‘Plates and Palettes’ teaches campers to have fun with their food

Eyes got wider and wider as Triumph Kitchen chef Chris Wadsworth laid out his masterpiece of dessert on the 6-foot-long table for the 17 campers taking part in the final session of the Community School for the Arts’ summer camp.

As he put the finishing touches on the culinary creation, he asked the students what ingredients that had been studied throughout the week had gone into the dessert. Hands quickly shot up and answers came quickly — flour, sugar, cornstarch, baking soda and chocolate.

“They got to hear me talk about and play with food all week,” says Wadsworth. “Then I combined all the basics we’d talked about in this dessert.”

While the Community School for the Arts has been around for about 10 years, the collaboration with Triumph Kitchen in this “Plates and Palettes” session was a first.

“This was a new concept for us,” says director Robin McAndrew. “It allowed us to combine the visual arts with something different … something we hadn’t done before.”

Doing fun things like painting with chocolate at Triumph Kitchen took place in the afternoons. The campers’ mornings were spent at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge studying art’s more traditional mediums — sculpturing, printmaking and painting with artists Cat Murphy and Raina Wirta.