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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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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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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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Expect the Unexpected: Bubbles and Bites

Instructor: Shannon McCracken, Champagne Expert, Moet Hennessy

While champagne is certainly the preferred beverage for special occasions, after spending an evening with an expert, you'll realize how much you've been missing by not popping the cork on weeknights, too.

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Kids' Cooking Camp

Instructor: Central Market Cooking School Staff

Let us introduce your budding chefs to kitchen fundamentals. 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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Texas Parks and Wildlife: Cast Iron Cooking

Instructor: Representative from Texas Parks & Wildlife and Central Market 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.

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The Bread Revolution

Instructor: Peter Reinhart, Noted Baker; Cookbook Author; Culinary Instructor

Fans of delicious, artisan bread, whether they are experienced bakers or just starting out, will want to spend time with this renowned expert. As he shares two new recipes for two of his most popular breads, he will give you the confidence that you, too, can make these delicious loaves at home.

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Out of This World Citrus Makes a Meal

Instructor: Central Market Cooking School Instructors

Add some zest to your meals with out-of-this-world citrus. You'll explore the lively flavors of the familiar and some of the more unusual fruits in this family of tasty fruit.

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Citrus Cakes with the Cake Mix Doctor

Instructor: Anne Byrn, Bestselling Author of the Cake Mix Doctor cookbook series

No matter how simple or elaborate, cakes are synonymous with celebrations. Let the Cake Mix Doctor show you how to make your festivities even more delicious by incorporating the bright, lively flavors of citrus into several American classics.

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Eating with the Season: Healing Winter Spices

Instructor: Sapna Punjabi-Gupta, Registered Dietitian, Ayurvedic Practitioner

Discover the healing properties of spices and how to integrate them into your everyday cooking. Winter is a time to build your immunity and strengthen your overall digestion so spend a little time learning about which spices hold the key to fine tune your system. Then you'll incorporate your newly acquired expertise into these delightful plant-based dishes.

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The Enchilada Queen

Instructor: Sylvia Casares, The Enchilada Queen, Cookbook Author

Like most accomplished chefs, Sylvia learned to cook by watching her mother and grandmother in the kitchen. And growing up in Brownsville, she had the best of both worlds - access to wonderful home cooking and more traditional Mexican food just across the border - which has made her an expert in translating the authentic regional flavors of South Texas to your plate. Don't miss this opportunity to learn to make some of her favorites.

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Smashed, Mashed, Boiled, and Baked

Instructor: Raghavan Iyer, James Beard Award Winner; IACP Cooking Teacher of the Year

One of the world's most versatile foods, potatoes are a comfort food in most cuisines. Discover new ways to enjoy a variety of tubers as this talented and inspiring instructor shows you how to make soon-to-be-favorite dishes.

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Caffeinated Brunch

Instructor: Central Market Cooking School Instructors

We'll start class with a blind tasting of a variety of coffees. You'll sample a selection that will open your eyes to the subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, differences in flavor in a cup of joe. Once you've determined your favorite, and learned a little about the offerings from our experts, you'll roll up your sleeves, don an apron and get into our kitchen to make coffee-infused delights.