… and the winner is…

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014

Hello all… Our Fruit Tray competition has come to a conclusion here at Camp between the Ockanickon Kitchen Staff and the Matollionequay Kitchen Staff and the winner is… The Ockanickon Kitchen Staff’s “Indian Chief” display!!!   The senior Kitchen Staff and I narrowed down the 5 daily trays last week to one finalist from each kitchen and let YOU pick the winner by “Liking” the photos on our Facebook page. I let the voting run from the initial posting on Saturday until midnight Tuesday and by a slim 136 to 117 count the stately Indian Chief won over the beautiful Butterfly. It was rather difficult for myself and the other Chefs to narrow down the selections because they were all very creative and well thought out by each team. Some of the criteria we used to select the finalists included… 1… The amount of fruit used. We have A LOT of hungry boys and girls here at Camp and the display had to not only be fun and creative but also serve everyone!! 2… Creativity. The interesting use of the size and shape of the various fruits, the use of the assorted colors of the fruits and the theme and overall final look of the tray all played a part in the creativity. 3… Following my guidelines for the contest. All parts of the tray must be edible (or have the edible parts still attached to the rind… no use of solely inedible parts) and no skewers, toothpicks or other assorted inedible tools to make a desired effect. 4… The “WOW” factor. What got me the most when I was selecting the ones I liked the best were the positive comments I was hearing from the Campers and Staff who were enjoying these awesome fruit displays all week!! The ones that had the most people talking about them got a boost! I will say, the Kitchen Staff did have some fun with this friendly competition… and we’ll be trying another very soon. The next contest will involve taste instead of a visual display so if you want to have fun along with us, you’ll have to be here at Camp!! Pictures say a thousand words but unfortunately they don’t taste very good. For all the staff who participated in the competition, with much thanks to Rich Rupert and his staff, I have arranged a fun afternoon on our own Challenge Course here at Camp… and the winning team at Ockanickon get a VERY special and exclusive Challenge Course treat… The Night Zip… where we go high up above the tree tops on our Matollionequay Zip Line at night!! Thanks for reading about this little behind the scenes fun we’ve been having in the Kitchens at Ocky and Matolly… and thanks to those of you who voted on Facebook!! Be good… Chef Jason & Chef Kimmie P.S… By the way…...

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A little friendly competition in the Kitchen…

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014

Hello all!! What started as some of our Kitchen Staff being a little creative and having fun with designs on our morning fruit tray for the campers, has now turned into a little friendly competition between the Ocky Kitchen Staff and the Matolly Kitchen Staff. Pictured below is an example of what I’m talking about… That is a fish made out of honeydew and cantaloupe melons with a dried cranberry for an eye. (This tray was from about a week ago and not in the contest.) So here are the rules and the way the contest will be judged… #1… The ENTIRE tray must be made of edible fruit. No toothpicks or skewers like you might see in one of those “Edible Arrangements”. Rinds of fruit are acceptable but only if the flesh of the fruit is still attached to it, like a slice of watermelon might have. #2… It must be 100% fruit… no vegetables or anything else. And that’s about it. Pretty simple rules. I took 2 elected team members to a local produce place and gave them a very small budget to buy a few unique items of their choosing for their teams. I also surprised them with a few other items that they can use, aside from out typical selection. The contest will run from this Tuesday morning’s fruit display until Saturday… having 5 displays done by each team. Those 5 trays will be judged by myself and our 3 other Chefs who will whittle down the entries to one finalist from each team. Over the coming weekend I will post pictures of the two fruit displays on Facebook and it will be up to YOU… our friends, families, campers and alumni… to vote with “Likes” on which fruit display you like the best. The winning team will get a surprise. The actual real winners are the campers who are being treated to some really awesome, fun and fully edible fruit trays in the mornings here at Camp!! And I can tell you that the Kitchen Staff themselves are also already winners for participating with such excitement and creativity here each day and hearing the praises for their work from everyone around Camp. We are keeping all the pictures secret until the weekend so stay tuned!! We can’t wait for you all to see the amazing and fun work our crews are doing!! Be good… Chef Jason & Chef Kimmie P.S… And don’t worry, we’ll probably end up posting ALL the photos of every entry after the contest is over so you can even see the ones we didn’t choose for the...

