The seeds of chefhood blossom from the very first dashes of salt and cinnamon that grace a child's suppertime fava beans. Today's Groupon encourages the culinary spirit in the youth of today, who are the former children of tomorrow: for $13, kids ages 3–15 get a 90-minute cooking class at Young Chefs Academy in Valrico (a $27 value).
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: KinderCooks classes for children ages 3–5 focus on basic recipes, shapes, numbers, and colors; the classes for children ages 6–15 stress making nutritional meals, basic food-prep skills, and how to correctly follow a recipe. Check out the schedule for dates and times.
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 that exist among ingredients, spices, and food presentations so astute they beg to be stapled to the refrigerator door.