The power of CCA are the young chefs, who can be any kids in school. We wait till kids are about 9-10 years old to train them to use sharp metal things (knives, peelers, graters) and cook with fire. Kids 8 and under can still participate by tearing leaves, stirring, cleaning, and serving. Combining different ages of kids works great- empower the older kids to manage, supervise, and lead.
Each CCA team (3-10 young chefs per team) needs an adult mentor (the Chef Mentors). This can be school staff, adult volunteers (parents, local college/grad students, pro cooks/chefs).
The Chef Ref is a consistent adult (most likely school staff) who keeps track of the score, orders/inventory food and supplies, and generally oversees the CCA project.
CCA begins with all the young chefs and chef mentors gathering together. The Chef Ref reviews the current score, highlights ways the young chefs excelled the previous CCA session and ways they can improve. The young chefs and mentors then divide into their teams, put on their hats/aprons, and begin the set-up activities on the Recipe Flowchart. This includes signing in a picking a head chef, taking out the cooking supplies, setting up the 4-bin cleaning station, and sanitizing the work spaces. The head chef is a young chef who is responsible for the behavior and effort of his/her team.