Cooking and baking classes are available for children as young as 8 with popular companies such as Wilton and King Arthur Flour. There are also classes and workshops available at some of the best culinary institutions in the United States, Le Cordon Bleu and The Culinary Institute of America.
Youth cooking programs are available all over the United States. In Vermont, children can participate in a free program with King Arthur Flour called Bake for Good. Children in grades 4 through 7 learn the math and science of measuring ingredients and baking, as well as how to follow directions, problem solve and manage their time. At the end of the program, children give back to the community by donating a loaf of bread to a local organization.
The Culinary Institute of America has a program specifically designed for junior high school students who are considering a profession in the culinary world. Juniors get to experience cooking and baking in professional kitchens, talk to current students, attend cooking demonstrations and learn about a variety of potential job opportunities.
Young Chefs Academy has multiple locations across the United States for children as young as 3. Also offered are long-term weekly classes for children to grow and move up to the “Master Chefs” program.