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  • Type:
    Day camp, After-school / weekend classes, Family programs , Virtual Camp/Program
  • Focus:
    Cooking
  • Cost:
    $12 to $250/session
  • Ages:
    4 to 99
  • Gender:
    Coed
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    Varies
  • Programs:
    View 1 available; 36 TBD; 9 temporarily closed
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  • Summary Profile

    About COOKSMART

    Get cooking and baking! Virtual and in-person classes for children, teens, and specials groups that get everyone cooking nutritious snacks, meals for the family, baking sweet and savoury treats & more! Building independence, self-reliance and confidence to be creative in the kitchen.

    • Make Dinner time less stressful by joining us weekly to make dinner together 
    • Early start is key, so get creative with food to start appropriate engagement in the kitchen at a young age with our Creative Cooking classes.
    • Teens become confident to take care of themselves in the kitchen with our essential teen program.
    • Camps offer great baking and kitchen science opportunities. 

    • Special needs: Yes, mild support. A few of our campers have special needs.
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community


    COVID-19 Response 

    The Experience with COOKSMART

    Our programming has transformed for the better. We are committed to offering fun and engaging programming, to keep you and your family safe.

    Our transformation with COVID has opened up the world of virtual classes, camps and birthday parties. With each family working in the comfort of their own kitchen, using their own choices of foods and equipment, we all safely enjoy learning together to cook, bake and try new things together, but making the food our own way. The benefits are huge with less-stress for parents, and more help in the kitchen regularly! More learning and more food! It's been a win-win.

    Please rest assured that should any virtual program be cancelled for any reason due to COVID-19, you will be offered a full refund for all programs affected.

    All in-person camps and sessions will follow the rules and guidelines set forth by Public Health. Safety is our priority.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. We're looking forward to cooking with your children.

    View recent COVID-19 updates from COOKSMART


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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; COOKSMART currently has 1 program available; 36 TBD.

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    Name
    Type/Gender
    Specialty
    Location
    Date
    Bus
     Cost
    Email
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 4 - 18+
    Cooking
    $200 to $225
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Oct 30, 2020-Dec 31, 2022$200 - $225
    Cooking|Mindfulness Training|Nutrition
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 12
    Cooking
    $12/day
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Baking/Decorating|Cooking|Math|Nature/Environment|Mindfulness Training|Nutrition
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 4 - 18+
    Cooking
    $0
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Baking/Decorating|Cooking|Mindfulness Training|Nutrition
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 12
    Cooking
    $12
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Baking/Decorating|Cooking|Math|Nature/Environment|Mindfulness Training|Nutrition
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 7 - 18+
    Cooking
    $12
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Baking/Decorating|Cooking|Math|Nature/Environment|Mindfulness Training|Nutrition
    Baking/Decorating|Cooking|Math|Nature/Environment|Mindfulness Training|Nutrition
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 8 - 15
    Cooking
    $12 to $96
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Baking/Decorating
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 13
    Cooking
    $12
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Cooking|Math|Nature/Environment|Mindfulness Training|Nutrition
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 4 - 16
    Cooking
    $14
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Baking/Decorating|Cooking
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 7 - 11
    Baking/Decorating
    $126 to $150/week
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Baking/Decorating|Cooking
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 7 - 13
    Cooking
    $125 to $150/week
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Baking/Decorating|Cooking|STEM
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 13 - 18+
    Cooking
    $12 to $14/week
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Baking/Decorating|Cooking
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 6 - 12
    Cooking
    $14 to $99/day
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Baking/Decorating|Cooking
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 12
    Cooking
    $475
    Baking/Decorating|Cooking|Arts & Crafts
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 7 - 11
    Baking/Decorating
    $150 to $180
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Baking/Decorating|Cooking
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 7 - 18+
    Cooking
    $150 to $200
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Baking/Decorating|Cooking
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 8 - 16
    Baking/Decorating
    $225
    Baking/Decorating
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 12
    Cooking
    $380 to $475
    Baking/Decorating|Cooking|Arts & Crafts



    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Deposit required with acceptance Yes
    Credit card payment Yes

