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IIf your young chef loves helping out with meal prep, consider signing them up for a kids cooking class at one of these awesome New Jersey locations. Cooking classes for kids not only teach the basics of mixing, baking and measuring; They also offer valuable lessons about teamwork, creative thinking, patience and the importance of healthy eating.

We’ve rounded up the best cooking classes in the state, so read on to find the perfect one for the kid in your life!

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North Jersey

Children stand around a table with mixing bowls

cook it up

Address: Locations Budd Lake, Nutley and Toms River
Details: Founder Lisa Tirone wanted a place where kids with food allergies could feel safe cooking, so she founded Chef It Up. All of the facilities in this multi-state franchise are 100% peanut and tree nut free and the owners are properly trained in food allergy awareness. Kids’ classes include Mummy & Me cupcake decorating, Junior Chef sushi making (no fish), and walk-in Snow Globe cupcake workshops for $5 per person.
Why I like it: Would you like to bring the cooking class home? Chef It Up has touring teams in Bergen, Essex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic and Somerset counties.
More info: Visit the site.


Montclair Culinary Academy

Address: 550 Valley Street, Montclair
Details: Led by Executive Chef Karan Fischer, the Montclair Culinary Academy offers hands-on courses for adults and children; In fact, students learn new cooking skills and a greater appreciation for global cuisine from farm to fork. Children who take the Junior Chef courses start with knife safety before moving on to their culinary creations. There are also mini camps with themes like Chopped Jr; where students are given a basket full of ingredients, then come up with recipes and work out their ideas.
Why I like it: This school is peanut free and uses organic, sustainable and local ingredients whenever possible.
More info: Visit the website or give them a call.


Ridgewood Culinary Studio

Address: 223 Chestnut Street, Ridgewood
Details: Owned and operated by long-time friends, this 600-square-foot cooking studio is open year-round. Nanci Gregory and Jo Marie Quinn. The Ridgewood Culinary Studio offers many children’s cooking classes and walk-in sessions throughout the summer and fall. According to Gregory, all courses are very practical. Children learn how to cook or bake, from soup to nuts, and even get special children’s knives to work with. Children also learn about the importance of food safety. This includes lessons like washing groceries, pantry basics, running a professional kitchen, and more.
Why I like it: The studio also offers children’s birthday parties. Of course, each guest is allowed to decorate ready-made cakes or cupcakes. In addition, party costs include a host, custom invitations, place settings, balloons, food and drinks.
More info: Visit the website or give them a call.


Central Jersey

Child learns to flambé in a pan

Classic thyme cooking school

Address: 710 South Avenue West, Westfield
Details: Chef David Martone and his staff love teaching children how to prepare everything from bread to pasta to chocolate. Course offerings include cookie workshops and cake decorating. Register online for one-day courses or extended series, as well as more intensive sessions (mainly for teenagers). In addition, teen volunteers and college students help guide the children. “A mother yelled at me and said, ‘Because of you, my kid asked me to buy kale!'” laughs Chef David. “I just love hearing stories like that.”
Why I like it: For the little ones, Classic Thyme offers “Mommy and Me” style classes. Children from the age of 2 participate with their caregiver to prepare a delicious creation.
More info: Visit the website or give them a call.


Healthy hands when cooking

Address: Different places
Details: Healthy Hands Cooking is a nationwide movement. They fight childhood obesity by training adults to teach children ages 2 to 13 about nutrition and healthy cooking through fun classes, camps and birthday parties. In fact, New Jersey mom Liliana Bussin of LillySprouts is a certified Healthy Hands Cooking Instructor. Her children’s severe food allergies inspire her to educate and teach other children about healthy eating. It is common for Bussin to teach cooking for two hours and then lead a yoga class with the kids.
Why I like it: Kids gain confidence in the kitchen by learning what foods drive them on while the food tastes delicious!
More info: Visit the website or give them a call.


