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The Real Food Academy is a cooking school led by the talented Chef Maria Cummins. Chef Maria infuses a fusion of cultural flair and nutrition into her teachings, emphasizing the importance of altering ingredients to create healthy and delicious cuisine. The academy offers cooking classes for children and adults alike, aiming to ignite a passion for cooking and the power of wholesome ingredients.

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Cultivate your culinary curiosity at The Real Food Academy, where the essence of cooking transforms into an art form, a place of discovery, a celebration of flavors, and an education on the importance of healthy eating and real, unprocessed ingredients. Led by the culinary visionary Chef Maria Cummins, we've reimagined the traditional cooking school concept into vibrant, engaging cooking activities that transcend the ordinary.

Chef Maria's journey, blossoming from the vibrant flavors of Venezuela to the diverse culinary landscapes of the United States, has crafted her unique approach to cooking. She brings a fusion of cultural flair and a deep understanding of nutrition to our academy. Her guiding principle, “We don’t change the dish, we change the ingredients,” isn't just a tagline; it's a revolutionary approach to cooking and eating, inspiring our students to explore the endless possibilities of healthy and delicious cuisine.

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  • Anthony & Jefrey Erickson-Pogorzelski

    Chef Maria consistently delivers! Her recommendations, guidance, ingredients, and staff are the best. Thanks for such a great evening- we’ll be back!!
  • ML SERVICES 2021 LLC

    (Translated by Google) The delicious food! We came to take a class as a team, it was excellent ♥️🌼 The chef was super kind to us! The food in general was delicious! I would like to repeat it and I would do so without hesitation! (Original) La comida deliciosa! Vinimos a tomar una clase en equipo, fue excelente ♥️🌼 La chef fue super amable con nosotros! La comida en general estuvo deliciosa! Me gustaría repetirlo y lo haría sin dudarlo!
  • Fabiana Aurrecoechea

    Amazing experience and delicious food
  • Veronica Pereira

    Came for a birthday party and had an amazing time! Chef Matias was attentive, educational and fun! The food was was delicious and I definitely would remake it at home. Would recommend for anyone wanting to celebrate any event in a unique way
  • Carly Rich

    We had an amazing time celebrating my friends Birthday. Chef Matías was wonderful and did a very good job teaching all of us how to cook each dish.
  • Rene Perdigon (ClubMagicoMiami)

    🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Discover the joy of healthy eating and cooking at The Real Food Academy in Miami! This exceptional establishment is not just a cooking school but a transformative experience for both kids and adults alike. 🍎🥦🍳 The Real Food Academy goes beyond traditional cooking classes by focusing on nutritious, delicious meals that are easy to prepare at home. Whether you're a novice or a seasoned chef, their expert instructors guide you through every step, ensuring you gain practical skills and culinary confidence. 👩‍🍳👨‍🍳 Classes are designed to be interactive and fun, making learning about nutrition and cooking a delightful journey. Kids are especially welcomed and encouraged to explore their creativity in the kitchen, fostering a lifelong appreciation for wholesome foods. 🏆 Awarded for their commitment to quality education and healthy living, The Real Food Academy stands out as a beacon of culinary excellence in Miami. Their dedication to using fresh, locally sourced ingredients ensures every dish not only tastes amazing but also nourishes the body. 🎉 Whether you're attending a family cooking workshop, a team-building corporate event, or simply looking to enhance your own culinary repertoire, The Real Food Academy promises an unforgettable experience. Join the movement towards healthier eating today and embark on a flavorful adventure with The Real Food Academy!
  • Nicole Forman

    2nd time here and plan to come back many more times. Super accommodating to dietary restrictions and fun, clean, engaging environment. Delicious food too and great value! Perfect for date night or girls night. Will be back!
  • Jenny Diaz-Neumann

    Amazing experience. Highly recommended, the chef and the staff are very nice
  • Clark Wycoff

    Wonderful experience. Chef Toni did a great job guiding us through the various parts of the meal, and it was very rewarding to enjoy something we made ourselves from scratch.
  • Allegra Russo

    Truly an incredible experience. My daughter loved it. Thank you for such a fun and educational week. Can’t wait to come back!
  • Nicole Rosales

    Great service by chef toni and Carmen, so great and tasty!!!
  • Samantha Oyon

    I had so much fun! Chef Toni and Assistant Chef Carmen were so amazing and friendly! 10/10 would recommend!
  • Valeria Madrid

    I loved i loved ❤️😍❤️
  • Aimee Soria

    (Translated by Google) We had a beautiful time with the girls. Thank you chef Tony and Carmen your assistant, very attentive and excellent work. Blessings (Original) Pasamos un hermoso momento con las chicas.Gracias chef Tony y Carmen su ayudante,muy atentas y excelente trabajo.Bendiciones
  • Stephanie ROSALES

    We had the best time here. The teaching was amazing and the food absolutely delicious 🤤
  • Rafael Carrillo

    Excellent experience, great team and dedicated attention
  • Jennifer Miles

    Always amazing. Great for the entire family!
  • Wesner Lundi

    Had so much funny
  • Alexa F

    Beautiful ! I love it! 100% recommended
  • Jennifer Alweiss

    Amazing cooking class with my 8 yr old! Loved every minute. Chef Pablo and the owner were amazing

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65 Ideas for an Unforgettable Kids Birthday Party

At Real Food Academy, we know planning a birthday party can be overwhelming and stressful, but we're here to make it easy and fun. Read on to see a few of our favorite themes to choose from.

