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Discover a wide variety of cooking classes. Learn to create delicious meals, expand your culinary knowledge, and impress your friends and family with your newfound skills.

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Bake Your Own French Croissant

Atelier Sucré @ 104 East 7th St, New York, NY

Discover the art of creating the perfect French croissant at Atelier Sucré. Indulge in the flakiness and buttery goodness as you learn to make traditional croissants, pains au chocolat, and savory ham & cheese croissants. Take home your creations along with detailed recipes to impress your next brunch guests.

(390) Beginner 14 and older

Cake Decorating 101

NY Cake Academy @ 118 W 22nd St, New York, NY

Master the art of cake decorating and elevate your skills to create stunning, textured buttercream cakes. Learn a range of piping techniques, from shells to rosettes, and discover how to apply them to your creations. Unleash your creativity and impress with beautiful designs at NY Cake Academy's Cake Decorating course.

(451) All levels 12 and older
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French Macarons (Gluten Free Recipe)

Atelier Sucré @ 104 East 7th St, New York, NY

Discover the secrets to creating perfect French macarons at Atelier Sucré. Join our hands-on class and learn the specific techniques needed to master this delicate pastry. Impress your friends and family with this sophisticated dessert that is also gluten-free!

(390) Beginner 14 and older
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Tagliatelle al Pesto with an Italian Master Chef

CocuSocial Cooking Classes @ 815 6th Ave, New York, NY

Embark on a culinary journey through the flavors of Italy with an Italian master Chef. Learn authentic techniques and traditions of regional Italian cuisine, from making pesto alla Genovese with a mortar and pestle to crafting fresh egg tagliatelle pasta from scratch. No experience is required, just a passion for good food and a desire to learn.

(1753) Beginner 21 and older

Hand-Rolled Sushi

CocuSocial Cooking Classes @ 338 W 36th St, New York, NY

Join us at CocuSocial Cooking Classes for a fun and hands-on social cooking class where you'll master the art of hand-rolling sushi. From selecting sushi-grade fish to preparing sushi rice, this class will teach you everything you need to know to create delicious sushi rolls at home. Don't miss out on this opportunity to become an at-home sushi chef!

(1753) Beginner 21 and older

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4-Week Culinary Basics Series

Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom @ 2366 Pelham Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Learn essential knife skills, cooking techniques, and easy-to-prepare recipes in this beginner's cooking series at Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom. Gain confidence in the kitchen and create delicious meals by the end of the series. Join us and become a pro in the kitchen!

(105) Beginner 15 and older
$650

4 sessions

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Intro to the Art of Sushi

CocuSocial Cooking Classes @ 937 E Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Learn the secrets of crafting perfect sushi rolls from a professional chef in this interactive class. Master the art of rolling and select the freshest ingredients to create Spicy Tuna, California Roll, and Chef's "Catch of the Day" variations. Perfect for family activities, team building, or a romantic date night.

(1753) All levels 21 and older

Make Your Own Sushi

CocuSocial Cooking Classes @ 2131 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Learn the art of sushi-making in this hands-on social cooking class. Discover how to prepare sushi rice, select sushi-grade fish, and create three delicious rolls: Spicy Tuna, California, and the Chef "catch of the day." No experience is required - just bring your appetite!

(1753) All levels 21 and older

Classic Handmade Pasta With Vodka Sauce

CocuSocial Cooking Classes @ 937 E Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Learn the art of creating authentic Italian pasta from scratch in this hands-on cooking class. Master the art of making pappardelle pasta and the creamy classic Vodka Sauce, all while enjoying a fun and interactive culinary experience. No experience is needed, just bring your passion for food!

(1753) All levels 21 and older

Scratch Made Pasta with Carbonara

CocuSocial Cooking Classes @ 835 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA

Discover the art of creating your own fresh pasta and learn the secrets to making a classic carbonara sauce from scratch in this hands-on cooking class. Join us as we guide you through the process of making perfect pasta noodles and indulge in the satisfaction of tasting your handmade creations. No experience is required!

