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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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Halloween Festivities

Instructor: Central Market Cooking School Instructors

Kid and family fun activities will be found in our laboratories (umm, Cooking School) to celebrate the sweet treats of Halloween. Classes and menus vary by location.

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Enchilada Queen

Instructor: Sylvia Casares is the founder and chef of Houston's popular Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, which was selected as one of the "Top Ten Great Mexican Restaurants" in the U.S. by USA Today and was named one of the top 100 restaurants in Houston

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 great Tex-Mex favorites.

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Mad Hungry Family: Essential Recipes To Feed The Whole Crew

Instructor: Lucinda Scala Quinn is the founder of Mad Hungry and author of four cookbooks. She is the former executive editorial director of food & entertaining at Martha Stewart Living.

This mother of three sons has built a business based on sharing her big-flavor, low fuss approach to meals that are guaranteed to satisfy the whole family. Her website is probably on your favorites list and we are sure that her books line your shelves. Don't miss this opportunity to spend an evening with Lucinda Scala Quinn, who is on a mission to help you build a repertoire of dishes that are not only quick and easy to prepare but will become family favorites after the first bite.