Knife Skills Every Beginner Cook Should Know with The Real Food Academy

Knife Skills Every Beginner Cook Should Know

One of the first skills novice chefs need to acquire is proficient knife handling. Learn more about these key knife skills for beginners, brought to you by The Real Food Academy!

4 Essential Tips for Overcoming Anxiety About Cooking with The Real Food Academy.

4 Essential Tips for Overcoming Anxiety About Cooking

With these tips from The Real Food Academy, you'll be able to conquer your fear of the kitchen and enjoy delicious homemade meals in no time.

Essential Tips to Make You a Better Cook with The Real Food Academy.

Essential Tips to Make You a Better Cook

It takes patience and practice to become a great cook. With a few tips from The Real Food Academy, you'll be on your way to creating delicious and impressive dishes in no time.

How to Get the Most Out of a Cooking Class with The Real Food Academy.

How to Get the Most Out of a Cooking Class

At The Real Food Academy, we believe that cooking is about creating an experience. Read on for some tips about how to get the most out of a cooking class!

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Real Food Recipes

The Real Food Academy's baked apple cinnamon empanadas recipe.

Baked Apple Cinnamon Empanadas

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The Real Food Academy asian cole slaw recipe.

Asian Cole Slaw

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Avocado Fries

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Baked Fries

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The Real Food Academy berry sorbet with super food toppings, try it today!

Berry Sorbet with Super Food Toppings

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Real Food FAQs

No. All Payments and Deposits are non-refundable: When a payment or deposit is made, that day and time is no longer available to other customers on our calendar. For that reason, all payments and deposits are non-refundable.

In the case of a cooking class, the ingredients are shopped for and prepped in advance. Staff is also scheduled according to the number of people on the roster.

See our Wine and Beer list for your in-house kids party options. Optionally, you can bring your own wine or beer and page a corkage fee.

Corkage Fees

  • $15 per 750 ml bottle of wine
  • $30 per 1.5 L bottle of wine

Bring outside beer: $20 for beer (any quantity)

We love it when our customers decorate our place. That said, you have no idea how difficult it is to clean these types of things up. As far as noisemakers go......you will be glad you left them at home as well. So please do not bring any of those things.

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All our classes are 100% hands-on and, unlike other cooking schools, we are not limited to any one cuisine!

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Passion for Cooking and Wholesome Ingredients

At The Real Food Academy, we offer a unique adventure. Our cooking classes, designed for both kids and adults, are not just about learning recipes; they're about igniting a passion for cooking and understanding the power of wholesome ingredients. We create a lively, interactive atmosphere where students of all ages can unleash their culinary creativity and discover the joy of cooking from scratch.

Life’s celebrations find a special home at our academy. Our made-to-order parties and events, ranging from playful children’s birthday parties to sophisticated corporate affairs, are flavor-filled journeys. Every celebration is an opportunity to craft memorable experiences with custom-designed menus by our professional chefs that add a personal touch to every occasion.

Our commitment to nurturing the next generation of food enthusiasts is evident in our programs for children and teens. From after-school culinary courses to engaging weekend classes to week-long seasonal camps, we offer a nurturing environment where young minds can learn about food, nutrition, and cooking. These cooking classes are not just educational; they are a canvas for creativity, a playground for new skills, and a place to nurture lifelong healthy eating habits.

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Unveiling the Real Culinary Philosophy

At our cooking school in Miami, Florida, we abide by a simple yet transformative mantra:

“We don’t change the dish, we change the ingredients!”

If a cooking school and functional medicine had a baby - it would be The Real Food Academy. This philosophy empowers our aspiring chefs, both young and adult, to cook what they love while incorporating healthy, all-natural substitutes. The result? Meals that are not only better for them but also taste better, creating a harmonious blend of health and flavor.

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Tailored Culinary Celebrations

We go beyond the classroom with our private cooking classes in Miami, ideal for birthday parties, corporate events, or any gathering worth celebrating. Our professional chefs craft custom menus, turning your special occasions into unforgettable culinary experiences.

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Our Commitment

Whether you're a young chef just starting or an adult looking to refine your culinary skills, the Real Food Academy is committed to fostering a love for real, wholesome ingredients. Join us on this culinary journey where cooking becomes an art, and every meal is a celebration of taste, health, and the joy of good food.

