Food allergies, sensitivities and food limitations

Cooking Round the World is committed to providing a fun, healthy and safe learning experience for children and others. We strive to do our best to accommodate a variety of special food needs and limitations.

Nuts: As of December 1, 2013, we are a completely nut-free program. No tree nuts or peanuts are used in any recipe.

Below is a list of food allergies that we CAN accommodate if you provide us with 2 weeks advance notice prior to the start date of the class or camp. This gives us time to modify recipes, contact teachers and ensure we can secure alternative ingredients, if needed.

  • Fruit: the specific fruit should be identified
  • Seafood: Some of our recipes have fish, fish sauce, oyster sauce, etc, Please let us know the specific seafood your child is allergic to
  • Legumes
  • Sesame seeds and sesame oil.

If your child is a vegetarian, we can usually accommodate these needs with 2 weeks advance notice.

If your child is sensitive to gluten and/or has celiac disease please contact us prior to registering for classes or camp to see if it’s possible to modify recipes for the classes. We may ask you to help pay for alternative ingredients.

If your child is sensitive to food preservatives, dyes, or food coloring, eggs or dairy we do NOT advise you to register your child for Cooking Round the World classes or camp.

If your child’s allergy is so severe that he/she can not be in the room or near others, touch utensils or cookware that may have come in contact with the allergen, we do not advise you to register your child for Cooking Round the World classes or camp. We are unable to take the necessary precautions to provide your child with the utmost safety. 

If you register for a class after the two-week advance notice requirement and your child has a food sensitivity or limitation, please contact us directly to see if we can accommodate your child’s needs. Mindy Myers: 510-593-5285. If you are unsure about any of the above, please call and check with us. We strive to make Cooking Round the World the best possible experience for your child! Thank you for your understanding.

Payment, Cancellations, Wait lists

  • Payment is required in full at the time of registration, no exceptions. You must register online. Your child is not registered until payment is received.
  • You have 1 month before first day of registered camp week for full refund. Cancellation two weeks prior to camp start date, half refund. Cancellation thereafter, no refund. Refunds are made to credit cards.

  • Should a camp be cancelled because of too few sign ups (less than 8), a full refund will be given or enrollment can roll over to another camp week.

  • Camp registration is on a first come/first served basis. Class size is limited to 16 children per week.

  • Since space is limited, you can request to be placed on a wait list and you will be notified should space become available.

  • Cooking Round the World half day camp ends at 1pm; full day camp ends at 4pm.

  • Early arrivals, more than 10 minutes prior to the start of camp, will be charged the $15 pre-care fee.

  • Late pick ups (more than 10 minutes) will be charged $25/child each late day. Payments are required at the time of pickup.

  1. Missed Days

Cooking Round the World cannot offer partial refunds for days of camp or classes missed due to illness or other unforeseen changes in plans. Discounts on future programs are not offered in exchange.

  1. Tuition Resale

If your plans change past the refund deadlines, you may arrange to have your child’s spot given to another child. Exchange of money for said tuition is a private transaction between families, and Cooking Round the World is in no way responsible for this transaction. Cooking Round the World will accept the exchange of one camp space Cooking Round the World must receive the following information for the superseding student by 5:00 PM the Thursday before camp: child’s name and age, parent’s name, parent’s email address, parent’s phone number, child’s allergy/health concerns, and the name of the original camper. If we do not receive the exchange information from both parties, Cooking Round the World may reject the superseding student from attending.

  1. Misplaced Belongings

Although Cooking Round the World’s staff members do their best to make sure all students’ personal belongings make it home with them after class, Cooking Round the World is not responsible for items that get left behind accidently. Please be sure to label all of your child’s belongings with their name ahead of time. Before Friday, misplaced items will be placed next to the sign-out form at the end of the day for collection. Items that are not claimed by the end-of-day Friday will be donated.

