Academics - Culinary


Why is our Culinary Program awesome?

At Summer Discovery, we’ve cooked up culinary courses that will have you cooking and baking at the legendary Zingerman’s® Bakehouse and exploring diversity and flavors on a food tour.  You will gain hands-on experience as you work alongside professional chefs and learn important kitchen skills and techniques.  You will improve your palate as you taste various cuisines and exotic ingredients.  Our program will give you a taste of what it’s like to be a part of the culinary industry and teach you how to cook for yourself and others.

Unique opportunities offered by Summer Discovery

Students will visit local restaurants and will discover the city through its unique culinary culture.  Join us for our culinary experience at Zingerman’s® Bakehouse and Eat Ann Arbor course.  Come see why Inc. Magazine calls Zingerman’s®, “The coolest small company in America.” The Bakehouse is part of the legendary Zingerman’s® empire of Ann Arbor food businesses.  Students will participate in a host of fun-filled baking and cooking courses that cover mouthwatering recipes, such as ‘from-scratch’ breads, pasta, pizza, quiches, cakes, cookies, and so much more. Our courses are geared toward high school students and specified to fit the learning styles considered most effective for young adults.

Our hands-on Culinary Program allows students to:

  • Participate in culinary classes that use natural ingredients, and are filled with fun and flavor
  • Prepare extra portions of recipes that can be shared with friends
  • Explore the diversity and tastes of Ann Arbor on a unique food tour
  • Sample traditional and exotic ingredients while getting a glimpse of the city’s history, culture, and ethnic groups
  • …and much more!

Whether you’re feeding your “foodie” passion or craving to be a future “foodpreneur,” you, as a student, will become seasoned in the basics of the culinary industry and thus have a competitive advantage over your peers. Your experience at Summer Discovery will make you a more well-rounded, knowledgeable individual with enhanced academic and life skills.


“I had a great summer with great experiences. I met a lot of new friends and had fun doing the activities.”

- Jason Sekler; Melville, NY

“I think that all of the staff, faculty, and teachers within this program made my experience the best it could be, and I'm so glad I was able to experience it before I go to college”

- Emma Davidson; Ringoes, NJ

Here's where you can find this program:

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  • U Michigan & UCLAAnn Arbor, Michigan & Los Angeles, California2 or 3 Weeks @ Michigan & 2 or 3 Weeks @ UCLATuition ranging from $9,999 - $11,399For students completing grades 9, 10, 11, 12 (ages 14-18)DiscoverApply Now
  • Penn StateState College, PennsylvaniaSpecial classes and academies in Business, Psychology, Anthropology, and College SkillsTuition $4,399For students completing grades 9, 10, 11, 12 (ages 14-18)DiscoverApply Now
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