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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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    512-206-1014
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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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DFW Restaurant Week: Beef University

Instructor: Texas Beef Council and Central Market Cooking School

It’s that time of year again – representatives from the Texas Beef Council will be on hand to explain the cuts of beef and the best ways to cook them. You’ll sample beef dishes from around the world as our staff shows you how to make four quick and easy, summertime beef dishes.

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Grilling: Beyond the Basics with The Meat Hook

Instructor: Tom Mylan, Executive Chef; Co-owner of THE MEAT HOOK in Brooklyn.

Butcher Tom Mylan is known as one of the leading voices of the modern meat revival. He will share his butchering know-how by explaining the various cuts of meat used in class and the best way to cook each one. You'll pick up practical tips on getting the most flavor and texture from the meat you purchase and discover the best ways to grill both indoors and outdoors. This edgy Brooklynite will take you beyond the usual barbecue fare by showing you how to make custom burger blends and party-worthy steaks in this class.

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Dishing Up New Mexico with Hatch Chiles

Instructor: Dave DeWitt, Author & one of the Foremost Authorities in the world on chile peppers and spicy foods

Pick up tips from the "Pope of Peppers" as he shows you how to make classic dishes from New Mexico. You'll discover the best techniques to use when roasting, peeling and storing chiles and then learn to use them in the spicy cuisine from the Land of Enchantment. Don't miss this opportunity to learn all about Hatch peppers from the expert.

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Discovery Series: Wine

Instructor: Central Market Wine and Beer Managers

Our Wine & Beer experts offer a one hour introduction to wine. The topics vary, but you’ll always learn a little more about the production process; the history of the vineyard and/or winery; and how to identify the aromas and flavors as you sample multiple wines in these well-priced classes.

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Discovery Series: Beer

Instructor: Central Market Beer & Wine Manager

Our Beer & Wine experts offer a one hour introduction to beer. The topics vary, but you’ll always learn a little more about the production process; the history of the brewery; and how to identify the aromas and flavors as you sample multiple beers in these well-priced classes.