What's Cooking?

What's Cooking?

Martha Stewart, Newsday & News 12 boast What’s Cooking? is a No. 1 choice birthday party place & culinary school where children explore their creativity in culinary arts. Offering a wide variety of party themes and classes, we exceed customer’s expectations with superior service. All-inclusive parties can be customized in our spacious party room. Fun-tastic cookie, cupcake, chocolate, pretzel or pizza parties can be customized with a sundae and candy bar or chocolate fountain making any party memorable! At "What’s Cooking?", children learn more than just the tools of the trade for the kitchen. Guided by Lynne Gerald, a passionate cooking teacher since 1994, children ages 2-15 are taught about patience, taking turns and proper etiquette; improve reading and math skills; and learn how to lead a healthy and delicious lifestyle.


What's Cooking?

What's Cooking?" offers:

  • Birthday Parties
  • Summer Camp
  • Scout Cooking Badges
  • Private Cooking Lessons
  • Special Needs
  • Cooking Classes
  • Holiday Programs
  • Playgroups
  • Special private events: Schools, outside camps



Serving: All of Long Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County

New York, Queens, Brooklyn, Albertson, New Hyde Park, Old Westbury, Oyster Bay, Bethpage, East Meadow, East Norwich, Garden City, Glen Cove, Great Neck, Herricks, Hicksville, Jericho, Roslyn, Roslyn Heights, Seaford, Levittown, Locust Valley, Manhasset, Massapequa, Massapequa Park, Merrick, Plainview, Port Washington, Searingtown, Syosset, Wantagh, Williston Park, Woodbury, Cold Spring Harbor, Dix Hills, Huntington, Melville, Commack, Northport and MANY more!

Birthday Party Locations & Places:

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At "What’s Cooking?", the birthday child is made to feel extra special and the center of attention by our friendly, courteous staff that caters to ALL of your birthday party needs.

"What's Cooking?" hosts delicious, customized kids birthday parties, with activities such as cookie, cupcake, pizza, pretzel, and chocolate making. Bubble Wrap stomping is also a big hit with the kids! Check out our videos on facebook!! 

Cupcake Wars is a HOT new offering at What's Cooking? It's just like on TV! Competitive cupcake making and decorating with a theme is popular the older child. Another NEW offering is CRAZY CUPCAKES! Bake six tie-dyed cupcakes from scratch and decorate with tie-dyed icing and fun toppings. It's a BLAST!

Other awesome themes are Pajama Parties: Come in your pj's and feast on pancakes and waffles at any time- day or night (comes with whipped cream, mini chips and warm syrup) or bagels with cream cheese or butter and be ready to party! Flowerpot Birthday Parties: combine crafting and chocolate molding. Paint a clay pot and decorate with beautiful chocolate flowers made by your child. What a beautiful and unique Goody Bag to take home!

Birthday Party favors such as personalized chef hats & aprons, mini rolling pins, candy cones and more are also available to complement any birthday party.

*An extensive adult menu is offered as well.

Cooking classes: 

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At What's Cooking, children will enhance math skills by measuring solids and liquids, science by observing how temperature changes the properties of food; Colors and shapes by describing and naming foods and cooking equipment and language, culture and customs by learning about different societies, nationalities and ethnicities and what holidays are celebrated.

We offer Junior Chef cooking classes and baking classes, as well as a Junior Chef Club, for ages 4-7. These cooking classes and baking classes are available weekly or monthly.  Children will cook an entree and side dish, as well as bake a dessert. Our goal is for children to be comfortable in a cooking and baking environment while trying new foods.  

Our Great Chefs cooking and baking class is the next step in our cooking curriculum.  Children, ages 8-11, will learn to follow and complete recipes, properly measure ingredients, be comfortable handling sophisticated cooking and baking equipment such as stand mixers, food processors, graters, knives and learn proper etiquette.  

