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YES! There will be a Summer Camp 2020! However, due to present CDC guidelines, our class size will be greatly reduced so book now before seats are gone.

Knife Skills Every Beginner Cook Should Know



Knife Skills Every Beginner Cook Should Know

Learning how to cook is so exciting. After enough practice, you’ll whip up delicious meals for your family and friends to enjoy. Still, there are several steps that you must master before you reach your end goal. For starters, amateur cooks must learn how to handle a knife. This article will detail knife skills every beginner cook should know. (more…)

4 Essential Tips for Overcoming Anxiety About Cooking
Cooking is no easy task. Few people can just walk into their kitchen blindly and whip up the perfect meal. Since cooking is such a laborious undertaking, lots of people are too overwhelmed to even get started. These four essential tips for overcoming anxiety about cooking will ease any stress you have. Soon, you’ll realize that cooking is an enjoyable experience that can help distract you from the tensions in your life.

Go to Cooking Classes/School

One thing that’ll make you feel more confident in the kitchen is attending cooking classes. Cooking classes are great for individuals who stress about learning how to cook. These courses are often run by professional chefs who share their expertise with amateurs so that they can further craft their skills. Also, these professionals share tricks of the trade that you couldn’t learn anywhere else. If you want expert insight into the field and you want to try new recipes, contact The Real Food Academy today. Our team of expert chefs is incredibly supportive, and we’ll help even the most anxious amateurs get started. We also teach people how to use essential cooking tools as well as inform them about safety measures in case anything goes wrong. The Real Food Academy is genuinely one of the best cooking schools in Miami, Florida. You’ll be making a wise investment if you choose to attend some of our classes.

Watch Cooking Videos and Shows

If you’re very worried about stepping foot in the kitchen, you should watch cooking-related shows and videos before trying anything on your own. Watching these programs will reiterate that you have nothing to worry about. Also, most of those shows are extremely entertaining. Once you get a general feel for the program, start taking notes. Try to keenly observe the person’s behavior while they’re in the kitchen. Unless they’re on a time crunch, most of the people in these videos are very serene and calm while they’re cooking. Try to emulate their behavior when you decide to venture out on your own. Also, look around at their workspace. Usually, the cleaner your workspace is, the less stressed you’ll feel. Finally, write down any tools the chef uses that you’re unfamiliar with. You may want to do a little online shopping spree before you start your solo cooking adventure.

Reach Out for Support

A good rule of thumb in life is to reach out for help whenever you need it. No one should ever feel ashamed about starting something new. This sentiment holds true for people who are trying to overcome anxieties about cooking as well. If you’re nervous about starting things up in your kitchen, reach out to your family and friends for support. Speak to friends who love to cook, and explain to them why you’re overwhelmed. Perhaps you’re nervous about messing up a dish or setting things ablaze on the stove. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. No one has ever become a master chef in one day. If you let your loved ones know that you’re stressed about cooking, you may be surprised to find that they shared similar worries. Perhaps, when you feel more confident, you can have a cooking party with all your friends and family by your side.

Practice Makes Perfect

As with anything, practice makes perfect when it comes to cooking. If you think you’re going to make a delicious meal on your first attempt, you might be sadly mistaken. Remember, baby steps are key when starting any new hobby. Please, don’t try to make a roasted duck for an elegant dinner party on your first time in the kitchen. Instead, start small with something like a grilled chicken breast. Go easy on yourself, too! It’s okay if you mess up even a simple course. As the famous saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Start with simple meals, and only try harder courses when you feel that you’re ready. The more time you spend in the kitchen, the more confident you’ll be in the long run. Also, try to stick to the recipes as strictly as possible. Think of recipes as a training wheel of sorts. You shouldn’t add your own flare or ingredients into meals until you’re certain you know what you’re doing. After a few burnt dishes and maybe some shed tears, you’ll be serving everyone savory meals they can’t get enough of.

It’s perfectly acceptable to be nervous about cooking. If you’ve never made a meal on your own before, then starting from scratch can seem completely overwhelming. Yet, you must remember that there are things you can do to overcome these anxieties. First and foremost, sign up for cooking classes at The Real Food Academy. Here at The Real Food Academy, we want every single one of our customers to succeed. The professional chefs who run these courses will show you that you have nothing to worry about. These expert cooks will guide you through every step of the process. You’ll learn all about which tools to use in the kitchen, the proper safety precautions you should take, and, of course, you’ll make healthy and delicious recipes. Once you feel confident practicing your cooking with our team of experts, you should practice on your own time. You won’t believe how applicable the lessons you learn in cooking school at The Real Food Academy are to real life.

