Channel Your Inner Chef at Any Age With Kitchen Wizards
Learn to cook, or brush up on your skills, at these fun, educational classes.
Do you — or your child — want to learn how to cook, or brush up on your culinary skills? Kitchen Wizards now has 20 instructors across southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey, teaching classes, camps, and special events with delicious flair.
Kathy Wolper, a former elementary school teacher, learned how to cook and bake from her mother. In 2001, she started a baking business, Kathy’s Just Desserts. Soon enough, she started teaching children’s cooking classes, which then expanded to camps and baking workshops.
Classes for adults, from corporate team-building to a night out of making dinner with a group of moms, are also a Kitchen Wizards staple.
“We present adult programs that are relaxed and fun. Participants tell me that — unlike many other programs like this — they would actually make these recipes at home,” Wolper said. “Our adult programs are geared towards folks wanting a fun night out, adding to their repertoire of recipes for entertaining or cooking at home, and socializing with like-minded people.”
Kids’ programs range from candy- or pasta-making or cupcake decorating birthday parties to summer camps and scout troop classes. Kids bring home the skills and the recipes, so they can recreate the dishes for their families.
Wolper said she uses her teaching background to connect with even the youngest students, helping them to understand that what they’re learning in school has use in real life. The classes and workshops encourage creativity, while also applying math and science skills and the need for precision and focus.
“We reinforce grade-appropriate lessons, and they learn an important life skill, taste new (to them) foods, and have fun,” she said. “Children do not become chefs from our ‘edutaining’ programs, but they do learn to become comfortable working in the kitchen.”
One of her favorite things, she said, is when children sidle up and share a story about their day. Wolper said she loves that they feel so comfortable.
Kitchen Wizards’ birthday parties are a hit with kids and parents, because it’s a chance to do something different, and it can happen in your home.
“We make it convenient for parents — of the birthday child and of their guests — because we come to them,” Wolper said. “We even clean up our mess at the end of the party.”
Kitchen Wizards classes are available all over the Main Line, greater Philadelphia, and parts of New Jersey — even the Jersey Shore in the summertime. Upcoming programs are happening in Plymouth Meeting, Eagleville, King of Prussia, Haverford, and Lower Merion (Belmont Hills). Pre-registration is required, and it’s wise to register at least one week in advance to be sure to get a spot.
Photographs courtesy of Kitchen Wizards.