Culinary Arts Institute Launches Junior Chef Series

Does your son or daughter enjoy baking cookies, helping with dinner or mixing ingredients? If so, you should check out our new Junior Chef Series. The Culinary Arts Institute (CAI) of Montgomery County Community College is offering a host of classes this spring for young aspiring chefs to have fun creating and exploring in the kitchen while learning new skills.

The Junior Chef Series starts with the class “Where in the World are We Cooking?” on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 4-6 p.m. Designed for children ages 10-12 years, this course will help young chefs prepare several tasty dishes native to Greece. This will be the first class of an ongoing series that will feature cuisine from around the globe.

On Saturday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-noon, youth ages 10-14 years will work with buttercream and frosting to learn how to decorate their own cake in the “Cake Decorating” class. All children will leave with their very own decorated cake to share with friends and family.

On Saturday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., young chefs ages 10-14 years can learn to make their own pasta and sauces in the “Create Your Own Italian Feast” class. Tasting is part of the class.

The next class “Spring Candy Making” will be held on Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for children, ages 6-10 years. For this class, young chefs will learn how to make an array of sweets, including peanut butter, coconut and buttercream eggs, as well as chocolate covered pretzels and Oreos with spring sprinkles. There will be plenty of samples for children to bring home and share.

The last class of the spring series, “Fabulous Desserts,” will be held on Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.-noon for children ages 9-12 years. Children will learn to make some tantalizing desserts with fruit, chocolate and whipped cream.

To register for classes, visit or call 267-646-5970. Most classes cost $59. All of CAI’s classes are held in its new, state-of-the-art facility at 1400 Forty Foot Road, Lansdale.

In addition to the Junior Chef Series, CAI also offers Culinary Enthusiast classes for adults, starting February 3. Classes include butchering and meat cutting, baking, cheese making, grilling, broiling and sautéing and even how to plan and execute a successful dinner party. For a complete list of Culinary Enthusiast classes and to register, visit

~ by Diane VanDyke


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