Summer Youth: BARN Junior Chef Challenge (Ages 12-18)

  • Monday, July 25, 2022
  • Thursday, July 28, 2022
  • 4 sessions
  • Monday, July 25, 2022, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Tuesday, July 26, 2022, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • Thursday, July 28, 2022, 9:00 AM 12:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Kitchen Arts Studio, Class Code: KI072522MS
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  • $250 + $70 Materials Fee
  • $200 + $70 Materials Fee

    Registration closes on Monday, 7/18 at 9:00 am.


If you love to cook and enjoy a challenge, this week will keep you on your toes! Each day, participants will be given challenges that will test their culinary skills and quick thinking.  Participants will get an allotted time to create while having access to the well-equipped BARN kitchen and pantry. Participants can work alone or with a partner. Guest judges will be on hand to provide assistance and of course feedback on the final products.  We will have a basket of ingredients for you to choose from to within our 2.5 hour time limit.  Come ready to cook and work your magic!  

Day 1 - Spring Rolls - We are testing your knife skills and looking for perfect diverse cuts and sauce of your choosing. They can be fresh or fried, vegetarian, meat or seafood. Be ready to pivot because your competitor took all the ingredients you need!  

Day 2 - Ramen - Now you know the BARN kitchen and tools - what will fill your bowl of deliciousness? Fresh noodles? Homemade broth? Pickles? 

Day 3 - Tacos - Homemade tortillas and/or salsas… chicken, beef or vegetarian? Use one of our instapots to make a guisado or beans. 

Day 4 - Dessert: What can you make in 2.5  hours? With only 3 ovens, you will need to watch your time and work around other participants.

Participants will also learn the importance of cleanliness in the kitchen.  All participants will be responsible for assisting in washing up and cleaning the BARN Kitchen Arts Studio in accordance with our restaurant permit standards. 


  • This Summer Youth class is for youth ages 12-18. 
  • Registration will close on Monday, July 18th at 9:00 am.
  • When you register your youth, please enter their name in the Youth's Name field and enter the parent/guardian email address for "registrants email". All reminders and important information will go to the email address you register with.
  • Please complete and return this minor permission form by July 20.
  • Please click here to register youth for an optional supervised lunch hour from 12-1 pm for the week of this class.
  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols
  • There is a materials fee of $70 included in the price of the class. 
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here. 
  • If you have any questions, please email BARN Youth Program Director Jess Henderson at [email protected].

Instructor Bio:

Chef Marcela Sandoval served as BARN’s Kitchen Studio Lead from 2019-2020.  She has been teaching and volunteering at BARN since 2017. Before moving to Bainbridge Island in 2016, Marcela spent 18 years accompanying her diplomatic husband around the world.  She has lived in China, Zambia, North Korea, Nepal, and Tanzania.

Growing up in South Texas, Marcela’s culinary roots are in traditional Mexican cuisine. She is Cordon Bleu trained, worked in restaurants in DC and Beijing, sold gelato in Lusaka, ran a tapas bar in Pyongyang, trained restaurant staff in Kathmandu, and taught cooking to students from Tanzania to Bainbridge Island.  Marcela’s life experiences are reflected in her cooking.

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