About

Born in Venezuela, Maria T Cummins developed her passion for food as a young girl.
In her early 20’s she came to the United States and entered the restaurant business in Boston MA.

Later in San Diego CA she opened El Tucan Restaurant. It was in San Diego that Chef Maria was challenged by the culture and regional ingredients that ultimately contributed to the inventive style she’s known for today.  Also during this time in San Diego, Chef Maria was introduced to organic produce importance of nutrition.

Year’s later chef Maria moved to Miami. In 2007, she was approached by the owner of a private school to teach a group of children to cook in an after school program. It was during this initial interaction with children that Chef Maria learned what children were eating and more importantly…..”not eating”. Many children had no real exposure to nutritious food whatsoever. It’s astonishing! The program was great success and the Real Food Academy was born.

Good food should play a major role in the life of children say’s Chef Maria. She also believes that children can to be taught culinary skills to develop all their senses, boost their self steam and have a better understanding of where food comes from.

the Real Food Academy also offers “Chef’s Birthday Parties” where they bring a mobile kitchen to the location of your choice. They set up for a 2 hour cooking extravaganza where everyone gets to enjoy and learn.

Food has always played a major roll in my life, and I believe that children need to be taught culinary skills to develop all their senses
— Maria T Cummins



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The Real Food Academy - Chef Maria Cummins

The Real Food Academy does not only provide cooking classes and cooking birthday parties for kids and adults, we also host cooking summer camps and even offer cooking field trips to local schools.

For kids, our cooking classes or cooking birthday parties are fun and nutritious ways get your children to learn about healthy food while taking part in the preparation. And the best news? Once they're involved in the cooking process, they're likely to try and like the food they've prepared! Schedule a Birthday Party, Register for a Saturday Cooking Class or Book a School Field Trip.

For adults, we offer cooking classes and cooking birthday parties that are sure to entertain while you are learning how to prepare succulent, healthy food in a relaxing environment at our Miami Shores food academy. Register for a Thursday Adult Cooking Class Now!

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