Cooking classes for kids
Fun-filled classes that impart basic kitchen techniques
Alys Tomlinson / Time Out
These cooking workshops cater specially for your little chefs, with fun-filled classes that impart basic kitchen techniques while also helping to develop a sensibility for quality ingredients and balanced eating. While the appreciation of good food is universal, however, note that most of these classes are taught in French.
Cooking classes for little ones
Themed workshops at this cooking school well known for its many adult classes welcome junior gourmets aged between six and 12. All-chocolate days bring chocolate madeleines, fondants and chocolate chip cookies, while other menus include fish croquettes and mini cordon bleus, éclairs and a raspberry tiramisu. In December, festive Christmas workshops introduce kids to Santa sablé biscuits and snowy cupcakes, or chocolate truffles and almond-paste-stuffed fruits déguisés, a traditional Christmas confectionery. Special workshops for teenagers this season will have 12- to 18-year-olds making foie gras nuggets, duck burgers and chocolate mousse while their parents hightail it to the nearest wine bar.
- Atelier Haussmann, 32 rue Vignon, 9e
Le Quinzième chef and founder Cyril Lignac has developed a series of cooking classes for children aged six to 11. Where visitors to his Michelin-starred restaurant enjoy seabass carpaccio and braised calf sweetbreads, children at the Petits Chefs workshops learn how to make coriander and veal burgers, and confit tomato cakes. Menus at the weekly classes skew towards a sweet tooth, with many classes including recipes for such teatime treats as chocolate crêpes, hazelnut muffins and caramel French toast. To celebrate the Christmas season, holiday menus feature gingerbread snowmen, madeleines studded with preserved fruits, and chocolate truffles.
- 10 Cité Dupetit-Thouars, 3e
Bakers and pastry chefs, sisters Elsa and Emmanuelle Condet run this bread-baking workshop for children ages six and up. The one-and-a-half-hour class is held in a colourful, purpose-built studio and kitchen, where kids learn about different kinds of grains and flours, and about varieties of brioche and pizza doughs, before getting up to their elbows in pastry dust. Children leave with a recipe and the loaf of bread they’ve baked. Founders of Cake le traiteur, a caterer for children’s parties, the Condet sisters can also organise private workshops to teach cheeky children, as they call them, how to make shortbreads, macarons, and sweet and savoury scones.
- 11-13 rue George Bernard Shaw, 15e
One of the few schools in Paris that organise cooking classes taught in English, Cook’n with Class is known among visitors to the city for its many adult courses on bread making, cheese and wine pairing, cake decorating and even how to handle foie gras. At the children’s workshop, seven- to 12-year-olds learn how to make classic French sweets such as chocolate fondants, jammy shortbread biscuits and a chocolate mousse. Private classes are also available – and can be taught in Spanish, French, Italian and Chinese (with a translator) – so you could make it a family affair.
- 21 rue Custine, 18e
What do Andy Warhol, Mondrian and Frida Kahlo have in common? They’re all welcome inspiration at Isabelle Luzzato’s cooking workshops for children aged eight to 12. The two-and-a-half-hour lessons bring together art and the art of the kitchen, so Joan Miró’s elemental compositions inform a pizza day, textile designer Sonia Delaunay’s vividly coloured circles introduce an afternoon of macaron baking, and Italian painter Arcimboldo’s fresh-produce portraits lead into a session on making a minestrone. The child cooks each leave with their own creation packed in a box they’ve decorated according to the theme of the atelier. The classes take place in a light, bright apartment filled with artworks, where Luzzato, a former stylist and fashion merchandiser turned professional chef, also hosts Ateliers Ados for teenagers.
- 23 rue Fourcroy, 17e