Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Summer Activities: Culinary Arts

Hello March!  Hello Summer!  School will be over for our kids in a week or two. As always, for us parents, summer means having to look for activities that will keep our kids busy, happy and productive.  A lot of my friends have been asking me to put up a list of summer activities happening in and around the metro.

I am sharing with you a very comprehensive list, which  Smart Parenting have compiled.  This is going to be a series of posts of activities grouped according to category/interest.

For parents with kids who are budding culinay connoisseurs:

1.  Center for Asian Culinary Studies
 Just for Tots.  A series of hands-on classes for little kids aged two to four, with Chef China Cojuangco and Chef Aki Gonzales. Children who are two and three years of age should be accompanied by an adult (parent, guardian or nanny).  Fee is P1,900 per class day (apron included). Get a P500 discount when you pay in full for your kid's class before March 31, 2011 and a P500 discount if you enroll your child to all 3 classes. and

Schedule of Courses (April 7 to 10 ; from 10 am to 2 pm)
•    I Have the Skills (April 7) - Your tots will be learning the most basic cooking skills for this day. They will be learning how to make scrambled eggs, mango torte, breadsticks, banana, and Nutella crepe.
•    I am a Pastry Chef (April 9) - Your tots will be learning some easy and delicious recipes fit for a future pastry chef. They will be making chocolate truffles, cookies and cupcakes, and mocha cake; and they will learn how to decorate cakes too.
•    I am a Chef (April 10) - Your tots will be making easy and delicious recipes fit for a future chef. They will be making grilled cheese sandwich, pizza (Hawaiian and BLT), creamy tuna and corn Macaroni, and spring rolls.

Kid’s Cooking Workshops Year 3. 
Give your kids an exciting and fun-filled summer in the kitchen with the Kid's Cooking Workshop. Chef Aki Gonzalez & Chef China Cojuangco will be giving the kids a hands-on experience in cooking and baking, as well as some tips for summer money-making with a food sale.  For kids five years old and above. Fee is 1,900 per day (apron included). Get a 5 percent discount when you pay in full for your kid’s class before May 2, 2011 and P500 off if you enroll your child to all five classes.
Schedule of courses (May 16 to 20; from 10 am to 3 pm)
•    A Little Baker’s Fair (May 16) - Your child will be learning some impressive baked goodies fit for all ages, including easy chocolate fudge, banana bread, pastillas and polvoron, cheesecake, and French toast.
•    Kiosk Food (May 17) - Your kid will be making some delicious snacks like Persian shawarma, stadium corndogs, Chinese siomai, Mexican tacos, and happy spaghetti.
•    Famous YumYums (May 18) - Your kid will be learning how to make their all-time favorite foods like fried chicken, lasagna, hamburgers, pizza, and butterscotch bars.
•    Perfect and Delicious Gifts (May 19) - Your kid will learn how to make some delightful gifts from the kitchen: toffee apples, mac and cheese, cookies, Russian salad, and chicken croquettes.
•    Make My Own Meal (May 20) - Your kids will learn how to get their creative juices flowing by making their own appetizers, main course and desserts with the ingredients given to them. Think little iron chef!
Address : 455 P. Guevarra Street, San Juan, Metro Manila

Website :
Contact Person : Michelle or Dang
Tel : 726-9326
Tel : 725-5097
Email :

2.  Center for Culinary Arts, Manila
Description : Courses offered: This course is designed for young kids from seven to 10 years old and for older children aged 10 to 16 years old.  Courses range from international cuisines, lunchbox goodies, pastries to desserts.  Each course lasts for 5 days, afternoons of Monday to Friday.  The course fee includes a certificate of completion, apron, toque, lecture materials, and, recipe ingredients.
Schedule of Courses (First Batch):
•    Young Upstarts (March 22 to 25)
•    Western Flavors (March 22 to 25)
•    Baking and Pastry 101 (March 28 to April 1)
•    Asian Flavors (March 28 to April 1)
Address : 287 Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108 Philippines

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Email :
Tel : 426-4840 to 41

