What are the Different Types of Cooking Classes for Kids?

Tiffany Manley

Cooking classes for kids are a fun way to teach kids how to make food, use kitchen utensils and appliances and serve food. These classes also might teach them basic math, science and reading. Learning safety, hygiene, the basics of a kitchen, how to measure properly, cooking techniques and plating are all things that might be covered in cooking classes for kids. These classes are generally broken down by skill level ranging from beginner to intermediate to advanced.

Pizza can be a fun and easy dish to make during a kid's cooking class.
Pizza can be a fun and easy dish to make during a kid's cooking class.

A beginning cooking class might focus on teaching children about safety and hygiene in the kitchen. They might learn how to properly wash their hands, cooking utensils and work space; how to be safe while using knives and other sharp objects; and how to prevent and stop kitchen fires. These are very important steps for little chefs and will serve as a great foundation to every type of cooking that they will learn.

Some cooking classes for kids may feature desserts like brownies.
Some cooking classes for kids may feature desserts like brownies.

Simple recipes also might be the focus of a beginning cooking class. These might be beverages, snacks or simple lunches and dinners. Smoothies, microwave quesadillas, salads and sandwiches are all great beginning foods. These get children comfortable and familiar with the kitchen and cooking utensils without having to use many sharp or hot objects.

Advanced recipes and preparation techniques might be covered in intermediate cooking classes for kids. Pizza, macaroni and cheese, chicken dishes and cakes all make for fun cooking. Kids generally love these types of foods, and making them helps the children become more at ease working with sharp and hot objects in the kitchen.

An advanced cooking class for kids might teach children various types of cooking techniques, such as how to roast, boil, bake and fry. Many recipes involve one or more of these techniques. Knowing how to execute them properly gives children a great foundation to cook for the rest of their lives.

Another item that might be covered in an advanced cooking class for kids is plating. It often is said that people first eat with their eyes, so creating a plate of food that looks appealing is a wonderful skill to have. Cooking classes for kids might teach children how to plate a meal in a way that is pleasing to the eye. These tips are particularly helpful when preparing a special meal.

Each class level might build on what was learned in a previous level. They also can build on what the child knows from his or her own personal experience. Cooking classes for kids might not be specifically labeled as "beginner," "intermediate" or "advanced," but what is covered generally will fall into one of these categories.

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@browncoat - It's still good for them to have cooking classes in school though. I think it should be a universal thing, rather than something that some girls get funneled into while the boys end up in woodshop.

The amount of people I met at university who had no idea how to cook for themselves and basically survived on noodles was a revelation to me. Getting your child into cooking courses will help them to stay healthy and on a budget when they get older.


@bythewell - I don't remember ever going to cooking classes for kids so much as just learning how to cook through other groups, like the Girl Scouts. Even then it wasn't really formal lessons that I can remember so much as that we would occasionally have to cook for an occasion when parents were coming to see us, or when we were camping and you just picked up the idea from practical experience.

I think it's a mistake to teach kids that cooking is a skill that needs to be learned recipe by recipe. It's better to teach them safety and confidence. As long as they are willing to look up recipes and are confident enough to try them, they will be able to cook almost anything.


If your school doesn't offer cooking classes then it could be a good idea to enroll your kids into one as an extracurricular activity. It's a way for them to meet other children while learning something that isn't too specialized.

Even if you teach your children cooking at home, it can be worth letting them take a course in a particular kind of cuisine just so that they can learn different styles. And it might also encourage them to start helping out by making dinner once a week!

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