Considering my budget for groceries has grossly expanded, along with my waistline, during this Coronavirus lockdown, I thought it may be a good idea to get the kids in the kitchen to help prepare meals for the family. My daughter has taken baking classes in the past, and now that she’s a teenager, she’s a budding chef who is comfortable in the kitchen. My eight-year-old likes to help in the kitchen as well, but he hasn’t had any “formal” training or classes like his big sister, so I thought a virtual cooking class would be excellent for him to expand on his cooking and baking abilities.

Many of the virtual classes listed below are from local companies in the Austin area, but I’ve also listed some national options as well.

Bake Austin

Join local chef Pascal’s private Facebook book group for live and pre-recorded baking and cooking lessons, happening Monday through Friday for kids of all ages.

Cook, Learn, Grow

Kids can learn to make everything from mini quiches to Texas beef and rice salad in this online live series.  Classes are $10 per session and include a grocery list that will be sent to you via email once you’ve registered.

Make It Sweet

Follow along on their Facebook page for demos teaching you how to make everything from pizza to pretzels, cool cupcakes, and more.

Sticky Fingers Cooking Online Classes

Chef Instructors will lead your young chef from their own kitchens providing instruction, feedback, problem-solving and a fun interactive cooking experience.  A comprehensive recipe collection, shopping lists, food allergy guide, fun family activities, and video collection is included as well as loads of future family cooking fun at home together! Families can sign up for a series of classes, prorated if you miss one or two, that will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting on April 28th.

Chef of the House

Kids can learn how to make things like pretzels and mac and cheese in this free online cooking class. Follow their Facebook page to stay up to date on future classes.

The Seasoned Chef

Offering classes for adults and young chefs, these online cooking classes are $20 and teach baking and cooking skills. All online class registrants will receive an email containing directions on linking to the class through Zoom as well as a shopping list and menu packet ahead of time if kids would like to cook along.

Main Course Cooking School

Virtual cooking classes for the masses…..meant for kids, but everyone is welcome. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 12 p.m., using items that can found in almost every pantry.


Catherine Prystup has been in the publishing industry for over twenty years, handling everything from large and small scale ad campaigns to events, marketing, content management, and more. She lives in the greater Austin area with her husband, three kids, three dogs, two cats, and one Beta fish.