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Cooking School Gifts

Cooking classes make excellent gifts for anyone who’s really into food, or who wants to be. If you’ve got someone like that in your life, make their day with a Central Market Gift Card. Your friends, family, or colleagues will be able to choose classes that fit their interest – and their schedule – and you’ll get a great, big Thank You. We even have holiday-themed gift card holders; just stop by the Info Desk to pick them up.

We know some gifts are meant to be a surprise, so keep this in mind: If you purchase a class online as a gift, upon completing your purchase, the email address you list on the registration form will receive the confirmation e-mail, as well as any other correspondence related to the class.

Registration Information

Unless otherwise noted, class participants must be 18 or older. Participants in beer or wine tasting classes must be 21 years or older.

For kids’ classes, children ages 12 and under should be checked in and out by an adult. Please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes before class begins to complete the process, and pick up your children promptly as class ends. Unless specified in the class description, adults are not allowed in the room while class is in session.

Hands-on, basics, and kids’ classes are designated. All other classes are demonstration. All class participants receive a recipe packet and sample the food.

Most evening classes include wine pairings. Please limit your consumption to items served in class.

Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Late arrivals will be seated in available spaces.

To avoid being charged the full price of the class, cancellations must be made at least four days before the day of the class.

Menus are subject to change because of the availability of seasonal ingredients.

Students should be dressed with safety and comfort in mind. Please wear closed-toe shoes, shirts with fitted sleeves and remove any jewelry. Long hair should be pulled back.

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  • Austin North Lamar
    512-206-1014
  • Dallas Lovers
    214-361-5754
  • Fort Worth
    817-377-9005
  • Houston
    713-993-9860
  • Plano
    469-241-8389
  • San Antonio
    210-368-8617
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    817-310-5665

Cooking School

You won’t skip these culinary classes.

From knife skills to the latest cooking techniques, there’s always something new to learn in our cooking classes, taught by our cooking school staff, featured instructors, and celebrity chefs from around the world. You’ll always leave hungry for more. And we promise no pop quizzes.

Featured Classes

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Beer Festival Specialty Classes

Instructor: Central Market Cooking School Partners & Beer Experts

During our summer Beer Festival we are pairing beer with everything from cheese to Thai food. Each class will vary in style and theme, please find the class that best fits your interest.

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Celebrate Fourth of July

Instructor: Central Market Cooking School Partners

Whether it is burgers on the grill, the perfect picnic, or a big slice of American pie, we have classes lined up that celebrate food and the classics that make Fourth of July great.

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Sharpen Your Knife Skills

Instructor: CM Cooking School Instructor

Learn to slice, dice, julienne and chiffonade with confidence and skill. Note the characteristics of a quality knife and how to care for and handle this prized tool of the kitchen. Bring a chef’s knife from home or purchase a knife at a discount on the night of class.

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Texas Parks and Wildlife: Seafood Soup, Salad & Sandwich for Summer

Instructor: Texas Parks & Wildlife and Cooking School Staff

Spend an evening learning to cook some of the best our great state has to offer. A representative from Texas Parks and Wildlife will be on hand to discuss game management, fishing, hunting and enjoying the great outdoors and to answer any questions that you might have. Then you'll divide into teams and perfect your techniques as you create three recipes.

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Mix & Match Cakes

Instructor: Caroline Wright, Culinary Instructor; Cookbook Author

It's cake magic! Caroline will introduce you to simple, dependable cake recipes that are as inspiring to bake as they are to share. Learn to make the from-scratch mix, how to alter or augment flavors with simple flavored syrups, and how to finish your creations with frostings and toppings to create unique confections.