MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen will be opening a MESA Kids Cooking School this summer at 154 E. Main St. in New Albany, just around the corner from MESA’s current location. MESA Kids Cooking School will feature cooking camps, classes and themed events for children ages 7 to 14.

“The Louisville and Southern Indiana region continues to grow its reputation as a food destination, and we are thrilled to offer a fun and educational place that will help train our next generation of chefs and teach children valuable cooking techniques,” said co-owner Bobby Bass. “As parents, my wife Ysha and I looked to our own two children as inspiration behind creating this new concept. We also tested the idea by hosting a kids baking competition earlier this year at MESA, which was very successful for all involved.”

Much like karate, students will also be able to earn culinary patches in a chef’s black coat program as they increase their cooking knowledge and achieve certain technique levels. Classes and camps will be taught by the region’s top chefs and culinary instructors. More details will be announced soon for MESA Kids’ opening date and class registration. Visit to sign up for the latest information or follow @mesakidscookingschool on Facebook.

Photography by Jose Morones Vergara, courtesy of MESA