For Budding Master Chefs

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Brasserie Bread Bakery Cafe

1737 Botany Rd, Banksmeadow

The renowned Brasserie Bread Bakery hosts FREE baking classes for kids every Saturday at 10am and 12pm. I cant think of a much better way to spend a chilly winter’s morning. Parents can settle in the celebrated cafe whilst the kids rustle up some baked goodies. The cafe has a glass viewing wall so that patrons can watch the artisian bakers at work. There’s also a retail store with an assortment of home-made relishes, jams, muesli and olive oils alongside an eclectic range of cookbooks. Allpress coffee beans are sold fresh and can be ground for you to take home and enjoy.

Unsurprisingly the kids classes are very popular and bookings are essential.  Please call 1300 966 845.

Longer workshops are run on weekdays over the school holidays with separate classes for 5 – 9 year-olds and 10 – 14 year-olds. Its not bad value at $35 per child, considering that the whole family will get to enjoy the fruits of their labour.

Putting on the final touches

Mini Master Chef at The Southern Cross Hotel

340 Princess Highway, St. Peters

Dates: 3 – 13th July (weekends excluded)

Times: 10.30 am and 12pm

Cost: $10pp

If you need an excuse to go to the pub these school holidays, Mumabulous has got a great one for you. The Southern Cross Hotel, St Peters is holding 90 minute fully supervised kids cooking classes for 5 to 12 year olds. The kids get to eat their creations so that’s lunch taken care of for the day.  The event had a good review on the Weekend Notes website and is worth checking out. Perhaps you could visit IKEA Tempe afterwards (or not).

Fun is directly proportional to mess.

 The Hospitality Est

47 President Avenue, Caringbah

Dates: 3 – 13 July

Cost: $35 pp

I had never thought of Caringbah as a gourmet destination but I’ll happily stand corrected. If the beautiful looking website is anything to go by, The Hospitality Est. is a well worth the trip beyond Miranda Fair. Its a cafe and retail outlet, function venue, catering service and cooking school rolled into one. Over the school holidays they host three marvellous sounding kids programs – Mini Masters 6-8, Mini Masters 9-12 and teens. The youngsters get to choose from the following workshops – party foods, sweet stuff, pie perfection, cookies and cupcakes, chocolate factory and the intriguingly named fairy feast. (Turns out its fairy bread, pastry wands and cup cakes). The 9 to 12s can enjoy more sophisticated offerings including Italian, Mexican and Japanese themed workshops. Teens can go hardcore with French desserts and Mediterranean foods.

The work of Mini-Masters

Sparkle Cupcakery

132 Fouveaux St, Surry Hills

Dates: 4 & 10 July for 10-16yo

2, 6 & 10 July for 4-10yo

Cost: $59pp

This hip inner city eatery was on the forefront of the current cup cake craze. A visit to Sparkle makes for a very civilized morning’s entertainment. The coffee is creamy and satisying and the raspberry red velvet cupcakes are heavenly. For the upcoming holidays they are running kids baking classes with a Christmas in July twist. For Tweens to Teens (10-16yrs) there’s Christmas Cookie Connoisseur sessions and Chocolate Chill Cupcake classes for the younger crew (4-10yrs). At $59 per child there’s better value around.


And then there’s

The Sydney Cooking School – Kids Mini Masterchef School Holiday Classes

73 Military Rd, Neutral Bay

Dates: 3 & 5 July

Time: 9.30am to 2.30pm

Cost: $150pp

These classes go way beyond the humble cupcake and for $150 per child they’d want to. In the first workshop participants prepare all three meals of the day – a very gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner. The second workshop is an extravagant Christmas in July where the kids busy themselves making roast turkey dinner, plum pudding and custard, shortbread and more. Wow. It appears to be a top notch establishment with prices to match.

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