Thanks to Bliss Belly Kitchen for sponsoring today's guide to kids cooking classes in the East Bay. Bliss Belly Kitchen offers Farmers Market based Cooking Camps, After School Cooking Classes, Private Family Cooking Lessons, and Chocolate Making Birthday Parties (for kids and adults!).
I think it is amazing to have skilled kids in the kitchen (and not just to do the dishes). When my eldest makes his signature guacamole, everybody is happy. Encourage your children's culinary creativity, knife skills, and meal planning with these fantastic cooking classes, camps, and workshops.
Bliss Belly Kitchen (Berkeley)
Bliss Belly Kitchen offers cooking camps and classes for children ages 5 to 13 and their families. Chef Neelam focuses on health-conscious, eco-conscious, and soul-conscious cooking. She also prepares chocolates and can facilitate a chocolate-making birthday party.
Bliss Belly Kitchen uses locally sourced organic farm fresh ingredients to teach children about the fundamentals of healthy cooking. Participants learn to source, cook, and appreciate delicious recipes.
Cooking Round the World (Albany, Alameda, Oakland and other East Bay locations)
Students age 6 to 13 learn about the flavors and cultures around the world with occasional foodie field trips during seasonal camps. From soups to entrees and desserts, children will learn culinary skills alongside international games and language acquisition. After school enrichment programs available preschool to 9th grade. Albany residents check out the FREE class this fall, Chopped Junior, offered for kids 8-13.
Paulding & Company’s COOK! programs are creative and challenging culinary courses for 8 to 18-year-olds with hands-on activities designed to give kids the confidence and skills they need to cook for themselves and for their families and friends. Themed birthday parties are also available, including a festive Taco Bar, High Tea or a classic Pizza Party and Cake Decorating.
A company designed to educate, inspire and equip urban homesteaders with an interest in producing their own food, reducing their ecological footprint and eating seasonally and sustainably without abandoning their urban lifestyles. Upcoming cheesemaking class, Unicorn Ricotta and Goat Cheese, is designed especially for you and your favorite young person (ages 7+).
In the Kitchen Culinary (Emeryville)
The classes are designed to be hands on experience, targeted for kids from ages 4-14 years old building useful kitchen skills.
Kitchen On Fire (Berkeley, Oakland)
This learning lab for cooking offers occasional workshops for adult-children pairs and families. Make sure to call and check if your adult class can accommodate a child (age 12 and up).
Sprouts (East Bay various)
In-restaurant cooking classes, workshops, and seasonal camps for kids 7-13. Bay Area chefs offer 2-hour cooking classes right inside their restaurants. Sprouts’ aspiring chefs cook and eat everything themselves, hands-on, right alongside. Menus are seasonal and nutritious: homemade ricotta, gnocchi, frittatas, sushi, orange almond cake, and more! Lesson plans and recipes include crucial nutritional lessons, including sugar reduction and awareness.
Spun Sugar (Berkeley)
Spun Sugar is all about the sweets. Its calendar indicates kid-friendly workshops on vacations and weekends with a (*). Recent kid-friendly classes include fancy cookies and cupcake fever. Children under 7 must be accompanied by a parent.
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Chef Neelam from Bliss Belly Kitchen is a credentialed school teacher and uses her knowledge of Ayurveda to plan healthy, delicious, nutritious, and refined sugar free meals. Campers go on a field trip to the farmers market and utilize farm fresh produce in every meal. She emphasizes mindfulness in all classes to make cooking healthy, happy, and uplifting. Her menus can accommodate various dietary restrictions.
Thanks a ton to Bliss Belly Kitchen for sponsoring our guide to get kids cooking!
[All photos provided by Chef Neelam of Bliss Belly Kitchen]