  1. Materials Fees

Some co-sponsored Cooking Round the World camp programs require a materials fee in addition to tuition. This fee covers the cost of each student’s apron, ingredients needed for recipes, paper plates and cutlery. Cooking Round the World asks that materials fees be paid via check (made out to Cooking Round the World) on the first day of camp. If the fee is not paid by the end of the second day, the student cannot return to camp the remainder of the week and tuition will not be refunded.

Liability Waiver

While Cooking Round the World takes the necessary health and safety precautions, culinary activities have inherent risks and hazards. Participation in classes could possibly result in injury or illness. Cooking Round the World and its teachers are not liable for losses or personal injury resulting from participation in cooking classes.

Photo Release

Please note that classes may be photographed. If you do not want your child’s picture published, please send an email to mindy@cookingroundtheworld.com indicating as such, otherwise registering hereby authorizes Cooking Round the World to use photos and videos in any promotional materials and social media.

Cooking Round the World Campership/Scholarship Information

I. Scholarship Recipients for After School Classes

Afterschool Scholarship Recipients are selected by a school, not by Cooking Round the World. Cooking Round the World serves as a vendor for all afterschool programs. Afterschool Scholarship recipients must follow protocol as indicated by the individual school. The application process is a school procedure.
Cooking Round the World limits the number of scholarship to 1 scholarship student per class. The financial award of the scholarship award is determined by the school. The selection of the scholarship student is determined by the school.
If an afterschool scholarship child is awarded, the school will send Cooking Round the World the necessary contact information and food allergy information. The identity of the scholarship child will remain confidential.

II. Winter or Summer Campership Gifts
The criteria for selecting summer or winter camp campership recipients for Cooking Round the World is based on financial need and family/life circumstances. Please see application for details. Cooking Round the World is able to grant a half day camp week (9 – 1 pm) or contribute $325 towards a full day camp week (9 – 4 pm).

If a family requests a full day campership, the family is required to pay the additional $160 by check, made payable to Cooking Round the World, by June 1, 2018. If the check is not received June 1, 2018, the campership will be nullified. If the family requires precare, there is an additional $75 due.

Checks should be mailed to: Cooking Round the World, 6657 Gunn Drive, Oakland, CA 94611. The allocation of a campership is determined by a Cooking Round the World administrator, and is based on criteria indicated on the application.


A separate application is required for each child applying for a campership gift. Applications are reviewed every 2 weeks. Families are notified by email whether the campership was accepted. One campership week per camper is accepted. Families should not apply for more than 1 campership gift per child. Once a Campership scholarship is accepted, the week cannot be exchanged. Campership gifts are limited to one campership per camp week, per location. Families applying for a campership on a different week at a different location will not be honored. Incomplete applications will not be honored. If a specific camp week fills up, families will be notified that their second choice was honored. If both first and second week choices cannot be honored, Cooking Round the World will contact you to discuss other options.

Cooking Round the World is unable to award camperships to affiliate programs (i.e. a Parks and Recreation Program, YMCA, Community Center, or a partnership program). For summer 2018, families may apply for camperships in Oakland, Lafayette, Pleasant Hill, or Albany/Berkeley.

Applications for campership gifts are awarded on a first come/first served basis. Parents are required to notify Cooking Round the World immediately if plans change and the award is not used so that it can be offered to another camper.

Camperships no longer available in Oakland for weeks:
June 11 -5, June 18 – 22, June 25 -29, July 2-6, July 23 - 27, July 30 - Aug 3, Aug 6 – 10, Aug 13-17

Camperships no longer available in Pleasant Hill for weeks:
June 18 – 22, June 25 – 29, July 2-6,July 16 - 20, July 23-27, July 30-Aug 3

Camperships no longer available in North Berkeley/Albany for weeks:
July 9 – 13, July 16 - 20, July 23 - 27

Camperships no longer available in Castro Valley for weeks:
June 18-22, June 25 - 29

Camperships no longer available in Lafayette for weeks:
June 11-15

Click Here to fill out the Campership Gift Application.