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Adult Cooking Classes in Miami


Are you ready to learn how to prepare succulent, healthy food?

Join us and learn how to prepare healthy meals following our philosophy "We don't change the dish, we change the ingredients". Our cooking classes in Miami are perfect for couples, friends, and family to come together, and learn something new.
During your adults-only cooking lesson in Miami, learn from food experts in a relaxing environment and enjoy some well-deserved fun while we teach you how to prepare simple, delicious, and healthy meals.
Tour The World With A Guilt Free Cuisine!
Take a tour around world cuisine in our themed adult cooking lessons in Miami. These recipes are created with mostly plant-based super-foods to nourish your palate and body. If you love food, we know you will enjoy preparing and eating these guilt-free meals during our cooking classes.

Check out some of our recent popular classes:

  • Revive and Rejuvenate with Plant Based Super-foods
  • A Trip To Bombay
  • Soul Food with Love
  • Knife Skills and Essential Kitchen and Cooking Techniques
  • All About Pasta Making
  • Love on a Plate (Valentine's Day)
  • Celebrity Chef Guests
  • Soups Galore
  • The World of Asian Cuisine
  • The Magic of Raw Food
  • Healthy Meals in 20 Minutes
  • Ceviche Workshop

A different exploration every Thursday evening

Come see what we're cooking up.

Here are four of the 40+ classes offered for all adult, friend, and couples cooking classes in Miami.

Spinach Stuffed Shells
Exploring Sushi
Miami Nice
A Little Thai
Upcoming Adult Cooking Class Schedule
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What's Included?
To ensure an enjoyable experience as possible, we provide the kitchen, the chef instructor, utensils and ingredients to create your own culinary masterpiece. 
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When & Where Is It?
Our Miami cooking lessons for adults are held both on Thursday evenings, from 7pm to 10pm at the Real Food Academy kitchen, at:
570 NE 81st Street
Miami, FL 33138
What's The Price?
Our Thursday evening classes are $85, $95 or $105 per class, depending on the menu served.

Check prices on the next page of the process.
How Can I Book?
Booking a cooking class is easy using our online booking system. Chose a class above or get a package below for a better value and then come back and book the class(es)!
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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 compliments the flavors. Don't hassle with B.Y.O.B., The Real Food Academy has you covered.
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This place does not disappoint! It’s our second time visiting, and every experience has been wonderful. Instructors and the environment are impeccable (thank you Pablo!) . The food we made and the ingredients are very generous. And the end product is... spectacular. And … you’ll have a blast while it’s happening!read more
Marivi Sanabria
Marivi Sanabria
Amazing experience! Our second time here and the food was incredible! The beet and watercress salads was to die for… and on top of that, now I can do it again at home! Thank you Pablo for a night to remember!!!!
Carolina Norgaard
Carolina Norgaard
I’ve been here 3 years and every experience was phenomenal. Learning, cooking and drinking with friends and family. Such a “feel good” atmosphere from staff and chefs. I can’t get enough ✨✨✨
delia scantlebury
delia scantlebury
My wife and I took the Indian class and it was another amazing experience. It’s our 3rd cookkng class and it didn’t disappoint! Chef Maria was wonderful, welcoming as always and an excellent teacher. It’s a great date night out!!
Hilario Fernandez
Hilario Fernandez
We took the Indian cooking class and it was delicious! Chef Maria was awesome and the class was very informative. It’s a great date night!
Christine Millares-Fernandez
Christine Millares-Fernandez
The quality of the class is SUPERB! The chef Maria and her helpers were kind, helpful and instructive. I love that you go at your own pace and enjoy the time with the company. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Alberto Lopez
Alberto Lopez
We took the Sushi making class and had an absolute amazing time!! Chef Maria was very detailed, friendly and welcoming. At the end of the class, we were master sushi chefs!!
Christine Millares-Fernandez
Christine Millares-Fernandez
I loved the experience in Real Food Academy, my office had a cooking class with Chef Tuny our menu was Latin American food, ceviche, lomo saltado, empanadas and rum cake. I’m allergic to shellfish and they took care of every detail for me. Also I enjoyed... all the high quality products. I highly recommend to come here with your friends and more
Maria Fernanda
Maria Fernanda
10/10 recommend; food was delicious and the class was fun ! Chef Pablo was interactive and kind. The Cacio e Pepe Class was a BLAST
Angie Hernandez
Angie Hernandez
Pasta making class was so fun! Chef Pablo was great. Made it easy to follow. Ingredients were so fresh and delicious! We made salmon carpaccio and Cacio e Pepe, and turkey meatballs that were so good! Perfect date night :)
Jackeline Rivera
Jackeline Rivera
Maria and her team were excellent! When I had some conflicting last minute appointment come up she was able to accommodate me and move my class. We had a great time and the food was delicious
Christopher Rivera
Christopher Rivera
Great class! We were able to create appetizers and a main dish. Easy recipes using fresh ingredients.
Cresha Reid
Cresha Reid

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

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.
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.
Portion Control - Don't go hungry, just eat whats 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.
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.
Learn how to choose and cook with the ingredients that help you prevent diseases - Herbs, spices, vegetables, low sugar fruits, whole grains, non processed meats and many more foods that are rich in antioxidants, resveratol, vitamins and minerals essential in healthy eating.
Please Note: We've been doing this a while. As a result, we've answered almost every question you might have. Spend about 5 minutes reviewing the FAQ, and we promise, you'll understand our process, what to expect, what's next, and how to get started. Thanks for taking the time.
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Meet The Chef!

