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Cooking Classes for Kids in Orlando

Cooking is a vital skill that can bring together different cultures, people and families. Teaching children how to navigate the kitchen early on can have amazing benefits, including boosting their self-confidence and knowledge of culinary skills.

Words by Amanda Spence

The Central Florida area boasts many kid-friendly cooking classes that will surely make their mouths water while teaching them integral life lessons. Treat your kids to one of these Central Florida culinary adventures.

Edible Education Experience

Best for Ages: 10+

Edible Education Experience, the nonprofit that runs the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House and Culinary Garden in Orlando, offers classes with a “seed-to-table” concept (the art of sourcing dishes from a garden) for all ages. Besides for their beloved kids’ summer camp, they frequently host field trips and other programs on school holidays that focus on teaching littles how to create culinary creations. Be on the lookout for family-friendly chef nights where kids ten and up and their grown-ups work with a local chef to source ingredients from the on-site 3,000 square foot garden and then create a mouth-watering menu from the harvest. 

Edible Education Experience | Photo: Jessica Friend

U Can Cook

Best for Ages: 3 and up

U Can Cook, a culinary school in Celebration, features classes for all ages. Master chefs and celebrity chefs lead programs that foster new culinary skills. Littles will learn about food prep and safety, and U Can Cook is always offering exciting new lessons. For example, they held a Barbie-themed event that included a cupcake decorating party for kids (age 3 and older) with refreshments and a meet-and-greet with Barbie and Ken.

The Taste of Curiosity 

Best for Ages: 3 and up

Oviedo’s The Taste of Curiosity was inspired by a couple’s 6-year-old son and their love for cooking and teaching. They offer virtual and in-person classes for every age group. Homeschoolers will love cooking together at the weekly Homeschool Group. Older kids can mingle while creating delicious meals at Teen Thursdays. There’s even a My Grown-Up and Me pasta-making class or get the whole crew in on the action with Family Pasta Night, which includes spaghetti, meatballs and a whole lot of fun.

The Taste of Curiosity

Truffles and Trifles

Best for Ages: 14+

Truffles and Trifles, a culinary school in College Park that has been recognized by the Food Network, was founded almost 40 years ago with the purpose of sharing cooking with others. Their calendar is filled with a variety of classes, many of which are open to budding chefs (age 14 and older). For instance, the upcoming Make Your Own Macarons class lets you mix ingredients like pistachio, mango and vanilla to craft delicious desserts while their French Bistro class introduces classic cuisine such as French onion soup, chicken, asparagus and raspberry lemon soufflé.

Truffles and Trifles

Kel’s Kitchen

Best for Ages: All

Kel’s Kitchen in Titusville is the brainchild of Chef Kelly Novak. This place has it all, offering in-person and virtual classes for preschoolers, elementary students, teens and families. One favorite is the Cooking Explorers class aimed at elementary-school-aged children, which invites parents and kids to cook and learn with Chef Kel together.

Orange County Library System

Best for Ages: 3 and up

Did you know the Orange County Library System offers free cooking classes for kids? The Cuisine Corner Junior program features in-person and virtual lessons for children and families. Preschoolers can join the Little Chef classes, where kids ages 3-5 and their caregivers prepare yummy recipes together.

Peterbrooke Chocolatier

Best for Ages: All

Peterbrooke Chocolatier in Winter Park creates European chocolates for all ages. The chocolatier offers classes throughout the year, such as truffle-making and mini chocolate house creations. And mark your calendars well in advance for summer camp classes, which focus on all things chocolate. Kids will receive lunch and even bring home lots of chocolate.

Peterbrooke Chocolatier

Confectionery Academy

Best for Ages: 16 and up

Have a teenager you can’t get out of the kitchen? Bake Supply Plus by D&G Occasions runs Confectionery Academy in Orlando, where teens (and adults too) can learn to create tasty and impressive desserts, including pastries, macarons, cakes and more.

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