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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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Slow Food, Spanish Style

Instructor: Daniel Olivella, Chef/Owner B44 (San Francisco) and Barlata (Austin)

With his entertaining and informative style, Daniel will reveal how long, slow cooking of less tender cuts of meat aids in the development of flavor and results in fork-tender morsels of deliciousness.

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Yan Can Cook A Chinese New Year's Feast

Instructor: Martin Yan, Chef, TV Host, Restaurateur, Cookbook Author

Welcome the Year of the Monkey with the ever-popular and talented Martin Yan. Chef Yan will introduce you to dishes which are reputed to bring longevity and prosperity to all who partake.

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The Food Lab: The Science of Breakfast

Instructor: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, Managing Culinary Director of Serious Eats

Learn more about the 'why' behind the 'how to' and you'll become a much better cook. That's the philosophy of J. Kenji Lopez-Alt of The Food Lab fame. Join him as he unravels the science of home cooking.

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Pure Pork Awesomeness with Kevin Gillespie

Instructor: Kevin Gillespie, Chef, Gunshow and Revival; Top Chef Alumni; Semifinalist, Chef of the Year Award, James Beard Foundation; Cookbook Author

Southern chef Kevin Gillespie says "Like Bubba Gump and his shrimp, I have a million ways to cook pork because I love it so much." Let him introduce you to just a few of his favorites - that feature bacon - from his newest book that explores the many ways in which people enjoy pork around the world. You'll pick up tips from this pro as he shows you how to make four pork centric dishes.

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Discovery Series: Beers and Bacons

Instructor: Central Market Beer and Wine Experts

Join our resident expert on a tour of tastes: we'll be pairing a variety of bacons with craft beers. You will also learn about what to look for when tasting beer, a little about the production of these small batch brews, and much more.

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Texas Parks and Wildlife: Fish and Game from the Grill

Instructor: Central Market Cooking School and Texas Parks and Wildlife

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 grilling techniques as you create recipes enhanced with specialty bacons.

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Global Southern Skillet with Virginia Willis

Instructor: Virginia Willis, Award-winning Cookbook Author; Culinary Instructor; Television Personality; Food Blogger

Southern food has been influenced by a variety of immigrant groups who have settled throughout the area. Learn a little about the Asian, Italian, and Latin influences that only make traditional dishes better as Virginia shows you how to make five very varied Southern dishes.