The Five Best Hotels for Little Chefs

Planning a trip with the kids? These hotels all have special cooking classes and activities for young aspiring chefs!


The Peninsula offers kids cooking classes at all of their USA hotels. Choose from the Little Bakers Class in Chicago, Kids in the Kitchen in New York or our personal favorite, Kids, Cookies And Cupcakes: Young Pastry Chefs Academy in Beverly Hills – where kids work with the hotel’s pastry chefs, learning the art of baking and decorating. Kids can create, nibble, sip (on milk) and take home their baked treats!


Head to Mexico for the Viceroy Zihuatanejo’s cooking classes that are fun for the whole family. Guests accompany the resort’s Executive Chef Paco Isordia to the town market, then return to the hotel to begin prepping a memorable meal that is sure to be a hit with even the littlest diners.


Villa San Michele in Fiesole, Italy, offers comprehensive cooking classes in a beautiful setting.  The classes focus on Tuscan fare and include everything from risotto to three-day intensive pasta courses. The Young Chefs Academy features Italian cooking classes for children.


The Biltmore Hotel in Miami offers a wide array of cooking classes, including hands-on summer cooking camps where kids can work with chef instructors in the hotel’s professional kitchen. There are also family cooking classes featuring menu choices with everything from Italian meatballs to curry chicken skewers.


The Essex Resort & Spa in Vermont offers Camp Cook, a week long cooking class for aspiring chefs. Children pick herbs and vegetables from the Resort gardens, take a break in the pool, collect eggs and prepare a variety of kid-friendly recipes.

Photos courtesy of The Peninsula, The Viceroy Zihuatanejo, Villa San Michele, The Biltmore Miami and The Essex Resort & Spa.


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