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Camps & Events

Step into a world of delectable delights at The Real Food Academy. Our diverse range of programs and events offers unique culinary experiences for individuals of all ages. From seasonal camps that introduce children and teens to cooking and healthy eating, to corporate cooking classes that foster a sense of community and team-building, we have something for everyone.

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The Real Food Academy

Camps for Summer

Make a healthy difference in your diet at The Real Food Academy, where every season brings new culinary adventures and a celebration of food and community. Our diverse range of programs and events, including seasonal camps, corporate gatherings, after-school and weekend programs, field trips, and special holiday events, offers unique experiences for everyone. In all our programs we strive to emphasize the importance of distinguishing between real food and processed food. Our classes focus on educating people about the dangers of processed food and the significance of consuming real, wholesome, and healthy ingredients, making us a standout destination for enriching culinary experiences and summer camp programs.

Our seasonal camps cater to your family's curious and budding young chefs, offering spring, summer, winter, and day camps. These immersive experiences introduce children and teens to the world of cooking and healthy eating. Each camp season has its unique flavor, from the vibrant energy of our summer camp programs, to the cozy festive atmosphere of our winter sessions. With hands-on culinary education in a fun and nurturing environment, our camps ensure that everyone leaves with new skills and happy memories.

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570-A NE 81st St
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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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Cooking Camps & Events at The Real Food Academy

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Camps

At The Real Food Academy, our camps offer an immersive culinary experience for children, where they can explore the world of cooking and healthy eating in a fun and educational environment. Our camps are not only about learning how to cook but also understanding the importance of food choices in our culture and overall well-being. From engaging cooking lessons to food-related games and educational activities, our camps provide a unique opportunity for kids to develop their culinary skills, expand their palates, and create lasting memories.

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Corporate Events

Enhance your team's bond and ignite their culinary creativity with corporate events at The Real Food Academy. Our corporate cooking classes present a unique opportunity for colleagues to come together in a fun and engaging environment, fostering teamwork and collaboration. With our experienced instructors guiding the way, participants will not only learn new recipes and cooking techniques but also develop valuable communication and problem-solving skills. From interactive challenges to themed culinary competitions, our corporate events are designed to inspire camaraderie and create lasting memories.

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After School Programs

At The Real Food Academy, our after-school programs are a perfect opportunity for children to develop a love for cooking while fostering healthy eating habits. Our programs are specifically designed to empower kids with culinary education and inspire them to make intelligent food choices. Through engaging and interactive sessions, kids learn about different cuisines, cooking techniques, and the importance of avoiding ultra-processed foods. We believe that by instilling these values at a young age, children can develop lifelong skills for nourishing their bodies and embracing the joy of cooking with real, wholesome ingredients.

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Field Trips & Excursions

Our field trips often include hands-on cooking sessions led by experienced chefs, where students can put their newly acquired knowledge into practice and create delicious, nutritious meals using real food. These field trips and excursions at The Real Food Academy not only provide valuable culinary education but also inspire a sense of curiosity, connection to food sources, and a lifelong love for real, wholesome ingredients while avoiding processed foods. Join us on these culinary adventures and embark on a flavorful journey that nourishes both the body and mind.

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Rave Reviews for The Real Food Academy

proud to have a 4.9 star rating & 700+ reviews

  • Erica Wandzel

    This was an excellent team-building event. Our team from around the world had a great time learning about the food that we were making while overall spending time together. The staff was fantastic, and the facility was first-class. Thank you.
  • Olga Meador

    Awesome experience- wonderful service!!
  • Sidney Henderson

    Very good class
  • Dan Stein

    Amazing experience for friends or coworkers, great team (Pablo and Tony), and food was amazing! 100% recommend!
  • Jennifer Swanton

    Excellent class! I took my daughter today to the sushi class for kids and she loved it! She wants to go back next week!
  • martin gallardo

    Great place. Very clean, good music, food awesome. Chef Maria is a master. Great for family too.
  • alex guzman

    This was a great experience. It was my first time cooking and it was very easy. The chef was very welcoming and gave clear instructions. I highly recommend coming to the Real Food Academy.
  • Paula Chacon

    Great location, the dinamic is fun, the food is easy and delicious, great experience
  • Isabel Guia

    The experience was amazing! Thank you Chef Maria!
  • Yesenia Gasco

    Absolutely amazing class with Chef Maria! Highly recommend. Food and ambience were great!
  • Scott Grondin

    Fun night and great food! Highly recommend.
  • Tammi Calarco

    Fabulous place for networking events. The chef did a great job in teaching our group about the food we were preparing and in directing us on how to prepare and cook. We made beef empanadas, shrimp ceviche, and beef lomo saltado. Helpful techniques. Fresh ingredients. Healthy cooking. I can't wait to go again. I highly recommend this place.
  • Rahysa Vargas

    The experience was amazing highly recommend our Argentinian chef was amazing an instructor staff was wonderful we were a huge private group and we all loved it would come back again and recommend for networking event, birthday or for a date night.
  • Vivian Urquijo

    Amazing time It was an amazing experience as always my kids had a good time and learned new cooking techniques, I love the place and very much recommend.
  • sfuji15 (bam)

    Amazing experience and a fun time! Maria was great and explained everything so well and made sure everyone was on the right page. Would definitely recommend and will for sure be coming back!
  • Jodi Lewis

    Had such a great time at the pasta making class!
  • Carlos20

    The people in at this restaurant and academy are some of the kindest people I have had the joy of meeting in my life, they will treat you like family and chef Maria will cook you an spectacular meal like you can't imagine. 10 out 10 recommend this place. Love their food like you got no idea.
  • Yvan Luzardo

    Excellent experience very good food Amazing service Staff is A++++++ Def will be back !
  • rswingle

    Great group/team-building event.
  • Alpesh Patel

    Experience was great with Chef Toni! Very polite, great food and atmosphere! Food was tasty and flavorful!

