Get ready to cook up a storm!
Whether you’re looking to master some new finger-lickin’ skills or simply want to spend some quality time with your budding junior chef, there are plenty of inspiring cooking classes for big and little hands alike. Just be sure to come hungry (and don’t forget to bring a reusable container for any tasty leftovers).
BiteUnite is a co-working kitchen, aimed at connecting chefs and food fanatics. Instructors teach a wide variety of courses in the fully equipped commercial premises and dining space. Its kid’s summer cooking and baking classes are one of our favourites and this year’s edition will walk your little ones through the steps for making the perfect pizzeria pizza. You can also look for child-friendly event postings, such as this Frugal Family Cooking one, and check the website for the most up-to-date information.
Sassy Mama Tip: If you’ve got a special occasion coming up, why not book in for a private catered meal at BiteUnite? You’re sure to find something interesting among their event listings, or you can even request something specific with your chef of choice.
Age: Varies by event and is dependent on children’s skill levels
Where: BiteUnite, 15 Lung On Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Varies by event; Kid’s Cooking/Baking Class – $650; Frugal Family Cooking – $650
Contact: 2366 3231
Macarons are notoriously hard to perfect at home. So if you and your kids are fans of these sweet treats, it’s worth checking out Little Miss Macarons. The company hosts private baking classes, as well as guided parent/child classes, taking you through the process step by step. Walk away with beautiful macarons or glorious macaron towers, as well as a huge sense of accomplishment. Check out its Facebook page or website for updates on the latest classes.
Age: Varies by event and is dependent on children’s skill levels
Where: Baking Maniac 5C, Kwai Bo Industrial Building, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
How much: $880 to $1280
Contact: 9555 2635, [email protected]
Kathy Li established Whisked to share her passion for cooking and baking, as well as educating the children of Hong Kong about the joys of preparing their own food (and to understand the science behind it). The studio encourages students to be creative, while also promoting teamwork and teaching time management skills. It supports healthier diets by using recipes that are low in sugar and fat. Class length depends on the age group of participants, as well as the complexity of the recipe. Customised or private classes are available, and private party bookings are also accepted. You can find details on upcoming classes here.
Age: 3 and above
Where: Whisked Baking Studio, 21/F, Xiu Ping Commercial Building, 104 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: Baby Whisks (3 to 4 year olds) and Little Whisks (5 to 7 year olds), $380 per class and $350 per class for a package of six classes; Junior Whisks (7 to 10 year olds), $420 per class and $400 per class for a package of six classes.
Contact: 3460 3130, [email protected]
At this unique children’s yoga studio, your little yogis will learn how to lead a holistic and healthy lifestyle. They’ll spend 40 minutes of the class meditating and stretching out, and 20 minutes cooking in the child-friendly kitchen. This is the perfect way to educate and inspire – you may just find the kids making their own after-school snacks going forward!
Age: From 2 to 8 years old, under 3 years old must have one adult to accompany them; Toddler Yoga (2 to 3 years old), Kids Yoga (3 to 8 years old)
Where: Little Yogis, 1606-07, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
How much: Trial $300, Drop-in $380, One Term (10 classes) $3,000; Private Class – upon request
Contact: 2562 3688, [email protected]
If you’re considering a family staycation, it’s worth looking at the Le Meridien Hotel in Cyberport. Not only will you get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but you’ll be able to sign your little chef up for a cookery course. The classes are held on Sundays and public holidays, and the dishes change frequently so your budding Jamie Oliver won’t get bored no matter how many times you come back!
Age: 4 and above
Where: Prompt, L4, Le Méridien Cyberport, 100 Cyberport Road, Cyberport, Hong Kong
How much: $220 – book a place here.
Contact: 2980 7417
The YWCA is invested in the development of children and teenagers, with their Centre of Learning and Life Enhancement (CLLE) dedicated to offering a wide range of courses in almost every skill imaginable for both adults and kids. It has a selection of culinary classes, from Japanese bento making to Sesame Street cupcakes. Courses tend to be more affordable than at smaller institutes, but do require registration in advance, so make sure to book your place online. Members are eligible for discounts on courses, so it may be worth joining to save a little more in the long run.
Sassy Mama Tip: Membership here comes with perks. Annual pass holders of the YWCA, receive discounts on classes as well as at participating retail outlets (including Sweet Secrets, L&T Optometrists and Random House Publishing); invitations to exclusive events; and access to YWCA’s gym and pool! Annual passes start at $250 per year for an individual under 60 years old, or $500 per year for the whole family. Find out more about YWCA’s annual passes here!