The Real Food Academy cooking classes are led by an established chef, Maria T. Cummins.
Born in Venezuela, Chef Maria developed her passion for food as a young girl. In her early 20’s she came to the United States and entered the restaurant business in Boston MA. Later in San Diego CA she opened El Tucan Restaurant. It was in San Diego that Chef Maria was challenged by the culture and regional ingredients that ultimately contributed to the inventive style she’s known for today. Also during this time in San Diego, Chef Maria was introduced to organic produce importance of nutrition.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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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 options. Optionally, you can bring your own wine or beer and pay a corkage fee.


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

Bring outside beer: $30 for beer (any quantity)

We are located at 570 NE 81st Street, Miami, FL 33138 (map)

All the recipes prepared at The Real Food Academy are easily accessible from our website at

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 problem. Just type in the main ingredient and you will quickly receive a list of all the recipes that include that main ingredient.

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.

Yes, you still need to register for each class. When you purchase a package of classes, you are essentially purchasing credits to be deducted from each class you book. In the case of the kids classes you are purchasing 10 credits and for adult classes you are purchasing 4 credits.

The first step is to purchase the credits and the second step is to use the credits.

So step #1 is purchase credits

Step #2 is choose the class you want to attend and book that class as you would normally do. The difference will be that you will not be asked for a credit card payment. You will simply deduct 1 credit from your Real Food Academy balance.

More importantly, purchasing a package of classes tells us only that you've bought a block of credits. We still you to tell us WHEN you are coming to class. Then and only then will we know the details of you or your child and most importantly whether or not your child has any food allergies.

This is why you need to register online for each class.

The Real Food Academy offers a spectacular selection of wines and beers that are carefully chosen from all around the world.  Click one of the buttons to see our selections. 

If you desire a wine or beer not available on our list, you have two options .   

  1. Request your specific choice of wine and/or beer from The Real Food Academy and it will be provided by The Real Food Academy at the event or class. Applicable pricing applies.
  2. Bring outside beer and wine and pay a corkage fee of $15 per opened bottle for wine and a flat fee of $20 per for beer brought in from outside. The $20 fee for beer applies to the entire amount of beer ranging from one beer or more. Please note the corkage option is ONLY available for cooking classes. Private parties are not eligible for this option.

No, we will provide them for you and your guests. Please let us know the type of glasses you need.


Nothing.  Just an appetite!

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.

We've made changes in the classes, requirements and procedures within the classes due to the COVID-19 Restrictions. You can read about those here.
Customer Praise
About Our Adult Cooking Classes

Fun and Delish

This cooking class was a gift to my hubby. We had a great time meeting new people and learning about eating healthy foods! I will return!
- Maria GC


Everything was better than expected: the place, the vibe, the chefs and the food. Chef Pablo was super clear, fun, easy to follow, and the outcome was delicious. Highly recommended, I will definitely go back!
- Daiana Sonin

Fantastic Class

I haven’t been since before Covid but so glad I’m back. The great thing about the cooking classes here is learning how to cook recipes from all over the world with a healthy twist and in a fun environment. Chef Maria has come a long way and I’m glad to see she has stuck to her healthy and great tasting food. Highly recommend for everyone! Thank you Chef Maria and staff for a wonderful evening.
- Marisel

Amazing experience

Me and my other few friends went for a pasta cooking evening and we had such a great experience,fun, learn and the most important we got to taste the yummy pasta including the appetizer. Maria was professional, knowledgeable, gave us lots of good tips that we can use day to day in our kitchens. If you look for a fun evening with friends, even couples this is the place, highly recommended.
- Mariana


We always have a great time when cooking with friends! Dinner + wine = winner!
- Thais Kirschner

Great experience

really great experience and was like cooking among friends !!
- Jorge

Great class!

I’m very adventurous in the kitchen and an avid cook but was always afraid to try fresh pasta. I came away from this fun filled, informative class feeling confident enough to make pasta on my own at home. The added bonus was the most amazing salmon carpaccio I’ve ever tasted!! I’ll be booking more classes for sure!
- Esther Peart

Perfect Date Night

It was my husband's and my first time taking a cooking class together. We had a blast! We learned a lot. Chef Maria is amazing. We enjoy ourselves immensely and relaxed a bit. The class was fantastic. The food was delicious. Definitely will be booking another class. Thank you for a wonderful evening!
- Priscilla & Igor Grager

Great Experience

Great class, lots of food, and very hands-on. Chef Maria knows her craft and is an excellent teacher.
- Jorge A. Richa

perfect for family

we had a great time last week, we were amixed group of professional chefs, amateur cooks, kids, adults, teens, the class was conducted in such a way that we all had fun and learned a good bit too, they accommodated our GF, DF, nut free daughter exceptionally well and she enjoyed pasta more than she has in years - great job, great environment and a really nice couple of bottles of wine too!
- Allana C Smith
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Classes are held throughout the week at the Real Food Academy's kitchen. See the calendar above.
Read Our Adult Class FAQ Here
Please Note: We've been doing this a while. As a result, we've answered almost every question you might have. Spend about 5 minutes reviewing the FAQ, and we promise, you'll understand our process, what to expect, what's next, and how to get started. Thanks for taking the time.
Our Address
570 NE 81st Street
Miami, FL 33138
(786) 395-0355​
570 NE 81st Street
Miami, FL 33138
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