(1753) Beginner 21 and older

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Culinary Boot Camp 1

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL

Experience the thrill of culinary school without the commitment or cost at The Chopping Block Lincoln Square. Discover fundamental cooking techniques, from knife skills to advanced methods, and bring it all together with a final menu created with your classmates. Elevate your cooking skills in just five sessions with this unique culinary foundation course.

(262) All levels 18 and older

Hands-On Knife Skills

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL

Become a culinary pro with our popular Knife Skills class. Learn how to mince, slice, and dice like a chef, and gain valuable knowledge on knife care, sharpening, and selection. Join us at The Chopping Block Lincoln Square for a hands-on chopping session that will take your kitchen skills to the next level.

(262) All levels 18 and older

Hands-On Next-Level Sushi Workshop

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL

Elevate your sushi-making skills with a chef-led workshop at The Chopping Block Lincoln Square. Learn the art of selecting and cutting fish, creating intricate maki rolls and hand rolls, and mastering sushi rice preparation. Unleash your creativity with new techniques and impress with dishes like Rainbow Roll and Caterpillar Roll.

(262) All levels 18 and older

Hands-On Pasta Boot Camp

The Chopping Block Lincoln Square @ 4747 N Lincoln, Chicago, IL

Discover the secrets of regional Italian pasta at The Chopping Block Lincoln Square's immersive cooking experience. Learn to create various types of homemade pasta dough, from whole wheat to roasted beet, and master the art of shaping rustic pasta by hand. Elevate your pasta game with divine homemade sauces in this hands-on culinary adventure.

(262) All levels 18 and older

Pasta 101

Tutore @ 2755 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL

Join us in this class and embark on a journey to master the art of creating fresh pasta from scratch. From rolling dough to shaping tortellini, learn essential techniques to craft delectable dishes like Tagliatelle di Caccio Pepe and Spinach Ricotta Ravioli with Cherry Tomato Ragu. Elevate your culinary skills and savor the flavors of authentic Italian cuisine.

All levels 18 and older

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Knife Skills 101

Home Cooking New York @ Virtual Classroom

Master the art of the chef's knife with Home Cooking New York's comprehensive course. Learn to choose, store, sharpen, hold, and use this essential tool, and then put your skills to the test with a mouthwatering Vegetable Minestrone Soup. Sharpen your culinary expertise today!

(2021) All levels 16 and older

Burkinabé Cooking Online with Yipin

The League of Kitchens @ Virtual Learning

Embark on a virtual culinary journey with Yipin as she shares the flavors of Burkina Faso from her kitchen to yours. Join her for an interactive online class where you'll learn to prepare her cherished family recipes, including a rich peanut butter stew brimming with chicken and vegetables, served over fluffy rice, and a refreshing gingembre beverage. Connect, cook, and celebrate the vibrant culture of Burkina Faso in this immersive online experience.

(76) All levels 11 and older

Handmade Pasta alla Vodka

Teaching Table @ Virtual Classroom

Discover the secrets of crafting Handmade Pasta alla Vodka from scratch in this virtual cooking workshop. Chef Laura will guide you through creating the perfect pasta dough and bubbling vodka sauce, all from quality ingredients. Whether you're a pasta novice or experienced cook, join us to elevate your Italian cooking skills and impress your loved ones with this classic dish.

(42) All levels 6 and older

Persian Cooking Online with Mab

The League of Kitchens @ Virtual Learning

Join Mab for an immersive Persian cooking experience online, where she'll guide you through crafting three authentic family recipes. From savory kabab tavahi-e morgh to aromatic saffron polo ba tah-dig, immerse yourself in the flavors of Persian cuisine while connecting with Mab and fellow cooking enthusiasts. Prepare to cook, chat, and celebrate together in a virtual dinner party, forging connections across the globe through the love of food and culture.

(76) All levels 11 and older

Quick and Easy Frozen Treats

Teaching Table @ Virtual Classroom

Join Teaching Table for a virtual hands-on class where you'll learn to create Quick and Easy Frozen Treats using fresh fruit and simple kitchen tools. Discover the secrets to crafting delectable desserts without the oven, perfect for summer's bounty. Get ready to cool off with three refreshing treats, gain valuable freezing tips, and master the use of your kitchen appliances—all in under an hour!