Aside from joining the cooking school at The Real Food Academy, you should also watch cooking shows and videos to help build your confidence. Hopefully, you’ll pick up a few pointers, and these programs are incredibly entertaining to watch. Finally, you should never feel embarrassed about reaching out for support when you need it. Your loved ones will talk you through your worries, and you may find that they experienced similar emotions about cooking. Once you overcome your cooking-related stress, you and your loved ones can have some fun together in the kitchen. Hey, you could even impress them by making a recipe you learned while at The Real Food Academy.
4 Essential Tips for Overcoming Anxiety About Cooking

What Do You Learn in Cooking Classes


What Do You Learn in Cooking Classes
Cooking classes are all the rage right now. People all over the country are signing up to have some fun in the kitchen. There’s nothing more enjoyable than sharpening your cooking skills while you spend time with the people you love. Yet, these sessions are so much more than a good time. These events can also be great opportunities to learn something new. This article will answer the question: What do you learn in cooking classes? (more…)

Essential Tips to Make You a Better Cook


Essential Tips to Make You a Better Cook
Who doesn’t want to be a whiz in their kitchen? Improving your cooking skills can save you so much money at restaurants and bars. Plus, it’s super fun to try out new recipes and eat delicious food. However, it’s tough to know where to start. These essential tips to make you a better cook will help you in your journey to becoming a master chef. (more…)

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Reasons to Send Your Kid to a Summer Cooking Camp


Reasons to Send Your Kid to a Summer Cooking Camp
Summer is almost here. Soon, the sun will be shining, community pools will reopen, and children will be dismissed from school. Kids live for this time of year. They love not having to deal with classroom responsibilities and homework. However, summers can be tricky for parents. While it’s awesome that kids have a chance to decompress, parents are forced to figure out how to keep their children busy for three months. Luckily, there are many options available for these anxious parents. This article will overview four reasons to send your kid to a summer cooking camp. Upon reading, you’ll run to the nearest kitchen to sign your youngster up. (more…)

Just like the Summer Camp Program, this camp is held during the upcoming spring break! Book now before seats are gone.

How to Get the Most Out of a Cooking Class

How to Get the Most Out of a Cooking Class
Cooking classes are a blast. They’re a great way to interact with your loved ones, try out new recipes, and step outside of your comfort zone. After all, going to the same old dinner and a movie gets boring after a while. This resourceful guide will tell you how to get the most out of a cooking class. You must make sure you get your money’s worth and have a great time. (more…)

Here's What You Need To Know!​

Some kids have no interest in cooking while others absolutely love to cook and spend time in the kitchen. Either way, your child needs to spend at least one week at The Real Food Academy's culinary camp this summer and here's why.

Let's start by stating a few things we know for sure.

Your Child's Health

First and foremost, we can all agree that there is nothing more important to a parent than the health of their child. This is a fact. It's also a fact that nothing has a greater impact on your child's health than the food they eat. When they eat the right kind of food (known as "real food" at The Real Food Academy) they will feel better, sleep better, think better, look better and ultimately reduce the chances of facing serious diseases later in life. There is no better time for your child to establish good eating habits than when they are young.

Children who develop an appetite for highly processed foods when they are young, have much greater chances of developing food addictions to those foods and will pay the price with their health later in life.

Eating Habits

The Real Food Academy summer camp will influence your child’s eating habits in a very positive way. This can be very difficult if not impossible for parents when it comes to your child's eating habits. We know from experience that many (if not most) parents have difficulty influencing the eating habits of their child. Here's why we have succeeded where many parents have failed in the very important task.

At The Real Food Academy’s culinary camp, your child will be surrounded by other children his or her own age. When the time comes to eat, more often than not most kids will proudly proclaim "yummy, this tastes great"! Even the most picky eaters will at this point open their mind, challenge their palette and come out with a "yeah this is yummy" of their own. We have seen this phenomenon over the years and consider it to be a very powerful, yet gentle positive peer pressure. This is something that's nearly impossible to achieve it at home.

Self Esteem

Assisted by a trained chef, your child will assemble dozens of recipes over the course of the week.  They will bring  their own creativity to each task,  work as a team,  and time after time create dishes that looks great…tastes great…and most importantly will consist of healthy nutrient dense ingredients.  Of course eating their creation is the best part.  The immediate gratification they experience will boost their self-esteem is why our campers say that the Real Food Academy’s camp is their favorite!  When you pick you child up at camp, you can expect your child to run toward you, food in hand, beaming with pride and excited to share with you their creation.

