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 $15, kids ages three to 18 get one 90-minute cooking class at Young Chefs Academy in Brentwood (a $35 value). Children can explore the flavor profiles inspired by their inner chef through interactive kitchen education that bypasses 80-watt-light-bulb baking.
Young Chefs Academy provides a fun, safe, and motivating environment for kids to become acquainted with the art of food and food presentation. Engaging chef instructors instill lessons of kitchen etiquette and safety in youngsters growing up in a world full of laser can openers and sharp pasta rakes, giving children a capable handle on their surroundings as they journey into the land of food. Classes educate a variety of age groups, with specially catered classes for the kindercooks and junior chefs, combining nutritional meals with basic food-prep skills that teach how to correctly follow a recipe to edible fruition. Senior chefs are offered advanced classes that dig deeper into kitchen secrets and hone specific skills and techniques that expand the parameters of cooking creativity.
The lessons learned from early cuisine classes spark a valuable communion between a child and a stove. Imaginations stretch as they contemplate the infinite possibilities between ingredients, spices, and food presentations so astute they beg to be stapled to the refrigerator door.
Although reviews are sparse for the Brentwood location, an Atlanta, Georgia, branch of Young Chefs Academy has been given a four-star rating by three Parents Connect reviewers and a shining five-star rating by six Kudzu users:
- Both the girls AND the boys enjoyed making their pizzas -- the cooking lesson was taught in a very entertaining but age-appropriate way, and the kids enjoyed seeing the results of measuring and kneading the pizza dough. – Missa, Parents Connect
- Wonderful, caring staff, creative take home goodie bags, cute invitations and happy kids. Best birthday experience we've had in Atlanta by a long shot. – LisaFarmer, Kudzu
- Very lovely staff. Fun tools. Recipes are great, and more sophisticated than usual childrens' fare. – gabriella, Kudzu