Become a storyteller whose prose is local and sustainable foods, both grown in gardens and wild harvested. Elevate foraging and horticulture to a new level: from earth to table. Get hands-on experience while training with our Guild Chef through a worldly spectrum of cooking techniques, principles and theories.
The Trackers Chef Apprenticeship immerses you in many cooking traditions while charting a new path for a wilder culinary culture:
Wild Foraging: Plants & More
Chef Apprentices learn about true subsistence foraging and preservation, harvesting from Fall to Spring. They explore the flavors of local wild edible plants along with seafood, meats and fungi. We journey into a world where wild plants run through our gardens and our gardens grow through the wild forest.
Cooking Technique & Safety
We explore a diverse, colorful and flavorful world of cooking techniques throughout history and the world. Every Chef Apprentice gets their Food Handlers Card, but we go beyond that as apprentices study the ergonomics of the cooking environment. Chef Apprentices learn to keep the village well fed in an ongoing celebration of local foods, health and nutrition.
Mise en place - The Ecology of Kitchen Survival
The French concept of a highly organized kitchen is more than a process for cooking, it is way of awareness and life. The ecology of kitchen survival requires a sharp and thoughtful mind. In a Wilder kitchen you have a huge diversity of ingredients available to you where truly wild tastes push the edges of flavor and root us deeply in nourishing traditions.
How it Works
One weekend a month, apprentices train in the field at our epic outdoor locations. Four of those weekends are Friday - Sunday overnight expeditions.
- Overnight Weekends:
- Check-in between 4:30 and 5 PM on Friday and check-out at 3:00 PM on Sunday.
- Single Field Days:
- Check-in between 8:45 and 9 AM on Saturday, and check-out at 4:30 PM that same day.
TuitionTuition is divided into monthly payments after a $75 deposit, or may be paid in full by August 15 for a 5% discount.
Grade 5 - 10 (Includes 4 Weekend Overnight Trips): Full program tuition is $1,950. Includes: 4 Friday - Sunday overnight weekends, 4 field day Saturdays, Community Celebration: Picnic Potluck, optional family holiday party, Trackers hoodie, access to our weekly family Skills Night, and Mora knife.