Rooks to Cooks
Bringing the kitchen to the classroom:
Rooks to Cooks offers educational and nutritionally-enhancing after school programs!
Being in the kitchen offers your child the opportunity for self-expression and to build self-confidence through culinary education.
During the program your child will:
- • Gain an understanding of food and where it comes from
- • Learn about nutrition and gain appreciation for healthy eating
- • Learn about safely navigating a kitchen and handling food
- • Enjoy making and eating a wide variety of Nut Free and Kosher Style recipes
After School Program Overview
Founded by Chef Shai Mandel, Ontario certified teacher and trained Chef, Rooks to Cooks was developed to be first and foremost student-centered. We know that each student is unique with their own learning goals and skill levels. For this reason, we make sure that any course, class or program offered through Rooks to Cooks accommodates all students and their individual needs.
Our mission is simple: we will empower our students to become more independent by building self-confidence and supporting self-expression through culinary education. All our programs include themes of healthy eating, teach food literacy and emphasize safe kitchen practices. We are adamant about equipping today’s youth with integral life and cooking skills by offering unique and innovative programs that exceed the expectations of our students, their families and our host partners.
Physical cooking demonstrations precede the hands-on component. We find this method of teaching to be the most inclusive to all learning styles and extremely efficient when teaching youth new cooking practices. Following the cooking demonstration, students will execute the dish under the supervision and with the assistance of our chefs. Once the recipes have been completed, students will pack up their take homes for the day and assist in cleaning the space.
Menus may include: chopped salad with homemade vinaigrette, dip trio, rice paper rolls, Mexican delights, smoothies, yogurt parfaits, wraps, etc
Questions? Contact Lucy Benayon at [email protected].
Unless otherwise specified by a program director or within any other documentation, the following cancellation policy and JCC Credit timetable applies to all Schwartz/Reisman Centre programs:
For Programs that Meet Fewer Than 3 Times
Due to the costs and booking commitments associated with short-term programs, we regret that we cannot offer any JCC Credit for programs, classes, or events that meet fewer than three times per programming season. Additionally, The Schwartz/Reisman Centre cannot be responsible for providing make-ups or issuing any credit for programs missed as a result of personal scheduling conflicts, illness, emergencies, or other circumstances beyond our control. If you are unable to attend a program in this category, we encourage you to consider your registration fee a form of support for the Schwartz/Reisman Centre, helping to sustain wonderful programs.
For Programs that Meet 3+ Times
You may receive JCC Credit for withdrawal from a program when your cancellation request conforms to the timetable outlined below. Please note there is a $15 processing fee for all transfers and cancellations.
- Full JCC Credit will be granted for withdrawal from a Schwartz/Reisman Centre program when a written request is received at least one week before the date of the first class.
- 50% JCC Credit will be granted for withdrawal from a JCC program when a written request is received before the second class.
- After the second class, JCC Credit cannot be granted. (However, you may transfer from one class to another of equal or lesser value if there is space available and with the program director's approval.)
- All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to: The Schwartz Reisman Centre 9600 Bathurst Street, Vaughan Ontario, L6A 3Z8, Attn: Registration; or by e-mail to [email protected] Please allow three to four weeks for processing of your cancellation request.
*All JCC programs and events are subject to change or cancellation. However, in the event that the JCC must cancel its own program, refunds will be issued. The policy articulated here applies to The Schwartz Reisman Centre only, and does not apply to Centre Camp, The Schwartz Reisman Centre daycare and preschool or The Schwartz Reisman Centre Fitness and Health.
In order to receive the member discount on programs, the Schwartz/Reisman Centre requires that participants be active members at the time of registration and throughout the duration of the registered program(s).
Please be advised that the Schwartz/Reisman Centre operates on a JCC Credit only policy and does not issue any refunds unless otherwise advised and approved by a program director.
JCC Credit applied to your JCC account can be redeemed for any program at the JCC (not including Centre Camp and Schwartz/Reisman Centre daycare and preschool), can be used by any family member on your account, and carries no expiration date.
Registration for Schwartz/Reisman Centre programs closes one week before the start date of a course. For some classes we accept registrations until the program has reached 50% of its classes.
We recommend registering as early as possible, as many programs have limited space, and other programs depend upon a certain enrollment number to ensure they will run. Your place in a program can only be guaranteed when accompanied by payment.