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Best kids’ cooking classes in NYC

Kids' cooking classes in NYC will turn your little ones into culinary experts, so make some room in the kitchen

By Hannah Doolin, Allie Early and Danielle Valente

Feeling hungry? NYC's best cooking classes for kids will help cure the munchies! 

In these courses, children of all ages will learn new recipes, master different meals and feel comfortable handling kitchen equipment. Essentially, you're going to have a Top Chef in the making, so get ready to hand over the dinner reins to your brood. From the offering at Freshmade NYC to Taste Buds Kitchen, Gotham's cooking classes for kids are the best of the best. Buy a few aprons and let the youngsters do the rest. Bon appétit!

If your kids feel like taking a night off from their culinary duties, check out fun restaurants around town, grab a cone at NYC's best ice cream shops and take advantage of these cookie delivery services

Best kids' cooking classes

Butter Beans Cooking Class

Things to do Classes and workshops Battery Park City

Partake in seasonal classes for kids hosted by Butter Beans! In each session, kids get to try their hand at making seasonal, international and nutritious recipes while mastering basic culinary techniques such as knife skills and seasoning food. Butter Beans also caters to school enrichment programs across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. All ages.

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Taste Buds Kitchen

Things to do Cultural centers Chelsea

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.

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The Art Farm in the City

Things to do Upper East Side

If your kid’s of the culinary kind, consider the Farm Foodies Cooking Class, where kids learn the importance of cooking with fresh ingredients. The program is available for drop-in classes and as a full series, and sprouts will be able to help Chef Sylvie make a seasonal, organic spread inspired by meals around the globe. Your kids might be helping to peel rhubarb, shaping brioche or even baking some fresh cookies! Ages 2–8.

The Creative Kitchen

Things to do Classes and workshops Chelsea

Toddlers and preschoolers whip up age-appropriate recipes with their parents' help while learning about numbers, colors and shapes along the way. Some of our favorite class picks include Eat Your Art, where kids get to create edible food crafts, Storybook Cooking, where children make dishes inspired by classic stories, and Dinner Dates & Family Brunch Classes, where families work together to create meals they'll enjoy over and over! The Creative Kitchen is also behind the annual Kids Food Fest, which promotes healthful eating in a fun way. Ages 2–5.

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Freshmade NYC

Things to do Classes and workshops Downtown

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–10 years.

Young Chefs Academy
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Young Chefs Academy

Things to do Classes and workshops Forest Hills

Sign your kids up for weekly classes that teach general kitchen safety, cooking and baking techniques, presentation, food handling and other great stuff, or enroll 'em in Kindercooks, which caters to the younger set and teaches tykes age-appropriate cooking skills. For the older kids, The Young Chefs Academy is a great place to fine tune basic skills and take the next steps needed to become a seasoned minichef. Ages 4 and up.


Dough Re Me Kids

Things to do Classes and workshops DUMBO

If your kids have a sweet tooth, they'll be more than eager to participate in Dough Re Me Kids' cooking classes. They'll delight in savory concotions using the freshest ingredients from neighborhood green markets. Beginngers can learn the fundamentals of cooking and how to stay safe when prepping meals while older kids can dabble with new techniques, such as perfecting their knife skills. Each year, Dough Re Me also hosts fun holiday courses that will make the season all the merrier. Ages 3–14.

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Green Apron

Things to do Classes and workshops

Get kiddos into the kitchen with Green Apron's family-friendly event space, which offers everything from mommy and me classes to kids-only cooking classes and birthday parties. Don't expect any shortcuts at Green Apron. These classes get right down to the basics and help all students prepare their meals from scratch. All ages. 

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The Dynamite Shop

Things to do Classes and workshops South Brooklyn

Once kids taste test The Dynamite Shop's exciting offerings, they'll certainly come back hungry for more. The culinary school for kids and teens offers a glimpse at the inner workings of a real kitchen—and one where youngsters are the chefs! The pros guide students through presentations and delve deep into the art of cooking. Students will learn cooking fundamentals before preparing tasty meals, including pasta, chicken under a brick and other delicious options, all of which they take home. When your chefs-in-training need a breather, there's an option to kick back outside in the quaint backyard or grab sweets from the café. Essentially, it's a must for all lil' foodies, and parents will definitely appreciate the pros' personal touch and expertise! All ages. 

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Allergic to Salad

Things to do Classes and workshops Midtown West

Asking kids to munch on healthy bites is no easy feat. Thanks to course offerings from Allergic to Salad, young chefs get to experience the joy of preparing a meal without feeling bored with the whole "healthy eating" mantra. These classes are held throughout various venues across NYC and provide a chance for mini chefs to discover cuisines from around the world while learning how to stay safe in the kitchen. From Kombucha classes to pizza workshops, Allergic Salad has a little something for everyone...even adults! All ages. 

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