In the age of the celebrity chef, aspiring culinary wunderkinds can enroll in cooking classes this fall. The three-hour Saturday sessions let kids ages 8 to 12 follow in the footsteps of university alumnus Emeril Lagasse. We try to make it fun for them with foods they recognize and are used to eating, said Erik Goellner, chef and instructor. If there is that culinary interest, we show them how to kick it up a little bit. To kick it up, a class might teach how to make mac and cheese with a couple of different cheeses. For dessert, there is instruction in cookie-making and baking. Small class sizes (15-16 kids) and multiple chefs allow for individual attention. Registration for fall classes begins in August. Next summer, look for weeklong cooking camps for kids. 333 Shipyard St., 401-598-2336, www.jwu.edu/chefschoice; check website for class offerings, from $80 a class.