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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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New German Cooking

Instructor: Jeremy Nolen, Chef, Brauhaus Schmitz & Wurst Schmitz; Cookbook Author

Discover the bright flavors, seasonal vegetables, fresh herbs, and whole grains that define this updated approach to German cuisine. Inspired by traditional German flavors and cooking techniques, and based on his culinary heritage and travels, Jeremy will show you how to create a crisp salad laced with German flavors; make a vegetarian noodle recipe that serves as an excellent side dish, but is hearty enough to stand alone; and to braise meat and vegetables slowly to maximize their taste and texture.

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Secrets from the La Varenne Kitchen

Instructor: Anne Willan, Culinary Instructor; Award-winning Cookbook Author; Culinary Historian; and Food Columnist

What better way to improve your understanding of the processes of cooking and your techniques than by spending the evening with Anne Willan, who has accumulated more than forty years of experience as a culinary instructor? While our staff demonstrates the techniques, Anne will explain, as only she can, how and why these skills will improve the results of your efforts in the kitchen.

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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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Mexican Brunch

Instructor: CM Cooking School Staff

Celebrate the cuisine of Mexico by learning to make dishes like Homemade Chorizo with Potatoes; Traditional Guacamole; Smoked Tomato Salsa; Huevos Rancheros; and Cajeta Crepes. Brunch will become everyone's favorite meal!

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Cooking with Mexican & Spanish Cheeses

Instructor: Elizabeth Escobedo, Culinary Instructor & Food Writer

There's cheese; then there's Mexican and Spanish cheese. Explore another world of cheeses are you are guided through a night of cheesy goodness. You'll discover a variety of ways to use melty, salty, crumbly, even saucy cheeses.

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Cheddar Makes It Better

Instructor: CM Cooking School Instructor

Explore the possibilities of one of the most popular and versatile of cheeses. You'll make a savory cracker; discover a new way to ensure even browning on your pan-grilled sandwiches; and realize how easy making a souffle can be. Learn a little about the varieties available, the cheddaring process and sample a few selections; then you'll don an apron and make recipes that feature the flavors of cheddar cheese.

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Truly Texas Mexican

Instructor: Adam Medrano, Chef & Food Writer

Let an expert show you how to make Texas-style dishes that focus on the true flavors and aroma of chiles—not the heat. Savor this menu as Chef Medrano shares insights into the heritage of our native cuisine.