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Adult Cooking Lessons in Miami

ALL OUR CLASSES ARE 100% HANDS-ON, PLUS - UNLIKE OTHER COOKING SCHOOLS, WE ARE NOT LIMITED TO ANY ONE CUISINE!

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
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.

A different exploration every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Even Online Versions!

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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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.
What's Included?
To ensure a most enjoyable experience possible, we provide the kitchen, the chef/instructor, utensils and ingredients to create your own culinary masterpiece. We also have wine and beer available. 
See Wine and Beer Options
When & Where Is It?
Our Miami cooking lessons for adults are held both Wednesday at 11:30am and Thursday evenings, from 7pm to 10pm at the Real Food Academy kitchen, at:
570 NE 81st Street
Miami, FL 33138
What's The Price?
Wednesday lunch class is $45 and the Thursday evening class is $65 ... or you can save BIG when you buy a 4 Class Package for only $200.
That's only $50 per class!​
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)!
Get Package Of 4 Classes
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 compliments the flavors. Don't hassle with B.Y.O.B., The Real Food Academy has you covered.
See more info on our wine selection
This is a awesome place to have breakfast, lunch and dinner they open from 7 am to 10 pm.Excellent services and friendly staff.You feel like you're at home.I eat a Chicken Wrap with Mexican cheese
Rene Perdigon
Rene Perdigon
Lo novedoso...de cocinar lo que vamos a comer...😋😋 Excelente la atención!
Carmen Machuca
Carmen Machuca
Everything about The Real Food Academy is great. The staff, the place, the cleanliness, the recipes, the cafè…Our 5-year-old loved coming here for their Summer Camp. Between cooking and other activities, days hit the perfect balance of life skills and... fun. We will definitely come back!read more
Francesca Balestrazzi Walker
Francesca Balestrazzi Walker
We had a team event last night! Chef Maria was awesome, and patient. Great time had by all!
Helene Kelly Shaw
Helene Kelly Shaw
Don’t eat here because it’s food that’s good for you! Eat here because it’s food that tastes GREAT! I’m usually the first one to pass on restaurants that offer healthy, good for you food and I’m the last one to pick anything that’s vegetarian or vegan... on any menu. Not here! Everything that I’ve tried is amazingly tasty. It’s also great value for your money. I’m so impressed with this place that I want to come take some of their cooking classes and maybe even host a cooking party here for some of my friends. Please do you tastebuds and yourself a big favor and come try this place out. I promise you will come back again and again!read more
Wayne
Wayne
Such a great experience!! Girls had a blast!!♥️♥️
Michelle Gordon
Michelle Gordon
Such a fun and interactive experience. Highly recommend the Peruvian class though we plan on trying the pasta and sushi classes too. Beautiful space and knowledgeable chefs.
Jody Maier Piazza
Jody Maier Piazza
Chef Victoria is the sweetest and clearly loves teaching! I organized a team building and my often synical colleagues loved it. When organizing the event, Arthur was responsive, friendly and super helpful. The company went above and beyond to make sure... we had an awesome time.read more
Whitney Dunton
Whitney Dunton
We had our company holiday party at Real Food Academy, everything was top notched. Chef Maria and her team did an exceptional job of keeping all of us engaged. Our group said that this was the best holiday party that they have experienced. They were all... so surprised because it was indeed different from our usual dinners and boat rides. Thank you so much for showing us that we can be temporary "chefs", have fun and enjoy our food.read more
gee
gee
Best afternoon spent with Karina showing us how whole nutritious food can taste fabulous! No cooking skills needed. Lots of great tips and information on where to find ingredients locally. Would definitely recommend!
Kari Frey
Kari Frey
chef Maria is the best real nice and friendly and humble. And her food healthy and good. 🤗
Maria Hernandez
Maria Hernandez
Have taken quite a few classes there. Chef Maria is great. She lives up to her motto “we don’t change the recipe just the ingredients”. Healthy alternatives. Loki g forward to my next class.
Marisel Colon
Marisel Colon

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
About Our Adult Cooking Classes
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The global pandemic has affected businesses across the board, and we are no exception. We've detailed the special changes and requirements for both the Adult and Kid events and parties. Click the links to read more about each.

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.

Fees

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

Bring outside beer: $15 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 https://therealfoodacademy.com/our-recipes/ 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 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.

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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

It was awesome

★★★★★
My husband and I went for some cooking while being pregnant and it was awesome. Congrats on your new location. Many more classes to come
- Karen R

The food is very good quality

★★★★★
We've had two classes and brought family members, and had a great time. The chefs are knowledgeable and personable, and the food is very good quality. It's a great ambiance for a class. Planning to go again.
- Mayda A.

The instructor was informative and sweet

★★★★★
My wife and I took our first cooking class tonight. It was 3 hours of a 4 course meal on Mayan cooking. The meals were amazing. The instructor was informative and sweet. I learned so many new cooking tips and can't wait to recreate the meals we made tonight. The food was healthy as well. I highly recommend this experience.
- Ernesto E.

It was an amazing experience!

★★★★★
I found The Real food Academy through Yelp and I can honestly say that it was an amazing experience! I've never been to a cooking class before and I will definitely come back again and I will be recommending this place to everyone I know! The food was delicious and very easy and healthy. If anyone is looking for a fun and different kind of date night, I would definitely bring your partner here.
- Deisy S.

What a fantastic experience!

★★★★★
What a fantastic experience! Looking forward to making this a regular fine night out. Quality of the food was exceptional, chef Maria is a delight and full in sight. The hands on cooking class, the fun interactions between others, paired with a nice bottle of wine (which you can bring by the way), makes for a flawless evening. Highly recommend! Thank you Chef Maria!
- Dolly F.

Chef Maria is a gem

★★★★★
Cooked beautiful delicious Korean food yesterday. Chef Maria is a gem
- Gail C.
Click The Button To Get Discounts on Classes!
Our classes are a great value, but you can save even more when you buy a "package" of 4" at a time. Once you have them (using the button to the right), then come back to this page and use the book feature above. You'll "checkout" with your credit! Feel free to contact us by phone at (786) 395-0355 or by email here if you encounter any issue during your booking.
Classes are held throughout the week at the Real Food Academy's kitchen. See the calendar above.
Read Our Adult Cooking 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.
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570 NE 81st Street
Miami, FL 33138
(786) 395-0355​
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Miami, FL 33138
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