By age 8, John Stuart Mill had learned Latin and Greek, and had written a political treatise barring those with no knowledge of Latin or Greek from his tree house. Enliven your child's mind with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a cooking class at Young Chefs Academy in Norfolk (up to a $30 value).
The instructors at Young Chefs Academy acquaint aspiring chefs aged 3–17 with kitchen skills and food-preparation basics in classes that attempt to nurture a lifelong love for cooking. A one-hour KinderCooks class, geared toward the youngest spoon wielders, introduces a single dish such as veggie pockets or mexican rice (a $20 value), and 90-minute tutorials for older kids conquer a whole meal from sloppy-joe amuse-bouche to entree to dessert (a $30 value). Students also marinate in kitchen and food-safety lessons, table-setting techniques, dining etiquette, and how to make a working Game Boy out of graham crackers.
Young Chefs Academy
Julie Fabing Burleson and Suzy Vinson Nettles feel that the kitchen is just another place for kids to flex their creativity. They opened Young Chefs Academy to provide kids aged 3–18 with cooking programs targeted to preschoolers and kindergarteners, elementary schoolers, and older kids ready for trickier techniques and intricate recipes. Regardless of a student’s age, he or she is always taught the pillars of home cooking, including how to be safe in the kitchen, how to properly handle and prepare food, how to bake, and how to talk down an oven that constantly overheats. While participating in the entertaining cooking lessons, kids may not even realize that each class also allows them to practice their math, reading-comprehension, and communication skills.