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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 three 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.

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.

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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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Bordeaux Wines Complement a Cuban Meal

Instructor: Joanne Bondy, Chef; Guy Stout, Master Sommelier

When you serve Bordeaux wines, you plan a French menu, bien sur! Ah, but as these two experts will reveal, not always. With just a little bit of knowledge, you can pair delicious wines from Bordeaux with almost any tasty meal.

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Mexican Home Cooking

Instructor: Margarita Carrillo Arronte, Culinary Expert.; Cookbook Author; Television Host

Featuring 650 recipes, Mexico: The Cookbook is the first truly comprehensive bible of authentic Mexican home cooking, compiled by one of the country’s most respected culinary authorities. You’ll learn to make three moles and become inspired to make even more recipes from the book after spending an evening with this expert.

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Seasonal Supper: The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook

Instructor: Josh Kilmer-Purcell & Brent Ridge, The Cooking Channel's "The Fabulous Beekman Boys"

Enjoy a casual evening in our Cooking School as Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge introduce to you to some of their favorite dishes that feature seasonal vegetables. As the Fabulous Beekman Boys demonstrate three recipes, you’ll enjoy a festival of fall flavors that includes: Caramelized Onion & Potato Hand Pies; Candied Fennel & Fried Lemons with Poached Shrimp; Roasted Cauliflower “Steaks” with Orange-Olive Sauce; Fried Polenta with Sauteed Spinach; The Beekman 1802 Stuffed Peppers (with Chorizo); and Walnut Cake (a la Greek Diner).

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Pastry Tips From a Pro

Instructor: Nick Malgieri, Director, Baking Program, Institute of Culinary Education; Author of 12 Cookbooks

Fear of pastry got you down? Discover some easy and foolproof techniques for mixing, handling and rolling a variety of doughs that will make FOP a thing of the past. This iconic baker will show you how to make savory and sweet pie and tart recipes that will be the perfect addition to any meal, from family dinners to holiday celebrations.

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Flavor Flours

Instructor: Alice Medrich, Author; Dessert Chef; Chocolatier

Revolutionize your baking as you learn about these sources of added flavor and texture. You'll discover how non-wheat flours can amplify flavors, about their flavor affinities and how they can add notes ranging from delicate, beguiling and floral to sweet and earthy.