Try some of these cooking classes for kids and families that are hosted by Orlando chefs and cooking gurus around town.
Words by Amanda Keefer
The Williams-Sonoma stores in Winter Park and at Mall at Millenia offer Free Junior Chef Classes (best for kids ages 8 to 12) on Saturdays. Let them show your junior chef how fun and easy cooking can be! Kids experience different weekly themes and make delicious recipes, from main courses to desserts to snacks. Some weeks may have special themes with fees. Class times vary by store location. Call your local store to register. www.williams-sonoma.com
The Publix Aprons Cooking School located at 7524 Dr. Phillips Blvd. has classes throughout the year for adults and children. A wide variety of classes are available and take place almost every day. Learn to cook gluten-free, create a vegetarian meal plan, or even hone your knife skills. A full schedule of classes and costs can be found here: www.publix.com
Truffles and Trifles in Winter Park has been offering family cooking classes and kids summer camps for nearly 31 years! During the school year, there are family-specific classes. In September, there is an Heir and Their Parent class among numerous adult classes. The online schedule gives you classes for the upcoming four months. Check it out for prices and dates: www.trufflesandtrifles.com.
At U Can Cook in Celebration Town Center, there are programs for different interests and skill levels. U Can Cook With Me is geared toward family cooking. U Can Cook With Us has master chefs and celebrity chefs teach you skills and techniques so you can be more confident in your culinary prowess. U Can Cook covers it all, from the basics of food preparations to food safety skills and even proper etiquette. More info and class schedules are at www.Facebook.com/ucancookfl.
Whole Kids Cooking Class is a free program at Whole Foods Market, Phillips Crossing for you and your child to learn some quick and easy recipes that are perfect for little hands to handle. Whole Kids Cooking Classes are usually scheduled monthly. Registration is required. Check the store events calendar for details: www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/orlando.
Amanda Keefer is a local mom of two girls, Mia (8) and Charlie (4), and the author of the travel blog TheMammaMiaBlog.com. She spends her days as the director of marketing at Produce for Kids, educating families on the importance of a healthy diet full of fruits and veggies. For more tips on getting kids involved in the kitchen and kid-friendly recipes, check out www.produceforkids.com.