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With two Dallas locations—Dallas Lovers Lane and Dallas Midway—Central Market is a great place for city residents or visitors to learn to cook. Offering affordable, high-quality classes for just about any type of cuisine you can imagine, Central Market will quickly become your go-to if you want to learn a new skill.
Both locations offer classes nearly every day of the week. One of the most popular class series is Cooking with Cast Iron. These classes cost around $70 and focus on a specific meal, like brunch (biscuits, sausage gravy, home fries, ham, vanilla bean Dutch Baby) or dinner (baked Brie, steak, mac and cheese, asparagus, and apple pie). Seafood with a French Accent and Elegant Lobster Dinner are two courses you'll need to check out if you're a fish fan.
Depending on which location you visit, you can also take a knife skills lesson, a croissant-making class, or a pizza course. Or, visit Afternoon Tea for approximately $35 a class, where anyone ages 13 and older can learn how to make, serve, and drink tea.
Cozymeal is a nationwide franchise that connects you with local chefs who are ready to teach, and its list of Dallas classes is perfect for a beginner or amateur chefs.
To begin your culinary education, try the Sushi Rolls and Knife Skills, class. For around $75 per person, this two-and-a-half-hour course teaches you essential knife safety skills every chef should know but presents advice in a fun way while you learn how to make three types of sushi.
Once you've mastered the basics, move on to The Joy of Making Pizza. For about $125, this intimate class teaches you how to make pizza dough from scratch and then create three different kinds of pizza. Learn about local fresh produce by making carrot soup with chorizo crumbles and panna cotta with honey in the Fresh Market Flavors class. Then, try Secrets to Searing Seafood where you'll learn how to cook fish and scallops properly.
After conquering pizza and seafood, there's still plenty more to learn. Try the Jamaican Island Feast class, or enjoy a date night with the Asian Southern Fusion course, where each of the five dishes is packed with more flavor than the last.
Chef Tre Wilcox is well-known in the culinary world, and at his venue in Plano, Texas—30 minutes outside Dallas—he offers cooking classes to anyone who wants to get in the kitchen.
Chef Tre teaches all courses himself along with an assistant, offering hands-on instruction. Attendees will participate in making every aspect of a three-course meal. Each lesson has room for about 12 students, and you’re encouraged to bring wine to pair with the dishes you make.
Chef Tre offers couples' cooking classes that are perfect for a night on the town. These lessons have no more than six couples and create a fun atmosphere—background music included—where you can not only cook a delicious meal but eat it, too.
Couples' classes are around three-and-a-half-hours long and cost between approximately $300 and $375 for two people. Popular class choices include Italian Small Dishes, Feast from the Sea, Pan Asian and Sushi Celebration, Texas BBQ, and Italian—Family Style.
If you and your partner aren’t in the mood to get your hands dirty, take one of Chef Tre’s demonstration classes instead. That way, you can watch him create the meal, ask questions along the way, and sample each course.
Want to learn about international cuisine without having to buy a plane ticket? Take a class at the well-known Cookery on Dragon Street.
Start your journey around the world in France with the Evening in Paris class. Perfect for a date night, this three-hour lesson costs around $105 and offers a sophisticated menu of steak au poivre, crisp haricot verts, dark chocolate soufflé, and more.
Next, try Tour of the Mediterranean. This flavorful three-course class includes Mediterranean-spiced lamb meatballs, Moroccan chicken tagine, and pistachio and walnut Baklava. Move on to the Pasta Perfecto course to make noodles from scratch, or try your hand at potato gnocchi and beef Braciole in Taste of Tuscany. And, the Jamaican Jerk pork tenderloin and toasted coconut ice cream in Caribbean Vacation will practically make you feel the sand under your toes.
Barcelona Nights, Bahn Thai, and Passage to India are all great options, too. Almost every class at The Cookery is three hours long, costs about $105, and includes an adult beverage in addition to the meal. The same courses rotate, so there's time to give them all a try.
Who needs a full meal when you can eat chocolate instead? If you have a hankering for something sweet, try a course at Dallas Chocolate Classes in Carrollton, Texas, just 23 minutes outside of the city.