(42) All levels 6 and older

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Central Square Cambridge Food and Mural Arts Tour

Off The Beaten Path Food Tours @ 765 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

Discover the vibrant street art scene and diverse culinary delights of Central Square, Cambridge on this immersive tour. You'll uncover the meaning behind murals and indulge in delicious eats from local establishments. Unleash your inner art and food critic as you explore this hidden gem and experience the evolution of the area through the eyes of knowledgeable local guides.

(12) All levels 15 and older

Harvard Square (Cambridge) Chocolate Tour

Off The Beaten Path Food Tours @ 1350 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

Indulge in a delectable chocolate adventure through historical Harvard Square in Cambridge. Uncover hidden gems and taste the best chocolate treats while learning fun facts about chocolate. Join us for a unique and surprising experience that will romance your senses.

(12) All levels 15 and older

Union Square (Somerville) Food Tour

Off The Beaten Path Food Tours @ 11 Bow St, Somerville, MA

Discover the cultural and culinary delights of Union Square, Somerville on a foodie adventure like no other. Immerse yourself in the diverse history and exploding food scene of this vibrant neighborhood, while sampling a range of local favorites, ethnic restaurants, and hand-crafted specialty foods that are sure to leave you craving for more.

(12) All levels 15 and older

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Make Your Own Sushi

CocuSocial Cooking Classes @ 1224 N Post Oak Rd #100, Houston, TX

Learn the art of sushi-making in this hands-on social cooking class at CocuSocial Cooking Classes. Discover how to prepare sushi rice, select sushi-grade fish, and create delicious rolls like California, Spicy Tuna, and Vegetable. No experience is necessary, just come ready to have fun and enjoy the endless possibilities of sushi!

(1753) All levels 21 and older

Classic Handmade Pasta

CocuSocial Cooking Classes @ 723 Main St, Houston, TX

Discover the art of creating your own fresh pasta at CocuSocial Cooking Classes. Join us for an interactive and informative session where you'll learn to make perfect pasta dough and craft beautiful Tagliatelle noodles. Indulge in the deliciousness of classic Carbonara and Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo sauces, all while having a fun and instructive experience.

(1753) Beginner 21 and older

Hand-Rolled Sushi

CocuSocial Cooking Classes @ 25428 TX-494 Loop Suite G, Porter

Learn the art of hand-rolled sushi in this engaging and interactive cooking class. Discover the secrets behind perfect sushi rice, select the freshest ingredients, and create three delicious sushi rolls. Join us for an unforgettable culinary experience at CocuSocial Cooking Classes.

(1753) Beginner 21 and older

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Georgetown Foodie Tour

Mangia DC Food Tours @ 3430 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC

Embark on a culinary journey through the prestigious Georgetown neighborhood in DC, where you'll uncover hidden gems and learn about the area's rich history. Indulge in tantalizing food samples and discover eateries with important social missions. Get ready to eat like a local and explore this iconic neighborhood!

(3) All levels 17 and older

Make Your Own Sushi

CocuSocial Cooking Classes @ 715 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA

Roll like a pro. You will learn all the steps to make a great sushi roll, including a demonstration on the sushi rice, which is arguably the most important part. You will make a traditional roll and an inside-out roll with the fillings of their choice from the chef’s seasonal selection of vegetables and fish. Once you know the method and techniques, be creative! The venue will also offer best wines for sale to perfectly pair with sushi to create...

(1753) Beginner 21 and older
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Hand-Rolled Sushi

CocuSocial Cooking Classes @ 1501 M St NW, Washington, DC

Don’t let the sushi chef have all the fun! Come and learn how to spread, layer, tuck and roll your way to sushi heaven. In this fun, hands-on social cooking class, you’ll learn all the skills needed to make sushi-rolls at home, including how to prepare sushi rice, select sushi-grade fish, and add additional tasty neta (ingredients) to enhance your dining experience. You’ll learn to make a stunning “salmon Roses” or “Tuna Roses” and...

