The New York Times did a small piece on the Young Chefs Academy across from the Irish Cottage. Yes it's in a Baharastani monstrosity, but we went a few weeks ago with the boy to check it out.
It's probably better for kids starting at about 4, but you can do a Mommy and Me class starting at 3. There are two kitchens and it's very colorful inside.
I'll give Baharstani credit for bringing this to Forest Hills. Though I wish he put just a little more thought into the design of the building and kept a little of the townhouse feel (it's like a medical clinic - no charm at all), the buisness he's recruited are kid-friendly (this place, the music school downstairs, and Gymboree next door) and kids/needing space is why a lot of people move to Forest Hills. And a NY Times article on NYC's only Young Chefs Academy in Forest Hills won't exactly bring the neighborhood down.
Young Chefs Academy, a chain of more than 150 franchised cooking schools for children in the United States and Canada, has opened its first branch in New York City, at 108-10 72nd Avenue (Austin Street) in Forest Hills, Queens. The school’s quarters are bright and well equipped. Classes, divided by age, are taught appropriate tasks by at least two instructors and often, an assistant. On a weekday afternoon last week the 7- to 11-year-olds made yeast-raised pretzels and a berry compote to go with them. More than a dozen 4- to 6-year-olds were busy decorating cookies and making punch.
You Tube commercial for Austin (TX) Convention Center featuring Young Chef's Academy
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