3.  Enderun Colleges
Description : Little Chefs Kiddie Program
Courses offered: A program for children aged seven to 10 years old. Classes will be held on April 5, 7, 12 and 14 and on May 12, 17, 19, and 24. Chef Angelica Soriano will preside over the following classes:
•    Choco-loco and Fruit-tutti Day (Day 1) - Projects:  flourless chocolate cake with assorted toppings, fruits of the day dipped in chocolate fountain, and chocolate shake topped with preserved fruits.
•    Cheese-max Day (Day 2) - Projects: cheese fiesta pasta, yummy vegetable cheese pie, potato hash with cheesy sauce, and cooling candy stick (ice candy).
•    Meat my friends (Day 3) - Projects: meaty mighty burger, chicken pencil cut, rice in bowls, and milky way.
•    Seafood-discovery Day (Day 4) - Projects: shrimpy tempura magic, seafood marinara with fresh pasta, tomato basil bruchetta, and raisin jelly belly.
Address : 1100 Campus Avenue, McKinley Hill, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City

Website :
Contact Person : Monica Salamatin
Tel : 856-5000, local 505
Tel : 0917-5924674
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4.  Heny Sison Culinary School
Description : Cooking and baking lessons for kids
Address : 33 Bonnie Serrano Avenue (formerly Santolan Road), Crame, Quezon City

Website :
Contact Person : Ms. Rita/Ms. Tess
Tel : 726-5316

5.  Magsaysay Institute for Hospitality and Culinary Arts
Description : Young Chefs Academy
A cooking class just for kids! Young chefs will learn the basics of the following: kitchen safety, proper food handling, food preparation, and cooking and baking techniques. Prepared food will be served or taken home by the students. The classes are scheduled on May 14 and May 21 and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Address : 3/F Times Plaza Building, United Nations Avenue cor. Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila

Website :
Tel : 527-7893

6.  Maya Kitchen
Description : Kids Summer Culinary Workshops
A series of workshops for boys and girls aged six to nine years old. They will learn how to make items like banapple muffins, mashed potato, chicken fingers, soda float, marshmallow and candy brownies, mac ‘n cheese, milkshakes with jelly, squiggle pancakes, spaghetti, bread dough art, sugar cookies, French toast, fruit kebabs, soft tortilla, and cookies and cream shakes. The first series of classes are scheduled on April 5, 6, 7, 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The P4000 fee is inclusive of the following: apron and toque, ingredients, hand-outs, lunch, and certificate. Enroll early and get a 10 percent early bird discount.
Address : 8th Floor, Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue, Legazpi Village, Makati City

Website :
Tel : 892-5011, local 108

The Culinary Workshop
Description : Offers culinary lessons for children of different ages (three to six years old, seven to 11 years old and 12 to 17 years old). The Culinary Workshop also offers three levels of The Little Chef’s Baking Program plus a Parent-Child Baking Program for parents who want to join in on the fun. The programs run for 5 days and each daily session lasts for approximately 2 hours.
Address : Unit 104, Ground Floor AIC Gold Tower, F. Ortigas Jr. Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City

Website :

Contact Person : Chef Sabie
Mobile : 0915-4870991
Tel : 500-1105
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7.  Vicky Veloso-Barrera’s Tiny Kitchen
Description : Offers basic and advanced classes for children.
Tiny Kitchen 1 - for kids aged four to six years old

Tiny Kitchen - for kids aged seven to 12 years old

Tiny Kitchen Teens - for teens aged 13 to 19 years old

Additional courses, namely Around the World, Pinoy Favorites, American Classics, Flavors of Asia, Taste of Europe, Party Food, Cake Decorating, Just Desserts Part 1 and 2, Nothing but Chocolate, Dessert Workshop, and more, are also offered. There are also one-day baking and cooking workshops where participants will learn how to bake cookies and cupcakes, make pasta, or a combination of these.

Address : 31 Scout Tobias, Quezon City

Website :

Contact Person : Vicky Veloso-Barrera
Tel : 410-2279
Mobile : 0917-5393940
Email :

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