(1753) Beginner 21 and older
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Japanese Sushi-Making Cooking Class

ChefShop @ 1425 Elliott Ave W, Seattle, WA

Do you want to host a sushi making party at home? Come learn how to make beautiful and delicious sushi in your kitchen! Chef Kanako will walk you through each step, from choosing the right tools and ingredients to various cooking techniques and serving for maximum enjoyment. You will learn how to make sushi rice, sushi vinegar and a variety of sushi styles including sushi rolls, temari zushi (small ball shaped sushi), and traditional...

(5) All levels 15 and older
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Around the World in Appetizers Class

ChefShop @ 1425 Elliott Ave W, Seattle, WA

Be prepared for any pot-luck or holiday party, or throw an international small plates party this holiday season yourself -- after all, "small plates" are all the rage, and not just here in the US.  Add to your repertoire with five easy recipes from Pam's list of sasonally-focused, quick and easy, go-to hors d'ouevres - raplete with flavors from distant lands. She will show you how to make some of the recipes she uses when catering for others...

(5) All levels 15 and older
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Handmade Pasta

CocuSocial Cooking Classes @ 1950 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA

Everyone loves pasta, It’s like a hug from the inside out.  Learn to make your own flavor infused pasta dough from flour, egg and water/scented olive oil, and salt. You will learn how to make a fall classic, a stuffed pasta called ‘agnolotti’. Think ravioli, but fancier. We will make the dough and the filling, then assemble the pasta and finally enjoy it. We source the freshest ingredients to let the flavors shine through in this simple...

(1753) Beginner 21 and older
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Make Your Own Sushi

CocuSocial Cooking Classes @ 89 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta, GA

Learn the art of sushi-making at CocuSocial Cooking Classes. Prepare sushi rice, select sushi-grade fish, and roll your way to sushi heaven in this fun, hands-on social cooking class. No experience required!

(1753) Beginner 21 and older

Fresh Pasta 101

CocuSocial Cooking Classes @ 89 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta, GA

Learn the art of creating delicious fresh pasta from scratch at CocuSocial Cooking Classes. Master the technique of making the perfect pasta dough and indulge in a mouthwatering Cajun twist pasta sauce. No experience is required, just come prepared to have a fun and instructive culinary experience.

(1753) Beginner 21 and older

Handmade Farfalle Pasta

CocuSocial Cooking Classes @ 89 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta, GA

Join a culinary journey where you'll learn to create perfect pasta dough and impress your friends and family with your newfound skills. Elevate your cooking repertoire with this hands-on experience.

(1753) All levels 21 and older

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WSET Level 1 Award in Wines: Introduction to Wine

Wine Education Institute @ 4375 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO

Discover the art of wine appreciation and develop the skills to accurately describe and pair wines with food. Perfect for new trade members in the restaurant and retail sectors, as well as enthusiastic wine lovers seeking a comprehensive overview of wine knowledge.

(1) Beginner 21 and older

WSET Level 1 Award in Sake

Wine Education Institute @ 3330 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO

Embark on a sensory journey into the intricate world of sake with our hands-on course. Delve into the nuances of sake production, explore diverse styles, and learn how to expertly serve and describe this revered Japanese beverage. Gain a solid foundation to impress and advise enthusiasts in retail and hospitality sectors.

(1) Beginner 21 and older
$350

2 sessions

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WSET Level 3 Award in Wines: Explaining Style & Quality

Wine Education Institute @ 4375 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO

Gain a detailed understanding of grape growing and winemaking, and confidently explain wine style and quality with the WSET Level 3 Award in Wines. This advanced qualification is perfect for wine enthusiasts and professionals in the industry seeking to delve deeper into the world of wines. Expand your knowledge and sharpen your tasting skills with this comprehensive 10-week course.