Our International Cooking Club is for children ages 11-15.  Travel to a new country each week, cooking up appetizers, main dishes and baking a dessert.  It is here your child will learn about different cultures, nationalities and ethnicities.  Cheapest way to travel the Globe!

Children will also learn basic social skills by working with other children and ultimately leave What's Cooking? with a higher level of self confidence and self-esteem.  However, the greatest aspect about teaching children to cook and bake is that they have FUN!

**BONUS**Become a What's Cooking? member by joining any series of Cooking Classes.  Member benefits include DISCOUNTS on most Holiday Workshops.  ALL recipes are nutritious, well-balanced and prepared with fresh ingredients.  Each child will receive a Recipe Book filled with the delicious menus they have cooked and baked.  All classes are totally hands on with stellar recipes that are nut free.

Mommy & Me: 

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Mommy/Daddy & Me for the little ones.  Cooking and baking is a true opportunity for quality time and bonding.  And along with the significant emotional benefits, the external benefits are enormous.  You can practice improving fine motor skills, counting, sharing, patience and communication all while cooking and baking.  Plus, cooking and baking a variety of foods encourages toddlers to try different foods.

Cooking with colors, shapes and numbers familiarizes your child with the fundamental building blocks inherent for success in today's early educational system.  Your child will spend one hour each week learning various colors, shapes and numbers through recipes that are focused on cooking and baking all sorts of fun-filled pastries, pies, quiches, paninis, lasagna rolls, mac n' cheese etc. Furthermore, children enrolled in this class will learn to socialize with other children in a group environment securely expressing their individual characteristics.

Cooking Camp:

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What's Cooking?  is proud to offer the most unique Summer Cooking Camp for kids in Long Island. Our camp is open to children ages 4-13.  Each day is packed with fun themed activities. Campers cook a delicious lunch which includes an entree, side dish or appetizer and a baked dessert.  A healthy snack is also prepared by your child as well as a take home treat.  A take home treat may include a box of six cupcakes made from scratch by your child.  Cupcakes will be decorated using a professional pastry bag filled and prepared by your child, then decorated with a themed topping. Other take home treats created by each camper is a box of themed cookies (over a pound) baked and decorated, making their own cookie icing from scratch.  Children love showing off their homemade chocolates after molding and creating special chocolate treats

All cooking is hands on using stellar recipes themed on a weekly basis.  Some of our weekly themes include:  Stars & Stripes for a patriotic red, white & blue week with all-American food from apple pie to Mac n' Cheese.  Travel the World with International Cooking-learning about different cultures and exciting recipes from around the world cooking up appetizers, entrees and exotic desserts.  A Camping We Will Go! is filled with adventurous camping recipes and grilled and BBQ food from chili to s'mores.  It's Snowing in July includes comfort foods,  frozen hot chocolate and s,mores pie. Let's Have a Beach Party! Sand and sun and lots of fun with yummy smoothies and snacks for the beach.  Menu includes pigs-in-a -blanket, homemade ice cream and pretzel making. Visit our "Hard Rock Cafe" during Peace, Love, Rock n' Roll week.  Sliders, onion rings and heart shaped treats too!  Join us for a Luau Week including chicken kebabs, scrumptious lomein and Asian food and colorful fruit skewers with yummy fruit dip.  It's all Hawaii at What's Cooking? Carnival Week-end your summer on a high note with a "festival of fun" including balloon painting, calzones, games and homemade pizza too!  Kitchen Chemistry involves delicious food experiments and learning scientific fundamentals behind the food children love to eat.  Grilling, sauces and souffle's!

Creative crafting is included daily for each theme.  Campers will be taught safety in the kitchen, recycling and proper etiquette.  Our facility is nut free and fully air conditioned.  Sign up for one week, two weeks or more!(Discounts apply).  There are nine different themes to choose from. Register early for our early bird special, space is limited!

