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Cooking classes for children in New York City

Budding balabustas can learn their way around the kitchen and make some tasty dishes at these cooking classes for children.

  • Cooking classes for children in New York City

    Chef Toni's Cooking Academy

  • Cooking classes for children in New York City

    The Creative Kitchen

  • Cooking classes for children in New York City

    Dough Re Me Kids

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    Cooking classes for children in New York City

    Freshmade

  • Photograph: Courtesy Taste Buds Cook

    Cooking classes for children in New York City

    Taste Buds Kitchen

  • Photograph: Chris Chesleigh

    Cooking classes for children in New York City

    Young Chef's Academy

Cooking classes for children in New York City

Chef Toni's Cooking Academy


It's never too early to start developing culinary skills, and with these cooking classes for children that teach kids as young as toddlers how to craft age-appropriate recipes, we're willing to bet that a few breakfasts-in-bed may be in your future. Kids also learn about healthy food choices, how to find seasonal ingredients at local Greenmarkets, and the ins and outs of kitchen etiquette. Scroll through our cooking classes for children to find just the right fit for your mini chef.

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Chef Toni's Cooking Academy

Through visits to local restaurants, farmers' markets and grocery stores, kids learn to make healthy food choices, then show off their smarts back in Toni's kitchen by creating meals like chicken potpie soup and Florentine turkey lasagna. A chef etiquette class teaches kids about table manners, including the proper use of utensils. 967 Columbus Ave between 107th and 108th Sts, suite B1 (646-682-7769, cheftoniscookingacademy.com). Fall session begins Sept 6. Single class $45–$75, five classes $375. Ages 2 to 16.

The Creative Kitchen
Toddlers and preschoolers whip up age-appropriate recipes with parents' help while learning about numbers, colors and shapes along the way (dishes include Rainbow Rice and Pattern Parfaits). Some sessions take their inspiration from popular books like Stone Soup. At the end of class everyone feasts on the tasty final product. Various locations in Manhattan (718-406-7506, thecreativekitchen.com). Fall session begins Sept 10. Eight to seventeen classes $560–$900. Ages 2 and up

Dough Re Me Kids
Children work in small groups to make all kinds of (mostly savory, but occasionally sweet) concoctions from scratch using seasonal ingredients from local Greenmarkets. Older kids even learn knife skills, beginning with plastic utensils and working up to the real thing. 70 Washington St between Front and York Sts, Dumbo, Brooklyn (doughremekids.com). Fall session begins Sept 14. Thirteen classes $510. Ages 3 to 14.

Freshmade
Kids of all ages work together to whip up a healthy dish in themed classes like Palette-Palate and Brunch-N-Munch. Parents can also join in during a Family Dinner class, where everyone works together to create a nutritious meal. 636 Broadway at Bleecker St, suite 516 (212-475-0500, freshmadenyc.com). Fall session begins Sept 16. Ten classes $425–$595. Ages 2 to 12.

Taste Buds Kitchen

Working in groups of ten, kids prepare foods like sweet potato fries, brownie bites, deep-dish pizza and gooey butter cookies. They'll also learn mixing and measuring techniques. A special session for children with autism is also offered (classes are limited to seven students and staff have been trained by the Rebecca School), as well as a program for tweens that takes them to the kitchens of popular NYC restaurants. 109 W 27th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-242-2248, tastebudskitchen.com). Fall session begins Sept 9. Single class $45, ten classes $395, fifteen classes $525, twenty classes $640. Ages 2 and up.

Young Chefs Academy
Kids are grouped by age—from KinderCooks to Senior Chefs—for 90-minute, once-a-week classes based on monthly themes. In September, children whip up tasty brown-bag lunches; during Eek!tober, kids learn how to make fun Halloween treats. 108-10 72nd Ave between Austin St and Queens Blvd, Forest Hills, Queens (718-268-0343, youngchefsacademy.com). Fall session begins Sept 11. Fifty-two classes $1,070, 24 classes $642, 16 classes $460, plus $79 lifetime membership fee; single class $35 and up. Ages 4 and up.


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