Kids' cooking classes in New York City

In these kids' cooking classes, tiny chefs can learn their way around the kitchen, practice basic safety and more

Turn your tyke into America's next Top Chef with great kids' cooking classes in the city! Depending on their interests, you might sign them up for a kids-only baking, cooking or even chocolate-making class right here in town. Most of the picks on our list keep class sizes small so your creative kids get the most out of their experience. Don't forget to inspire your next cooking adventure with our favorite family restaurants, some top-notch local meal kit delivery services and other fun restaurants around town.

Best kids' cooking classes

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Butter Beans Cooking Class

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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. Various ages.

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Taste Buds Kitchen

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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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Chef Toni's Cooking Adventures

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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 even get to dress the part with their very own chef's hat! All ages.

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The Art Farm in the City

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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.

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The Creative Kitchen

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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 to 5.

Dough Re Me Kids

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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.

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Freshmade NYC

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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.

Young Chefs Academy
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Young Chefs Academy

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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.

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