Ronald McDonald House culinary camp more than cooking

Ronald McDonald House culinary camp more than cooking

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Central Ohio kids are learning to slice and dice as part of a hands-on culinary camp at the Ronald McDonald House.

Monday was the first day of the five-day summer camp and kids jumped right in, practicing their knife skills and learning how to properly dice an onion.

The camp is hosted by the house’s own Chef Blair Arms and gives kids an opportunity to learn skills like making homemade pasta and baking. But the camp isn’t only about teaching kids proper cooking techniques; Arms said the camp also has a heavy emphasis on philanthropy and community service.

Throughout the week, campers will help serve meals to families staying at the House while also learning how to prepare a guest room for new families checking in.

“I think it’s, again, just an appreciation and just to see how they can impact lives just by volunteering, just by doing a little thing like creating a meal,” said Arms, who is the head chef for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

“I feel bad that they have kids that are going through things, but I think what the Ronald McDonald House Charities is doing is great,” Ronan Harruff, a 15-year-old camper, said. “Just the fact that I can come out here and help and do something, it’s just a good feeling.”

The camp is for kids ages 11 to 15 and will run through this Friday.

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