Get the Kids into the Kitchen!
by Alexi Wilbourn
The cans of saucy, over-processed ravioli are on strike! Help your kids learn kitchen basics and healthy habits by sending them to a cooking class. And hey, maybe they’ll be the ones making dinner one night soon.
California Pizza Kitchen
Kids love pizza, so why not give them a chance to learn how to make their own? California Pizza Kitchen offers behind-the-scenes tours of the kitchen and restaurant.
Visitors learn the secret to making (and eating) a perfect pizza pie, receive a goodie bag, and get to enjoy a delicious dessert. You need at least a small group to get the tour; maximum of 10-12 kids for one time.
Tours are free for schools and nonprofit organizations. If your kids want to grab a few friends to form a group, the cost will be $10 per person. Ages 10 and younger. Find a location at cpk.com.
For the older child who’s looking to whip up his own culinary masterpiece, try Hal’s Kitchen in Sandy Springs. Chef Cyndi Sterne teaches kids 12 and older the ins and outs of a fully equipped kitchen and provides her chefs-in-training with plenty
of hands-on tasks. Sterne and fellow chef Jessica Ray have planned two full-scale kids’ cooking experiences for January 20 at 6 p.m. In Sterne’s “Chocolate in Five Courses” class ($75), kids will prepare a five-course meal centered on chocolate, including dishes such as bacon-wrapped shrimp with chocolate grits and spiced cocoa rub-covered short ribs. Or, kids can opt for Ray’s “Chinese New Year” cooking adventure ($65), which will focus on dishes appropriate for that celebration. The fee for each course includes all supplies and edibles. Hal’s Kitchen is located at 206B Johnson Ferry Rd., Sandy Springs. 404-847-6991.
Salud! Cooking School
Teaching kids to make tasty meals could be as close as your local Whole Foods Market. Yes, in addition to cooking classes for adults, Whole Foods also has classes for the younger set.
Check out “Kids Cook: Parisian Bistro” for hands-on learning and yummy eats. Students will set out on a Paris adventure with pommes frites, Alsatian onion and bacon tarts, and crème brûlée. Jan. 21. Ages 6-9, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Ages 10-12, 3-6 p.m. 5945 State Bridge Rd., Duluth. 678-514-2400. $35. Complete schedule at wholefoodsmarket.com.
Viking Cooking School
If you’re feeling a little leery of your child with an entire kitchen at his disposal, visit Viking Cooking School. The culinary institute has family classes for parents and children to attend together.
During the “Pasta Party for Families,” students will make homemade dough for raviolis and other Italian dishes. Each child must be accompanied by an adult, with a maximum of two children per chaperone. Ages 7 and older. Jan. 22. 4-7 p.m. 1745 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-745-9064. $59 per person.
Young Chef’s Academy
For only $35, your chef-in-training will receive 90 minutes of culinary instruction and fun. Kids learn everything from kitchen safety to baking techniques to table setting. There’s even a “kindercooks” class for ages 3-6.
Some previous menus from the class? Ask your kids how Denver omelets, eggnog pancakes and molasses whipped cream sound.
With four metro-Atlanta locations, there’s bound to be a conveniently located school. Find one near you and view the class schedule at youngchefsacademy.com.