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The Real Food Academy
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(786) 395-0355
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(786) 953-8585
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The Real Food Academy is dedicated to making your child's cooking class an Unforgettable One!

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Such a great experience!! Girls had a blast!!♥️♥️
Tonight I went for a pasta class with my girlfriend and it was our first experience attending a cooking class. Our experience was beyond our expectations...Chef Maria tough us how to make a Salad Tortellini with Ricota filling. Everything from the pasta to the dressing were all done from scratch. Main course was Tagliatelle pasta with Mushrooms. A simple pasta dish but it was delicious 😋. I highly recommend for the foodies that live to eat to try an experience with Chef Maria. Always can learn something new and useful that can make the dishes above the beyond. 👍👍 two thumbs up
Chef Maria and Arthur are some of the nicest people around! They’ve built a fantastic business around teaching kids and adults. Their “school” is in a light filled gorgeous space full of energy and happiness! I highly recommend them.
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.
Awesome place!!!100% recommended
great experience. I recommend it
It was my daughters Christmas gift to me. Not only was it an evening of mother /daughter bonding, it was fun and the food was healthy, aromatic and so delicious. A big thank you to Chef Maria who was amazing, and to my daughter....best gift ever, thank you!! Love you to the moon and back!! Highly recommend. Raisa 😋
Taking kids cooking classes to another level!! Thank you!! ❤️🎄💚 Boys had a great time!
We had our girl’s party here and all I can say it was AMAZING!!! I totally recommend it 😊.
Shared the afternoon with Karina as our chef. No cooking experience required as she walks you through the process. Shared many tips regarding wholesome eating and where to find ingredients at home. Wonderful flavors and the nicest person you could ever meet! And there was wine ;) We would definitely recommend this place to others.
chef Maria is the best real nice and friendly and humble. And her food healthy and good. 🤗
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.
delicious food and great atmosphere...highly recommend
Awesome place to party and the food was special 😍
Great place very good food and fun environment
Fun idea for a girls night!
I hosted birthday party here and had a blast!
This is the place to go. Take your children, your spouse and your friends. You will learn lots and sure have fun! Thank you for a wonderful experience!! :)
Enjoying tropical ceviche skewers and caprese skewers the food is amazing and it’s very inviting
Would totally recommend this place to any amateur chefs looking to expand their cooking skills. New location shows promise!
This is a great cooking school that I've experienced with my daughter over the past couple of years. Love the new spot!!!
This place is amazing! Very nice location and delicious and healthy food!
Everyone at The Real Food Academy always greets you with a open heart and friendly smiles. If you would like to create memories or just have a good time attend an event. My son loved the kids cooking class, who would of thought that he would love his Zucchini Spaghetti that he created.
Very professional organization. I booked them to come to my school to give my 7th grade students a cooking class. It was so fun, with music and making our pizza and fruit desserts.
I absolutely recommend this place. Amazing atmosphere and energy, delicious and healthy food. Chef María and her staff will go the extra mile to cater your needs!
Thank you Chef Art for making my daughter cooking birthday party a GRAND celebration.
Great experience for kids
It is absolutely delicious!!!
fun- tasty- learned a lot of new things!
Must to check the Academy and Now the Cafe - healthy & delicious ✌🏽
I "HIGHLY" recommend this place. Chef Maria, her husband and their staff of chefs are amazing. They're personable, friendly and professional. My son thoroughly enjoyed himself at the kid's session. It was fun, upbeat and we will be returning.
I had the opportunity to have some amazing food with some amazing people the food was amazing and the presentation was amazingly wonderful can’t wait to see her again
We loved this class. Amazing food with wonderful cooking tips. My husband and I can’t wait to do it again
My granddaughter and I had such a delightful evening. The building is amazing and the easy directions to prepare the delicious courses were so much fun. Thank you Veronica for being so great. The food was wonderful and yummy!!
Amazing fun, chef's that care and make eating healthy easy as they change the ingredients, not the dish. If you (or your kids) are looking for something fun to do in the Miami area, then you gotta check out The Real Food Academy!
Amazing....The kids loved it!
