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Mr_Dove 11-30-2006 10:20 AM

Has anyone taken a cooking class?
Has anyone taken a real cooking class? Is it worth the cost? Is there a better way to learn? I'm thinking more about learning techniques rather than just recipes.

My wife sent me this link. A friend of hers is doing a "date night" cooking class for her anniversary.


Classes there are about $80 for a session. Several of them look interesting but I'm unsure if they are worth the cost.

Andy M. 11-30-2006 10:25 AM

It's hard to say. I know nothing about Cook Street or your ability level. If the courses are good and there is one that sounds like it could add to your skills, go for it. $80 isn't a lot for four 3.5 hour classes.

SizzlininIN 11-30-2006 10:32 AM

Oh I would love to do it. Its something my middle son and I have talked about doing the next time the local college offers it. Usually its Japanese cooking. I'd go for it if I were you.....one 2 hour class around here is $45.00 to learn 3 dishes.....its a 4 week session that meets once a week.

RajunCajun 11-30-2006 10:42 AM


I've taken several at a "foodie" grocery store we have in the Dallas area called Central Market: www.centralmarket.com

From my experience, what makes or breaks a class is the instructor. I've had several really good ones and those classes tend to be the best; the average instructors usually have average classes. In all fairness though, I have had fun at all of them.

I've not taken any classes at other places yet.


ironchef 11-30-2006 12:01 PM

Yeah, I took about two years worth of cooking classes. :chef:

kitchenelf 11-30-2006 12:31 PM


Originally Posted by ironchef
Yeah, I took about two years worth of cooking classes. :chef:

Did they help? http://bestsmileys.com/peeping/5.gif

goboenomo 11-30-2006 12:46 PM

I took cooking at school grade 9-11, but they never really helped me.
Infact I helped the teacher more than she helped me.
I was in a Hospitality course, which is food and the workplace.
So pretty much she'd explain something, and go ... "Right Alex?"

pdswife 11-30-2006 12:50 PM

I took one at our local kitchen store once. Did I learn anything.. not really.
Was it worth the 85 dollars? OH yeah!! We were served what the chef made and it was delish. I would have gladly taken more classed just for the meals. Sadly the shop closed.

ironchef 11-30-2006 12:51 PM


Originally Posted by kitchenelf

Somewhat, but I still have problems with following directions. :dry:

But like anything else it depends on both the school and the student.

goboenomo 11-30-2006 12:58 PM

These two girls at my work took a cake class.
I didn't think it would be much until I saw their cakes.
It was more of the decorating, not the baking.
It had these hard special layer around the outside. The inside was vanilla with icing between two layers, and strawberry jam between another 2. Then it was topped with icing flowers that she told me take about 10 mins each to make.

I would like to take that.

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