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Cook Up Some Fun

One of the best ways to get a picky eater to try new foods is to involve her in the cooking process—whether it’s helping plan your family’s dinner menu, measuring ingredients or serving as a taste-tester. Try engaging your child with hands-on training at an area cooking school that offers classes just for kids. Who knows, you might even learn a thing or two from your budding chef!

California Pizza Kitchen
Dallas, Frisco and Plano
214/750-7067; 972/712-0884; 469/366-0060
www.cpk.com

Classes offered: Take a CPKids Restaurant Tour and learn behind-the-scenes cooking tips and enjoy a hands-on pizza-making class.
Ages: 10 and younger
Registration: Call individual restaurant to schedule
Cost: $100 (maximum of 15 kids); free for school groups and nonprofits

Cook Ease Catering
In-home lessons,
214/780-1899
www.cookeasecatering.com

Classes offered: In-home private and group cooking lessons (ranging in cuisines and skill level) for children ages 6-12 or parent-child pairs with kids 4-6. Classes range from 90 minutes to three hours.
Ages: 4-12
Registration: Ongoing (by phone at 214/780-1899)
Cost: Varies due to class length and location proximity

Central Market Cooking School
Dallas and Plano, 214/361-5754 and 469/241-8389
www.centralmarket.com

Classes offered: Kids Cook (emphasizes basic kitchen skills); Parents and Children Cook (emphasizes teamwork in the kitchen); Young Adults Cook (emphasizes technique of varying international cuisines).
Ages: 6-18
Registration: Ongoing online (www.centralmarket.com/CookingSchool.aspx), see monthly calendar available per store
Cost: Classes start at $50

Kids Cooking Company
Dallas, 214/265-9949
www.kidscookingcompany.com

Classes offered: Cooking with Mommy/Daddy; Growing Gourmets (integrates measurement and nutrition education); After-School Chefs. Special one-time classes include: Crazy for Cookies (April 18) and a Mother’s Day Tea (May 8).
Ages: 2½-12 years old
Registration: Ongoing (by phone at 214/265-9949); the next 8-week session of classes begins March 22
Cost: Classes start at $50; $15 one-time registration fee for new students

Young Chef’s Academy
Frisco (972/335-4449), McKinney (972/439-9029) and Plano (972/473-9090)
www.youngchefsacademy.com

Classes offered: Classes vary per location, but include the Junior Chef program, the Senior Chef program (teaches fundamental techniques of cooking), Fondant Four (teaches fondant dessert decorating) and more.
Ages: Preschool-teens
Registration: By phone, but view class descriptions online
Cost: Varying per location/class, starting at $60