Encourage your kids to be junior Masterchefs and enrol them in a kids cooking class. What’s better than having your kids learn how to cook some delicious meals or treats? Currently, there are limited options for cooking classes in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter Valley. But hopefully, as more kids want to learn to cook or improve their cooking and baking skills, we hope that more choices are available in future.
Bay Cooking School
Location: Shoal Bay
Website: Bay Cooking School
Learn from chef Stephen Daley at the Bay Cooking School in Shoal Bay in Port Stephens. Classes are offered in a small intimate setting and focus on having fun and eating some great food. Stephen offers a Dumpling and Wonton Making Class for kids. It’s a one-hour easy to follow class that the kids will love! They will learn how to make some easy dumplings, steamed or fried.
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
Location: Shoal Bay
Website: Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
The Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley routinely offers school holiday cooking classes for kids in the Lovedale Bistro. They have hosted Pizza Making Classes for kids to make their own “pizza-pie” masterpiece. From rolling the dough and then topping it with fresh ingredients, their chefs then cook their creation for your kids to enjoy. Visit their website to learn more.
Location: North Gosford
Website: Julie’s Place
If you don’t mind driving down to the Central Coast, you can book your kids in for cooking classes at Julie’s Place set up by Masterchef winner Julie Goodwin.
Upcoming school holiday classes include a Kids Cooking Camp for kids ages 8 and up, an Edible Science Cooking Camp for kids aged 8+ and a Viva Italia Cooking Camp for teens aged 13+. These are 5-hour workshops which involve hands-on cooking, demos and meal time.
Website: Little Sandpiper
Little Sandpiper, located in Westfield Kotara, have a dedicated kids cooking studio. Currently, they offer Cooking Studio birthday parties for 10 or more children and their package includes a cooking instructor, exclusive use of the cooking studio for 2 hours, a bakery apron for each child and a party room with invitations, decorations, food and drink, gift bags, a gift for the birthday child plus unlimited play.
Susuru Ramen & Gyoza Bar
Join Susaru Ramen Gyoza Bar for a Kids Gyoza Class. It’s time to learn how to make the perfect Japanese style Gyoza! These pan-fried dumplings can be moulded to suit your taste buds and are the perfect addition to any up-and-coming chef’s repertoire.
Throughout the duration of this class, your kids will learn how to create, make, fold and serve up picture-perfect gyoza. This class is suited for children aged 6 – 12 years old. Together they will learn the tips and tricks of gyoza making and will get to serve up their creations with a scrumptious bowl of ramen of their choosing!
Visit their website for information on upcoming classes.
The Essential Ingredient
Location: The Junction
Website: The Essential Ingredient
The Essential Ingredient in Junction Fair Shopping Centre offers a variety of hands-on kids cooking classes. Their classes are designed for children that are 8yrs and over as it often involves knives, working with open flames and hot pans. Classes include Italian Adventure, Mexican Fiesta and Next Level Baking.
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