Culinary Arts - EXPLO
Explo - Learning Through Exploration

What’s Cooking? Your Future Career in Culinary Arts

Since 1976, EXPLO has
reached 80,000 students from
50 states and 93 countries
around the world.

We Don’t Put Classroom Walls Around Learning

Every day at EXPLO is intentionally designed so that learning doesn’t end when classes do. Each activity, every encounter is an open-ended opportunity for discovery and growth.

Partners + Advisors

When you come to EXPLO, we connect you with some of the most brilliant minds in the field. These remarkable individuals lend depth and perspective to your work; answer your questions about careers; and help shape your experience throughout the program.


From the moment your feet hit the floor in the morning until your head hits the pillow at lights out, every day at EXPLO is jam-packed with courses, entertainment, trips, and fun!

Teaching +

Our year-round staff works for 10 months every off-season to develop curriculum and programming that will knock your socks off. (Unless you’re in the science lab, where closed-toe shoes are required.)

  • Course Highlight: Oyster House

    Visit America’s oldest continuously operating restaurant, the Union Oyster House in Boston. Sit in the same booth that JFK routinely sat in before he became president, and learn about the best-kept secrets behind successfully run restaurants.

  • Course Trip: Sourcing at Haymarket

    Take a morning trip into the hustle and bustle of Boston's iconic Haymarket to source a diverse collection of fruits and vegetables for the custom pizzas you will craft later that afternoon.

  • Course Highlight: Knife Skills

    The first step to great food is great knife skills. Practice the “slice,” “chop,” “back-slice,” and “rock-chop” — with proper blade grip of course — taught by one of our professional chefs.

  • Course Highlight: Baking

    Experiment with the chemistry of baking, with a hands-on approach to the concepts of proofing, gelatinization, and enzyme activation.

  • Course Highlight: Plating

    Learn about the careful and precise art of creating food you can eat with your eyes. You’ll soon discover that plating your own dish is a real accomplishment — we suggest instagramming that masterpiece later.

  • Video: Experience Culinary Arts at EXPLO

  • Course Highlight: Learn with the Pros

    Sauté, sear, sweat, and simmer dishes with professional renowned chefs in the culinary industry.

  • Course Highlight: Collaborative Experimentation

    Experimentation wouldn't be possible without hearing what your peers have to say. Learn how to collaboratively create new flavor profiles, unique glazing methods, and inventive plating choices together.

  • Main Event: Cruise Night

    Venture to Boston Harbor to watch the sunset fall over New England’s most historic skyline. Spend your evening dancing with friends, admiring the sights, and taking a few selfies, as you sail out into the Atlantic Ocean.

EXPLO Reinvented the Learning Experience.
We Continue to Do So — Every Day

From the halls of MIT to the minds of curious young people from across the U.S. and around the world, learning through exploration combines an array of experiences — from hands-on courses and workshops to outdoor activities and weekend trips — that transform the way students engage with the world. More than 40 years later, EXPLO continues to reinvent the learning experience. Educators, nonprofits, and corporate leaders alike now seek EXPLO’s knowledge and expertise in engaged learning, critical making, and design thinking to drive their organizations forward.

EXPLO is short for Exploration. Each
summer, 90% of students choose
to attend our Exploration Programs.
How to Choose Your Program

Chef was an amazing teacher. He taught me how to cook without recipes, as well as fix any mistakes I created, and it made me so much more confident in the kitchen.

Say Hello!

For many families, attending an Info Meeting in your local area or on one of our campuses is a great way to get a feel for what a summer at EXPLO has to offer. Meet our Executive Director, Head of Programs, or Director of Admission, ask questions, and get a first-hand feel for our programs.

A Life of Daring and Courage Starts at EXPLO


Program Dates

  • Session One July 1 – July 14, 2018 Residential