Austin Foodie Mama: Cooking Classes for Kids

Kids cooking classes

Some days it can feel like all parents do is prepare food, cook it and then clean up afterwards. Perhaps passing over the torch is a ways in the future, but why not get your ready-to-help foodie-in-training more comfortable in the kitchen? Seems like a win-win! Here are a few places around town where kids can hone their cooking skills:

Central Market’s Cooking School – You may not realize that in addition to being a great place to let the kids play while you enjoy talking with the mamas, Central Market on North Lamar also offers cooking classes. Kids can choose from a variety of classes and camps. There are even parent-child classes on occasion. The gingerbread house decorating workshops during the holidays are very popular.

Cook, Learn, Grow! – Educator and chef Lori Hinze offers afterschool classes and summer camps for kids ages 5-13 at different locations in north Austin. The company’s mission is to lead people to positive and healthy food relationships through food literacy while creating happy, delicious memories.

Faraday’s Kitchen Store – Faraday’s is a huge retail store in Lake Travis with cooking classes and workshops for all ages. In addition to offering some parent/child classes, Faraday’s also offers kids’ summer cooking camp.

Foodie Kids – Founded by cookbook author Barbara Beery, Foodie Kids offers year-round classes, camps and workshops for kids and groups ages 1.5 through tweens. Gluten-free and allergy-related recipe modifications are available for an additional cost. Kids can also drop in to the Makery with no advanced registration to make snacks. Most classes are offered at Foodie Kids in north central Austin, but off-site classes can also be arranged.

Kids Kitchen – Registered dietician and nutritionist Leah Smith founded Kids Kitchen to educate, encourage and excite families about getting their kids into the kitchen to create a love of cooking healthy foods. Leah offers classes for kids ages 3-12 and a virtual chefs club.
AdvertisementMake it Sweet – Formerly known as the All in One Bake Shop, this go-to store for all your baking supply needs in north central Austin also offers classes for adults and kids. To attend a regular class, children must be 8 years old (kids under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult). Private decorating classes can also be arranged.

Patricia’s Table – Patricia Tamminga, an early childhood educator and culinary school graduate, founded Patricia’s Table, a teaching kitchen for kids and adults housed in central Austin. The kitchen will feature kid-friendly touches, including an invention cooktop and low ovens. Hands-on cooking camps will be limited to 10 campers and will combine culinary techniques, locally grown foods and fresh flavors. Kids’ classes will also be offered.

Sustainable Food Center Farmers’ Market – The SFC Downtown market offers weekly, free Little Sprouts events and activities at its Saturday market to teach kids how to grow, share and prepare healthy, local food.

Thai Fresh – Owner and mama Jam Sanitchat offers kids’ cooking classes in the Thai Fresh kitchen in central south Austin.

Whole Foods – Whole Food’s Catering Department offers kids cooking classes at its Culinary Center on North Lamar. Children can learn to cook pizza, Mexican and Asian dishes and more in the Kids in the Kitchen series.

Williams-Sonoma – Williams-Sonoma offers free junior chef classes at its stores. Class size is limited. Call your closest store to reserve your child a spot.

Are you hungry yet?

Catherine Prystup
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Catherine Prystup founded out of a desire to build a better community for Austin-area moms. She has three children, ages seventeen, eight and three years old.

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