My 9-year-old niece and 15-year-old nephew both have a growing interest in cooking, which I happily encourage (although I’m still rooting for my niece to be a vet, we need one in the family). So for Christmas this year, my sister and I went in on cooking classes for each of them, ignoring the fact that my niece requested Webkinz and my nephew, of course, just wants plain old cash.
For my niece, we got her a couple classes at the new Young Chefs Academy that opened in Solon next to Miles Farmers Market. What a cute place inside! There are two separate kitchens to accommodate a wide-range of ages. Both kitchens are brightly colored with lots of little tables and stools, aprons and mini utensils. In talking with the one girl who works there, I learned most of the staff has a background in education and childhood development. And the recipes range from desserts, to pastas, to fun with veggies and smoothies. In addition to Solon, I believe they have a location in Strongsville as well. The individual classes, I thought, were pretty reasonable at $30 each.
For my nephew, who is already a master of the grill, we got him a Teens Classic Steakhouse from Viking in Legacy. He’ll learn how to make bacon-wrapped filet, stuffed mushrooms, asparagus, twice-baked potatoes, salad and bananas foster. I’ve taken several classes at Viking and think they do the best job locally, so hopefully he’ll be just as impressed. It’s a wonderful kitchen to play around in, wide selection of classes and I’ve learned some pretty good tips and skills from most of the classes.