When kids learn how to cook and take part in kitchen duties, it helps them appreciate the value of healthy eating that they can carry through life. Cooking takes math and reading skills, and children can develop these essential life skills when they read, measure, and follow recipes. Cooking ethnic cuisine helps youngsters appreciate how other cultures eat and live and can help open their minds to how the rest of the world lives.

A wonderful way for kids to gain cooking skills is by having them take cooking classes, either in-person or online, and you can find them from this list of kids’ cooking classes in the Lone Tree, Colorado, area.

Sticky Fingers Cooking

Three children participating in a cooking class presentation in Lone Tree, CO

Kids cooking demonstration by James Brooksis licensed with CC BY 2.0

The professional team at Sticky Fingers Cooking offers online classes for kids, as well as in-person summer boot camps. For any of the online cooking classes, the staff emails the recipes and shopping list a week before the class, so you and your junior chef will be prepared for the class.

When the time comes for the instructions, you’ll log onto Zoom and the instructor will show participants how to make the dish. These online classes range from bakery techniques to breakfast around the world. For the summer cooking camps, kids can take basic training baking boot camps, global cooking, or farm-to-table cooking techniques. Summer boot camps take place in various locations around the Centennial area.

After making your in-home meals through the online classes, why not pack up your food and take your dishes to have a picnic at any of these picnic spots in the Lone Tree area?

Location: Online or at specific boot camp location.

Contact: 303-648-4078.

The Seasoned Chef

For over 25 years, the team at The Seasoned Chef has offered Culinary Camps for Young People, giving them the foundation for healthy cooking, eating, and essential kitchen skills. During these camps, kids learn various cooking techniques and cuisine in a fun and interactive way while learning how to prepare and make different dishes every day.

Online family and kids cooking classes offered by The Seasoned Chef include Knife Skills for the Whole Family, Mexican Feast, Italian Classics, Basic Baking, and more. You can stream these online classes 24/7 to fit your family’s busy schedule. Sometimes, it’s fun to actually attend a live, in-person cooking class and you can sign up for various classes taught by professional chefs.

During these small in-person classes, you’ll have guidance from the chefs, and you can ask questions as you go through the classes. Once the students have finished preparing the assigned meal, everyone sits down at a large table and shares the meal family style.

Location: 999 Jasmine St. Suite 100, Denver.

Contact: 303-377-3222.

Create Kitchen & Bar

Create Kitchen & Bar offers youngsters 6 to 9 Cooking With Your Kids Classes and Junior Chef Camps and Classes for your 10- to 13-year-old kids. Children 14 to 18 are welcome to join their guardians in the adult cooking classes, and they can enjoy sipping on sparkling water or sodas in any adult cooking class that has alcoholic pairings.

If you’d like your child to have an immersive culinary experience, consider enrolling them in one of Create Kitchen & Bar’s Junior Chef Summer Camps. When available, these classes let your child learn and taste foods from around the world and each class will highlight local foods, agricultural practices, and cultures based on food.

The team at Create Kitchen & Bar offers adult classes based on cuisine or regional area as well as special classes just for families or date nights with your partner. Choose from cuisine classes like American, Asian, Caribbean, or Italian. Enjoy bonding with everyone in the family with Family Night cooking classes held on Wednesday evenings. The chefs teach cooking tips and share recipes from around the world. After these classes, you can go home and create these dishes together as a family.

Location: 2501 Dallas St., Aurora.

Contact: 720-573-9949.

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts

The Cook Street School of Culinary Arts has classes for home cooks and for those pursuing a career in culinary arts and hospitality management. Home cooks can take one-night classes like Pasta 101 or Braided Bread. Kids can enroll in the classic techniques and series classes such as baking and pastry; baking and pastry for teens, or kids’ summer boot camp.

While the Cook Street School of Culinary arts offers several cooking classes for adults 18 years and older, they offer occasional classes in the Kids Class series for youngsters 8 to 18. Examples of what kids can learn in the Kids Class series include the seasonal Decorating Gingerbread Men! The pastry chefs at this school use their creativity in decorating beloved gingermen cookies.

Location: 43 W. 9th Ave., Denver.

Contact: 303-308-9300.

Almost Vegan Cooking School

Those looking to incorporate plant-based meals into their diet will benefit by taking online classes from the Almost Vegan Cooking School. This Centennial-based cooking school offers a six-part cooking series complete with recipes, charts, and helpful resources. You can download the cooking class booklet that has over 55 recipes with resources and study guides to help you master plant-based cooking. The six-series course includes:

  • Our Daily Greens.
  • Whole Grains.
  • Snacks and Desserts. 
  • Plant Protein.
  • Vegetables.
  • Vegan Dairy.

Each of these blocks of classes goes in-depth into the nutritional value of the foods prepared in each section, along with cooking techniques to create a dish everyone in the family will enjoy eating. As you browse through the Almost Vegan Cooking School’s website, you can find recommendations for plant-based living including the “Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids: 60+ Easy Plant-Based Recipes Kids Can Make to Stay Healthy and Save the Earth.”

Location: Online.

Contact: Via the website.

Imagine how much fun you and your family will have making meals together in the kitchen after your kids learn skills from these cooking classes around Lone Tree. Do you have any recommendations for other cooking classes in our area? If you do, let our team at Crème de la Crème of Lone Tree know, and we can share your suggestion with others in our community.