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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

April 7, 2024

Excellent class!

"Valeria went today to the sushi class for kids and she loved it! She wants to go back next week."

— Jennifer Swanton

May 5, 2024

Amazing Class

"My daughter really enjoyed the Cinco de Mayo themed Saturday class. Everything she made was delicious and used healthy ingredients."

— Monica Barquin-Giarraffa

May 22, 2024

My 5 year boy is in love!

"My son loves everything about cooking and food and loves this class. We drive from the Grove once a month. Thank you for offering this program!"

— Beatriz

June 24, 2024

Amazing party!

"This was such a wonderful birthday party experience for my daughter and her friends! The group of 8 year olds had an amazing time, really enjoyed the actual work of cooking and preparing their own food, and eating the delicious food when it was done! The music was fun, the chef was so patient and caring, and the whole experience couldn't have been better for everyone! Really appreciated the little details too, like the aprons and hats for the kids (which they got to decorate), the ice bowls and cups for water, and the cake tray and cutting. Would highly recommend to friends."

— Yasmine

June 23, 2024

Saturday class

"My granddaughter is here for the summer so I decided to sign her up for cooking classes. Her first class was cupcakes and at the end of the class she was so excited. Decided to sign her up for more classes until the summer is over and she return back home. Next summer I will sign her up for the summer camp."


June 17, 2024

Loved the class

"My 8 year old loved the experience and I really enjoyed being able to watch him during the class. He enjoyed every second of class. We will certainly complete more classes. I also loved the emphasis on healthy ingredients."

— Glendys

July 10, 2024

Great for kids

"My kids had a blast! This is a great activity for kids and adults. I will definitely come back with my kids and friends! I loved it."

— Cinthia Ganchozo

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

  • Garrison Salters

    Great Experience
  • Yvonne Iturralde

    Chef Maria was amazing! Detailed instructions was provided so my meal was delicious!
  • Grania Michel

    A wonderful evening! Chef Maria is the best
  • Tathienne Kader

    Amazing party, Paolo was incredible, we made the best food and had the best time.
  • 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!!

    (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

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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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