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Cooking classes for kids in New York City

Mini chefs can learn their way around the kitchen, practice basic safety and techniques, and whip up tasty dishes in these cooking classes for kids

Photograph: courtesy Taste Buds Kitchen
Taste Buds Kitchen: Warm & Cozy Cooking Camp

Do your kids aspire to be the next great chef at one of NYC’s 50 best family restaurants or a specialty farm-to-table restaurant? Those who can’t get enough of stirring, whisking and decorating­—not to mention getting ingredients all over your walls—will love slapping on a mini chef’s hat and trying a hand at one of these cooking classes. After all, anything can happen when you’re wearing an apron. Who knows…they could end up writing one of our favorite new recipes for kids!

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Cooking classes for kids

Chef Toni's Cooking Adventures

Through hands-on culinary classes and camps with occasional visits from food professionals, kids learn to make healthy food choices, then show off their smarts back in Toni's kitchen by creating farm-to-table meals like chicken pot pie soup and Florentine turkey lasagna. They'll learn about kitchen safety and healthy cooking techniques, explore world cuisines and expand their petite palates in classes ranging from quick Power Hours to three-hour Cooking Adventures or Saturday Cook & Plays. Ages 2 to 16.

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Upper West Side

The Creative Kitchen

Toddlers and preschoolers whip up age-appropriate recipes with parents' help while learning about numbers, colors and shapes along the way. Mom and Dad can even get involved during Dinner Dates and Family Brunch classes that let the whole clan cook together. At the end of class everyone feasts on the tasty final project. Ages 2 to 5.

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Dough Re Me Kids

Children work in small groups to make all kinds of (mostly savory) concoctions from scratch using seasonal ingredients from local Greenmarkets. Each Saturday, youngsters (ages 5 and up) will master the basics in morning sessions, while older kids with some cooking experience (ages 9 and up) will learn knife skills—beginning with plastic utensils and working up to the real thing—in the afternoon. Catch holiday-themed workshops throughout the year as well. Ages 5 to 14.

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Freshmade NYC

Family-friendly programs aimed at fostering an appreciation of healthy cooking give kids of all ages—from toddler to teen—the chance to get in the kitchen. Try Palette-Palate or Brunch 'n Munch classes with little ones, or set older kids loose in Young Chef courses teaching basic kitchen skills and safety. Ages 18 months to 10 years.

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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, kitchen etiquette and the proper way to use kitchen tools. Check out one-hour workshops where they'll make cute treats like Despicable Me minion cupcakes or a variety of themed camps including Around the World and Cooking Science. Ages 2 and up.

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Young Chefs Academy

Kids are grouped by age—from KinderCooks to Senior Chefs—for 90-minute once-a-week classes based on monthly themes like "Home for the Hollandaise" or "Let's Just Veg Out!" Kids will whip up everything from tasty brown-bag lunches to fun holiday treats. Ages 4 and up.

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New York Kids Club

Enroll your tiny toque in one of many cooking classes offered at all locations of NYKids Club. This play center boasts culinary programs for kids as young as two years old, allowing them to learn about international cultures and their unique dishes, practice table manners and kitchen safety, and get their hands dirty while mixing, chopping, grating and whisking. Classes vary depending on location, but include basic Cooking classes based on age range, Cooking Jrs for kids and parents to work together, and Junior Chefs which allows independent kids to personalize their recipes. Ages 2 to 5 years.

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Upper West Side

Apple Seeds

Mini chefs can tackle kidcentric recipes in this playspace's COOKing Monsters classes. Little ones will learn to measure and mix, use math skills and create edible works of art. The program inspires little ones to try different cuisines from around the globe and learn about other cultures along the way. Ages newborn to 5 years.

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This gourmet Italian café and bakery hosts weekly Gelato & Baking classes on Saturdays for kids with particularly sweet teeth. Budding pastry chefs will receive their own hats and aprons to wear as they whip up a frozen treat made with homemade gelato, then bake cookies or pastries with seasonal themes. Parents who want to stay and watch the action can enjoy complimentary coffee. Ages 5 to 12.

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