9612 NE 2nd Avenue Miami Shores, FL 33138 • (786) 395-0355
“Who knew Vegan would taste so good!!”

Dear Chef Maria,

I wanted to take a moment to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the incredible class you taught last night!! My daughter & I had a wonderful time bonding while doing what we love & learning such new awesome recipes& Who knew Vegan would taste so good!!

You are such an amazing chef who cooks & teaches from her heart!

Thank you!!

Klaudia & Alana Capote

“Thank you for making our daughters birthday so special.”

Chef Maria and Chef Arthur were the best, the way they organized everything and the way they handled the kids was just great. Thank you for making our daughters birthday so special.

Ana Maria Deibel

“..unforgettable birthday”

My daughter, Taylor had a great time and enjoyed every minute of her party. It was an unforgettable birthday. You guys were great with kids and adults.

Everything was organized and the service was spectacular. You made sure everything was perfect and it was. Hope to come back again. Thank you all so much!!

Rozana Rodriguez

“Overall a great experience for us both”

There's not one bad thing to say, I love the chefs, the menus. Overall a great experience for us both.

Arlen Sirotzky

“Will come back, for sure!”

Marian will come back, for sure!

Veronique Lasserre-Taylor

“My daughter tried salmon for the first time, and loved it!”

Wow my daughter tried salmon for first time and loved it !!!

Thanx so much

Great class!!

See you July 16!

Linda Nosanchuk

“Great Food!”

Great class, great food!

Liza Diaz

“Sent notes, I highly recommend your camp for their grandchildren as well”

Hi there,

I just wanted to say how much my granddaughter enjoyed the week she spent in your cooking academy camp. I have already sent several of the pictures to some of my friends with a note that I highly recommend your camp for their grandchildren as well. It was so great to find a hands-on camp, suitable for a wide range of ages, which appeals to all, as well as both males and females.

My daughter and I are always looking for an indoor camp, and yours just fit every requirement we have. And … I must add, the food prepared was delicious. My granddaughter Caralee is a picky eater, so the fact that she at least tried some of the recipes was just fine with us. No complaints from us at all, and the flip side of this is that I got to sample some of what she ended up bringing home. And everything was SOOOO good!

We look forward to coming again. If you have any weeks in session during winter break time for public schools we are certainly interested. One more thing here. Any chance you could open up another location near Miami Lakes? I am quite sure you would do well in that area.

Thanks again,
Susan Gonzalez
“Students had a wonderful time!”

Hello Chef Maria, Chef Arthur and The Real Food Academy Family,

On behalf of the students and staff of Concerned African Women's Summer Camp, I would like to thank you for a wonderful field trip on Friday, June 24, 2016. Chef Arthur and your staff were very professional and the students had a wonderful time. They enjoyed making the pizza and fruit kabobs!

We look forward to our 2nd field trip for this summer on July 15th.

Thanks again for assisting us in making this a fun and exciting summer!!!

Adriene Haynes
“This was the best party ever”

This was the best party ever.

Jolie was overjoyed. Chef Genesis and her Assistant were very accommodating and upbeat. Our guests were thoroughly pleased with the facility.

Thank you for everything.

Gersende Louis
“..he couldn’t stop talking about all the delicious foods he made!”

This was a first for our son, who was slightly embarrassed to admit his interest in cooking. But, he was thrilled when he found out we signed him up and went eagerly into camp.

Upon pick up, he couldn't stop talking about all of the delicious foods he made! He was so enthusiastic and asked if we owned whisks, a cutting board, a food processor?!? Of course we do, but he had never used them before! Each day he brought home samples of the goodies and loved sharing both the "secret" and healthy ingredients in them. By Friday, he had a whole file of recipes and can't wait to make them for our family!

This has been one of the absolute BEST experiences he has ever had. We're just sorry we didn't sign him up for Week 2 until it was too late!

Thanks for everything :)
Charlie Kassal
“This camp is more than just cooking and baking”

My daughter loves the baking and cooking camp. This camp is more than just cooking and baking. It shows them about nutrition and culture cooking. Thank-you and Gracias!!!!

Cristina Murguia
“Had a great experience…”
4 Stars

Thank you very much Chef Michelle and partner!!!!

Our campers and staff had a great experience during your visit. The activities were well prepared according to the camper’s level and expectations. The students had the opportunity to engage and enjoy the recipes.

