The seeds of chefhood blossom from the very first dashes of salt and cinnamon that grace a child's suppertime lima beans. Today's Groupon encourages the culinary spirit in the youth of today, who are the former children of tomorrow: for $12, kids, grades K–8, get to take a FunShop cooking class (a $25 value) at Young Chefs Academy of McKinney.
Young Chefs Academy instills budding bakers with kitchen-corralling skills in a safe and motivating environment. Each 90-minute FunShop focuses on a different festive theme, with half-pint chefs divided into groups based on age and psychic flambé skills. On Potato Chip Day (March 14) participants will learn to tame the tuber, and Earth Day (April 22) enrollees will wield power over mudpie cookies and strawberry sparkles. Youngsters who can never sit still at the dinner table can put their energy to good use in a Mardis Gras Funshop (March 4 and 5), shimmying their way through Cajun classics such as jumbalaya and étouffée. Parents hoping to glean spatula skills can watch sessions unfurl through a large viewing window, talking among themselves about which kid zests the best lemon and which kid is most likely to invent the next lemon.
Call at least one week in advance for class details and to reserve your child's spot.
Though there aren't many online reviews for the McKinney location, Austin Citysearchers give their local Young Chefs Academy an average of 4.5 stars:
- My daughter had fun and learned a lot about cooking. She now fixes entire dinners for the family and bakes too! Her experience expanded her palate and even made me want to try some new food items. – Dottie60
- My son really enjoyed getting to make meals -- and now even makes us BOTH lunch! Learning how to measure and mix are great math and motor skills. Plus he eats things that he normally wouldn't try just because HE made it! – cmbeard