Kids Cooking Classes in NJ
Could your kid be the next Gordon Ramsey if only they had proper instruction? Here are places around the state that can give them the skills to be a star in the kitchen.
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Do you love cooking shows like Chopped Junior? If your kid has seen the show and is itching to learn, here are some places around the state that could help your kid become a culinary star. At the very least, it might mean you get a night or two off from making dinner!
213 Newark Ave., Jersey City
Specializing in the littlest chefs, kids as young as 2 1/2 get their hands dirty making cookies, healthy school lunches and yummy veggie-filled treats. Try summer and winter camps, the after-school enrichment program or classes. Sensory-friendly cooking classes also run for special needs kids. Single class prices vary, but you can also get a membership at $79.99/month that includes weekly classes, a free apron, a BFF pass for their friend, a 15 percent sibling discount and 20 percent off parties, camps and events.
Locations in Hoboken, Wayne
Feel like a staffer when you sign up for a course at legendary Carlo’s Bakery (of TLC’s Cake Boss fame). Kids learn to create masterpieces out of fondant and cake in two-hour classes that teach you to make everything from winter cupcakes to a comic book-themed cake, plus techniques like piping. Classes start at $125. Ages 10 and up; all kids under 18 must have an adult with them.
This cooking school offers regular classes at their Budd Lake, Nutley and Toms River locations, but they have teams in various NJ counties that'll bring the fun right to your home (it's an epic idea for a birthday party). Classes include LEGO-themed cooking, cupcake decorating, parent and me sessions and healthy snack prep. Have a child with a nut allergy? All food items are guaranteed peanut- and tree nut-free. Class prices vary, but are typically about $30/each. Ages 2 1/2 and up.
710 South Ave. W., Westfield
Chefs here emphasize the importance of gardening and farm-to-table cuisine. They also offer private lessons, camps for kids as young as four years old, cooking classes for adults (many of which allow high schoolers), Mommy and Me classes (learn to make brunch faves like veggie quiche and blueberry muffins!) and birthday parties. Kids can learn how to make lunchtime staples like grilled cheese sandwiches and broccoli cheddar soup, or dinner faves like stuffed shells and turkey meatballs. If you have tween chefs at home, keep an eye out for Preteen/Teen classes and Baking Club courses. Kids classes vary, adult classes are $70.
183 S. New York Rd., Galloway
Kiddos learn to bake and cook completely gluten-free at this South Jersey venue. This company is a gluten-free meal prep business that makes well-rounded, allergy-friendly meals for athletes and families alike with organic meat, wild fish and local produce. The kitchen hosts kids' classes like Pizza Party, Healthy Italian and Baking with Chocolate. Call for pricing. Ages 7-11.
67 Pleasant Valley Rd., Titusville
Kids cooking classes include knife skills and world cuisines. Students can learn Mexican cuisine (scratch tortillas, anyone?), pasta making, cheese making and more. All classes include lunch, plus cover at least 3 dishes and many techniques to build cooking skills. The school is located on a working organic vegetable farm, and emphasizes fresh ingredients. Find out more about kids' cooking camp over the summer. Ages 6-14.
61 Maple St., #636, Summit
International Ivy's Junior Chef Club serves kids in grades K-2 and 3-6. Learn kitchen terms and cooking techniques while prepping everything from ravioli to German chocolate cake. 10-week sessions are available year-round, and each class lasts for 90 minutes. Little bakers can sign up for Cupcake-a-licious, where they'll learn to decorate with animals, flowers, 3-D designs and more. Call for pricing.
176A South Van Brunt St., Englewood
This place focuses on getting your mini-chefs to transform “typical” kids’ dishes into healthier creations. In six-week seasonal camps, kids learn to to make fresh pasta, baking basics, knife skills and how to barbecue. Date night and adult classes are also available. Call for pricing and camp dates. Ages 6–14.
Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church
42 Liberty Corner Rd., Warren
Send your picky eater here: PEP Club teaches kids easy dishes (think egg in a hole for breakfast, English muffin pizzas and rainbow cookies) and incorporates kid-friendly characters (like Olaf) into dishes. These hour-long sessions also squeeze in a math lesson (measuring), give kitchen safety guidance and teach them to clean up when they’re done. After eating their handmade treats, mini-chefs can burn off some energy at the kids’ gym in the same building. Single classes are $20 each, or $225 for 12 weeks. Ages 3-8.
223 Chestnut St., Ridgewood
Sign 'em up for Basic Culinary Arts, where they'll learn essential kitchen tools, master slicing and dicing and learn recipes they'll take home with them. $150 for a six-week session. Ages 3-16; classes vary by age.
597 River Rd., Fair Haven
Workshops here include Born to Bake, Supper Club, Donut Days and more themes. Kids ages 7 or 10 and up can cook up something fun, like tiramisu cheesecake and lasagna roll-ups in Big Italian Dinner, Neapolitan cupcakes in Cupcake Chaos, panko crusted chicken tenders in Snack Attack and rainbow veggie sushi at a Unicorn Celebration. $45/class.
105 Main St., Millburn
These guys are expert decorators, so your kid will be too after one of their cookie, cupcake or cake decorating classes. 7-12 year olds can take a beginner class on baking and decorating that covers working with buttercream, while chefs ages 4-6 can decorate their own snowman cake pops and sit hot chocolate. $75 per class. Ages vary.
At most Williams Sonoma locations your child can be part of Junior Chef classes. Children make delicious recipes from main courses to desserts and snacks, with plenty of tasting along the way. Classes are currently on Saturdays. An example of what's taught? They can learn to make Chinese food even kids will approve of at Passport to Culinary Adventure: Chinatown USA. For specific times and details check with the local store. $30/class. Classes vary in age.
712 Ginesi Dr., Morganville
Monthly themes like Creative Cookery and Healthy Comfort Cooking will keep them busy in the kitchen. Kids as young as 4 years old can enroll in the KinderCooks program (ages 4-6 with an adult), where they’ll learn about food preparation, nutrition and sanitation while tackling a different style of food. JuniorChefs ages 7 and up can show off too, and once they're up to par, can join SeniorChefs sessions. YCA also offers summer break and holiday camps and semi-private classes. $35/class for non-members.