The Good Food Factory is proud to offer a variety of ways for your young chef to learn how to cook, or to advance their skills! Please look through our master schedule, below. But also check our individual pages for exact class descriptions and information. Join our mailing list to be the very first to hear about class registrations!
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After School Classes The Good Food Factory’s classes are a like a culinary school, for kids!
Home School Classes The Good Food Factory is proud to offer our culinary class series to homeschoolers!
Girl Scout Classes – Amanda is an official Community Partner to the Girl Scouts of San Diego, and as such she is proud to offer classes to Girl Scout Troops!
Birthday Parties – Get ready to cook, laugh and have a birthday party no one will forget! Birthday parties are best scheduled in advance, as weekends fill up fast!
Cooking Camps – Word is out, our cooking camps are as fun as they are delicious! Check our page for our latest offerings!
Television Show – The Good Food Factory team is gearing up for another Season of televised cooking fun! We typically invite the nice kids we meet in class to be on the show! So join in!
The Good Food Factory aims to provide a realistic, innovative and entertaining culinary school training for youth. With a skills-based and hands- on approach to learning, students will learn traditional cooking techniques, theories, history and practice, in a working kitchen, with chef teachers. Our program has a strong emphasis of “garden to table” and cooking with lots of fruits and vegetables. Chef students will walk away from our classes with a working knowledge of culinary techniques and the foundation for being chefs their entire lives.
Classes appropriate for children ages 5-14. We use ages as an approximation, not a requirement. We are more concerned with skill and ability to perform tasks.
Knife Skills / Kitchen Tools / Safety / Cooking Techniques / Ingredients / History / Terminology / Nutrition / Traditional Recipes
Chef Amanda has been teaching children how to cook for over 8 years with after school classes, field trips, assemblies, birthday parties, cooking camps, and through her Emmy Award winning television show, The Good Food Factory. Her food philosophy focuses on “good food, from scratch!” and her classes have been described in the 2012 issue Best of San Diego Magazine as “the best way to get your kids to eat their veggies.” Amanda has always taught ‘real’ cooking to children: wholesome meals that involve a lot of chopping, grating and peeling, as well as fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables. Her students return time and time again to take more classes and it was through their dedication to learning and their hunger for advanced skills that she realized they were ready for more. “These kids could go to culinary school!” Amanda thought… and the idea for a cooking school for kids was born. A program where youth have the opportunity to learn step by step methods for being a master chef. Our After School Class Series is built on this foundation for learning!
There is only one rule in the kitchen: “The FOOD is the only thing we take seriously.”
Cooking curriculum and programs offered by the The Good Food Factory are created and hosted by Amanda, and she promises that they are just as fun as they are delicious and educational.
Classes are held at The HUB in Carlsbad Village / 825 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad CA 92008
“This week the kids finished up the summer with the BEST camp — cooking ! On Friday they put on a full restaurant for us, and it was one of the best home-cooked meals EVER. Lucky for us, they took home and even bigger interest in cooking, new knife skills (chiffonade, anyone?) and a recipe book!”
“My Girls have been taking this class for a few sessions now. Such a fantastic experience for them. They have learned that cooking with healthy ingredients can be fun and delicious. Amanda is wonderful with all the kids and has taught them so much from harvesting food from the organic garden to proper serving size, even team work and safety in the kitchen. My girls have become much more independent in the kitchen and have even suggested using more vegetables! I don’t know how Amanda does it, but I thank her. Please check out her site and support the Good Food Factory in spreading healthy eating habits to our children.”
“My son had a blast yesterday making the paninis. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw him chowing down on zucchini and swiss chard on his sandwich. He raved and raved, so we are making them tonight. Thanks so much!”
“I just wanted to tell you that my daughter really enjoyed your cooking class offered to the kids in the after school program at the B&G’s Club. Thank you for introducing her to cooking. She was never interested before.”
“Thank you so much for the great cooking class!! Our troop loved every minute of it! The moms appreciated that you commanded the attention of all the girls and even had them clean up! I can’t say enough about how good the experience was for everyone. I have already put the word out to several other troops about your classes…..Thanks again.”
“Thanks again for having Jason @ your great class yesterday. He REALLY enjoyed it told his dad every last detail about it when we got home!”
“Kids and parents were raving about the party! Thanks for making it so much fun as well as a creative, educational experience for the girls. You have a great way with kids. We’ll be looking for your classes and camps in the future.”