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Best Summer Cooking Classes for Children & Teens

By Barbara Ann Kelley, CBSTampa.com
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If you have kids it’s time to start planning what they are going to do this summer. Instead of the usual summer camp that does arts, crafts and lots of field trips how about a summer cooking program?

Cooking classes for kids and teens are a fantastic way to get them interested and even excited about healthy eating habits while teaching them math, science and important life skills. We have collected a list of the best Tampa Bay programs that will teach your kids to cook either in your own home or at the cooking school.

Publix Apron’s Cooking School
Teens Camp - Kids aged 13 to 18 will enjoy these classes, and their parents will enjoy gaining another cook in the house. Course covers safety, sanitation, knife skills, mother sauces, and basic techniques needed to survive in the kitchen. Perfect class for high school graduate just before they head off to college. This cooking class is three days long and lasts only a couple of hours each day so your kids have plenty of day left to enjoy their summer. Cost: $125

Kids Camp – Children aged 8 to 12 learn basic cooking techniques, good safety habits while having loads of fun. They will learn how to cook well-rounded, easy-to-prepare meals. Each session is 3 days and only a couple hours each day. Cost: $125

All Tampa Classes are taught at: Publix at Shoppes of Citrus Park
7835 Gunn Highway
Tampa, Florida 33626-1611
Cooking School Number: 813-926-4465
Use this link to go to their website.

Young Chefs Academy
Young Chefs Academy is the tastiest place to be in Tampa for cooking classes, summer camp, birthday parties and extra-special cooking events. They welcome kids age 3-16 into the kitchen to create and taste all types of foods. Every class, party and event features a full helping of hands-on cooking activities. Summer programs available.

1576 Bloomingdale Avenue
Valrico, FL 33596
813-643-7025
To go to their website click on this link.

Tampa Bay Chef
Chef Cristian will come to your Tampa or Pinellas home and provide your kids with fun, easy to make recipes the whole family will love. These classes are very hands on and are designed to give your kids the know-how to be independent in the kitchen. Learning to cook when they are young can foster good eating habits and a sense of independence later on in life. And who knows, maybe your child will become the next great chef!

Kids Cooking Classes
1 Child – $150 (plus cost of groceries)
2 Children – $175 (plus cost of groceries)
3 Children – $199 (plus cost of groceries)
**Contact them for large group pricing.

Clearwater, FL
(727) 480-7779
Email:tampabaychef@gmail.com
Click on this link for Tampa Bay Chef’s website.

FOODIES
This St. Petersburg cooking school summer classes are for age 12-18. The summer session centers on sophisticated foods like seafood crepes and chorizo and fennel.  In other words, if your culinary wizards are super picky, these classes might not be the best fit. Camp will run from 9-Noon, Monday through Friday.  Tuition will be $200 a week and due at sign-up.

3462 Bayshore Boulevard Northeast
Saint Petersburg, FL 33703-5510
727-216-9546
To go to Foodies website click here.

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