I think that cooking is a life skill that every person should learn. And the earlier you can foster a love of good food and cooking the better!
In my experience kids love to cook and getting them in the kitchen helps them appreciate where their food comes from and the effort required to cook a meal for themselves and other people.
Here is a list of the cooking classes and experiences in Melbourne for kids.
Every Saturday morning Brasserie Bread run free kids baking classes for 5+ years. During the hour kids make at least two baked items which they can then take home. Sessions open for bookings a month in advance and always sell out quickly. **Note at the moment Melbourne classes are temporarily on hold**
Term-based cooking class for kids in Port Melbourne for kids aged 4-13 years old. Their philosophy is children that learn to cook are healthy children who learn to nourish their bodies and minds.
Alice Zaslaveksy aka Alice in Frames often runs kids workshops at Prahran Market. The market also often has demonstrations and activities for kids during their specialist food festival, such as the Cheese Festival and Chocolate Festival.
Every school holidays Sweetpea Cuisine run free cooking classes for kids.
Foost is a Melbourne company that teaches children about nutrition and cooking. They run sessions all over Melbourne, mostly in shopping centres and at festivals.
During school holidays in most Cupcake Queens stores will host cupcake decorating sessions for kids. For $25 you decorate four cupcakes to take home.
During school holidays kids can learn to decorate and ice biscuits in Miss Biscuit’s teaching studio.
Learn to make + then eat REAL pizza in 1.5 fun filled hours on the first Saturday of every month.
Spend time with Johnny Di Francesco learning about the art of making pizza Napoletana. Their kids master classes run at various times throughout the year, mainly during school holidays.
11. Luscious Affairs
Kids are separated into groups and each work with their very own chef to take them through a hands-on 3-course feast at this cooking school and cafe in Hawthorn.
12. Gourmet Kids
Cooking classes in Malvern that offer a fun and entertaining program designed to keep children of all ages engaged and interested in food – from 2yr old kinder age to 15 yr teenagers. They also hold weekend baking parties in lots of different locations around Melbourne.
Every school holidays South Melbourne runs ‘Kids Can Cook’ school holiday programs that include cooking classes for 5-8 years, 9-12 years and 13+ years.
14. Relish Mama
Relish Mama holds a school holiday cooking school program in Cheltenham.
15. The Tiny Chef
The Tiny Chef holds cooking classes for preschoolers 2-6 years (and kids over 3 years do not require parents to stay), for kids after school, during school holidays and at parties. Classes are held in the cooking school in Essendon.