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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 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.

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    512-206-1014
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    214-361-5754
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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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Kids' Cooking Camp

Instructor: Central Market Cooking School Staff

Let us introduce your budding chefs to kitchen fundaments. Classes are offered for a variety of age groups, and on a number of topics and cuisines with the help of our resident experts. Classes are seasonal and change regularly, click to learn more about class details and availability.

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Three Pioneers of Southwestern Cuisine Celebrate Hatch Chiles

Instructor: All Founding Father of Southwestern Cuisine: Robert Del Grande, Chef/Owner, RDG/Bar Annie, Taco Milagro, Cafe Express. Dean Fearing, Chef/Partner Fearing's Restaurant. Stephan Pyles, Chef/Owner Stephan Pyles, San Salvaje, Stampede 66.

Chefs Del Grande, Fearing, and Pyles will discuss how the movement started, their inspirations, and how their efforts influence your dining selections today. Then, each will introduce you to his current favorites that feature our most-loved Hatch chiles.

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Hatch Chiles & Gruet Sparkling Wine

Instructor: Chef Marc Quinones has staged for Chef John Besh at August in New Orleans and cooked for the President of the United States aboard Air Force One. In 2012 & 2013, he was named Best Chef in the City by Albuquerque, The Magazine

The acclaimed chef of the popular Inn & Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe will show you how to make an amazing menu that features Hatch chiles, paired with the sparkling wines of Gruet, also produced in New Mexico.