Cooking skills can give kids an advantage in today's fast-paced world, and also in tomorrow's faster-paced world ruled by malevolent, sentient vegetables. Help your child stockpile culinary moves with today's Groupon: for $22, you get two 90-minute drop-in cooking classes at Young Chefs Academy in Glenview (up to a $50 value).
The Academy's sage chefs coach aspiring cooks ages 4 to 14 through recipes that rotate weekly, covering entrees, sides, desserts, and a host of preparation and presentation techniques. Divided into KinderCooks classes for ages 4–6 (age 3 permitted with adult supervision) and Junior Chefs sessions for ages 7–14, each 90-minute lesson teaches kitchen safety and etiquette before burners are fired up, reminding kids to respect hot or sharp objects, each other, and the last will and testament of broccoli stalks. Students summon two dishes per session from various ingredients, with time set aside to taste their handiwork at the end. Offerings are seasonally themed around available ingredients and upcoming holidays, with September featuring a recipe for Roly Poly stromboli and October pairing jack-o-lantern quesadillas with sinister salsa and Halloween candy pie, which can be offered as a mask to one's least favorite friend.
2825A Pfingsten Rd.
Glenview, Illinois 60026