Get ready to cook up a storm!
Got a kid that can’t stay away from the kitchen when you’re cooking or baking? Preparing and enjoying food is an innate part of what makes us human. By encouraging kids in the kitchen, we can help create a healthy lifestyle and a balanced approach to food as children get older. Thankfully, it’s easy to nurture your child’s interest by getting them involved in one of the many classes offered for kids here in Hong Kong. From fun meals to fancy cakes, Sassy Mama has rounded up the best cooking and baking classes for kids.
Editor’s note: In light of the current situation in Hong Kong, please call ahead to ensure that the facilities and classes are still running. Some have closed while the government’s social distancing directives are in place and others are offering private classes.
The Kids’ Cooking Club aims to help give kids the culinary skills and knowledge to create great food independently. Kids’ Cooking Hub offers a wide variety of sweet and savoury classes and recipes for kids aged 4 to 12 years. One of its signature classes is called Story Snack in which kids can make a recipe from a selection of great kid’s books. The story is read and performed with the kids and then they have the chance to make a dish inspired by the story.
Founded by two passionate bakers, The Mixing Bowl offers a ton of baking and cooking classes for both adults and kids. The Junior Baker Club is perfect for kids aged 6 to 12 years and teaches kids how to make both meals and sweet treats such as pan-fried gyozas, ham and cheese tiger bread, S’mores brownies, lasagna, and more. Class sizes are kept small with less than eight in a group and you can also try one class by itself or buy a bundle at a discounted price.
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ABC Cooking Studio started up in Japan in 1985 and now has locations all over Asia. ABC Cooking Studio offers lessons in cooking, breadmaking, cake baking and wagashi (a traditional Japanese sweet). There are also kids’ courses that are suitable for 4 to 8-year-olds and are designed to help teach children the fundamentals of cooking and inspire a healthy and lifelong passion for food. Kids will learn how to make creative and kid-themed dishes like a pirate hamburger plate or cute dog bento. You can choose between a package of six or 12 lessons from one of its three locations here in Hong Kong.
ABC Cooking – K11 Studio, K11 Art Mall, Shop 108-109, 1/F, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2336 7022
ABC Cooking – PMQ Studio, H110-112, 1/F, Block B, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2915 1022
Jacinta Yu took her passion for cakes and started Complete Deelite to teach others about this wonderful art. Complete Deelite offers kids’ workshops in which they can learn how to make unicorn cupcakes, cookies, Krispie treats, 3D animal cakes and emoji pinata bombs. The classes range from ages six and up to 12 years +. Regular holiday camps also take place if you’ve got an extra keen baker.
The Patsy believes that good health comes from good food. It boasts a 3500sqft space with fully equipped top-of-the-line kitchen appliances. It offers a Children’s Cooking Programme that’s perfect for kids from five years old to teens. Kids can learn to make delectable cakes, homemade pasta, bread and more.
With a mix of Western and Chinese cooking styles, Cooktown offers a wide variety of parent-child cooking and baking classes. Kids can learn how to make chicken, carbonara with baked potato, fried rice, animal cupcakes, lasagna bolognese, and chocolate pudding. Private classes are offered in both English and Cantonese.
The YWCA offers a variety of great cooking and baking courses. Classes are broken down by age group and there are plenty of dates and times to choose from if you’ve got a busy schedule. Its Junior Sweetie course shows kids how to make delectable cookies and other sweet treats while the Kids Can Cook programme teaches kids about different food and preparation techniques. There is even a cute cartoon steamed bun class that parents can do with their kids along with a parent-child baking course.
Whisked has dedicated its whole baking studio to kids. Whisked wants to share the fun that comes with baking and inspire creativity while encouraging its students to make healthy choices. Classes are suitable for children aged three and older with recipe difficulty varying by age group. If you’ve got a child with allergies, Whisked also offers gluten-free and egg-free recipes as well.
The Towngas Cooking Centre offers a variety of cooking and baking courses for both kids and adults. With the kids’ programme, its main focus is to get children to appreciate and eat wholesome unprocessed food. Participants learn how to make cartoon-inspired bento boxes. The course is appropriate for children aged 6 to 12 years.
It’s never too early to get your kid in the kitchen. At Spring, kids as young as 18 months can help to create a meal. Spring wants children to have the knowledge, skills, and passion for food so that they can take care of themselves as they get older. Good table etiquette is also taught to the kids.
A children’s yoga studio might not your first thought when it comes to cooking classes, but Little Yogis has taken an all-encompassing approach to teaching kids about mindfulness and keeping a healthy lifestyle. Following each of Little Yogis’ yoga sessions, students are taught to prepare a meal. The kids have a chance to use their imagination, work on regulating their emotions, and then apply their creativity while making a meal and learning about healthy food choices. Classes are suitable for kids aged 2 to 8 years (with the younger ones requiring parental supervision).
The Little Kitchen has a great parent-kid programme where families can make a meal together. With your choice of creating something savoury or sweet, each family is provided with all the ingredients and equipment needed as well as instruction and support. The studio is brightly lit and has a great outdoor space too. Little Kitchen’s programmes are suitable for kids aged 6 to 12 years and the classes are conducted in both English and Cantonese.
BiteUnite is a co-working kitchen that also offers cooking and baking courses. Its kid course teaches kids how to make their own pizza, cupcakes and tiramisu from scratch, allowing kids to use their creativity to put together something delicious. Outside of the class, you can also book the space for a cooking party or get together.
Editors Note: This article was originally published in May 2017 by Stephanie, updated in January 2019 by Lucia Lau and has been further updated by Danielle Roberts in April 2020.
Featured image courtesy of Gustavo Fring via Pexels, image 1 courtesy of Kids’Cooking Hub via Instagram, image 2 courtesy of The Mixing Bowl via Facebook, image 3 courtesy of ABC Cooking via Facebook, image 4 courtesy of Complete Deelite via Facebook, image 5 courtesy of The Patsy via Facebook, image 6 courtesy of Cooktown via Facebook, image 7 courtesy of YWCA, image 8 courtesy of Whisked via Facebook, image 9 courtesy Towngas Cooking Centre via Facebook, image 10 courtesy of Spring via Facebook, image 11 courtesy of Little Yogis, image 12 courtesy of The Little Kitchen, image 13 courtesy of BiteUnite.