If you haven’t caught an episode (or eight) of Fox’s MasterChef Junior, you’re missing out on tablespoons of talent and adorableness. With three of North Texas’ own competing in season three, the show’s local popularity is soaring. Think you might be housing the next Gordon Ramsay or Julia Child? Grab a few pint-sized aprons, and sign your kitchen-savvy kids up for these culinary classes. (We call dibs on the taste testing.)
Sur La Table
Where: 4527 Travis St., Dallas, 214/219-4404; surlatable.com
When: 2–4pm March 22, April 19 and May 17.
Why we like it: Make & Bake French Treats is a pop-up class that celebrates American Girl’s 2015 Girl of the Year doll, Grace Thomas, a baker who dreams of opening her own business. Kids will learn the basics, including measuring, mixing and kitchen safety while they create apple tarts, chocolate éclairs and Eiffel tower-shaped cookies. For ages 8–12.
Selling point: Each guest will receive an American Girl apron, cookie cutter and goodie bag to take home.
Where: 327 NorthPark Center, Dallas, 214/378-6216;
Stonebriar Centre, 2601 Preston Road, Frisco, 972/712-9455
Preston Park Village, 1900 Preston Road, Plano, 972/964-5838
When: 9:30am Saturday year-round in Dallas. 6pm Friday in Frisco; 9:30am Saturday in Plano. Year-round.
Why we like it: Each Junior Chef class covers a different delicious topic, such as finger foods, burgers or no-bake treats. Kids will practice techniques from baking to blending and learn recipes to help you out come dinnertime. Classes are available for children as young as 5. Class size is limited. Call to register.
Selling point: Taste testing allowed.
Young Chefs Academy
Where: 9350 Pasadena Drive, Frisco, 972/335-4449; youngchefsacademy.com/frisco
When: Class times and dates vary by age.
Why we like it: The academy offers both ongoing weekly and one-time monthly classes for children ages 3–16. Each class is crafted to introduce math (measuring, portioning and scaling recipes), science (mass transformation, color changes, textures and chemical reactions), reading and social skills (teamwork and sharing).
Selling point: Year-round enrollment means you don’t have to worry about registration deadlines for once. When you sign up for weekly classes, you’ll receive a backpack, recipe binder and apron.
Price: Weekly classes: $60 registration plus monthly cost of class ($75–$99). Once-a-month classes: $38 and no registration fee. Reservation is required.
Published March 2015