(1) Advanced 21 and older
$1,250

10 sessions

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Reviews for Cooking Classes

Cooking Classes are rated 4.6 stars based on 5,120 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Tagliatelle al Pesto with an Italian Master Chef

    Reviewed by Kyrie Jude G. on 4/5/2024
    My husband and I enjoyed it very much. Will def recommend!
  • 4-Week Culinary Basics Series

    Anonymous review on 4/2/2024
    Absolutely loved this course! I feel so much more comfortable in the kitchen now. All the tips and tricks learned were invaluable. Chef Eric is very knowledgeable and created a fun atmosphere in class. Definitely recommend!
  • Bake Your Own French Croissant

    Anonymous review on 3/27/2024
    Amazing class! Instructors were helpful and engaging. Beginner-friendly. Croissants turned out to be delicious and looked just like pastries you’d buy from a cafe. Definitely recommend this class!
  • Bake Your Own French Croissant

    Reviewed by Andrea Jo M. on 3/24/2024
    Chef Jen was fantastic! Such a fun and instructive teacher. Walked out feeling capable of making croissants!
  • French Macarons (Gluten Free Recipe)

    Reviewed by Wendy K. on 2/25/2024
    My daughter and I had a lot of fun doing this class. We enjoyed our table partners and the instructor was great. The macarons are delicious. We went home with plenty to share with family and friends.
  • Cake Decorating 101

    Reviewed by Camille R. on 2/18/2024
    The class was great, the instructor was wonderful and the site was impressive with all the products available for sale! Highly recommend
  • Hands-On Knife Skills

    Reviewed by Jill R. on 1/21/2024
    Great course, great instructors. Very informative and very fun.
  • Bake Your Own French Croissant

    Reviewed by Julia B. on 1/18/2024
    Chef Jen was so funny and a great teacher! We accidentally made a mistake and ended up not being able to make any pan au chocolat and she gave us hers. Sweetest lady ever! Definitely want to take more classes here :)
  • Bake Your Own French Croissant

    Reviewed by Norman D. on 1/15/2024
    Taking this course was one of the most fun and educational experiences ever! The course is designed to concentrate a multiple day project into a few hours in which the students get to participate in every step of the process from creating the dough, doing the turns, and forming the croissants. Chef Makenna and Assistant Paola (super stars) were wonderful in presenting clear instructions, excellent demonstrations and giving individual attention. I brought home 8 super large croissants which were gladly consumed. I can't wait to take another class.
  • Hands-On Knife Skills

    Reviewed by Peter L. on 1/14/2024
    Well done. Chef Tony led the class, supported by Chef Lisa and Chef David. It was a helpful, insightful class, even for a seasoned home cook. Lots of focus on technique with personal input from the roaming chefs.

Discover the Best Cooking Classes Near Me

Do you love watching videos of people making delicious-looking dishes and wish you could do that, too? Did your mother or grandmother have a special dish that you would like to recreate? Or are you just tired of watching so much of your paycheck go to restaurant meals and takeout? Learning to cook can open a new world of possibilities, and it isn’t hard to do.

Why You Should Learn To Cook

People have all kinds of reasons for why they like to cook. It’s fun, it connects them with a community, it saves money, and it can be the start of a new career path.

It’s a Fun Hobby

One of the best reasons to learn to cook is because it’s fun. Cooking can be a great stress reliever. Planning to make a special dish on your day off to share with friends or simply for yourself gives you a goal to look forward to. You can pour over cookbooks, look through videos, or dig out that beat-up spiral-bound notebook your grandma left to you. Making a list and going shopping, perhaps to a special store or market for ingredients is fun, too. When you get home, laying out the ingredients and doing the prep work while listening to a favorite podcast or playlist washes away the cares of the week. Plus, eating what you cooked creates new memories or connects you with times past.

Find a Community

Lots of people like to cook. If you are looking to meet new people with shared interests, cooking is a perfect way to bond. Find food-related clubs in your area to explore a particular cuisine, learn to bake together, or find out more about wine. Cooking and eating together is as old as humanity itself and a tried and true method of making new friends or starting a special relationship with someone.

Save Money

Another good reason to learn to cook is to save money. If you usually eat out at restaurants, go through the fast-food drive-thru, or pick up takeout, learning to cook will save you a lot of money. Try this experiment. Keep track of what you spend on buying prepared food for a week, then total it up at the end. Now head to the grocery store and see how many ingredients you can buy with that money. Learning to cook is great for your budget!

Start a Side Hustle or New Career

Another possible reason to learn to cook is to find a part-time job, start a side hustle, or switch to a culinary career. Sure, you aren’t going to get a job as a chef right away, but when you give cooking a try, you may find that you enjoy it so much that you would like to work in food service. Signing up for a cooking class is the best way to find out if a life of cooking is right for you.