What a wonderful place! We had an amazing, educational and fun time cooking with my girlfriend. Chef Dulce is a true delight and inspiration. Chef Maria is so welcoming and professional! We are planning next time to go with our kids. Highly recommend!
The people, food and class for our team building event was great. Locale not so great with street people coming in during our event.
A fun place for a group or family. Chef Maria did a great cooking demonstration for our group and we learned to prepare Peruvian food! Then we got to eat delicious, healthy and beautiful food! Can’t wait to book more cooking classes with my family😊
Allow me to express my personal experience. I had the pleasure to take one of their cooking classes together with my spouse. It was a surprise for her birthday. Before I made the reservation I called and I spoke to Maria, she explained and answered all my questions in a very detailed way which left me very pleased and I decided to go and make my reservation.When we arrived at their location to my surprise they had balloons around her cooking station and we were even greeted by our names.The ambiance and the way Maria treats you and teaches you is beyond my words. She is so passionate about what she does that just looking at her cooking is something to admire. I’m not trying to be cheese or anything like that.We took the vegetarian because we were looking for more healthy eating options and let me tell you, I’m the guy who used to eat meat in the morning, lunch and dinner and after I took this class I was introduced to a new world of eating.Everything we made was plan based and I couldn’t tell a difference from a regular plate to what we made.The food was delicious!!!!!We felt so energized after we ate that we kept talking after the class was over for about an hour. Maria gave us so much great info and steps to take to better our eating that after we left that day, we started a new way of eating and we haven’t gone back.So, to end my history.Maria and her husband who I had the pleasure to speak with in many occasions are very passionate about what they do and they are making a difference, they are very caring and they take customer satisfaction very seriously.If you are planning on taking a class, don’t hesitate about it. Do it! You won’t regret it.
Chef María and all of their sweet assistant chefs are a delight to work with! They made all the kids at my son's birthday feel like one in a million..and the adults even learned how to make pasta from scratch! Fun, entertaining and healthy. It doesn't get any better than Chef María and her Real Food Academy.
Chef Maria & Chef Teresita & their staff are very warm & engaging and the kids LOVE how learning about making healthy food choices and cooking. My 2 daughters attended Winter Break Camp and everyday they were excited by the food they made and meeting new friends too in the Camp. Now, my girls know how to make homemade Waffle, Pancakes, Cupcakes from starch. They even made Empanadas and Sushi at Winter Break Camp too. What a very unique experience and one that my girls will remember for a lifetime!
I so enjoyed Pasta making class with Chef Maria, she offers healthy alternative cooking, in simple steps- I can’t wait to try my new skills at home.
Amazing place for a child's birthday party! I highly recommend it, and would do it again :0)
First time visit was very positive. Chef Maria is knowledgeable and makes the experience very enjoyable. The food was exquisite! Great flavors. Would highly recommend anyone to visit.
I had an amazing experience. Salud is the best .I’ll keep going for sure
What a fun place! Chef Maria was great and made the experience better. It was Asian food, and being Taiwanese, it was interesting for me. She knew it's wasn't "authentic," and didn't attempt that. It was fusion. Instead, she taught great techniques and flavors that brought a fresh, healthy, and fun twist on classics. As an avid cook, I loved learning from her and seeing some new ways to make favorites. I thought it was a fun way to spend a friend's birthday and enjoy company. With Chef Maria, you learn it's not just the destination, but the path as well! Those who don't like to cook get a taste of being part of a team and making something together. Lovely and a wonderful way to teach children as well. :)
My daughter started cooking camp this past Monday and she loves it. I would love for her to continue taking classes throughout the school year if available.
What an unbelievable experience! My wife and I truly enjoyed every dish. As well as great customer service. The atmosphere and quality of food was AMAZING!! Thank you Chef Maria for making our experience one to remember! ��� #cheftechniques #greatfood #deserttodiefor �
Attended a wonderful cooking class tonight. Real food can be amazing! Chef Maria makes it fun and easy to learn as well. Can't wait to do this again!
If you like food you are in for a treat, Maria knows how to make you feel love for what you are cooking, we tried the Vegan Cooking class, our expectations were exceeded. Going back soon for the ceviche class.P.S. ask for Maria's secret sauce, is mind blowing!
