Kids in the Kitchen

Photo courtesy of a kids' class at Blue Ribbon Cooking

There are so many great reasons to teach children how to cook, not the least of which being so they will always be able to feed themselves and learn not to depend on processed products or fast food restaurants. Lucky Seattleites can choose from a range of cooking classes and camps available for children age 7 and older. Here’s a preview of some of the great summer programs, which are accepting registration now and will fill up fast.

For the 16th year, Blue Ribbon Cooking is offering its cooking camps for children ages 7-13 and 14-18. Participants learn knife skills, easy meals and self-confidence. The cost of camp includes personalized chef’s jacket, chef’s knife, Blue Ribbon electronic cookbook, daily lunch, diploma and graduation dinner. There’s also a baking and pastry course, as well as a mom-and-me course for all ages.

PCC Natural Markets offers “Around the World in Five Days” cooking camp for children 8-11 years old. The recipes are vegetarian (with dairy and eggs) and cover Vietnamese, Indian, Spanish, Italian and Middle Eastern foods. Classes are available at different PCC locations.

NuCulinary, which offers Asian cooking classes through Uwajimaya stores and at the Nisei Veterans Committee Clubhouse in the International District, just introduced a hands-on Asian cooking camp for children ages 8 and older.

Silver Table Cooking in West Seattle holds youth cooking classes in your home. Classes are intimate and can also be birthday-themed or include the whole family. Five-day summer cooking camps are available, too. Instructor Michelle Silver teaches children ages 10-17.

—Hsiao-Ching Chou