5 Ways to Learn to Cook

If you want to learn to cook, signing up for classes is the easiest and fastest way to learn. You will have an experienced instructor who can answer questions and help you master techniques. You will also meet new people with shared interests. You might make some new friends. 

In-person classes are usually held in commercial kitchen settings like hotels or restaurants, studio kitchens, or even the instructor’s home. The ingredients and equipment are all provided. The only downside of in-person classes is that you have to travel to class and find a place to park or pay for transportation. 

In live online classes, you can learn to cook in your own kitchen. You have the same opportunity to interact with instructors and other students without the parking hassles. You will get a list of ingredients to buy before class starts, although sometimes you will be sent a class kit. This is often true of wine-tasting classes.

You can also learn to cook by watching self-paced/on-demand videos. You can find many numerous cooking courses on platforms like SkillShare or Udemy taught by famous chefs. Some of these courses offer certifications. You can also watch free YouTube tutorials. You can find demonstrations of all kinds of cooking on YouTube from well-known groups like the New York Times to America’s Test Kitchen, or people who simply started a channel to share their love of cooking and their favorite recipes.

If you are planning to learn to cook so you can become a professional chef, you will probably want to look into a culinary program at a community college or culinary arts school. This is a good way to get a solid education in basic techniques, plus you will learn about running a commercial kitchen and gain some business training.

If you want to work in a restaurant or run a food truck, doing an apprenticeship will give you the experience and education you will need. Many professional cooks started out as apprentices.

In-Person Cooking Classes in New York

Signing up for classes is one of the best ways to learn to cook in New York. Don’t worry about what to bring; schools provide the ingredients and equipment, although some will remind you that comfortable, closed-toe shoes are a must.

Some classes encourage you to bring your own beer and wine if you like, while others are held in establishments where you may purchase drinks. Classes meet in a kitchen with an instructor at a table and the students gather around at their own work stations. You may dive right in and participate as much as you want, or you may simply watch the demonstration. It’s up to you!

In-person cooking classes in New York gets you in touch with experienced instructors who are happy to answer your questions and give advice based on their years as cooks or chefs. You will also meet other foodies, people who share your interests and passions. 

At the end of class, you will share the meal you have made and receive copies of the recipes that you can make at home again. But the best part is that you won’t be expected to do the dishes!

Make Your Own Sushi from CocuSocial Cooking Classes meets in Red Hook, Brooklyn. CocuSocial offers many different cooking classes, both in-persona and online. This two-hour class covers the art of making sushi. It isn’t nearly as difficult as it looks. This hands-on sushi making class for beginners will start with preparing and seasoning sushi rice, choosing sushi-grade fish, adding embellishments, and making the roll. The class will create three traditional varieties, including a veggie roll, salmon roll, and shrimp tempura roll. 

Requirements: There is nothing to bring; equipment and ingredients are provided. No experience is necessary for this fun, casual class. 

CocuSocial also offers a Spanish Paella Party. Paella is a classic of Spanish cuisine, with spicy chorizo, fresh seafood, and vegetables nestled in saffron-flavored rice. Learn how to create a Spanish flavor profile and where to get the best ingredients in this two-hour class for beginners. 

Learn to create beautifully decorated cakes and cupcakes in Cake Decorating 101, a beginner’s course at the NY Cake Academy, a one-stop-shop for baking and cake decorating located in Chelsea. During this two-and-a-half-hour session, you will start with basic techniques with plenty of time to practice. The second half will focus on creating a cake with a filling, textured buttercream, piping, and decorations. All tools, equipment, and ingredients are provided. Participants must be at least 16 years old.

Dessert is great, but you have to eat your vegetables, so how about a class on How to Cook Vegetables (Properly). This class comes from Home Cooking New York, located in SoHo, a school dedicated to helping people master the basics of home cooking and have fun doing it. 

Vegetables are the centerpiece to a healthy diet, but many people don’t know how to cook them correctly. This two and a half-hour beginner’s basic cooking class covers foundational techniques like balancing, roasting, quick pickling, and working with leafy greens. Participants must be at least 16 years old. You will receive a recipe booklet to take with you so you can recreate these dishes at home. Participants may bring their own beer or wine.