Just loved our experience here! It was just all perfect: the atmosphere, the meals preparation, the food and Maria herself! We would love to be back!
My husband and I went on a date night to "The Real Food Academy", it was SUCH AN AMAZING experience, Chef Maria is a great chef and teacher, the food was great and we met great people. I will most DEFINITELY tell my family and friends about Chef Maria.
My husband and I went here and it is absolutely amazing! Chef Maria is so awesome and we loved and enjoyed the food! Best of all, you can bring your own Booze! Highly recommended
My daughter loved it. Need one in broward county. 😀
Love it! My daughter had the best time will definitely be going back
Had a incredibly wonderful time! It was date night with the fiancé and it was one of our best times out. The chefs were wonderful and a lot of fun. We look forward to doing it again! Great time with great people.
An amazing experience! Chef Maria is excellent at what she does. The food is high quality and very nutritious. She is patient. We had so much fun and loved the food. A 10!!!
I had my daughters 6th Birthday party yesterday . I have never seen my daughter so happy as I did yesterday. Chef Arthur and his staff were amazing. They were professional, service was outstanding,,kids just loved him. He was patient and made the kids feel comfortable making the food, from prepping to the final product. Our guest were delighted and had nothing bad to say about the experience. I am so grateful that we choose this venue to celebrate our daughter birthday. I will recommend to anyone that would ask me. Thank you @the real food Academy.
My daughter absolutely loved the class. Definitely going to purchase the culinary package for her to attend additional courses.
What an unforgettable experience. Thank you Chef Maria
We took our daughters to the Ginger bread house decorating class. Both of our girls had a great time. Chef Arthur and Chef Maria were great with the kids and the parents. We've also taken our daughter here for birthday parties and she absolutely loves it. Lots of fun and a great staff.
Our daughter's 10th Birthday Party at Real Food Academy was a huge success. She loved it and had an amazing time with her friends, they learned about cooking and they got to eat their own food. Chef Arthur was amazing with the kids, the program and the time frame was perfect. From 4 year old to 12 year old kids - they all had fun. And for the parents it was fun to watch too.We hope to try out a team building event / cooking party for adults next. Thank you Chef Arthur and the entire team for turning our daughter's Birthday party into great memories for a lifetime!I can highly recommend The Real Food Academy!
We were invited here for a bday party. The staff was super nice and patient with the kids! Great concept!
My friend and I took an adult class last week, which was our first experience at Real Food Academy. The group size was perfect, with only 9 students. The chef was helpful and made sure to answer everyone's questions and address all goals of the class. Everything we made was healthy and more challenging that anything I would normally try at home. Now, I am not as intimidated and will try more recipes at home. I look forward to attending another class soon.
With every class we get more hooked, love the healthy alternatives and my son is eating more!! And of course healthier ❤️
For the second time, I took cooking classes with the real food academy and both times I absolutely loved it. The first class was to learn the tricks of Chinese cooking which was amazing and yesterday we had a Raw food cooking class and I loved it. It was outstanding. I am an experienced cook but chef Maria was able to impress me with amazing skills, wonderful food and her passion about healthy food. Even though I cook and am a Nutrition coach, I learnt a lot about preparing healthy food, it was a great atmosphere, the place is super clean and cozy, I learnt a lot of skills. It is a great class no matter if a beginner or advanced. They also have great kids cooking classes. I highly recommend their cooking courses
An amazing and different experience! Perfect Christmas gift from my son.3 generations loved it
I think this is an awesome way to learn to make healthier options. Chef Maria just has something about her that makes you want to jump in and learn .. the kids getting involved is huge. its something for them to do and also learn good health habits at the same time... I think this is fabulous kudos to Maria and Arthur and staff at the Real food Academy
Good learning Good teachers
Great fun for kids and want one in Pembroke Pines
Is "Deliciousness" a real word? Because The Real Food Absent was REAL good!
Enjoyed the class! I learned alot and I love the fruit with chocolate #pineapplesandchocalate
My 2 boys had a wonderful time cooking, while mommy sat back and relaxed. We will be coming back very soon.

