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After School Courses

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In this course, your budding chefs will learn all the basics and techniques on how to become a Real Food Chef and more. Each week they’ll be introduced to a new culinary concept, we’ll cover the topics and create dishes accordingly. In each class, students can expect to make 2 to 3 dishes depending on the complexity of the recipes. This course is good for both beginners and intermediate levels of cooking experience. We’ll group them according to their age and cooking experience.

Day & Time
Wednesdays at 4:30 - 6:00 pm
$350/Course or $45/Day
1.5 Hours Over 10 Weeks
Skill Level
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After School Programs

Unleash Your Teen's Culinary Potential

Are you in search of exceptional and captivating after-school programs that will ignite your child's passion for culinary arts? Look no further than the Real Food Academy. Our dynamic after-school program is specifically designed to cater to budding young chefs aged 5 to 12. Running on Wednesday afternoons from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, this immersive experience takes participants on an exciting journey into the world of culinary arts, fostering the growth and development of young minds in the kitchen.

At the Real Food Academy, we believe that cooking is not just a skill but an art form waiting to be discovered. Our after-school program offers a unique and engaging experience where children can explore their creativity and develop a love for culinary arts. From mastering basic techniques to delving into international cuisines, our program provides a comprehensive foundation for young chefs-in-training.

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The Real Food Academy

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The Real Food Academy Miami

The Real Food Academy Miami


570-A NE 81st St
Miami, FL 33138

Hear From Real Customers

March 27, 2024

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."

— Vivian Urquijo

October 11, 2023

Fun Cooking Experience

"My son enjoyed his first hands-on cooking class!!! He can’t wait to return back to learn healthy food facts and try new cooking recipes! Thank you!!!”

— Gerry Li

October 2, 2023

Class Saturday

"Mi hija de 5 años fue FELIZ con su clase de cocina! el ambiente super recomendable y profesional. Soy pastelera y recomiendo 100% este lugar =) GRACIAS! y seguramente volveremos con mi hija a sus clases.”

— Juliana Cantarella

October 1, 2023

Food Truck

"My crew enjoy the cooking class and would like to come again”

— Juliana Cantarella

June 4, 2023


"Today when I saw my daughter clapping her hands I knew that was a sign of a satisfactory accomplishment. She was so into the class. The praises from the chefs encouraged her confidence and motivated her to want know more. My daughter has Asperger Syndrome and it’s difficult for her socially. However, the smiles and claps from her today was simply priceless. Thank you.”

— Marie ST

May 17, 2023


“My daughter really enjoyed her class, all was very organized, fun, healthy, pretty… we will be back for sure as many times as we can… she wants to be a chef :)”

— Adela

May 10, 2023

Great fun!

“My children thoroughly enjoyed the Saturday morning class. They even tried cauliflower! We will definitely return it’s a great way to spend time cooking, learning and eating!”

— Wendy

April 26, 2023

Cooking Class

“My daughter had such an amazing time in the class. She loved being there and being part of the group.”

— Mariana Ramirez

April 5, 2023


“My both daughters (5 & 9) enjoyed a lot the Saturday class!! Definitely we are going to back!! Super organized, clean, healthy and the staff very nice.”

— Frida

March 12, 2023

Great activity for kids!

“My daughter enjoyed doing the class and made 3 impressive food items. It was all themed which was fun! Highly recommend!”

— Brittany Faw

March 8, 2023

Saturday Kids Classes

Very happy to see how u lead the kids during the whole class.”

— Lizette

March 5, 2023

Great Class

My kid loves it”

— Athena

After School Programs FAQs

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.

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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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After School Programs

Culinary Adventures After School

As the school bell rings, signaling the end of another day, another kind of learning awaits at the Real Food Academy. Our after-school program are a journey into the world of culinary arts, where children are not just passive learners but active chefs in training. In our state-of-the-art kitchen, the usual classroom rules don’t apply. Here, it’s okay to get your hands dirty, to play with your food, and to discover through doing.

Each session allows kids to dive into new culinary territories, exploring everything from basic cooking techniques to international cuisines. Our approach to after-school programs goes beyond mere recipe following. We focus on teaching the fundamental principles of cooking and healthy eating, skills that will serve them for a lifetime.

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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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Hands-On Learning Experience

A Comprehensive Culinary Education

Each week, our after-school program introduce a new culinary concept, allowing children to explore various aspects of cooking and food preparation. The program covers everything from the basics of kitchen safety to the art of creating their breakfast. We delve into topics like the difference between real food and processed food, teaching kids to make healthy bowls and smoothies, and exploring the delicious world of homemade pasta and bread.

Students in the program can expect to make 2 to 3 dishes in each class, depending on the complexity of the recipes. This hands-on approach ensures that each child is actively involved in the cooking process, making learning both effective and fun. Whether mastering pasta making from scratch or learning the intricacies of bread and pizza dough, our program offers a comprehensive culinary experience.

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Diverse Culinary Themes

Catering to All Skill Levels

The program is designed to accommodate both beginners and those with intermediate cooking experience. We group children according to their age and cooking experience, ensuring that each child receives the attention and guidance they need to thrive.

Our after-school program is diverse and engaging, featuring themes like plating and food styling, gourmet meal preparation, and even the world of hospitality. We encourage creativity in classes like sushi making and celebrate fun occasions with special classes focused on Halloween treats or culinary competitions where kids can showcase their newfound skills.

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
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More than just a cooking class, our after-school program is about instilling a love for cooking and healthy eating in children. It’s one of the best after-school programs for your child to learn, experiment, and discover the joys of culinary arts in a nurturing and fun environment.

If you’re in search of after-school programs, enroll your child in our 10-week course and watch them transform into confident young chefs equipped with the skills and knowledge to explore the world of food. With a variety of classes covering everything from the fundamentals of cooking to exciting culinary challenges, the Real Food Academy is the perfect place for your child to embark on a delicious learning voyage where culinary dreams take flight, and each meal is the beginning of an adventure.

So, step into our kitchen, where each chop, stir, and whisk instills creativity and joy. Book a spot in our after-school program today!

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