Like learning to juggle, learning to cook requires patience, a distraction-free environment, and the ability to handle multiple eggplants at once. Create a future kitchen ringmaster with today's Groupon: for $13, you get one 90-minute cooking class at Young Chefs Academy in Valrico (up to a $27 value).
The cultivated culinarians at Young Chefs Academy mold fledgling cuisine crafters into experienced gastronomic artists with fun cooking classes for kids aged 3–16. Students learn the essentials of proper food handling, as well as preparation and kitchen-safety tips, such as avoiding any and all spork fights. Like an indecisive chameleon, classes have a new theme each month and new recipes each week, with kids accumulating kitchen knowledge while using professional equipment in a decked-out kitchen. October is Halloween themed, featuring such recipes as the serpent sandwich, sinister salsa, and jack-o’-lantern quesadillas, while during November kids learn recipes such as herbed turkey bites, pumpkin whoopie pies, eggnog pancakes, and deep-fried pilgrim hats.
Although Young Chefs Academy offers discounts for enrolling in multiple classes, this Groupon still represents the best value available. Some Wednesday classes are regularly available for $20.
Young Chefs Academy . . . provides a safe environment for children to learn the basics of cooking through interactive experienceJennifer LaRue, Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch, 6/17/11
1576 Bloomingdale Ave.
Valrico, Florida 33596