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Best Summer Cooking Classes For Children In Tampa Bay

It's no secret that kids love to help out in the kitchen. Whether they are beating the eggs, stirring the sauce or licking the spoon, they love to cook. If your child is a budding chef, maybe it's time to acquire some new skills and a handful of recipes to gain some independence in the kitchen. Read on to learn about some of the best cooking classes for kids.

Publix Apron's Cooking School
Publix at Shoppes of Citrus Park
7835 Gunn Highway
Tampa, FL 33626
(813) 926-4465

Publix is offering two great cooking class choices for kids this summer: Grilling with Dad on June 8 and 15 and a three-day cooking camp that runs three times, beginning on June 17, 20 and 24. Grilling with Dad is open to kids aged eight to 12 and their dads. In this class, children will learn how to make grilled sausage and pepper flatbread, marinated flank steak, grilled corn on the cob, balsamic grilled vegetables and grilled peach cobbler. The cost of the class is $60 per child-father pair. The three-day camp features 12 different recipes, and each day has a different theme: Pizza Night, Pasta Night and Pie in the Sky Night. The cost of the camp is $125 per child.

Where Friends Meet To Cook
3462 Bayshore Blvd. N.E.
Saint Petersburg, FL 33703
(727) 216-9546

Foodies will offer two camps to choose from and each camp will run twice. Children 12 to 17 will participate in daily recipe themes and then get to eat their creations for lunch. The weeks of July 16 and 23, young chefs will learn how to make cupcakes, Cajun food, soup and sandwiches, Sunday dinner and appetizers. During the weeks of July 30 and August 6, the daily themes will be sleepover foods, French food, chocolate, back to basics and fast and fresh. Tuition is $200 per child and is due at registration.

Let Them Eat Cake
3805 S. West Shore Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33611
(813) 837-6888

For 13 weeks during the summer, beginning with the first week of June and running through the first half of August, Chef Jason will be offering week-long cooking camps for kids ages six to 13. Children ages six to nine will take classes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., while children ages 10 to 13 are scheduled from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Each five-day camp has a theme, such as Pacific Rim, Greek Isles, All American and more. Camp tuition is $200 per week per child. A parental consent form and closed-toe shoes are required for participation.

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Tampa Bay Chef Services
P.O. Box 5654
Clearwater, FL 33758
(727) 480-7779
Chef Cristian offers complete cooking lessons in the comfort of your own home. Cooking lessons can be booked Monday through Friday and are usually two to three hours long. You can even request specific recipes to learn, or choose from the seasonal menu provided. Not including the cost of groceries and ingredients, a cooking lesson will run you $150 for one child, $175 for two children and $199 for three children. For larger groups, call for pricing.
Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium
2080 Badlands Drive
Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 653-2418
Each month, Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium offers a "Kids in the Kitchen" class geared toward little hands and picky eaters. On June 8, the theme of the children's class is "Pack a Picnic," in which children will learn recipes for mountain trail sandwiches, macaroni and sauteed vegetable salad and brownie bites. In this hands-on class, children will learn how to safely use real kitchen tools, including knives, with adult supervision. This two-hour class costs $25 per child.
Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at

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