PEP club

Address: 42 Liberty Corner Road, Warren
Details: Children learn how to prepare simple, delicious meals in PEP Club’s one-hour classes, held on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Chefs and staff check the safety and cleanliness of the kitchen and introduce math skills through measurements. Each child has full participation in creating the daily recipes. Kids also get aprons to wear and learn about kitchen safety and the importance of tidying up. The teachers make it fun; For example, they spice up the lessons by comparing sugar to snowy mountains and making Halloween skeletons out of vegetables.
Why I like it: A 12-week program of Kid Cuisine courses is only $225; During this time, kids make everything from cinnamon French toast to lasagna to mini pumpkin pies.
More info: Visit the website or give them a call.


Jersey Shore

children preparing food around a table for cooking class

kitchen 19

Address: 19 South 2nd Street, Hammonton
Details: Kitchen 19 awakens the passion of new chefs and helps them create delicious and healthy meals. Younger kids, ages 5 to 7, can take classes like making pumpkin muffins for Thanksgiving; Meanwhile, children aged 8-13 can learn more complicated recipes. Would you like to cook as a family? They regularly offer cooking classes for parents and children, so check the schedule!
Why I like it: Kitchen 19 offers take-out dinners every Wednesday. Order on the website and collect for dinner!
More info: Visit the website or give them a call.


Taste & Technology Cooking Studio

Address: 597 River Road, Fair Haven
Details: Chef Carolyn Rue runs Taste & Technique and offers many hands-on cooking classes for children. Some of the most popular include holiday-themed events like the Gingerbread House-Making Workshop. At the end of each class, the children taste their dishes and are then sent home with a packet of recipes. Older children (ages 10+) love the Supper Club workshops, where they are divided into groups and asked to make something tasty using items given to them in a ‘basket’.
Why I like it: I love Friday night activities for kids that don’t involve video games or television. Instead, they create and share a meal together with friends.
More info: Visit the website or give them a call.


Academy of Young Chefs

Address: 712 Ginesi Drive, Morganville
Details: Young Chefs Academy (YCA) offers cooking classes for children in a safe space that encourages discovery and creativity. The recipes are specially created by professional YCA chefs for children of all ages. In addition to food preparation skills, courses also cover kitchen safety, etiquette and table setting. Through hands-on classes, children apply food and cooking techniques to build hands-on life skills and boost their culinary confidence. Choose from children’s cooks (4-6 years), junior chefs (7+) or senior chefs (depending on skill level). Your child can also try a one-day drop-in cooking class.
why i like it: Children who are serious about cooking can enroll in the MasterChef program. They receive badges on their way to becoming a Young Chefs Academy-certified MasterChef.
More info: Visit the website or give them a call.


South Jersey

Toddlers cut off the stems of strawberries

ShopRite’s culinary workshop

Address: Different places
Details: In particular, ShopRite offers cooking workshops for children at around 44 locations. With a focus on health and wellness, their chefs work alongside nutritionists to host in-store classes and demos. Children learn about new foods and nutritional concepts as well as cooking techniques. They also get information they can use to cook more meals at home with their families. Visit your local ShopRite’s free counter to view available workshops and to register.
Why I like it: You can shop at ShopRite child-free after dropping off your child at the shop. How convenient!
More info: Visit the site.


Sugarplum Studio

Address: 211 Haddonfield-Berlin Road, Cherry Hill
Details: Known as “South Jersey’s place for edible art,” Sugarplum Studio is the brainchild of owner Sharon Spatucci. As an experienced baker, Sharon shares her love of baking cakes and cupcakes while giving kids a fun lesson. Sign up for either private lessons or a workshop, you’ll come empty-handed but leave with a beautifully prepared dessert. Also check out the Sunday morning alphabet sessions. Kids learn the letter of the day and leave with two animal-themed cupcakes.
Why I like it: At $9.95 for a 45-minute workshop, this cooking class is affordable and fun.
More info: Visit the website or click here to call.


Sur La table

Address: The Boardwalk at Sagemore, 500 Route 73 South, Suite B-5, Marlton
Details: Most cooking classes at Sur La Table are adults-only; but occasionally there are activities in which the children can participate. A handful are 14+, but under 17s must be accompanied by an adult. Baking a winter wonderland cake, making artisanal pizza, and decorating Christmas cookies are a few ways for aspiring teenage cooks.
Why I like it: After you’re done, you can walk the aisles of one of the area’s best kitchen stores.
More info: Visit the website or give them a call.


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