If your child loves to eat and have fun, we want them enrolled in our Miami Cooking Classes for Kids! Every Saturday, your kids will come back with big smiles on their faces and little bit more knowledge about how to distinguish “real food” from “food-like” products.  We only use all natural and healthy ingredients in every dish, hence our slogan: "We Don't Change the Dish....We Change the Ingredients!The menus for our kid-friendly cooking classes are designed to re-introduce your child to some of their favorite meals but with healthy alternatives. 

We call this the “secret ingredient method”, which helps kids make food breakthroughs that have them saying, “I Tried and I Liked It”. Our Saturday cooking classes have taught us that when kids are involved in the preparation of their own meal, they will try...and actually like foods they would not have otherwise given a chance.

Some parents wait for their little chefs-in-training at the brand-new café just steps away from our Miami kids’ cooking classes. Enjoy a healthy bite to eat or a delicious espresso before you see what your child has created this time!

Here are just some of our most popular themes!​

» Real Food, Real Fun 101

» Real Food, Real Fun 102​

» Rainbow Foods​

» Iron Chef

» Super Chefs

» The Food Network TV Shows

(30 Minute Meals, Food Detective, Cupcake Wars, Everyday Italian, How to Boil Water, The Worse Chef in America)

» Around The World In A Healthy Way

» Little Chefs

» Summer Delights

Want to learn more about our cooking classes for children in Miami? Reach out to us at (786) 395-0355 today!

Upcoming Kids Class Schedule

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Who Can Attend?

We offer cooking classes for children ages 4 to 14.

Regardless of their age, they'll have fun, try new stuff and learn about "real" foods!​

Best of all, leave the cleaning to us​

When & Where Is It?

Kids Cooking classes are held:

  • Saturday 9:45am to 11:30am

At the Real Food Academy kitchen:

570 NE 81st Street

Miami, FL 33138

What's The Price?

Single Classes cost $35 ... or you can save BIG when you buy a 10 Class Package for only $250.

That's only $25 per class!​


How Can I Book?

Booking a cooking class is easy using our online booking system.

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.

Live Google Reviews

Booked a class to celebrate my son’s birthday!!!!!! I can’t think of a better place to create memories and enjoy an amazing meal than this place. I found it while searching online and can’t wait to come back. Chef Maria was AWESOME!
Francine Delarosa
Francine Delarosa
We went for my daughters 9th birthday party and I can’t say enough nice things about this place!!!! It was awesome!!! The staff was wonderful!! Everyone was great!! The food was awesome!!! They were understanding and great with kids!!! Could not say enough nice things about this place if I tried!!! It was fabulous! I want to have my birthday party here!!!!read more
susy f
susy f
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
The best party for kids AND adults! We celebrated our daughters birthday with tons of friends and family. The children were engaged from the time they walked in and the adults got to enjoy themselves. Amazing service from Chef Maria and Arthur. Thank you for an unforgettable time.read more
Alex Lam
Alex Lam
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
This cafe is a real gem, the food is incredible and because of The Real Food Academy philosophy of changing out the ingredients for healthier options, you can indulge in your favorite dishes without feeling any guilt afterwards! Win winnnnnn! Everything is carefully prepared and presented beautifully and you get a really good sense that the chefs take extraordinary pride in every aspect of getting your food to the table. It's a superb place for vegetarians/vegans/plant based people to eat because the meals are mostly 'meat optional', which I especially love. But - that said, there is definitely something for everyone - the beef is grass-fed and sourced responsibly and the empanadas are to die for. And the portions are generous. I recommend it very highly to all my friends, and all you here reading this review - i'm certain you will want to come back!Congratulations Chef Maria for bringing your cafe vision to life so perfectly!read more
Pea Lawson
Pea Lawson
Chef Maria has got all the flavor. Stop in an order an empanada and a poke bowl. The avocado toast was so incredible and we just could not get enough of her bright and youthful energy. What a lighthouse this place was for my friends and I. We were in town for Basel and really craving some real plant based food and this spot was a homerun. Amazing prices, amazing vibe, amazing architecture. So much love and the best quality for your dollars.read more
Enneiviv Ognara
Enneiviv Ognara
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
I booked today’s class for the first time for my 11 year old daughter, at first she was reluctant to go but by the end of the class she did not want to leave. She had an amazing time! They made stuffed pasta shells, Caesar salad and ginger bread cookies. The owners are amazing super attentive, hospitable and genuine. It is not easy to find a place where you can come together with people you don’t even know and connect so naturally. Chef Maria and Arthur share a passion for the kitchen and bringing people together. While the kids are cooking, parents are able to watch from the loft and can take pictures. You can also enjoy their cafe (which by the way serves AMAZING FOOD) and meet people who are there for the same reason. It’s an organized environment which makes it possible for the kids to engage and be receptive to the cooking instructions. We will definitely be back!!!!! Thank you Maria and Arthur!read more
Meligala22
Meligala22
Thank you for the incredible experience Maria! The food ambiance coffee everything was made with such loving energy. Me and my girls loved the coconut soup, Avacado toast and poke bowl. We are so greatful for how you took care of us + the music is poppin!
Sakinah Bramble-Hakim
Sakinah Bramble-Hakim
The most incredible food spot that you can taste and feel the love everywhere. Top notch service, and excellent ingredients for all to-die-for food. Me & my girls had the best time ever during our Basel trip.
Papatson Suphavai
Papatson Suphavai
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
What a super AWESOME place! We just had our daughters 6th bday party and everything from the food, to the decor and the entertainment was AWESOME!!! We had 25 kids and first they made their own pizza and cupcakes (vegan/gluten-free alternatives as well) with their chef’s hats and aprons. Then we cut the cake and lastly we had a Zumba party. For the adults we had appetizers, mimosas and wine. The music was AWESOME and the owners are super caring! It sounds expensive but it really was not, three hours of fundand the adults/ kids had a great time! Will definitely have another party there! 👍🎉read more
Yolaris Garcia
Yolaris Garcia
Excellent professionalism and attention to detail. Highly recommend. Fun atmosphere during the class and my students (7th graders) learned a lot.
Amy Trigoura
Amy Trigoura
Chef Maria’s recipes are exceptional. My friend and I attended a dinner cooking class and she made each person attending feel welcome. After tasting the sesame encrusted salmon, I kept thinking about it until I finally made it myself at home. It turned out GREAT! Delicious. Next up to replicate, her raw vegan chocolate cheesecake. My friend is still raving about it.Invited to her 10th anniversary and delighted with her success!! She’s living the American dream by being excellent at what she does!read more
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Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

