We do virtual cooking classes for children, teens, and specials groups that get everyone cooking nutritious snacks, meals for the family, baking and more! COOKSMART is an engaging hands-on approach to the basics of safe cooking skills and joys of healthy eating. Learn to creatively flavour & savour new foods using mindfulness . Winter Schedule: Afterschool Snacks (beginners) Dinner Club - Quick & Easy Meals (intermediate or parent-supported) Dinner Club - International Flavours (more advanced cooking) Baking Classes Teen Snack Attack Sat Brunch-Lunch COOKING with Kathy - FREE & Fundraising Class for the Food Banks Special Classes for children with Autism Special Group bookings & Birthday Parties
We do virtual cooking classes for children, teens, and specials groups that get everyone cooking nutritious snacks, meals for the family, baking and more! COOKSMART is an engaging hands-on approach to the basics of safe cooking skills and joys of healthy eating. Learn to creatively flavour & savour new foods using mindfulness .
Afterschool Snacks (beginners)
Dinner Club - Quick & Easy Meals (intermediate or parent-supported)
Dinner Club - International Flavours (more advanced cooking)
Teen Snack Attack
COOKING with Kathy - FREE & Fundraising Class for the Food Banks
Special Classes for children with Autism
Special Group bookings & Birthday Parties
The 2020/21 Experience at COOKSMART
The 2020 Experience with COOKSMART
As we all find ourselves in unprecedented circumstances, our programming is different this year than usual. We are committed to offering fun and engaging programming, to keep you and your family safe.
Using the time we have at home is an excellent opportunity to get your kids cooking, either online to develop independence, alongside a parent to make dinner together, or get the whole family involved making a fun family meal.
Our in-person programs are unable to run at this time, which has opened up a world of virtual classes, camps and birthday parties. With each family working in the comfort of their own kitchen, we all can safely enjoy learning together, cooking and baking together, and of course - eating together, without being together in the same room.
Our virtual programs have been running since April with great success and fantastic results. We understand that many families have been challenged by COVID, and so we have been offering FREE classes on Saturdays called COOKING with KATHY. We also fundraise for these classes to raise money for the local community foodbanks, so that all families can have food to share together.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
Cost: $5 to $225 /session
|Deposit required with acceptance||Yes|
|Credit card payment||Yes|
|Discount for 2nd child||100%|
|Discount for 3rd child||100%|
|Discount for 4th child||100%|
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.
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