They love the aprons!! See you next summer.

Amara Condon, Easter Seals South Florida

“My daughter LOVED this camp!!!”
5 stars

My daughter LOVED this camp!!!

She learned knife skills and also learned healthy food habits. She was so excited to cook & bake every day. My only disappointment was that there wasn't any yoga, only Zumba. Would most likely have my daughter attend this camp again!

Thank you!

-- Carrie Reynoso

“My daughter was truly engaged and excited…”
5 stars

Excellent camp!

My daughter was truly engaged and excited about the kitchen. She wants to help me all the time and be involved in cooking. She truly learned important kitchen skills and improved her pickiness with food. She is less fussy when trying new things. I will definitely come back next year. The chefs were attentive and friendly.

Thank you the Real food academy.

-- Talia Romero

“Our Guests Complimented On How Delicious Everything Was”

Thank you for providing such a great party for our girls!

Arthur, you were a terrific host, and the party was seamless with your lead. All of our guests complimented on how delicious the food tasted.

So thank you Maria, Arthur, and your sous chefs. We will definitely come back for another event!

“I will recommend you to other leaders”

Hi Maria
Thank you and all your staff for a great evening. All my team truly enjoyed the event and the experience. I will recommend you to other leaders in Ryder if they are planning any team events.

Many Thanks
Coman Fallon
“My team truly enjoyed the event and the experience”

Hi Maria

Thank you and all your staff for a great evening.

All my team truly enjoyed the event and the experience. I will recommend you to other leaders in Ryder if they are planning any team events.

Many Thanks


“My daughter Samantha loved it!”

My daughter Samantha loved it !!!! See you next Saturday !!!! I already told 2 moms and I'm pretty sure one may sign up

Linda Nasanchuk
Your Program Teaches Children About Healthy Choices!

Your program teaches children about healthy choices, how food is grown, and the agricultural process foods goes through and so much more! It opens the children’s eyes and exposes them to “What it Means to be Healthy and Eat Healthy!” The children work in groups and learn about community building, working together and the end result is DELICIOUS!!! A special thank you to the The Real Food Academy for the many years of excellent service and education that your Chefs have brought to the children of Le Petit Papillon Montessori School!

We wish you much success in the years to come!

Damarys Zarling
Head of School
Le Petit Papillon Montessori School
“We Are SO Pleased”
We are SO pleased with your after school cooking program. Our students look forward to your classes every week! Not only do the students love the chef (she is amazing in every way) but she is always on time and very prepared. The students have learned more than just to appreciate a good meal. They have truly learned to prepare and cook using the healthiest of ingredients. And most importantly, they LOVE to eat it as well! A fantastic hands-on approach in teaching kids to live happy and healthy lives.

Thank you!

Ileana Nardo
After School Director
St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School
Coconut Grove, FL
My daughter celebrated her 10th birthday party here!
5 Stars

My daughter celebrated her 10th birthday party here. All my guest absolutely enjoyed themselves, all the adults and kids too. Chef Maria and her entire staff made the party super special. What a wonderful place to host your next cooking gathering. Some of my guest plan on hosting an adult party here soon!

Antoinette M

I will definitely be back again soon!

I booked a private dinner class for my 26th birthday with a few of my girls and all 13 of us LOVED it. Chef Christina and Chef Jeff were super friendly and made us feel at home. And the food was delicious! I will definitely be back again soon.

Kassandra Timothe

Thank you for a great culinary experience!
5 stars!

My daughter had a wonderful experience! She throughly enjoyed her time in the class. The whole staff was so friendly, informative and attentive. My daughter can't wait to come back for her next class.

Thank you for a great culinary experience.

Sheena Cepeda

I can’t say enough great things!
5 Stars

I can't say enough great things, with every class my son is enjoying more coming and trying things that was a battle before!!
Thank you!

Arlen Sirotzky

Keep up the great work!
5 stars

An excellent class my kids really enjoy it. Keep up the great work.

Zoila Simmons

Cristina and Jeff were great!
5 stars

This was our second time and it did not disappoint. Excited to try the recipes at home. Very simple to follow and recreate which I appreciate. Hoping to get a group of friends to go out together. We also enjoyed the extra time we got to learn some chopping techniques. Those will be real time savers. Cristina and Jeff were great, knowledge and patient. We will be going back.