Yes, One thing! If your child has long hair, please have it pulled back and tied up neatly and pulled out of the face of your child upon arriving to class!
We are not limited to any one cuisine. Every week we prepare your kids favorite foods! It may be Italian one week, American the next week, Asian, Latin and more. No matter the cuisine, you can always count on us showing your kids how to prepare their favorite foods in the most health way!
No.  Parents are invited to hang out in what we call the chill out room.  This room is connected to to the room where your child is, but is separated by glass.  However, you are more than welcome to come into the room to take pictures. In fact we encourage it!
All registrations for Saturday class are done through our on-line calendar.  This will provide us the information we need in advance to be properly prepared for the class.  Sorry..no walk-ins.
We are surrounded by lots of free parking.  

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Customers Praise

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Great experience!!!!!

★★★★★
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Last Saturday was my daughter 1st time at The Real Food. She loved it so much she talked about it for 2 today's. She will continue her cooking classes every Saturday. Thanks to all the chief ans staff. I highly recommend you signing your child up trust me you will not be disappointed.

My daughter had an amazing time.

★★★★★
5 5 1
I have wanted my daughter to attend a cooking class for awhile. She had a great time the staff was friendly and the food was amazing. It was the best 35 dollar I ever spent. I will be returning.

It was a great experience.

★★★★★
5 5 1
My son had an amazing time in class and has been asking when he could go back. I also enjoyed myself. The area you have set up for parents was spacious and perfect for taking pictures while the children were at work. We absolutely loved this experience and will definitely be returning. I have recommended this to so many of my friends and colleagues as well.

Good experience

★★★★★
5 5 1
Good experience. Kids enjoyed it. Was nice to see them try food which vegetables they refuse to eat before.

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We built a custom reservation system, which you can access by clicking either of the buttons to the right. Next, you will choose the Saturday you want to attend. Complete the forms and check out to complete your booking process. Feel free to contact us by phone at (786) 395-0355 or by email here if you encounter any issue during your booking.

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
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