Culinary Cooking Classes your area...and for your lifestyle


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New York City (7 plus branches)
New Jersey (3)
Arkansas, Little Rock (1)
Pennsylvania (2)
South Carolina, Clemson (1)
Iowa (2)
Michigan, Ann Arbor (1)

International (7)

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It's exciting to know culinary cooking classes are available at career culinary cooking schools as well as smaller independent ones.  They are for those not wanting to make a full-time career but just wanting to improve their skills or just have fun.  Imagine learning how to cook your favorite recipes as well as finding new ones.

There are culinary classes for children and adults. Cooking schools are getting more creative with theme classes like cooking classes for couples or Italian cooking classes. Find them here.

These culinary cooking classes go by different names such as recreational cooking classes, non-professional culinary classes or public cooking classes. 

Find Cooking Classes in:

Washington DC Area

  • Academie de Cuisine

In Gaithersburg, Maryland, in the DC metropolitan area - they have a full schedule of non-professional culinary cooking classes for culinary, wine, baking and more as part of their professional school. The names of the classes are tempting and they say they have hundreds to select from. They also have many "types" of classes such as demonstration, dinner, tasting, and participation. See their excellent Calendar.  Academie de Cuisine Calendar of Recreational Cooking Classes

Atlanta, Georgia Area

  • Ursula Cooks

In Atlanta since l966 - independent cooking school - classes start in each of 3 seasons - 4 weeks or 8 weeks - International cooking classes and couples classes - Good for beginning or advanced cooks - For adults age 21-101  Ursula Cooks

  • Publix

Alpharetta near Atlanta. Huge variety of classes. Some are taught by celebrity chefs. Also, classes for kids and teens.  Publix

  • School of Sugar Arts

In Atlanta by Nicholas Lodge - All levels of sugar art and cakes decorating - Unique cupcake class for Girl Scouts School of Sugar Arts

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  • Viking Cooking School

Atlanta - Fun classes for kids, teens and adults - Types of classes are hands-on, demonstration and Chef's Table - School has locations in other states. Viking Cooking School

Other Locations for Viking Cooking School:

From 3 hr workshops to series: kids also (several cities: Culinary Basics: anchorage AK ; Destin FL Lakewood Ranch FL; (sarasota coming soon); Atlanta GA; Glenview Illinois; Greenwood MS; Atlantic City Harrahs Resort; Fairfield NJ ; Natirar Peapack-Gladstone NJ ; Garden City New York; Cleveland OH; Lyndhurst; Philadelpia PA (Bryn mawr); Memphis TN; Nashville TN; Dallas TX; The Woodlands Houston TX; Salt Lake City, Utah.

St. Louis, Missouri, Area

  • L'Ecole Academy 

St. Louis - Intensive courses reasonably priced about all things culinary. In addition, there are classes in wine/beer, cake decorating and nutrition.  L'Ecole Academy

Cincinnati, Ohio

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  • Midwest Culinary Institute

Cincinnati - Creations culinary cooking classes for beginners and advanced sponsored by Kroger at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College - some unique classes in vegetarian, vegan and international included. Couples "Date Night." Midwest Culinary Institute


Los Angeles Area:

  • New School of Cooking

In Culver City, California, near Los Angeles - This professional cooking school also has hands-on culinary cooking classes for recreation. Learn new cuisines. One of few with vegetarian classes.  New School of Cooking

Northern California:

  • Lilliput Village Bakery

Paradise, California in Northern California - Bread baking and other culinary Lilliput Village Bakery Paradise CA

Bay Area Culinary Cooking Classes:

The Bay Area is lucky to have 2 very prestigious cooking schools located there for public cooking classes--one in San Fran and the other in Silicon Valley.

  • Le Cordon Bleu 

San Francisco - Learn to Cook with a Pro - One class for $99 or a Series for $479. Also available sign up for a year of classes. (verify prices as they can change) Le Cordon Bleu Recreation Cooking Classes in San Francisco

  • The French Culinary Institute

Campbell, California (Silicon Valley) This well-respected culinary school now has a variety of recreational cooking classes for fun or for the "serious amateur." Also in New York. The French Culinary Institute Recreational Cooking Classes

Other Locations for Le Cordon Bleu
Recreational Cooking Classes:

Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Boston, Mass.; Chicago, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; Las Vegas, Nevada; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Orlando, Florida; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Portland, Oregon; Sacramento, California; Scottsdale, Arizona; Seattle, Washington; St. Louis, Mo.


  • Publix Apron's Cooking School

Several locations in Florida: Boca Raton; Jacksonville; Plantation; Sarasota; Tallahassee; Tampa  

The popular grocery store offers culinary cooking classes for kids, teens and adults. Sign up from their website. Many seasonal offerings. They often have celebrity chefs as guests.  Publix Apron's Cooking School

Louisiana Cooking School

  • Langlois Culinary Crossroads

New Orleans - Venture to New Orleans, one of the most exciting culinary centers in the world, for a unique experience in the culinary arts.

Restaurant opened in 2012 with a new concept of diners being able to learn how to cook what they are eating. Groups prepare food together. Top chefs are there to help you learn about Louisiana food and culture with emphasis on creole and cajun. 

Also has culinary tours of New Orleans. 1710 Pauger St., New Orleans.  Langlois


  • All in One Bake Shop 

Austin, Texas - Kids above age 6 can attend - cakes, pastries, sweets All in One Bake Shop Also online cooking classes


  • School of Natural Cookery

Boulder, Colorado -  This college town is known for being very health conscious - professional and Home Cooking classes School of Natural Cookery


Mystic, CT - On the Coast - See special rate at The Inn at Mystic if you stay overnight and take a class on Monday night - Wonderful array of tempting classes - many for the season you are in.  