CAMP DIRECTORS: Are your campers disappointed when it rains? Not anymore. Not after they discover the recipe to cook up some fun at “What’s Cooking?” Creating mouth watering culinary delights is the answer to wash away summer’s rainy day blues. As a hands-on cooking camp, every child will have the chance to prepare, cook and eat their own delicious, culinary creations. They’ll also learn about safety in the kitchen, etiquette and recycling.

Located in historic Oyster Bay, “What’s Cooking?” has been featured on Martha Stewart, News12 and in Newsday. We have certified teachers and nutritionists on staff. We’re also certified in CPR and fully insured. Our facilities are fully air-conditioned.

We can customize any program for your campers, ages 3-14. Our program includes cupcake or cookie, pretzel and chocolate or pizza making. We also do pajama parties and a whole host of other crafts and culinary activities. We offer bubble wrap stomping, decorating chef hats, aprons or potholders, bubblemania, dancing and even a complimentary firehouse tour. Programs include breakfast or lunch, beverages and a goody box of baked goods for each child, as well as a cooking award.

Let us show you how we can make a rainy day into a terrific day at “What’s Cooking?” Let your camper experience a unique and customized outing and make a day that was all wet, into the best day of camp yet!

Each camper will:

  • Participate in a take-home craft (Chef’s hat, apron or potholder, etc.)
  • Enjoy a themed menu or customize your own unique outing (pizza, chicken fingers, homemade mac n' cheese, bagels, pancakes, waffles, etc.)
  • Includes craft, breakfast or lunch, cooking activity (choose from cookie, cupcake, pretzel, pizza or chocolate making), and beverages
  • Includes FREE firehouse tour (when available)
  • Bubblemania, dancing and bubble wrap stomping
  • Cooking award for all who participate
  • Each child leaves with a goody box of baked goods to take home
  • Upgrades available (call for details) 

Classes & Fun: Special Needs

What's Cooking? has hosted various and numerous groups of special needs children, teenagers and adults.  We have a special bond with our AHRC self sustained group homes in many areas including Brookville, Old Westbury, Bayville, Plainview, Massapequa and East Norwich.  Over the years, What's Cooking? has held a number of cooking and baking events for "Medals for Mettle", the Long Island Chapter cancer group for children.  We have hosted Wounded Warriers Project, GAP Programs and numerous parties for our special needs chefs.  Birthday parties are customized as well as our cooking classes, tailored to individual cooking abilities.  

Our staff is courteous, friendly and patient.  We enjoy putting a happy face on all who participate in our cooking and baking parties, classes or events at our facility.  When children or adults master skills and are so proud of their accomplishments, we are delighted!  And best of all, our special chefs have the opportunity to taste and eat a delicious meal that they have prepared. Along with the benefits of raising self-esteem and improving fine motor skills, communication is developed through socialization in a group environment.  

Check out ALL of our holiday events coming up this winter from our First Annual Cookie Exchange and Gingerbread House Event to our Winter Mini Camp on our website! You can also follow us on Facebook to view all our birthday party, class, and special event videos and pictures!!! 

Martha Stewart, Newsday, and News 12 boast What’s Cooking? is a No. 1 choice birthday party place and culinary school where children explore their creativity in culinary arts. Offering a wide variety of party themes and classes, we exceed customer’s expectations with superior service. All-inclusive parties can be customized in our spacious party room. Fun-tastic cookie, cupcake, chocolate, pretzel, or pizza parties can be customized with a sundae and candy bar or chocolate fountain--making any party memorable. Holiday Time! Join us for our cookie exchange, gingerbread house decorating, or winter camp!

Meet the Camp Director

For 14 years, Lynne Gerald taught in nursery programs on Long Island. She started cooking in the classroom and realized all the skills the children were enhancing: fine motor skills, vocabulary, counting, sharing and communication. Children discovered a love of cooking and new foods, learned about kitchen safety, and were taught to recycle. She found a new home at "What's Cooking,? a culinary school, summer camp, and party place for kids. What's Cooking provides a variety of cooking classes for all levels, Holiday classes, scout and cooking badges, and playgroups.

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