    Discounts

    Discount for 2nd child 100%
    Discount for 3rd child 100%
    Discount for 4th child 100%
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of COOKSMART

    our take

    The program began in Kathy Stewart’s kitchen, slicing and dicing with her three children. For kids, that’s rightly the fun of cooking—getting your hands onto the stuff, feeling the textures, experiencing the tastes and smells, and producing something they can be proud of. And, indeed, that’s precisely where the COOKSMART programs begin—with hands-on, collaborative, creative fun in the kitchen. Cooking, however, is a window onto other worlds, as it were, from the culture of food, to how and what we eat, including fellowship and healthy habits. Food has a central position in our lives, and while kids perhaps aren’t entirely aware of it at every moment during the sessions, Stewart’s experience as a nutritionist is reflected within them. It’s about having fun, gaining skills and independence, as well as providing an entrée into making more informed, healthier lifestyle choices. All sessions are expertly run in safe, professional cooking environments located across the GTA.
     



    Editor's Review

    Three Things: COOKSMART

    Hear the three things that Our Kids’ editors see when they look at COOKSMART



    Insider's Perspective: Parent

    • 00:24 - What's unique about the program at CookSmart that made you want to enroll your child there?
    • 03:10 - Was this your child's first experience with camp?
    • 04:14 - Was there any change or noticeable personal growth you saw in your child after time at camp?
    • 06:55 - If you hadn't sent your child to this camp, what's the most important personal growth that he/she would've missed out on?
    • 07:41 - How can a parent support their child to get the most out of this camp?
    • 10:05 - What does your child say about the camp, either to you, or that you may have heard them say to friends or others?
    • show more


    User reviews of COOKSMART  — Read all 5 reviews


    Enjoyed the opportunity to discover their culinary creativity!
    Sylvia M., Vice Principal, Chisholm Middle School (Parent)

    With all the different food choices available, it can be a little daunting to get started in the kitchen. Yet cooking is a lifelong skill that will serve students well in the future, not to mention it’s a delicious hobby! Chisholm Middle School students learned through hands-on experience how to properly prepare a nutritious and colourful meal through the Cook Smart program. Students began their morning workshop with a discussion about proper nutrition and foods which provide health nutrients. Then students learned how to properly wash, cut and prepare foods by following a recipe. The gym was alive with sounds of slicing, dicing, grating and creating a layered bean salad. The students’ patience and teamwork skills paid off as they were able to enjoy their creation at the end of the workshop. Staff and students all agreed that the food was delicious. Students also learned how to properly wash the utensils they used to make their food and how to clean up after themselves in the kitchen. Overall, the students and staff enjoyed the opportunity to discover their culinary creativity ... Read More

    Teen Confidence
    Margaret Brooks (Parent)

    My 18 year old son resisted learning to cook, until he took an online COOKSMART class with Kathy. She actively engaged my son and the other students in the online class, while explaining safety, nutrition, and meal preparation. The hands-on experience of making his own meals created a sense of excitement and interest in learning to cook that I had not been able to achieve. Kathy is a fabulous teacher with the ability to adapt to the needs and wants of the students. After Kathy’s class, I was far more comfortable sending my son off to university. He now realizes that he can cook and that cooking can be fun! Thanks Kathy ... Read More

    A wonderful way to teach kids healthy eating!
    PM (Parent)

    Thank you so much! Ciara loved the class today. She can't wait for the next one!! What a wonderful way to teach kids healthy eating!

    They have all been more helpful in the kitchen
    J.S (Parent)

    My kids loved the Cooksmart program. N. has been asking to eat sushi which is a big step in our house, and both N. and E. are busy making their own smoothies. They have all been more helpful in the kitchen and I. mentioned last night at dinner that you have to taste things with all your tastebuds so it has to be a big enough bite. ... Read More

    He was nervous at first but then he was so excited
    DR (Parent)

