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Five cooking schools for NYC kids

Mini-chefs get creative at these city-based programs. 

  • Photograph: Courtesy The Institute of Culinary Education

    Institute of Culinary Education

  • Photograph: Marie Arago

    Ger-Nis Culinary

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    Taste Buds Cook

Photograph: Courtesy The Institute of Culinary Education

Institute of Culinary Education

Upcoming culinary creations at the UES kids' hub include apple rolled scones (week of Jan 30), cheddar-zucchini fishees (week of Feb 16) and orange raisin bread (week of Feb 20). The last 15 minutes of each class are reserved for kids to check out the spot's signature petting zoo. The Art Farm in the City, 419 E 91st St between First and York Aves (212-410-3117, theartfarms.org). Jan 3--Mar 23. See website for details. $40, twelve classes $456. Ages 3 to 8.

On Saturdays, children work together to make all kinds of concoctions (mostly savory)—from hummus and fresh pasta to stuffed artichokes and butternut squash soup—from scratch. Older kids even learn knife skills, beginning with plastic utensils and working up to the real thing. Timed for Valentine's Day is a workshop (Feb 12 noon--2pm, ages 5--9; 2:30--4:30pm, ages 10--14. $60) in which mini chefs bake heart-shaped sweets to bring home to their families. 70 Washington St between Front and York Sts, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-237-2504, doughremekids.com). Jan 21--May 19: Sat 11am--noon, ages 3--8; 12:30--1:30pm, ages 9--13. Thirteen classes $510.


Kindercooks (ages 3 to 5) explore ten culinary herbs by touch, taste, feel and play in the Herbal Voyage class (Feb 4 11am--1pm). They'll come away with the know-how and recipes to create citrus herbal sodas, herb-crusted chicken skewers and herbal pear pie pockets with herbal sugar. Middle Children (ages 6 to 12) take a virtual food history tour in World Spice Market: Pancakes and Muffin Mixes (Feb 11 11am--1pm), learning the art of toasting and grinding herbs to use in muffins, pancakes, and even the syrup and butter that goes on top. 540 President St between Third and Fourth Aves, suite 2E, Park Slope, Brooklyn (347-442-0337, ger-nis.com). $45--$48 per class.

The renowned professional school offers a handful of programs for parent-child pairs. Among the most practical is Pizza! Pizza! (Feb 18 10am--1pm; ages 9 and up), a three-hour session in which families whip up pizza dough and tomato sauce, then custom-bake and chow down on all kinds of pies (including white, prosciutto-and-fontina and chocolate-dessert varieties). Macarons for Kids (Feb 26 1--4pm) will put your family on the cutting edge of city confections. 50 W 23rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (800-522-4610, iceculinary.com). $85 per person.

The Chelsea kitchen specializes in one-off classes for kids and families alike, most with a sweet end product. Upcoming highlights for the younger set include gingerbread cupcakes (Jan 28; ages 2 to 7), sweetheart cupcakes (Feb 11; ages 2 to 7) and "ooey gooey mac and cheese" (Feb 18; ages 2 to 7). Tweens can get busy with a "Valentine's cupcake challenge" (Feb 10 5--7pm; ages 8 to 10), in which students' cupcakes are judged on their taste, presentation creativity. 109 W 27th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-242-2248, tastebudscook.com). Prices and age ranges vary; check website for details.

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