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Cheese Moose? No, Chocolate Mousse!

Posted by on Jul 31, 2010

Hey folks… When I took the reigns of our Camp’s Food Service program in 2006, after the departure of my mentor Chef Manny, I began a mission to find a special dessert to serve for our most special dinner at Camp… The Green and Blue Feather Banquet night. After a few tries with some average and vaguely memorable ice cream type treats, I found the answer… Chocolate Mousse! Chocolate Mousse garnished with a strawberry, a vanilla cookie and a dollop of whipped cream!! A delightfully rich and winning combination! The Matolly Girls even came up with a chant to let the Kitchen Staff know that they are ready for the delicious dessert. “Choco-late-Mousse… Choco-late-Mousse…” Continue the chant until the dessert makes it’s appearance. The gestures that goes along with the chant is… smack your open palms the table twice with the syllables to “Choco-late”… then, fingers outstretched, put your thumbs to your temples as if you had the antlers of a moose and shout “MOUSSE”!! A dining hall full of Matolly Girls doing this chant will summon the dessert in a heartbeat! Pictured here is some of the staff from the Ocky Kitchen, Seif and Kostya, preparing the mousse… myself, putting the finishing touch on, the whipped cream… and the final presentation. Bon Appetite… and be good… Chef...

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Celebrating Stockwell's Birthday!!

Posted by on Jul 21, 2010

Hello everyone… As mentioned here on the Blog earlier in the week by our very own Lake Stockwell Day Camp Director, Jen Segelken, this year marks the 20th anniversary (or better yet, BIRTHDAY!!!) of the addition of the Day Camp to our program. And as she also mentioned I had a special surprise snack in the works for today. Pictured above is just that… 300 “birthday” cupcakes, enough to feed the whole Day Camp crowd, and cleverly iced to show everyone the big 2-0!! (Don’t try to count the cupcakes in the photo. There is not really 300 there… we had another 2 full trays back in the kitchen!! These were just for the big show!!) Before enjoying the cupcakes the entire group sang “Happy Birthday to you…” and let me tell you… the kids all sang with so much heart and spirit it was deafening. So loud that I think the girls down at Matolly might have heard them singing!!! Happy Birthday Lake Stockwell Day Camp!!! May you always be filled with the sounds of children having fun, splashing in the water and learning a thing or two about our 4 Core Values!!! Be good… Chef...

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Did you know?

Posted by on Jul 19, 2010

Hello dear readers… As stated in the title of this post, I’ll pose this question… Can you guess how many meals per day my wonderful Kitchen Staff and I serve? Did I hear someone say 100? Did I hear someone else shout 472 meals per day?? Of course I didn’t hear anyone shout anything… this is a blog. If you thought to yourself… “I bet Chef Jason and his Kitchen Staff serve approximately 1,400 meals per day!”… well my friend… you would be correct!! Here at Camp we have two dining facilities… One located on the Matollionequay side that feeds the girls and one down at the Ockanickon side that feeds the boys and our awesome Lake Stockwell Day Camp. I must say… It gets hot in the kitchens but my crew work very hard to make sure each and every one of the 1,400 meals each day are made with care and served with pride and a little side dish of Love. If you ever have a question, comment or concern about the food here at Camp you can email me at jason@ycamp.org and I’ll be happy to help. Would you like another cool fact about the food here at Camp? It takes about 40 dozen eggs to feed a hungry group of boys in the Ocky Dining hall… and guess what else?!?! We crack each and every fresh egg by hand. No powdered eggs from a box or liquid eggs from a bag get served in Chef Jason’s kitchen!! Thanks for reading!!! Be good… Chef Jason P.S… Pictured below… Meatballs in sauce served and ready for pick-up by the Ocky “Cruisers” at dinnertime on Monday. The Meatballs & Sauce will accompany Rigatoni, Steamed Broccoli, Garlic Bread, our gorgeous Salad Bar and Cookies for dessert! One of our Campers favorite...

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