Age: Differs by cooking course – make sure to look at the age restrictions!
Where: YWCA, 3/F, 1 MacDonnell Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Varies by course, starting from $415; packages and discounts are also available.
Contact: 3476 1340
Located in Causeway Bay, Cooktown is a private kitchen venue offering both parent/child and adult culinary classes for both Asian and Western dishes. Its chefs have a wealth of experience, so the classes range in variety and are constantly changing, which keeps it interesting! Courses are available for kids to attend on their own or sign up for the parent/child tutorials where more complex recipes will be undertaken.
SPRING is a learning centre offering a wide range of bespoke, age-appropriate programmes for young kids to try to stimulate their development. From Kindermusik to STEM, to Taekwondo, the classes are as educational as they are fun. Its cooking course stands out for its emphasis on discovering new textures, tastes and smells, as well as helping to develop the ability to follow instructions and work in a team.
Age: 18 months to 6 years old
Where: SPRING, 3/F, Centre Point 181-185 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
How much: $510 to $550
Contact: 3465 5000, [email protected]
You may know Complete Deelite for its bespoke cakes and cupcakes, but it also runs baking and cake decorating classes especially for kids. As the only studio offering Wilton Method Certification courses in cake decorating, its programmes are top-notch and incredibly educational. Combining patient, experienced instructors with exciting new ideas every season, there’s a project here for everyone whether you favour mooncakes, matcha mousse or even mochi.
Age: Differs by cooking course, suitable for 6 to 14 years old
Where: Complete Deelite, 2/F On Lan Centre, 11-15 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Varies by course, from $550 to $650
Contact: 3167 7022, [email protected]
Sweetpea Café is a gluten-free coffee shop, known for its stunning selection of cakes. It doesn’t list its courses, which are only held by request. Just ring up to inquire about arranging a class, but note that you need to provide the venue. With 100% gluten-free recipes and also vegan and dairy-free options, this is a perfect class for those with dietary restrictions.
Sassy Mama Tip: Classes are by request only so make sure to reach out for further details and bookings.
Sweetpea Cafe, 4 Shing Hin Road, Central, Hong Kong, 3689 7269, www.sweetpea-cafe-hk.myshopify.com
The Towngas Cooking Centre is a popular choice for cooking tutorials for adults and children alike. Offering a wide selection of cuisines with varying difficulty levels, it boasts state of the art facilities and professional tutors. It’s known for making Chinese recipes accessible to multiple nationalities through their publication in English, and more recently, Filipino. Offering classes such as bento making and potato pancakes, students can expect to be taught new skills of varying difficulty, perfect for challenging your child to bring out their inner Gordon Ramsay!
Age: Parent and Kid Classes are suitable for 3 to 12 years old, classes are either 3 to 6 years old or 7 to 12 years old – make sure to look at the age restrictions by course
Where: Towngas Cooking Centre, 9/F Lee Theatre, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
How much: Varies by course, Parent and Kid Classes are from $100 to $500
Contact: 2576 1535, [email protected]
ABC was first founded in Japan, with the aim of bringing people together through the preparation of a shared meal. With classes in cooking, bread and cake making, and even traditional Japanese sweets, the centre’s menu changes monthly. Past dishes include homemade mayonnaise, little frog omelette cakes, and healthy cookies with sugar and honey. With courses designed just for kids, they’ll learn the basics of cooking as well as being taught to develop healthy eating habits.
Age: 4 to 8 years old
Where: ABC Cooking Studio, PMQ, H110-112, 1/F, Block B, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Six Classes (valid for six months) $2,640, 12 Classes (valid for 12 months) $5,040; more details here.
Contact: 2915 1022
If you and your friend are keen to have your kids flex their culinary muscles a little, consider booking yourselves a class at Bonart! The beautiful venue is perfect for birthday parties or special occasions. Children can partake in its Little Chef Cooking Party (which includes making four kinds of pastries and a chocolate dessert, 6 years and above) or in its Cookie Decorating Fun Workshop (in which pre-made cookies are provided for decoration with icing and a variety of toppings, 3 years and above) ).
Age: 3 and older, parent accompaniment required for children aged 4 or under; Little Chef Cooking Party (6 years old and above), Cooking Decorating Fun Workshop (3 years old and above)
Where: Bonart, two locations across Hong Kong
How much: Packages start at $4000 for 10 kids, more information on Little Chef Cooking Party here and on the Cookie Decorating Fun Workshop here.