In-Person Cooking Classes in Los Angeles

Whether you are a complete beginner looking to build up your skills or an experienced cook who wants to learn more, taking cooking classes in Los Angeles is a great way to learn new techniques or expand your abilities.

Radical Cooks in Highland Park focuses on healing through healthy food, and the place to start is with Knife Skills 101. Good knife skills are fundamental to becoming an efficient cook. This knife technique class for all levels will cover basic skills like holding a knife, chopping, dicing, slicing, and the julienne and chiffonade techniques. Participants will also learn about caring for knives, sharpening, and storage. The two-hour class will conclude with a shared meal. Participants must be at least 18 years old. Aprons and recipes will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes. 

Cooking and wine go together, but many people feel intimidated by the fruit of the vine. You can gain confidence and build your wine knowledge and vocabulary at Wine Camp - An Introduction to Wine from LearnAboutWine in Los Angeles. In this two-hour class you will learn how wine is made, which wine pairs with which dishes, and how different wines should be served. During class, you will taste the six wines: Dry Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Albert Bichot Chablis Bourgogne Blanc, Gregory Graham Sanguiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay, Amici Pinot Noir, Buehler Cabernet Sauvignon, and Beekeeper Cellars Zinfandel. Participants must be 21 or over. 

What goes better with wine than bread? Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom gives students access to a professionally designed kitchen, high-end equipment, and a long list of classes for aspiring professionals and home cooks. Bread Fundamentals covers the basics of baking bread. Learn to make pain de menage, brioche, baguette, and focaccia in this two-and-a-half hour session, then you will get to eat it warm out of the oven!

Learn to make pizza from the masters, VPN Americas. VPN is the American arm of Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana, a group dedicated to the art of making authentic Neapolitan pizza. This Basic Pizza Course in Inglewood is geared toward home cooks who want to learn to make pies in a home oven or outdoor wood burner. The six-hour course will cover ingredients and techniques for making classic Neapolitan pizza. At the end of the course, 

participants will receive a certificate of completion and a gift bag containing flour, canned tomatoes, and extra virgin olive oil.

Private Group Cooking Classes in New York

Cooking is more fun when you do it together! You can book an in-person cooking class as a private group event or a party or team building event for six or more people. Use CourseHorse’s contact form to arrange a private event. If you need to add more people when you’ve already booked an event, that’s not a problem. CourseHorse will get back to you within 24 hours. 

This all-levels group baking class is the perfect way to celebrate a birthday or shower. Cupcakes 101 All equipment and ingredients are provided for your group to have fun and create tasty treats! This class is offered at Butter Lane in the East Village, a business dedicated to elevating cupcakes to an art form. Even if you just watch during this two-hour class, you will come away knowing the difference between American and French buttercream!

Learn to make chocolate from scratch in Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Making, a class for all skill levels by Raaka Chocolate. Participants will work in pairs to learn how to select beans, then grind and mill them, plus tempering and pouring chocolate bars. Students will also get to taste chocolates created by Raaka Chocolate, a company dedicated to building and maintaining healthy relationships with the global community and the planet. This three-hour class is open to participants 14 and over, although anyone under 18 must be accompanied by another adult participant. Wear closed toe shoes and long pants, and bring a hair tie for long hair. Aprons and hair nets will be provided.

Private Group Cooking Classes in Los Angeles

Cooking together is a great way to celebrate a birthday or bridal shower, or a good way to build cohesion in a team. CourseHorse lets you book an in-person cooking class for a group of six or more people. You can add more people even after you’ve already booked your event. There are no extra booking fees and you will hear back from CourseHorse within 24 hours. Use CourseHorse’s contact form to schedule your private group event. 

Get the group together and learn to make pot stickers and more at a Handmade Dumpling Party. Have fun learning to make different types of dumplings in this hands-on Asian cooking class for all skill levels. This two-hour class will cover different dumpling wrapping techniques and shapes using homemade fillings and store-bought wrappers. Then learn to cook and eat them with a selection of sauces. CocuSocial brings you classes on cooking, baking, and wine at local hotels and restaurants. 

