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. Currently, they are hosting sold-out summer camps, but will return to hosting parent/child/teen culinary and baking classes during the week beginning at 6:00 pm for ages 11-18, along with Parent/Child classes for ages 7-12 on Saturday mornings in the fall. Classes incorporate technique, valuable skills with local and organic ingredients and participants get to eat their rewards. For those who can’t wait, Chef Alyssa offers a variety of virtual cooking classes that you can purchase and view at any time.
Formerly Little Sprouts Cooking School, Growing Thyme Cooking offers nutrition based cooking courses as well as a stand alone nutrition course. The Growing Thyme Cooking Curriculum is focused on providing each child with the tools necessary to not only make delicious food using whole ingredients, but to understand the nutritional impact of what they put into their bodies. Check their website to keep up to date on their class offerings.
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. Check their website for up-to-date class listings.
Susan Caldwell founded the original location in Raleigh to fulfill her dream of helping kids learn valuable life skills in the kitchen. The franchise studio has a Charlotte location in Rea Farms near Ardrey Kell and Providence roads. Flour Power offers weekly classes, summer and school break camps, and Kids Night Out for preschool ages up to teens.