$25 for a Kids' Cooking Class at Lil Chef’s Academy (Up to $49.99 Value)

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Kids aged 3–12 focus on age-appropriate recipes and skills as they craft their own meal, such as cinnamon french toast

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Expires Aug 14th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required at least 1 week prior to class. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$25 for a Lil Chef’s Cooking Class (Up to $49.99 Value)

Bourgeoning Boyardees aged 3–12 can lay the foundation of culinary skills in 45-minute classes that teach them how to make such delectable favorites as cinnamon french toast with a fresh-fruit compote. Each session focuses on age-appropriate skills, such as recognizing new ingredients, practicing kitchen safety, and honing manners. Themes and recipes change monthly, and classes take place Mondays, Wednesdays, and select Saturdays.

Food Fun Adventure

When Gerald Bennett began work as head chef at the InterContinental Hotel in Cleveland, he was accustomed to whipping up dishes for celebrity clientele. But when the royal family of Dubai came to visit and he served them in their opulent suite, he never thought they'd ask him to leave with them as their personal chef. Since returning to the states and stepping into his role as the president of the Private Chef Association, Gerald has worked to bring his gastronomic prowess to the masses through Food Fun Adventure’s classes and tours. He passes along a visible passion for culinary fusion, which shines through in dishes blending French and Thai or American and German influences.

Culinary tours take participants to local sushi houses, steak houses, and bistros, each highlighting specialty dishes. When head chefs come out to greet their visitors, they often divulge culinary secrets and answer questions about curfew hours for free-range ingredients while doling out tapas and other small plates.

In a more hands-on culinary experience, customers gather in classes and learn to refine dishes based on a chosen theme. Using mostly local and organic ingredients in two kitchen classrooms, chefs show students how to craft delicacies such as scallion waffles with orange-zest chicken and tagine-roasted rack of lamb. In one kitchen, which doubles as an art gallery, knives flick through ingredients, and pots clatter at island stations and small burners. The company’s event center, Heaven, fills with chatter as up to 40 pairs of students filter in. Beneath projectors for screening chef demonstrations and documentaries about the life of a paring knife, separate kitchens equipped with ovens and burners fill with the bustle of creation, which gives way to reverent exhalations as patrons finally sample the fruits of their labor.

Culinary tools and activities, from cooking demos to kitchen appliances