Like gathering at grandma’s house for Sunday dinner, Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom brings you Homemade Pastas and Sauces. Homemade pasta is easy and fun to make and you and your friends can learn how in this beginner’s pasta-making class. Mix up the dough, roll it, and cut it into different shapes to use in dishes like red wine sausage ragu tagliatelle, herb garlic turkey medallion linguine, wild mushroom ricotta ravioli, marinara angel hair, plus homemade ricotta cheese. 

Live Online Cooking Classes

Another way to learn to cook is through live online cooking classes. These courses are similar to in-person classes in that there is an experienced instructor who is able to answer questions during class and offer help. You can talk with other students and share experiences, although you will be attending over a video conferencing app like Zoom. 

In order to take a remote cooking class, you will need a reliable internet connection and a device with a microphone so you can participate. Laptops and tablets work great for live online learning. Classes are hands-on experiences with demonstrations by the instructor. Please log on 5 to 10 minutes before class starts to make sure your device and connection are working properly.

One advantage of live online courses is that you can attend from anywhere. Set up in your own kitchen or sign up with friends and take the class somewhere else. There is no need to commute or search for a parking place! You also have a greater number of classes to choose from and can take advantage of expertise from all over the country if in-person classes are not available where you live. 

One possible drawback of virtual cooking classes is that you will have to supply your own ingredients and equipment. The instructors provide a list of materials you will need, and you will probably find as you learn to cook that shopping for ingredients and cooking equipment is more of a pleasure than a chore.

The League of Kitchens connects immigrants with interested cooks to present in-person and virtual cooking workshops. In Russian Cooking Online with Larisa participants will learn how to make vegetarian borscht–beets, carrots, cabbage, onions and apples topped with sour cream and fresh herbs–and pampushki, a type of buttermilk rolls with garlic.

Indian Cooking Online is another class offered by the League of Kitchens. Explore the spices and traditions of India in this live online Indian cooking class. Learn to make aloo paratha with two sauces. The instructor, Yamini, will demonstrate how to make hand-rolled flat bread stuffed with spiced potatoes and onions and cucumber and yogurt raita as an accompaniment. You will receive a list of ingredients and necessary equipment when you sign up.

On-Demand Video Cooking Classes

You can also learn to cook by watching on-demand video classes on sites like SkillShare, Udemy, or YouTube. These can be multi-video classes that you purchase on a subscription platform or free courses you can watch any time it is convenient. The difference with on-demand videos is that you do not have an instructor or other students to interact with.

Culinary Training

Finally, the traditional way to learn to cook is through culinary training either at a cooking school or on the job in a kitchen. Cooking school is expensive and time consuming but if your goal is to work in a restaurant or run your own food truck, this is a good way to go. But if you simply want to learn to cook healthy, interesting meals for yourself and friends, enrolling in cooking school is overkill.

What Will I Need to Learn to Cook?

If you choose to sign up for an in-person cooking class, you won’t need any equipment. Everything you need for class will be provided for you. If you decide to sign up for a live online class, you will need to purchase a few pieces to get started.

What you will need will depend on which classes you choose, but for most classes you will need the following:

  • A chef’s knife
  • A paring knife
  • A solid wooden cutting board

You can do a lot with the above items, but if you decide to explore baking, add these:

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Baking sheets
  • Wooden spoons
  • A rubber spatula
  • A few mixing bowls of different sizes

This should get you started but as you learn to cook, you will want a few more items:

  • Pots and pans
  • A box grater
  • Tongs
  • A colander

At this point, you have a basically outfitted kitchen, but the sky is the limit with cooking. Future gift lists might include:

  • A stand mixer
  • Food processor
  • Instant-read thermometer
  • Dutch oven
  • Stock pot
  • Immersion blender

Is it Difficult to Learn to Cook?

Whether or not you will find it difficult to learn to cook depends on your goals and interests. If you are learning to cook in order to have a fun hobby or save money and you like learning new skills, then learning to cook will be fun. If your goal is to become a professional chef, your path will be more challenging but could ultimately be rewarding.

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