Litchfield Hills area of Western Connecticut - all kinds of cooking classes for adults and children.


  • Le Cordon Bleu

Portland - Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Cooking Classes for Non-Professionals - Sophisticated area and known as a "foodie" town.

  • International school of baking 

Bend, Oregon - Nice sunny inland upscale area - Not foggy rainy weather as on the Coast - Personal consultation cooking classes for beginners through advanced.  International School of Baking

Chicago, Illinois Area

  • Kendall College 

Chicago - has a great reputation for its culinary programs - Spice Up public cooking classes - 

Also, see their Summer Camps for kids 13-18  Kendall College Spice Up Cooking Classes

  • Wilton school of cake decorating

Darien, Illinois - You have your choice of a comprehensive class schedule at their main vocational school in Illinois or a local class in areas across the U.S. See if there is a school near you. A leader specializing in cake decorating for 80 years. For beginners through advanced. Wilton School of Cake Decorating


  • Vermont Culinary Resort 

(kids classes too) - also spa and accommodations  Vermont Culinary Resort

  • King Arthur Flour 

Norwich, Vermont - For professional or non-professionals and kids classes. Wonderful assortment of classes. Find one that fits your needs. Held at The Baking Education Center in Also online classes King Arthur Flour baking classes

Cooking Classes in the New York City Area:

  • Natural Gourmet Institute 

Manhattan - Public classes and restaurant for public - Known for a vegetarian bent and cooking for health.  Natural Gourmet Institute

  • ICE Culinary New York City  

This professional cooking school also has a large selection of recreational cooking classes.  ICE Culinary Recreation Cooking Classes

  • New York Wine & Culinary Center

Canandaigua upstate New York - Huge variety of classes on all subjects and culinary themes. New York Wine & Culinary Center

  • Carol's Cafe

Staten Island - Popular restaurant and cooking school.  Carol's Cafe

  • Sur la Table

New York City - Many other locations also throughout U.S. Short classes for adults, teens and kids. Hands-on and Demonstration types.  Sur la Table Cooking Classes

  • The French Culinary Institute 

New York City - This well-respected culinary school now has a variety of recreational cooking classes for fun or for the "serious amateur." Also in California. The French Culinary Institute Recreational Cooking Classes in New York

  • International Culinary Center

Located in Soho, NYC 40-hour Essentials personal enrichment evening classes in Italian cooking. International Culinary Center Italian Studies

New Jersey

Short Hills - Hands-on Classes.  Kids birthdays, seasonal cooking classes, professional skill classes, corporate cooking events, guest instructors.  See their calendar of cooking classes.

Sign up in March for Kids Cooking Camp. Variety of classes for children and adults. Cooking events with an Italian theme.  710 South Ave., Westfield, NJ - 908-232-5445

Colts Neck, Monmouth County - Adults and children's cooking classes and cooking parties since 1991. 151 Stone Hill Rd.


  • Arkansas Extended Learning Center

Little Rock - a variety of community classes includes wine tasting and gourmet cooking (verify classes as they can change).  Arkansas Extended Learning Center


  • Christine Pirello School of Natural Cooking

Philadelphia - classes held at The Restaurant School. Christina Cooks

  • Clemson U Kids Cooking Camp 

Held on campus of Penn State. Cook Like a Chef for ages 10-14 - week long study of healthy cooking. Clemson U Healthy Eating Guide

South Carolina

  • Clemson University Extension

 Clemson, South Carolina - For youth to learn how to prepare foods, fun kitchen experiments and more. 4 H Healthy Lifestyles program at Clemson University in South Carolina


  • Cooks' Emporium 

Ames - Saturday and weekday classes - demos at small fee - classes cost more Cooks' Emporium

  • Cooking with Allesandra

Des Moines - Italian cooking classes and vacation tours also available - Cooking with Allesandra


  • Bake With Zing 

Ann Arbor - Rachael Ray recommends these classes as affordable and some of the "best" - for homemakers and also kids - breads, pastries, cakes - also families classes Bake With Zing

International Cooking Classes:

It used to be that there were a few culinary cooking schools in Tuscany that had Italian culinary classes that Americans frequented for vacations and recreation, such as the famous Marcella Hazan's school in Northern Italy.  The Hazan School is lauded for accelerating the knowledge of Italian cooking for Americans.

Today you have more choices as cooking classes expand to other regions of Italy. 

Other most popular international areas are Switzerland and France.

Be sure to explore the International schools category for more.


  • International Culinary Center 

Italy and New York City - Choose a class or a full course in Italian culture and cooking from 4-hour amateur courses to over 1000+ hours of total immersion in Italian cookery and culture, partly in NYC and partly in Italy (verify) - classes are for enrichment. International Culinary Center - Italian Experience

  • International Cooking School

Cooking class vacations in Italy International Cooking School- Italy

  • International Academy of Italian Cuisine 

Lucca - In Tuscany: a school and a hotel for accommodations. The courses are short ones or the full 2-month course for learning more about the culture and cooking. There is also a vegetarian class. Contact them for more information. International Academy of Italian Cuisine

Travel programs to Italy.

  • Ecco la Cucina

Siena - Italian vacations Siena Ecco la Cucina

See this article from Food and Wine magazine on more Italian Cooking Schools and classes


Ethnic cuisine cookery is popular now. Here is a way to learn more about how to cook Indian cuisine at this highly rated culinary stay:

  • Philip Kutty's Farm 

Stay a few days at this farm and learn Kerala cuisine. They call it a "Cookery Holiday."  Philip Kutty's Farm

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