For a more intimate setting, check out the Chef's Home Experiences class run by chocolatier Zach Townsend, where you'll visit his home with three to six people. At around $79 per person, this course consists of creating three different ganaches and rolling dark chocolate truffles by hand.
Dallas Chocolate Classes also offers a series of six couples' classes, all provided in the chef's home, where you and your significant other can learn how to make an array of desserts. By the end of the lesson, you'll know how to make the famous French "Mi-Cuit," Kentucky Bourbon truffles, chocolate bouchons, chocolate mousse, "Gianduja" tartlets and white chocolate mousse with berry cream.
All classes cost about $125 per couple: Complete all six and get an "I'm a Chocolate Connoisseur" apron. And, if you'd like to bring the class to your own kitchen, you can do that, too. One of the chefs will come to your home for up to two couples to teach the class.
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden are known for their 66 acres of flowers and plants in East Dallas, but this beautiful venue offers cooking classes, too. Free with paid garden admission, these courses class change by season.
Depending on when you’re there, you might catch a demonstration class run by faculty from El Centro College’s Hospitality and Culinary Institute and make Hungarian creamy garlic soup or an onion jam open-faced grilled cheese sandwich. You’ll even find seasonal courses, too, such as a King Cake demonstration during Mardi Gras.
Sometimes a chef from Gil’s Elegant Catering will conduct a class, or another local chef might come to make their signature dish. All classes are demonstration classes—so while you won’t actually get their hands dirty, you will get to sample a bite of the finished product. The Dallas Arboretum is open, and most classes are on Mondays or Wednesdays around noon.
Young Chefs Academy is located just outside Dallas in the Fort Worth area, but it's worth the drive for any kids who love to be in the kitchen. YCA was established in 2003 and made a point to teach kids about safety, etiquette, nutrition, and more during each course.
Weekly classes are held at YCA and are all based around a monthly theme. All of the school's offerings help kids improve their skillset. Courses start with KinderCooks, recommended for ages four to six, and range up to SeniorChefs.
For kids who are serious about their culinary skills, enroll them in the Young Chefs Academy MasterChef Program, where they can earn patches for participating in classes and eventually become certified MasterChef.
While guests pay $40 per class, member rates start at $95 per month. Some classes are available midday specifically for homeschooled students, while other classes take place after school hours. YCA also offers parties, camps, field trips, and special workshops.
Want to take a cooking class alongside your kids? You can do so at the Sur la Table location in Dallas Knox District, where teens and even young kids are allowed. Sur la Table's affordable classes are fun for the whole family.
Consider taking the Mommy And Me baking class: At around $59 per seat, it's ideal for you and your little one. In this two-and-a-half-hour class held on a Saturday morning, you and your child can learn how to make rainbow jam tarts, cinnamon sugar palmiers, and English cheddar and ham toasties.
Teenagers—ages 14 and up and accompanied by a paying adult—are welcome at many other courses. Make a classic French meal together, from steak au poivre to dark chocolate souffle.
Celebrate New Orleans with chicken and andouille sausage gumbo, shrimp and grits, and bananas Foster. Or, work together in the Street Style Tacos class to make a flavorful meat and salsas menu, at about $79 per person.
What Is a Cooking Class?
A cooking class is an in-person event where you can learn various cooking techniques or regional cooking styles from a professional chef. You may choose a cooking class specific to a region, such as French or Italian cooking, or choose one based on a particular technique you'd like to learn, such as desserts, baking, or making items such as pizza or pasta.
How Long Are Cooking Classes?
Most cooking classes have a prep period, followed by the actual cooking process led by a chef. After, you'll sit down and enjoy the meal as a class. Many classes allow you to bring a drink of your choice to enjoy with the meal. Classes last two to four hours, depending on the topic area.
Are There Virtual Options for Cooking Classes?
While the options in this article are focused on in-person classes, some of the companies, such as Cozymeal and Sur la Table, offer online classes as well.
How We Chose the Best Dallas Cooking Classes
We chose the best cooking classes based on a variety of criteria, including those that offer regional cooking, date night options, and even dessert cooking classes.
For example, we chose The Cookery for its French cooking classes. We chose Tre Wilcox for date nights because of its couples classes. And, for dessert classes, we chose Dallas Chocolate Classes.