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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 three 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.

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.

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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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Texas Quail

Instructor: CM Cooking School Staff in association with Texas Parks & 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, hunting and enjoying the great outdoors and to answer any questions that you may have.

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My Paris Kitchen

Instructor: David Lebovitz. Former Pastry Chef, Chez Panisse; Best-selling Cookbook Author; Popular Blogger

After spending time in the kitchen at Chez Panisse and making a name for himself by writing incredibly popular cookbooks, David Lebovitz left Northern California for a small apartment in Paris almost ten years ago. He now writes a wildly popular blog that details his life and food adventures in his new home and continues to compile great recipes collected into best selling books.

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A Night in Florence with Fabio Viviani

Instructor: Fabio Viviani, Chef, Author, Television Personality

Chef Fabio Viviani of Top Chef fame, host of Chow Ciao!, and successful restaurateur introduces you to the foods of Florence. Chef Viviani will be on hand to personalize your copy of his cookbook. Event includes one copy of Chef Viviani’s Fabio’s Italian Kitchen.

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Follow the Red Sauce Trail

Instructor: Julian Barsotti, Chef/Owner, Nonna and Carbonne's, Dallas

Enjoy an evening in our kitchen with this personable and talented chef. You'll learn to make two Italian sauces and their American counterparts in this roll-up-your-sleeves, hands-on class.

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Pastascuitta: Italian Dry Pasta 101

Instructor: Rolando Beramendi, Founding Partner of Manicaretti Italian Food Importers

Chef Rolando Beramendi returns to share his vast knowledge of dry pasta. You'll learn all aspects of Italian dry pasta production and discover how to make a truly authentic pasta dish. Buon appetito!

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Discover the Glorious Food of Abruzzo

Instructor: Domenica Marchetti. Cookbook Author; Culinary Instructor

Chef Domenica Marchetti spent summers on Abruzzo's Adriatic coast where the food reflects the region's diversity with lamb, mutton, and pork in the mountains and a plethora of fresh seafood on the coast, along with some of Italy's best pasta. Learn more about the area and add these traditional culinary treasures to your repertoire.

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A Seasonal Supper from Emilia-Romagna

Instructor: Chef Alberto Bettini, Da Amerigo, Savigno, Italy

Chef Alberto Bettini is known for his advocacy of local, seasonal foods and for using the highest quality ingredients to create exceptional and imaginative dishes rooted in the culinary traditions of Emilia-Romagna. In this relaxed format, with just a few demonstrations of the dishes served, you'll have an opportunity to interact with Chef Bettini while you enjoy a seasonal, regional meal paired with Italian wines.