Sprouts is the brainchild of Karen Rogers, 32 23, who, when she arrived at UC Berkeley in 2005 immediately launched a cooking club on campus.
Today, the culinary arts club has some 600 members, making it one of the largest clubs on campus, according to Karen, who graduated last year and resigned from presiding over the group in 2007 to focus on Sprouts.
At the Sprout summer camps, kids aged 7 to 13 work in some of the best restaurant kitchens in the Bay Area, including, in Berkeley, Chez Panisse, Venezia, La Mediterranee and Cafe Gratitude.
Berkeleyside contributor Sarah Henry writes about Sprouts and related culinary adventures today on her blog, Lettuce Eat Kale.
[Photo of Karen Rogers with kids: courtesy Karen Rogers.]