Out of all the after-school programs for kids in the radar, how does a Culinary Class at a dedicated cooking studio sound? It sounded cool to us, so we decided to get a preview earlier this week.
We were at The Chef’s Palette by Gaggenau in Fairmont The Palm at 4 pm sharp. The place itself is cozy, with beautifully adorned walls, separate prep and cooking stations for the participants as well as, a 12-seater dining table for savoring all cooked masterpieces at the studio after the class. On the agenda that day was learning how to make a classic: Spaghetti & Meatballs; not without the help and antics of Executive Chef Kyle Grant though.
The format of the program was simple. The Chef would call all participants to gather around him initially, witness him tackle one item on the menu at a time before the kids and an accompanying adult went back to their workstations to reproduce it. There was plenty of assistance and assurance provided during the course of the session; although, I must admit, almost everything we made was from scratch, including the pasta. At the end of the class, the exhausted child-parent duos sat around each other and polished everything they had rustled up (which basically meant, dinner got taken care of). To throw in a bit of fun (and sweet), the kids even got a crash course on cupcake decorating by none other Arnaud Souchet, Pastry Chef at Fairmont The Palm.
If you do not know already, Fairmont The Palm hosts regular kids cooking classes, and will be launching a summer cooking camp class starting April 23rd for 10 weeks, designed for children aged 10-14 (or younger, as long as they are comfortable in the kitchen). Each week will bring in new dishes, led by Executive Chef’s from different cuisines with a whole new plate of excitement; not to forget a personalized chef’s hat and apron while cooking with the best names in the industry. The classes will be held on Sunday each week between 4.00-6.00 pm and will cost AED 1500 per child for a 10-week course. Since every child must bring along an adult, it really will boil down to a cooking demo for an adult and a child followed by dinner for both at a fancy restaurant after, which itself makes it an extremely attractive proposition. In addition, The Chef’s Palette by Gaggenau offers creative party packages for a max of 12 people, adults and children alike. Enroll your little ones via +971 4 457 3457 or firstname.lastname@example.org and introduce them to the art of cooking, making new friends and messy play like no other!