The kitchen is the pulse of the home. There are so many life lessons that can be taught through cooking and food preparation. It only makes sense that we, as parents, would want to get children involved in cooking not only from a learning perspective but from a social one as well. Thanks to a number of innovative entrepreneurs who offer children's cooking classes, kids are now learning that cooking can be creative, artistic and enjoyable.
At the Young Chefs Academy, located in Marlboro, children learn basic cooking skills and techniques in a safe environment that encourages discovery and creativity. YCA combines kitchen safety and menu planning with table setting and etiquette and tops it all off with a dash of laughter. YCA offers classes for three different age ranges, Kindercooks (ages 3-5), Junior Chefs (ages 6-14), and Senior Chefs (15+). The kid-friendly classrooms at YCA provide a "real" setting so that students are able to apply what they learn at home. With monthly themes and exciting new programs, Young Chefs Academy takes the fear and mystery out of cooking. YCA also offers special events including birthday parties, field trips, fundraiser opportunities and cooking camps.
ShopRite supermarkets, locations throughout New Jersey, offer "Kids Culinary Workshops" for children ages 5-12. The workshop is a 2-hour long, hands-on class that includes culinary basics, nutritional tips and safe food-handling guidelines and practices. Some winter themes include "Football Fantasy Favorites", "Carnival Fun Feast", and "Leprechaun Lunch". ShopRite also provides private cooking lessons and children's birthday parties.
Cook 'N' Tell, Colts Neck, the premier cooking school in central New Jersey, allows children (ages 5 and up) to spend quality time in a relaxing environment while learning to cook. The relaxed home/kitchen classroom environment lends itself to classes that are more festive than formal. Cook 'N' Tell puts the emphasis on the interactive and educational aspects of cooking while teaching children that cooking can be fun. Cook 'N' Tell also offers birthday parties and private parties perfect for any age and any occasion. They will also customize any party for any group or theme.
Get those aprons on the kids and let them have a blast cooking up some great food. Who knows? They may offer to cook your next meal!