Best Bets for Kids' Cooking Classes in Charlotte
Whip up some fun for aspiring chefs preschool aged through teens at these culinary hot spots.
Are you raising a budding Julia Child or Guy Fieri? Give them a place to hone their cooking skills — and keep your kitchen clean — with these cooking and baking schools in and around Charlotte. Preschoolers to teens can learn where food comes from, proper cooking techniques and how to take their cupcake game to the next level. Whether its a one day class or a one-week camp, they can enjoy tasty results and you might get help with dinner!
Chef Alyssa is passionate about cooking and has been head chef at some of the Queen City's favorite restaurants. Lucky for aspiring cooks of all ages, she opened Chef Alyssa's Kitchen in 2013 and has earned a reputation for dishing out creative, healthy and downright tasty dishes. Chef Alyssa offers award-winning classes for kids age 7-18 throughout the year, or team up this spring or summer with parent-child classes for kids ages 5 and older (usually held on Saturdays). Find mini-camps during school breaks and a variety of week-long camps in the summer. Classes incorporate technique, valuable skills with local and organic ingredients and participants get to eat their rewards.
Little Sprouts Cooking School is a residential cooking school in Mint Hill, North Carolina founded by Nellie Johnston in 2016. With a focus on nutrition and healthy living, kids 8 and older can learn how to make pizza, doughnuts, German fare and dishes with ingredients straight from the garden. Little Sprouts can also bring classes to clubs, organizations and homeschool groups.
If your little baker has a sweet tooth that can't be tamed, Sweet Spot Studio is the place to learn the art of baking. Owner and pastry chef Jossie Lukacik started Sweet Spot Studio with the goal of creating a place for people to up their pastry skills. Classes include cookie decorating, cake decorating and seasonal baking. Classes are offered on weeknights and weekends in the Charlotte studio, located on Monroe Road near Oakhurts, for ages 7 and older (kids under 9 must be accompanied by an adult). Summer workshops are also available.
Susan Caldwell founded the original location in Raleigh to fulfill her dream of helping kids learn valuable life skills in the kitchen. There are two locations in Charlotte: Quail Corners Shopping Center and Rea Farms near Ardrey Kell and Providence roads. Each location offers classes for kids ages preschool through teen years. Children can sharpen their cooking skills with Kids Night Outs (perfect for Mom and Dad to get away for a date night), birthday parties, camps and etiquette classes.
The school, located on the third floor of Whole Foods Market on Fairview Road, offers regular opportunities for kids of all ages to work in a real instructional kitchen through classes including Mommy's Little Helper (one parent and one child age three to six), Salud Jr. teen classes and summer camps. Salud! can also host a cooking-themed birthday party. There is time built into each class for the chefs to eat their creations. 6610 Fairview Road.