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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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Couples Cook

Instructor: CM Cooking School Instructor

It's date night! Enjoy an evening together in our kitchen, as you learn to create dishes from all over the world with the help of our resident experts. Classes are seasonal and change regularly, to learn more about class details and availability click the link below.

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All About Salmon

Instructor: Diane Morgan, Author of 18 cookbooks including the James Beard award-winning cookbook, Roots: The Definitive Compendium

Diane Morgan will give you tips on how to confidently buy, prep, and cook salmon in fresh new ways to highlight every ounce of flavor from this glorious fish.

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Beer Festival Specialty Classes

Instructor: Central Market Cooking School Partners & Beer Experts

During our summer Beer Festival we are pairing beer with everything from cheese to Thai food. Each class will vary in style and theme, please find the class that best fits your interest.

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Saint Arnold's Rare Beer Tasting

Instructor: Frank Mancuso, Central Texas Sales & Marketing, St. Arnold's Brewing Company

Enjoy a tasting from the team at Saint Arnold Brewing, that includes the Bishop's Barrel series of releases and a selection of Divine Reserve brews. The beers will be paired with a plate charcuterie and cheese.

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Rahr & Sons Beer Dinner

Instructor: Fritz Rahr, Brewmaster, Rahr Brewing Company

Enjoy an evening with local brewmaster, Fritz Rahr, as he introduces you to some of his favorites. The Rahr family runs one of the most successful breweries in Texas, right in our backyard of Fort Worth! You'll learn about the process of creating these craft beers and how to complement them with an array of dishes that go beyond the expected.