Teresita Llerena

5 stars

Hi! I think what you guys are doing there is amazing!!! I loved it and I'm glad we signed up! My picky eater tasted everything and had a great time !!

I do have one wish, the kids should take home respite cards of what they made.

Thank you and looking forward to next Saturday. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

Arlen Sirotzky

Thank you so much!
5 Stars

Amazing experience for the girls and for the moms! We loved every moment. What a special place and team you have. Thank you so much!!

Vanessa Sanz De Acedo

Great time!!!!
5 Stars

I just had my daughter's birthday party at the Real food academy and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Arthur and Maria went above and beyond to make everyone feel welcome and to make sure we all had a good time. Everyone in my party loved it.

I would definitely recommend this place to anyone that is looking to have a cooking birthday party.

Ivis Lopez

“Blessings to you both!”
5 stars

We had a great time with you guys! Appreciate all that you do. Hope to see you again next school year .... Blessings to you both!

Carole Lorenceau-Volel

It was a great experience for both kids!
5 stars

It was a great experience for both kids, and a nice surprise to be able to share with them at the end of the class. My daughter even made us the same baked chicken with panko recipe for dinner. They will definitely be back, regularly.

Dennis Murcia

Thank you for a wonderful and tasty time!

Andrew (12) and Sara (10) had such a great experience with you, Chef Jeffrey and your wonderful staff and learned a great deal about smarter ways to cook with smart ingredients on Saturday. I am positive that when they visit in the future, their first request will be to return to The Real Food Academy. We were all impressed with the 13 students -- everyone with rapt attention and full participation...quite a feat for 13 (students) under 13!

Thank you for a wonderful and tasty time!

Kathleen Redmond

“The Kids Really Enjoyed It”
5 stars

It was really good. The kids really enjoyed it. Everything was very well organized and prepared. We hope to do it again next year.

Marilin Capote

Chef Jeff was the best!
5 stars

Wow!! My daughter had an amazing time during her Saturday cooking class! Chef Jeff was the best! She learned so much in just one day. She has asked me to help me cook every night since her class! We will be back soon!!

Can you PLEASE open another location in Miami? :)

Mary March

Absolutely Amazing!
5 stars

Absolutely Amazing! My friends and I had a blast celebrating my birthday. Chefs Christina and Jeff were great. They were amazingly able to keep our rowdy bunch on task and entertained. We will be back in the future!

Robin Tisdahl

The best present I got!!
5 stars

My boyfriend and I recieved tickets to this class as a present, and oh my god it was the best present I got!!! Chef Christina was the best. She really helps to open your eyes to cooking delicious HEALTHY meals, which seems unreal but she makes it so simple and easy it'll actually change the way you eat! Unbelievably amazing class. I can't wait to go back!

Janet Doura

5 stars

This Christmas season I wanted to create memories for my kids and their cousins and The Real Food Academy surpassed all expectations in accomplishing this for my family. Thank you to the staff. I wish you much success!!

Cruz Juarez

A great party!
5 Stars

Thanks to Maria and her team for a great party!! Everyone had lots of fun and food was delicious. Would definitely recommend it!

We All Had Such A Phenomenal Time!
The space was beautiful and comfortable, the hosts (Cristina and Diego) were friendly and approachable, and the food was delicious! We all had such a phenomenal time!! We would definitely do the class again. Really nice that we were able to have our drink of choice :)

Thanks again Real Food Academy!

Amanda Hernandez
I Am Still In Awe!
5 Stars

My daughter celebrated her 5th Birthday at The Real Food Academy with "Cooking With Kids" private class and she had a blast!! Very calm inviting atmosphere everything was very clean and neat (one of my pet peeves). The chefs were so helpful and kind, they kept a pleasant smile the entire time always asking if we needed anything.They had great patience with the children through the process taking the time to be sure they were getting the most from their experience with The Real Food Academy.

I also love the idea of taking alternative routes to create delicious dishes with healthier ingredients! I have nothing but positive things to say and would recommend this to anyone whether for a party family time or just some time to relax. I will definitely be back!!

Thank you all again for an AMAZING experience!