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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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Asian Cole Slaw

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Avocado Fries

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Baked Fries

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Camps & Events 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.

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We are surrounded by lots of free parking. However, do not park in the CVS parking lot. You may be towed if you do. Also, if you park on the street you need to use the paybyphone app.

All the recipes prepared at The Real Food Academy are easily accessible on our recipes page.

You can simply type the name of the recipe in the search field to find the recipe your are looking for. If you can't remember the exact name...no problem. Just type in the cuisine type and you will quickly receive a list of all the recipes that include that cuisine.

If for some reason you require a printed copy of the recipe, please request it from the chef and they will happily provide it to you.

No. Sending your camper to our cooking camp with food would be like bringing sand to the beach! Campers will prepare breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack daily. Immediately upon completing the booking, we will contact you to find out if we need to be aware of any food allergies or restrictions.

If it's one thing we are fully aware of at The Real Food Academy (especially summer camp) is that older kids don't want to be involved with younger kids. Not only will we not put older kids with younger kids, we will always have younger children with kids their own age and will always be participating in activities that are suitable and safe for their age.

The official hours are from 9am to 3pm. However early drop off and late pick up can be arranged for a small additional fee.

The price for our cooking summer/winter camps are only $575 per week for 5 fun filled days of cooking experiences and adventures. This low price includes all meals including breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. No registration fee or any other fees!

Some of the activities included in our summer/winter camp include cooking, baking, arts & crafts and more!

Our summer/winter camps feature activities designed for kids from 5 to 16 years old.

A kitchen is not needed. We can setup in any classroom, cafeteria, etc.

A minimum of 6 but no more than 12 students per class is ideal.

We offer after school programs to kids pre-k to 8th grade.

Sessions can be 8 to 12 weeks.

Classes can be 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes in duration.

No. We are not an approved vendor in Broward county and have no plans to become approved in the foreseeable future.

Yes. Not only is it an appropriate activity, we have found it to be one of the most gratifying for these students as well as for us! We have successfully worked with all levels of special needs students.

Absolutely. Call Chef Arthur anytime with your questions. His direct number is 786-395-0355

The time needed for the event is affected by a number of different factors.

  • The age of the children will affect the time needed. Younger children take longer then older children.
  • The size of the group affects the time. Larger groups take longer then smaller groups.
  • When we find the room with all the needed tables and chairs in place, that saves of time. If we don't have to gather tables and chairs from other rooms in the school we can save a lot of time.

That said, we can usually get the job done in time regardless of the above circumstances. We can simply work at a faster pace if needed. However, when there is a time limitation we appreciate knowing well in advance.

Yes. We always appreciate when the room is ready for us when we arrive. Please have the needed number of tables and chairs in the room where the event will take place. There is no need to arrange the table and chairs, just have them in the room.

3 day's before your field trip you will receive an email from us requesting a final head count. If your "final head count" number is higher or lower, you can make the adjustment by replying to that email. If we do not receive an adjusted number, you will be billed according to the original number. If you supply us with a new number, the new number will be the amount you will be billed for.

Yes, your event can start anytime; whatever is best for you. We are only suggesting 9am as a start time as this time works best for most organizations. If you would like a start time before or after 9am please send an email request to [email protected] and follow up with a phone call to 786-395-0355 if a confirmation is not received within a few days of the requested change.

Our field trips are open to boys and girls ages 3 through 14 who may be interested in exploring the culinary arts.

A kitchen is not needed. We can setup in any classroom, cafeteria, etc.

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Hands-On

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

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Our Events

Escape the office and step into our kitchen for your next corporate event. Our cooking classes provide a unique twist on team-building, encouraging collaboration, creativity, and a little friendly competition. These events are perfect for companies looking to foster a sense of community and teamwork in a relaxed yet engaging setting.

For ongoing culinary exploration, our after-school and weekend programs offer a consistent space for children and teens to grow their cooking skills. These sessions are perfect for young food enthusiasts looking to deepen their culinary knowledge and experience over time.

We extend our culinary education beyond the walls of our academy with field trips and excursions. These experiences provide a unique opportunity for students to discover the benefits of “real food” and learn how to use natural, alternative ingredients to make healthier meals. They will also learn knife skills and how to whip, blend, chop, mix, measure ingredients, knead dough, and more.

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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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Our special events are tailored to celebrate all of life’s moments, big and small. From holiday gatherings to personal milestones, we create custom culinary experiences as unique as your celebration. Our kitchen becomes a festive and welcoming space where groups can come together to cook, laugh, and make memories.

At the Real Food Academy, we pride ourselves on being more than just a cooking school. We are a community hub where people of all ages can unite to share the joy of cooking and healthy eating. Our state-of-the-art kitchen is designed to accommodate groups of all sizes, making it the perfect venue for any culinary event.

Whether mastering new recipes at a summer camp, building team spirit through a corporate cooking class, or celebrating a special holiday, the Real Food Academy is the place to be. Here, every event is an opportunity to learn, laugh, and create lasting memories.

Join us at the Real Food Academy, where every season is an opportunity for culinary discovery, and every event celebrates food and fellowship. Book a class today!

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
Gluten Free
Dairy Free
Dairy Free
Nut Free
Nut Free
Soy Free
Soy Free
Vegetarian
Vegetarian
Vegan
Vegan

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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All Class Menus Are

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!

Book Now