Boost Self-esteem

Note:  When you register for camp you will receive an email from the Real Food Academy requesting some information about your child. We have found that knowing a little bit about you child ahead of time will help us give your child the very best experience possible.  For example, How old are they? Are they a picky eater?  Are they painfully shy, etc.?   

BTW, you can assure your child that they will be seated with other kids their own age!

Multiple Weeks

What if my child comes to camp for multiple weeks?  Will they be repeating the same information?  Absolutely not. Here's the way we do things at The Real Food Academy.  Each week we change the recipes so those returning for multiple weeks will be challenged with something new.  We also extend certain privileges to those coming back for a second and subsequent weeks.  When your child returns for a second week they will feel special and important when they have access to the kitchen, added responsibilities etc.

What your child learns at The Real Food Academy camp can influence their eating habits every single day for the rest of their life. That’s what makes this camp unique! Your child eats every single day, right?   The question is; what are they eating?  Our primary goal at The Real Food Academy summer camp is to teach your child about Processed vs Real Food.  This is our #1 priority because processed food is everywhere and most kids are consuming far more of it than they should.

What Your Child Will Learn

The following schedule shows what we teach each day of the week.

Monday- All About Culinary

  • Cooking Techniques
  • Cooking Terms
  • How to use different appliances & utensils
  • Proper Food Handling
  • Plating Techniques (Food Presentation)
  • Menu Reading

Tuesdays Real Food Vs Processed Foods

  • How to become a Food Detective
  • What’s Real Food?
  • Benefits of Real Food
  • What’s Processed food ? 
  • Consequences of eating Processed Food
  • Food Labels Reading
  • Food Board Design

Wednesday Food Practice and Lab

  • Food Challenge Competition (Creativity, Flavor and Food Presentation)
  • Food Planning and Menu Development
  • Menu Design (Arts and Crafts)
  • Restaurant Positions Games

Thursday All About Baking

  • Baking Terms and Techniques
  • Baking Cupcakes Galore
  • Different Frostings and Fondant 
  • Cupcake Wars Competition

Friday The World of Hospitality

  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Lunch Buffet
  • Snacks Buffet
  • Table Etiquette
  • End of Camp Bash

Other Optional  Activities These are offered to campers when they are not cooking

  • Arts and Craft related to cooking
  • Paper Origami
  • Dance and Music Listening
  • Board Games
  • Talent Shows
  • Free time

We Think The Kids Explain It Best Though..

If you like avocado, you will be amazed how easy and delicious this version of Avocado baked fries are. You can have it as an appetizer with a spicy mayo-sriracha dipping sauce or simply added it to a salad as a topping. This easy and delicious egg and vegetables frittata recipe is a perfect dish to serve for brunch in addition to the rest of goodies, like waffles or pancakes. If you have kids, you can involve them into the making as we know how much they love to crack eggs!