    Hi Kathy, Thank you so much for the fun morning making muffins yesterday! It was my son Anthony's first time and he really enjoyed it. He was nervous at first but then he was so excited. He Face-timed his aunts, uncles and grandmother to show his finished banana chocolate with crushed Easter M & M's muffins. Not only did they look so good but they tasted amazing! I'm a proud mamma! :-) I've attached the Fun Food Face picture that he did with the vegetables. Please enter him in the contest. Be Well. Thanks and we will definitely join in again soon. ... Read More

  • Location & Site Details

    Address

    Mississauga, ON
    1700 Mazo Crescent, Mississauga, Ontario, L5J 1Y8
    Oakville, ON
    2489 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville, Ontario, L6L 1H9
    Online
    Virtual Program

    Accommodations

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is COOKSMART technology free? 1. Students are not allowed to use personal devices during all COOKSMART programs unless they have explicit permission from the instructor. 2. During all camp programs, at the discretion of the instructor, older students may be given permission to check their device during lunch recess. All students are normally encouraged to use recess time for outdoor play, group games or down time as appropriate. During the Food & Film camp and Cooking & Coding camps we incorporate technology for half the day into the program, which is provided.



    Rentals & Services

    Offers children's birthday party packages: Yes
    A fun engaging 2 hour virtual baking class that makes your child feel special. For more details go to www.cooksmart.ca/birthday-party-booking


    Offers outdoor education program for schools or corporate groups: Yes
    Not outdoors, but we do Corporate Parties and Virtual Cooking Classes that feature fabulous recipes to cook together. Excellent activity for Corporate Wellness Fairs and Events. Nutritionist lead sessions.


  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Kathy Stewart, Founder of COOKSMART
    CNP, BEd, MEd, BScH Nutrionist, Educator

    COOKSMART started in the kitchen of Kathy Stewart, with her three small children learning how to cut veggies for their pizza toppings. The kids were excited to practice their new skills, especially when they could snack at the same time. As their confidence grew using a knife, they became curious for greater challenges and were soon cooking and baking inspired creations for the whole family. Seeing the independence that only a few simple cooking skills gave her own children, Kathy created a vision for COOKSMART. 

    Kathy's extensive experience as a teaching professional, coupled with her training as a nutritionist has given her the knowledge, skills, and passion to make COOKSMART a reality.  

    Our goal is to inspire better food choices and basic cooking for life-long healthy eating!



    In the News

    November 6, 2018
    COOKSMART PD Camp - October Mississauga

    Check out their feature in the Snap'd South Mississauga newspaper! COOKSMART had an awesome time making pizza and apple pies from scratch!... Read More



    Stories

    • Testimonial - Chisholm Middle School
      With all the different food choices available, it can be a little daunting to get started in the kitchen. Yet cooking is a lifelong skill that will serve students well in the future, not to mention it’s a delicious hobby!
      Chisholm Middle School students learned through hands-on experience how to properly prepare a nutritious and colourful meal through the Cook Smart program.  Students began their morning workshop with a discussion about proper nutrition and foods which provide health nutrients. Then students learned how to properly wash, cut and prepare foods by following a recipe. The gym was alive with sounds of slicing, dicing, grating and creating a layered bean salad. The students’ patience and teamwork skills paid off as they were able to enjoy their creation at the end of the workshop. Staff and students all agreed that the food was delicious. Students also learned how to properly wash the utensils they used to make their food and how to clean up after themselves in the kitchen.  
      Overall, the students and staff enjoyed the opportunity to discover their culinary creativity.
      Thanks CookSmart!


    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does COOKSMART have good reviews?
    We interviewed families about their experience with COOKSMART. Watch the video here. You can also read 5 reviews of COOKSMART from past attendees.

    What types of programs does COOKSMART offer?
    COOKSMART runs: virtual programs, day camps. Programming specializes in: Cooking, Baking/Decorating. Browse the program calendar for rates and dates.

    What age does COOKSMART start?
    COOKSMART has programs for children aged 4 to 99.

    How much does is cost to attend COOKSMART?
    Fees to attend COOKSMART range from $12 to $250/session.

    Does COOKSMART offer support for children with special needs?
    COOKSMART offers some mild support for children with special needs. Please contact the director to discuss your needs.

    Does COOKSMART offer busing?
    No, COOKSMART does not offer transportation.



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