The Southern University AgCenter, in collaboration with the LSU AgCenter, will sponsor a youth cooking school, “Creating Healthy Enjoyable Foods,” or CHEF.

CHEF is open to children ages 9-11 on July 13-17 and ages 12-14 on July 27-31. The camp is designed to teach basic cooking principles and nutrition education based on the USDA’s recommendations and guidelines.

“These camps are designed to teach children the basic principles of healthy eating,” said De’Shoin York Friendship, associate specialist for nutrition at the SU AgCenter. “In many households, the parents work and very often when kids get home from school they are home alone.

“ Instead of choosing fast foods or frozen prepared foods, which may be high in fat or sodium, our cooking camps teach youth how to safely prepare nutritious snacks and meals, many of which do not involve the use of a stove.”

Both CHEF sessions will be held 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Pinkie E. Thrift Hall on the Southern campus. Only 12 children will be accepted. Participants are required to bring a bag lunch and snack each day. The camp costs $30, payable by money order, which includes materials, food and attire.

For more information or to get a registration form, contact Kiyana Kelly or Marquetta Anderson-Reynolds at (225) 389-3055 or email or