If you’re keen on your kids embracing this new hobby, we’ve got just the right recommendations for you. We’ve chosen four accessible kid cooking class options to help you get the ball rolling.
Catering to All Ages
Tots n Pots hosts various classes to help kids learn to cook and experiment with food. With programmes designed for little ones between two years old and pre-teens, there is something for all junior family members. The more advanced classes for children eight years and up encourage teamwork. In this class, kids work in groups of two or three to perfect dishes like fish cakes, omelettes, pancakes and quesadillas.
Besides the recipes themselves, these classes also aim to teach kids about food and nutrition, complete with real-life examples. Armed with wholesome recipes, tried-and-tested techniques, and essential food facts, kids are well on their way to solo cooking confidence.
Franchises can be found in KwaZulu-Natal, Polokwane, the Northern Cape, Western Cape and Gauteng.
Find out more at totsnpots.co.za
Baking is especially helpful in teaching tots about measurements – from millilitres to halves to Celsius, it’s a complete crash course. Plus, one of life’s simple pleasures is the sensation of biting into a still-warm cookie, no matter your age.
Tiny Bakers in Centurion, Gauteng, offers engaging weekend classes for both little ones and teens. They also host interactive group baking parties that are equal parts fun and educational. Next birthday party: sorted!
Find out more at tinybakers.co.za
Chefs in the Making
The Sun International Table Bay hotel throws delicious and utterly delightful classes for kids aged 6–12 on the first Saturday of every month. These Mini Chef classes cost R355 per child and include a recipe card, plastic apron and the spoils made on the day. The course programme for 2023 can be viewed in advance and focuses on sustainable produce and responsible cooking and baking concepts.
Learn more at suninternational.com/table-bay
Host at Home
Participate in a cooking class from the comfort of your own home with Kids Are Great Cooks, an online platform with step-by-step video tutorials that kids can cook along to. Recipes like lasagne, hummus, French toast and cheesecake
are divided into breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert categories on the website. From more advanced staples like roast chicken to kitchen basics like boiled eggs, you’ll find it all. The videos are made for kids by kids and are all free to access.
Get the family involved! Your little ones will need supervision as they prepare the dishes alongside their video co-hosts, so take the opportunity to get the whole family to help out and cook a meal together.
Find out more at kidsaregreatcooks.com
Originally published in Food&Home Winter Issue.
Written by Ashton Kirsten.
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