Ready, Set, Stir!

Arm your kiddos with spoons and spatulas for these fun culinary classes.

Photo by Paul Miller

The Seasoned Chef Cooking School
Formerly known as The Gourmet Spoon, the Seasoned Chef, which has been teaching kids for 25 years, offers summer “Culinary Camps” for kids ages 11 to 17 that run for either two or three days. The camps, which have a maximum attendance of 16 kids, focus on teaching basic cooking skills and techniques. Sample classes: “Chocaholics!,” “A Tour of Italy,” and “Three Meals a Day.”
Cost: $75 to $215, with a 10 percent discount for siblings
Location: 999 Jasmine St., Suite 100

Cooking With Michele
Private groups of eight to 12 children can take two-hour classes here, learning skills like how to make pizza from scratch, bake fresh pastries, and prepare sushi. You can’t book a class for just one child, so this place is great for a birthday party, small sports team celebration, or middle- school graduation. Classes are designed for kids ages 6 to 16, but children under age 6 are allowed in certain circumstances and classes can be arranged for older teens as well.
Cost: $40 per class per child
Location: 2800 S. University Blvd., No. 97

Courtesy Uncorked Kitchen and Wine Bar

Uncorked Kitchen and Wine Bar
Uncorked offers both cooking camps and after-school cooking classes. The classes are intended for kids ages 6 to 17. After class, each child brings home enough food to share with the whole family. (And while the kids are in the kitchen cooking, the parents can check out the wine bar.) Uncorked also offers birthday parties on location for children 6 and older.
Cost: Starting at $265 for five sessions; offers sibling discount
Location: 8171 South Chester St., Ste. A, Centennial

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The Teaching Kitchen
Located at the Children’s Museum (Denver Marsico Campus), The Teaching Kitchen offers cooking classes and tastings Monday through Saturday on a first-come, firstserved basis. Each month, kids learn how to cook using a different ingredient—lime in May, avocado in June, etc. Its “Food for Thought” event, which takes place every Sunday, features samples, cooking demonstrations, and culinary stories to get kids excited about cooking.
Cost: Free
Location: 2121 Children’s Museum Dr.

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Sticky Fingers Cooking
Sticky Fingers’ cooking classes travel to schools, camps, and private homes throughout Colorado. Camps are typically divided by age group so every participant can learn age-appropriate skills, whether they’re in kindergarten or 8th grade. Sticky Fingers also offers in-home birthday parties for young cooking enthusiasts, starting at $295.
Cost: Hour-long classes $16.50 to $22.50; parents who volunteer in class are eligible for halfpriced or even free tuition.