Contact: 2789 2688 (Tai Kwun), 2789 0889 (Kwun Tong)
We love Yum Cha for its cute food (which makes even the fussiest of kids want to eat it), but did you know it hosts a dim sum making workshop? Held in the restaurant’s Central branch, it includes hands-on experience making hot custard buns and pork and shrimp siu mai, followed by afternoon dim sum. Available for bookings from Monday to Sunday at 3:30pm to 5:45pm, the event is private and requires a minimum of eight participants, inclusive of parents and children.
Age: 6 and above
Where: Yum Cha, Shop 3-5, 2/F, Nan Fung Place, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
How much: 6 to 12 years old $350, 13 and above $550
Contact: 3708 8081, [email protected]
As one of the city’s most prestigious hotels, The Peninsula is renowned for its excellent service, including the provision of activities for all members of the family. In particular, the Peninsula Academy offers “A Little Pastry Chef’s Adventure”, with instruction from the hotel’s experts. Although the class is themed as “A Candy Wonderland”, it is customisable, and children are free to explore their own decorative ideas. With a maximum class size of 10 children, you can rest assured that your little one will get the attention they need throughout the two-hour course.
Age: 4 to 12 years old
Where: The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: $1,280 per child, plus service charge (the programme must be booked five business days in advance and is subject to availability)
Contact: 2696 6694, [email protected]
The priority at the Kid’s Cooking Hub is to encourage independence and development. Through the guided preparation of food, it aims to educate children on food and dining, as well as to develop their language, fine motor, social and organisational skills. Kids are encouraged to practice their kitchen skills at home, so be prepared to aid your children when they come home and to taste the fruits of their labour. Classes are regularly scheduled, and private classes are also available (with a minimum of four kids).
Age: Differs by cooking course, suitable for 4 to 13 years old
Where: Kid’s Cooking Hub, Unit 607 Wellland Building, 368 Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: Varies by course, from $280 to $550
Contact: 5548 0180, [email protected]
Founded and run by Patsy and Janet, two good friends inspired by their love for food and the culinary arts, thePatsy boasts a 3,500 square foot space inclusive of three fully equipped kitchens, a baking studio, and a VIP dining room for special party bookings. With classes catered towards budding chefs as young as age five, and a parent/child class suitable for all ages, tutorials at thePatsy include take-home recipe cards as well as nutritional information.
Age: 5 years and above, parent/child classes open to all ages
Where: ThePatsy, 7A, Po Chai Industrial Building, 28 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
How much: Varies by class, 10% discount for immediate registration of eight classes
Contact: 2503 3198, [email protected]
Founded by passionate baker Victor and primary school teacher Kyle, The Mixing Bowl is dedicated to spreading the joy of creating home cooked food with wholesome ingredients, even with limited space and time. Using simple materials and domestic appliances, its children’s courses aim to encourage students to learn English, practice mathematics and refine their motor skills. Offering classes to kids over major school breaks and seasonal holidays such as summer, winter, and Easter, each class stretches out over two and a half to three hours. Tutorials for adults are also available, scheduled on a regular basis.
Age: Junior Baker Winter Camp (morning session) 6 to 9 years old, Junior Baker Winter Camp (evening session) 10 years and above
Where: The Mixing Bowl, 23/F, The Pemberton, 22-26, Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: $2,100 per child
Contact: 2524 0001, [email protected]ngbowlhk.com
Editors Note: This article was originally published in May 2017 by Stephanie and was updated in January 2019 by Lucia Lau.
Featured Image courtesy of Daria Shevtsova via Pexels, Image #1 courtesy of BiteUnite via Facebook, Image #2 courtesy of Little Miss Macarons via Facebook, Image #3 courtesy of Whisked Baking Studio via Facebook, Image #4 courtesy of Little Yogis via Facebook, Image #5 courtesy of Le Meridien, Image #6 courtesy of YWCA via Facebook, Image #7 courtesy of Cooktown via Facebook, Image #8 courtesy of SPRING via Facebook, Image #9 courtesy of Complete Deelite via Facebook, Image #10 courtesy of Sweetpea Cafe via Facebook, Image #11 courtesy of Towngas via Facebook, Image #12 courtesy of ABC Cooking Studio via Facebook, Image #13 courtesy of Bonart via Facebook, Image #14 courtesy of Yum Cha via Facebook, Image #15 courtesy of The Peninsula via Facebook, Image #16 courtesy of Kid’s Cooking Hub via Facebook, Image #17 courtesy of ThePatsy via Facebook, Image #18 courtesy of The Mixing Bowl via Facebook