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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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    512-206-1014
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    214-361-5754
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    817-377-9005
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    210-368-8617
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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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Sundae Funday: Ice Cream Classes

Instructor: Central Market Cooking School Partners

We know what makes you scream. Join us as we spend the week celebrating everyone's favorite cold, creamy treat. Class vary from Parent-Child classes to full on Ice Cream Socials.

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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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Mix & Match Cakes

Instructor: Caroline Wright, Culinary Instructor; Cookbook Author

It's cake magic! Caroline will introduce you to simple, dependable cake recipes that are as inspiring to bake as they are to share. Learn to make the from-scratch mix, how to alter or augment flavors with simple flavored syrups, and how to finish your creations with frostings and toppings to create unique confections.

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How To Make Everything Taste Better with Sara Moulton

Instructor: Sara Moulton, Cookbook Author, Culinary Instructor, Television Host

Sara Moulton believes that with the right guidance anyone can become a good cook. Discover how to make good dishes taste even better.

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Hatch Chiles Paired with Gruet Sparkling Wines

Instructor: Chef Quinones has staged for Chef John Besh at August in New Orleans and cooked for the President of the United States aboard Air Force One. In 2012 & 2013, he was named Best Chef in the City by Albuquerque, The Magazine

The acclaimed chef of the popular Inn & Spa at Loretto in Santa Fe will show you how to make this amazing menu that features Hatch chiles and how the sparkling wines of Gruet, produced in New Mexico, will enhance your enjoyment of each.

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DFW Restaurant Week: Beef University

Instructor: Texas Beef Council and Central Market Cooking School Staff

Learn about the various cuts of beef and their best cooking methods from representatives from the Texas Beef Council. You'll hear more about DFW Restaurant Week from the organizers and the charities that benefit from this annual event and receive a list of the participating restaurants. Our staff will then show you how to cook tasty and easy-to-make beef recipes.