Illinois, just off I-57 on Route 16.
It is 135 miles from St. Louis, 200 miles from Chicago, and 120 miles from Indianapolis.

Dates:  June 15–18, 2014

Time: Check in will be Sunday evening starting at 4:00pm.
Class sessions will meet 
from 9am–4:30pm daily Monday–Wednesday,
with activities planned for each evening.

An EIU residence hall complex will be available for your stay. The residence halls are 
modern, air-conditioned complexes with double-occupancy rooms and public lounges.

Registration for the 2014 Apprentice Chef Cooking School is $650, and includes all instruction, three nights’ lodging, meals in a University residence hall, recreational
activities, and tuition and fees toward one semester-hour of banked college-level
credit at EIU. Enrollment is limited. Apply early to ensure your place in the camp.

Hosted by:

Eastern Illinois University
School of Family and Consumer Sciences

and School of Continuing Education

For more information
or to register
contact the Camp Registrar
or e-mail