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 kids' 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!
Cooking classes for kids
This farm-to-table culinary adventure takes your kids on a journey through internationally-inspired recipes, nutrition and basic cooking skills. Tykes can learn fun things about food preservation (pickling and jam-making) plus they’ll get to share a meal with fellow minichefs at the end of class. Butter Beans caters to school enrichment programs across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Ages 4–11 (but can accommodate children as young as 2).
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 rainbow cupcakes, snow princess cupcakes or "Around the World" fare like lasagna...there's even a New York Pizza-making workshop! Ages 2 and up.
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.
Toddlers and preschoolers whip up age-appropriate recipes with parents' help while learning about numbers, colors and shapes along the way. Some of our favorite offerings include Colorful Cooking (where kids create super colorful meals) and Storybook Cooking (where kids make recipes from classic children's stories). Mom and Dad can even get involved during Dinner Dates & 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.
Children work in small groups to make all kinds of (mostly savory) concoctions from scratch using seasonal ingredients from local Greenmarkets. Each Saturday, youngsters will master the basics in morning sessions, while older kids with some cooking experience 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 3 to 14.
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 with your small ones ages 2–4 to explore the five senses through cooking or drop 'em off at Junior Chefs (ages 7–10) so they can learn to write their own recipes and learn the art of plating. Ages 18 months to 10 years.
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 while learning food prep techniques, proper food handling, presentation and table setting. Ages 4 and up.
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.
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.