The food was amazing…
Everyone enjoyed themselves, the chef was amazing the food was amazing and the setting is perfect...we will definitely be back[...]
I give the real food academy a 10!!!
The party was awesome & so were the staff. I celebrated my daughter 10th birthday party their, with a guest[...]
Siena absolutely loved her birthday party!
Siena absolutely loved her birthday party! The chefs were amazing, explaining to the kids with so much patience every step[...]
Meghan’s 7th Birthday was amazing!
Meghan's 7th Birthday was amazing! The Chef did an awesome job with the kids as did the assistant chefs. They[...]
The kids had so much fun!
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Everything was perfect!!!
Thank you so much for organizing a FANTASTIC and AMAZING BDAY party for Emilie. Everything was perfect!!! This BDAY party[...]
All the kids and parents had a blast!
Thank you so much for the fabulous party that went beyond expectations! All the kids and parents had a blast![...]
All my guest absolutely enjoyed themselves!
My daughter celebrated her 10th birthday party here. All my guest absolutely enjoyed themselves, all the adults and kids too.[...]
The children had the most wonderful cooking experience
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Ceviche Workshop
5 stars

Recently I had the most wonderful, exquisite, delightful, easy and entertaining Ceviche class. The Chef, Maria, is a gracious and wonderful hostess (along with her husband) that helps you feel at ease from the moment you step into her cozy location. It was just an overall experience in terms of what you learn, the quality of products you use, the people you get to meet and the relaxing ambiance. Highly recommend for anyone interested in learning anything about cooking from simply buying quality products, learning or perfecting your skills.

Couples, singles or ladies night out it was just relaxing to be among other adults in an evening where I felt like I was invited to this great intimate dinner and be part of the creation in a fun way. Best part, I did it! I really learned in a simple way how to do an exquisite Ceviche!!! Looking forward for other classes or group celebrations.

Thank you Maria!

Anabelle Rivera

Chef Maria and Chef Cindy were so kind and helpful!
My little boy had a fantastic cooking party at the Real Food Academy!  All of his guests had a tun[...]
Raw Carrot Cake Bites
This is the best carrot cake ever. I just made this raw cake for my family and everybody loved it[...]
“The Experience For The Students AND Faculty Was Spectacular!”
5 stars

We recently had the Real Food Academy visit our K-5th grade classes. To put it simply, the experience for the students AND faculty was spectacular! The chefs were so organized and well prepared that the cooking class went off without a hitch. And even more importantly than this, the chefs worked SO well with the kids! My school will definitely be planning another field trip with the Real Food Academy!


“I enjoyed watching the students during their cooking lesson!”
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“Cupcake decorating really brought out their creative juices..”
Dear Chef Maria, I just wanted to thank you and your staff for an amazing birthday party for Juliet.   The[...]
“Thanks for making my daughters birthday memorable”
Hi Ms. Maria, I wanted to thank you and your wonderful staff for making Gianna’s birthday so perfect and special.[...]
“Best after school enrichment program I’ve seen”
Hello Maria.... I wanted to thank you for creating one of the best after school enrichment programs our family has[...]
“Thanks to you, he is now eating & enjoying new foods”
Dear Ms. Maria: We wanted to write to thank you for the wonderful experience Louis has had in your cooking[...]
“Natalija and her friends had a blast!”
5 Stars

Dear Chef Maria:

Since Natalija had her 8th birthday party with you I have non stop been spreading the word! Natalija and her friends had a blast. Most of all, they actually enjoyed the final products. The pizza on a stick was a hit. You surprised me at the end when you had the "cooking trivia" and the girls won little pink spatulas and pink whisks! That was a wonderful added touch. We look forward to seeing you at your cooking classes in the near future!

Thank you!
Valerie Stojanovic

“Thank you for making learning so fun and delicious!”
5 stars

Dear Chef Maria,

My children Helaina (age 6) and Joshua (age 3) have so enjoyed your cooking classes this school year! They even battle over who gets to go to cooking on a particular day. It is so fun to see them learn about nutrition, manners, and different cultures, while at the same time creating something they can be proud of and enjoy eating too.

I feel like we have traveled around the world with your international menu and age-appropriate dishes.

Thank you for making learning so fun and delicious! We look forward to cooking with you for years to come!

With Love,
The Harris Family

“Emma enjoys your class a lot”
Hello Maria, Emma enjoys your class a lot. She is a very picky eater, and has tried (and liked!) new[...]