Call it baking for bambinos. Cooking for kiddos. Gastronomy for the pint-sized. It all means kids are invading the kitchen and in turn, learning more about what they're putting in their bodies and where that food comes from.
In recent months, several upscale resorts have added culinary classes for kids. Herewith, our picks for the best places to teach your kids to cook on vacation.
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Sushi-Making in Cancun
Situated on one of the world’s brightest beaches, CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort is a beach oasis for sun, fun and food-loving families. In addition to Spanish lessons and piñata making, the Kid’s Club gets the little ones to roll up their sleeves for sushi-making classes at Mikado, the property’s Asian restaurant, where they also enjoy a live cooking show at the Teppanyaki tables. And because guests of all ages love a good frozen drink, they can mix up their own alcohol-free piña coladas and daiquiris with kiddie cocktail classes. These are all part of the resort’s Kids Club, which also offers sandcastle contests, movies, arts & crafts, swimming lessons and table games. Next door, sister property JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa offers 24-hour babysitting and spa treatments for little ones like Ice cream pedicures and peppermint patty leg massages.
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Located in one of South America’s best destinations for gastronomy, JW Marriott El Convento Cusco offers a hands-on, bucket list escape for foodies of all sizes. In addition to learning Quechua (the language of the Inca), kids can join executive chef Rely Alencastre in the kitchen for a cookie baking lesson, with a twist. The recipe calls for quinoa, which originated in the Andes of Peru, and is delicious for even the most discerning picky eaters. Parents will have plenty to savor, with cooking lessons that include specialties like ceviche and lomo saltado, and Pisco Sour mixology lessons at Qespi Bar.
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Aruba Marriott's Private Cooking Class
Grab your white hat and head into the kitchen with Aruba Marriott's Executive Chef, Teddy Bouroncle, for a Taste of Aruba like no other. A family of four can spend a few delicious hours learning to prepare an authentic 3-course Aruban meal, including Keshi Yena, the island’s signature dish made from a Gouda rind, stuffed to the brim with a variety of meats, veggies & spices, followed by an over-indulgent chocolate cake like no other. Enjoy your meal from the comfort of the private tasting room overlooking the kitchen, complete with wine pairings of Chef Teddy’s choosing (for the adults only, of course!)
The class is available on a case-by-case basis, see the front desk to schedule the private experience. Cost is $75/per adult, $35 per child.
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Bait to Plate in Barbados
Head to Barbados for a unbeatable combination of food & exploration with Colony Club hotel’s Bait to Plate excursion. Families seeking an intimate & hands-on culinary experience can embark on the complimentary fishing tour, which takes up to four guests out on a private boat with the hotel chef to spot marine life, learn about reef conservation and discover the secret to finding the tastiest fish on the island. Upon returning to the hotel, the chef’s team will fillet and grill the day’s local catch right at the table - served Bajan style with rice, salad and plenty of pepper sauce for the grown-ups.
The excursion happens once per week and is complimentary to all guests. Colony Club’s (free) Kids Korner club (ages 3-12) offers cultural activities like Bajan road tennis and dialect lessons, in addition to treasure hunting, sand castle building, t-shirt painting and feeding the tropical fish. Certified nannies are also available during the day and at night.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Camp Cook in Vermont
Kids will have a great time learning the tricks of the trade during this week-long cooking camp at Essex Resort and Spa. From food preparation to nutrition, the resort's chefs will make campers stars in the kitchen.
Campers will expand their palates and will learn about food safety and proper knife skills. Menus are designed for young foodies and curious cooks with sophisticated but fun, kid friendly recipes. It's not all kitchen time! Campers will pick seasonal herbs and vegetables from our vast gardens.