Best Kids’ Cooking Classes In Melbourne

By: Claire Halliday, ellaslist

Kids in the kitchen? When they’re armed with some of the basic techniques to turn recipes into real food, cooking with kids becomes less stressful. To help them understand their teaspoon from their tablespoon, try some of Melbourne’s best kids’ cooking classes to tantalise their tastebuds.

1. Relish Mama Cooking Classes

The motivation behind Relish Mama’s cooking classes for kids is simple. Cooking is one of those important life skills that sets young children up for a lifetime of healthy eating. Small class sizes means personalised attention and the menus change with the seasons to guide keen cooks through all they need to know to pull together an entire family meal – from main to dessert.

What You Need To Know

On special occasions, like Easter and Christmas, there are always themed cooking classes aimed at spreading some seasonal festive foodie cheer. And the rest of the time? The timetable of kid-friendly cooking classes that cater for both primary school and secondary school-aged kids is updated regularly.

Phone: 9553 4846

Address: Warehouse 1/347 Bay Road, Cheltenham

More information: visit the website

2. Spudz

The people behind this little venture spend most of their time creating cakes that can be ordered for bistros, birthdays, weddings or other special occasions. But on Mondays, they open the doors to little ones keen to get some cooking action going.

In the mornings, while the big kids are busy at school, there is a class for 2.5 – 4-year old and after-school Monday, another sessions time makes a fun activity that provides entertainment, education and afternoon tea all rolled into one.

What You Need To Know

Phone: 0425 765 758
Address: 588 Barkly Street, Footscray

More information: visit the website

3. Gourmet Kids

This is cooking fun for the pre-school set, with classes on offer for little ones as young as 2 to join the fun with their parent, grandparent or care-giver.

A range of programs – including after-school sessions, weekend birthday parties and school holiday programs cater for older children too. The cooking here is nothing complicated but letting little ones loose with mixing bowls and rolling pins can be a wonderful way to spark their passion.

What You Need To Know

Phone: 0413 133 753
Address: 1449 Malvern Rd, Malvern

More information: visit the website

4. Luscious Affairs


Luscious affairs kids' cooking classes

Well, this is different.

It bills itself as being Melbourne’s only cooking school for kids with a serious focus on teaching ‘serious’ cooking.

So, don’t expect to see fairy bread sandwiches on the menu.

Kids are separated into age groups and they work with an experienced chef to work their way through three hours and three courses that could see them mastering anything from salt and pepper calamari with chervil and lime aioli to Strawberry Bombe Alaska (with a main of Coq au vin, Paris mash and green beans in between).

What You Need To Know

Phone: 9813 3303
Address: 494 Tooronga Road, Hawthorn East
More information: see website

5. Ladro Junior Pizza Making Classes

This is gourmet pizza making from scratch, the authentic Italian way, with good old-fashioned flour and water.

Once those little fingers know how to knead, roll, and spin dough into pizza base – and then arrange the toppings of their choice on to it – they’ll have all the skills to turn your kitchen into a perfect pizzeria.

What You Need To Know

Bookings are essential. With only one session time available each Saturday, it’s a matter of first come, first served.

Phone: 9510 2233
Email: [email protected]

Address: 162 Greville Street, Prahran

Price: $750 for a group of 10-15 children aged between 4-16.

Class times: Saturday, 3pm-4.30pm

More information: visit the website 

6. Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Icecreamery

Who doesn’t love chocolate? If your children fancy themselves as a mini-Willie Wonka, they can learn the basic skills behind delicious chocolate creations in a 45-minute Saturday morning class here. And because it’s a parent-free zone, you have permission to find yourself some peace and quiet (and perhaps a latte and the morning paper?) while the kids have fun.

What You Need To Know

Phone: 9730 2777
Address: 35 Old Healesville Road, Yarra Glen
Price: $40

Classes cater for children aged 6-12 years of age. Each budding chocolatier takes home a personalised badge, a chef’s hat and apron, a graduation certificate and three of their own delicious hand-made treats to take home and enjoy.

More information: visit the website

7. South Melbourne Market Cooking School

This popular cooking school has a diverse range of delicious ‘how to cook’ classes to help adults master some fiddly fare but, for the kids, an ongoing series of Kids Can Cook classes are offered in three different age ranges (petit 5-8; demi 9 -12 years; teen 13+ years). From pancetta, ricotta and pea cannelloni and a raspberry white choc tiramisu for the teenagers in your family, to crispy snags in a blanket and delicious blueberry scones for the younger set, the added bonus of this activity is that your kids will be able to get creative in your kitchen at home while you put your feet up and enjoy the fruits of their (supervised) labour.

What You Need To Know

Phone: 9209 6295
Address: corner Coventry and Cecil Streets, South Melbourne
Price: $20 for 1.5-2 hour cooking class
More information: visit the website

 

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