Dietary Accommodations

Real Flavor for Everyone

At The Real Food Academy, we take pride in crafting culinary experiences that are not only delectable but also safe for every palate. Our dedicated team understands the significance of dietary accommodations, and we go the extra mile to ensure that every participant can savor our creations without worry.

From gluten-free alternatives to nut-free options, we're well-versed in a wide range of allergies and dietary restrictions. Our kitchen is equipped with the latest tools and techniques to prevent cross-contamination, and our instructors are adept at adapting recipes to suit individual needs.

You can trust that at our academy, your safety and satisfaction are our top priorities. Join us for a flavorful journey where allergies are never a barrier to delicious dining!

We offer a variety of dietary accommodations, including but not limited to:

Gluten Free
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Dairy Free
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Nut Free
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Soy Free
Soy Free
Vegetarian
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Vegan
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Dish by Dish, Skill by Skill

Here are a few of the things you'll learn at the Real Food Academy:

The Real Food Academy - International Cookery

International Cookery

In every lesson, we will travel around the world and prepare traditional dishes utilizing healthy ingredients (the ones that are good for you!) We will be offering lessons on breakfast, brunch, lunch, snacks, and dinner preparation.

The Real Food Academy - How to Mise en Place

How to Mise en Place

Organize your meal preparation ahead of time. This way you'll have more time to enjoy with family and friends and less time worrying about the actual cooking part of a meal.

The Real Food Academy - Portion Control

Portion Control

Don't go hungry, just eat what’s right for you! You will not go hungry or suffer from energy depletion if you eat the right foods. We will teach you how to identify and choose the right ingredients, portions and how to combine different types of food for your benefit.

The Real Food Academy - Knife Skills & Cooking Techniques

Knife Skills & Cooking Techniques

Master the art of professionals and cook anything the healthy way! For example, learning how to cut properly can make the difference between seeing kitchen work as a chore and a joy.

The Real Food Academy - Choosing Disease-Preventing Foods

Choosing Disease-Preventing Foods

Learn the power of nutrient-rich herbs, spices, vegetables, low sugar fruits, non-processed meats and many more foods that are rich in antioxidants, resveratol, vitamins and minerals essential in healthy eating.

The Real Food Academy - International Cookery

International Cookery

In every lesson, we will travel around the world and prepare traditional dishes utilizing healthy ingredients (the ones that are good for you!) We will be offering lessons on breakfast, brunch, lunch, snacks, and dinner preparation.

The Real Food Academy - How to Mise en Place

How to Mise en Place

Organize your meal preparation ahead of time. This way you'll have more time to enjoy with family and friends and less time worrying about the actual cooking part of a meal.

The Real Food Academy - Portion Control

Portion Control

Don't go hungry, just eat what’s right for you! You will not go hungry or suffer from energy depletion if you eat the right foods. We will teach you how to identify and choose the right ingredients, portions and how to combine different types of food for your benefit.

The Real Food Academy - Knife Skills & Cooking Techniques

Knife Skills & Cooking Techniques

Master the art of professionals and cook anything the healthy way! For example, learning how to cut properly can make the difference between seeing kitchen work as a chore and a joy.

The Real Food Academy - Choosing Disease-Preventing Foods

Choosing Disease-Preventing Foods

Learn the power of nutrient-rich herbs, spices, vegetables, low sugar fruits, non-processed meats and many more foods that are rich in antioxidants, resveratol, vitamins and minerals essential in healthy eating.

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Our adult classes and professional chef courses blend culinary techniques and pure enjoyment. Whether you're a beginner or an aspiring chef, our classes offer a welcoming and supportive environment to refine your skills, explore new cuisines, and connect with fellow food lovers.

At the heart of The Real Food Academy is a belief that cooking should be fun, educational, and delicious. We strive to create an atmosphere where each stir, chop, and whisk is a step toward mastering the art of cooking. Our academy is more than a cooking school; it’s a place where food, education, and community intertwine, creating experiences that go beyond the plate.

If you’re in search of fun things to do, join us at The Real Food Academy and embark on a culinary journey that promises not just to teach you how to cook but to transform the way you see, taste, and experience food. Here, every ingredient tells a story, and every dish is a celebration of life's flavors.

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Paired Perfectly

Don't stop on the way to the class to pick up wine, we take the time to pair each menu with the perfect wine that complements the flavors. Don't hassle with B.Y.O.B. The Real Food Academy has you covered.

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The Real Food Academy Is Franchising

The Real Food Academy is now offering a fun & family-friendly franchise opportunity. We are expanding and inviting franchisees to join us on our culinary journey! Follow us on Instagram and Learn how you can #inspirelovethroughfood!

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The Real Food Academy is Now Enrolling Summer Camps!

With a limited capacity of 40 participants per day, spots fill up quickly! Don't miss your chance to secure your desired dates for this incredible cooking camp experience. Register now to ensure your child's place at The Real Food Academy, FL's Cooking with Kids Summer Camp!

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