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Not only these macaroons are addictive but they are GOOD for you. Adding quinoa will add lots of nutrients, that normally you wont find in the traditional recipe. You will be amazed how delicious these are. This is a great way to swap the butter on your toast for avocado, which is a healthy fat and take will take your toast to another level. This mouthwatering recipe can be eaten for breakfast, lunch of afternoon snack. Adding kale will make it even more nutritious and will add texture to the spread. Using the Greek cream cheese and yogurt in this recipe will create a much silkier, soft and healthier result. Add this delicious frosting to any cupcakes and you'll have some happy friends and family. If you enjoy the traditional Hummus, adding peanut butter instead of the traditional Tahini paste, gives it a Southern twist. You can substitute de from sunflower seeds if you are allergic to nuts. If you don't have time to cook your own garbanzo beans from scratch just choose only the best quality boxed product. Choose organic and low sodium. Make sure you rinse and drain the beans as much possible before using. Give yourself a meatless day. If you are in the mood to prepare a very tasty but hearty dish this can be it! A vegetarian Meatloaf. This recipe is packed with healthy fillers, like Quinoa, zucchini, carrots and flax meal. This meatloaf can be made using a cupcake pan or a regular baking pan. If using a cupcake pan, you can add mashed potato topping and make it look like frosting. Your kids will be more incline to eat them then. This recipe is the healthy version of the traditional deep-fried egg roll that you get at a Chinese buffet or Chinese take-out. In this recipe, we added sweet potatoes instead of pork and we bake it instead of deep-frying it. Therefore, it is not only super tasty but packed with nutrients. These cooking are loaded with super foods like; Matcha Green Tea that is packed with antioxidants which boosts metabolism and burns calories and is also rich in fiber and vitamin C. It prevents disease, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar.  It has Coconut Oil that can help you burn more fat, kills harmful microorganisms and improves blood cholesterol levels. You'll also notice that there's very little sugar used in this recipe and we use oat and garbanzo flour.  Therefore, they're gluten free! Perfect to accompany them with a nice glass of Almond milk! Chinese Cauliflower fried no-rice must be one of my favorite dishes ever! Not only you are not eating empty calories with too much carbs with a traditional white rice but the cauliflower rice has a much better flavor. Ratatouille has been always a favorite dish of mine. Not only can be served with pasta, French fries or rice but serve over toasted flat bread and now you have a healthy Pizza. Make this fun and super delicious and super nutritious snacks for school or perfect during the holidays! Good for ALL AGES! We all love a good breakfast casserole but feel too guilty afterwards! Here's a recipe that you may want to consider preparing on a Sunday or a rainy day. Using sprouted Ezekiel (Flax or Sprouted 7 Grain) spinach and avocado would add nutrients into this delicious dish and you'll be a bit less guilty. Living in South Florida we have a great influence of Latin flavors. So if you like Hummus, you have to try this variation of it. You can have this as an appetizer or add it as a topping to your veggie or turkey burger and now you have healthy and a gourmet dish! This is one of my favorite soups to eat all year round. You would never know that this soup contains NO heavy cream or any kind of dairy.

The red and green garnishes (Goji berries, chopped tomatoes and basil) makes it perfect for this holidays. Enjoy! These delicious and easy to bake cookies are some of our favorite! Using dry cranberries can give this recipe special touch especially during the holidays. These cookies are low in sugar and gluten free so they are easy to digest. .

Announcement #1

We are saying goodbye to our VIP Family Membership! (But not just yet so keep reading!)

We introduced this membership about one year ago and it has been a great success. This membership offers free classes for kids and adults as well as well as discounts for all of our adult and kids parties and camps. It's an outstanding value with a cost of just $89 per month.

While we have decided to discontinue new memberships, we did not feel it would be proper to shut it down without giving adequate notice to those who may already considering it. We will be accepting new enrollments for the rest of October (that will continue until cancelled). Existing members, as well as those who enroll during the month of October will have full access to all the VIP Membership perks, for as long as you continue the service.

Here is a summary of the benefits available to VIP Family Members:

Kids Benefits

  • Up to two of your kids can attend unlimited cooking classes on Saturday and Tuesday.
  • Your child can invite one friend for free to a cooking classes, once a month.
  • Big discounts for Birthday Parties for two of your kids per year.
  • Half price for Summer Camps.

Adult Benefits

  • Discounts on Thursday night cooking classes
  • Invite a friend once a month for free
  • Discounts on private culinary events

For more detailed information and to sign up:

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Announcement #2

You've asked us for more dates, more times and more events. We heard you! Starting immediately, we are offering two new adult classes on Wednesday. One in the morning and one in the evening. (Details below)

Two New Adult Classes On Wednesday

Adult Parties

Wednesday Mornings: 11am - 1pm

  • Create healthy meals and quick snacks using Real Food.
  • How to navigate the grocery store and make smart choices buying food.
  • Learn tips on how to read food labels and the hidden dangers.
  • Make homemade soups, smoothies, gulten free snacks, dairy free, salad dressings, and so much more.

Wednesday Evenings: 7pm - 10pm

We'll continue to offer our regular themed menus. In this class you'll be able to take a seat, relax and whip-up an amazing meal with the guidance from our Chef. You'll learn how to prepare all your favorite meals without the guilt. Our menus are designed for any level of experience, even if you are a very beginner!

(Cuz you were thinking about it anyway!)

Announcement #3

Once again, you asked, and we listened. We are happy to announce a new after school class.

New After School Class For Kids On Tuesdays

Tuesdays from 4pm to 5:30pm

For Kids age 4 to 13.

This class will be modeled after our very popular Saturday morning class. The menu on Tuesday will NOT be the same as Saturday for those kids who will be attending both classes.

This class has been added to offer a class with a smaller number of kids to those seeking a more intimate class size than that offered on Saturday.

Click here to book a kids class.

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