Cooking shows featuring kids are all over television, including “MasterChef Junior,” “Chopped Junior” and “Kids Baking Championship.” So it’s not surprising that food festivals also are appealing to kids who love to cook.
This month, the All-Star Chef Classic returns to L.A. Live (800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A.) March 8-11. Besides its adult-focused lineup of “Master Chef Dinners” and “Grill & Chill” and “Southern Eats” strolling events, the Classic will also offer a “Little Masters” cooking class for children. Hosted by acclaimed pastry chef Sherry Yard, Little Masters offers young Bobby Flays and Rachael Rays the opportunity to learn about cooking alongside chefs and celebrities. Sessions will start at 10 a.m. and noon. Tickets, $125 for a child-adult pair, are available at www.allstarchefclassic.com.
Pancakes are easy enough to make, but it’s always nice to have someone make them for you – particularly if you don’t have to pay for them. On March 7, National Pancake Day, IHOP is offering flapjack fans a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes (limit one stack per person) until 7 p.m., and asking only that patrons leave a donation for the local affiliate of its three partner charities: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Shriners Hospitals for Children. In 12 years, IHOP has raised $24 million. Go to www.ihoppancakeday.com to find IHOP locations.