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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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  • 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
  • Southlake
    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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Shrimp Five Ways

Instructor: Central Market Cooking School Staff

It’s shrimply sensational! Pick up tips and practice techniques that will result in perfectly prepared shrimp, every time. You'll fry, grill, sauté, braise and roast in this class.

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Seafood 101

Instructor: CM Cooking School Instructor

Become more comfortable cooking seafood by learning the basics. Take a quick tour of our Seafood Market and then return to our Cooking School to tackle the basics of cooking seafood.

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Canning and Preserving Condiments

Instructor: Cathy Barrow, aka Mrs. Wheelbarrow, Culinary Instructor, Award-winning Cookbook Author, Blogger

Pick up tips from a pro as this canning and preserving expert shows you how to pickle and preserve red onions; make a Memphis-style barbecue sauce; and a fruit-filled hot sauce.

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Saint Arnold Brewery Rare Beer Tasting

Instructor: Brock Wagner, Founder of Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Texas' Oldest Craft Brewery.

Enjoy a tasting led by the Brewmaster that includes the Bishp's Barrel series of releases that have been barrel aged and a selection of Divine Reserve brews. The beers will each be paired with a small plate of food.

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Texas Meal Paired with Revolver Brewing Beers

Instructor: Grant Wood, Seasoned Brewmaster & Cicerone, Revolver Brewing

Discover that beer really does complement food as you enjoy a menu filled with Texas treats paired with a selection of beers made just south of Forth Worth in Granbury. Fresh water and seasonal, local ingredients are used to create the tasty brews made by this Texas family-owned business.