Sometimes we all need a bit of help in the kitchen. Not everyone learned the basics of cooking as a child. Even those who did often want to increase their skills, learn to cook healthier, or add ethnic dishes to their cooking repertoire. That’s where cooking lessons come into play. They’re fun. They’re educational. And they result in new, amazing dishes to enjoy!
Bring your own bottle of wine—or hard liquor, if you prefer—and prepare to learn to cook with the chefs at Taste Buds Kitchen. While these are one-time evening events, the school also offers semester long classes, family classes, cooking camps for kids and more. You’ll have fun and gain some incredible culinary skills when you enroll in one or more of their classes.
Designed for couples, Create A Cook features date night cooking classes for small groups. A BYOB affair, classes are limited to four or five couples and feature Spanish, French, Thai, American, Vietnamese, and Caribbean food—and that’s just a small sampling of the classes offered. What a great way to get to know your date—or learn something new about your spouse. The best part is the evening ends with dinner—made, of course, by the students in the class.
At Helen’s Kitchen, the underlying theme is Artisanal Home Cooking. Don’t let that sway your decision to learn here, however. Helen considers many types of cuisine to come under that header, including lamb, handmade pasta, sashimi and more. Using local farms, local fisherman, and local butchers, she and her staff will have you creating sumptuous meals your guests and your family will surely enjoy.
Learn to cook alongside professional chefs at the Cooking School at Saltbox Farm. Classes are limited to 10 people, so you won’t get lost in the crowd. Collect fresh herbs and vegetables from the garden just steps from the kitchen, and incorporate them into the lesson of the day. Classes fill up fast, so you may have to go on a waiting list. The wait is well worth it, however. People love to learn the many techniques taught here.
The goal at Culinary Underground is that students leave as proficient and confident home cooks. Both day and evening classes are offered, and all cover knife skills, culinary techniques and the best ways to select fresh ingredients. Your family will thank you for learning here. And you’ll love showing off your new culinary skills.
Learn to prepare delicious Mediterranean dishes or basic meat and potatoes. Learn in a group, solo, or take a couple’s class. Heaven on Earth Cooking won Massachusetts’ Best of the North Shore award last year for their cooking school. You’ll win praise from your family members and friends after completing one or more of their offerings.
Leslie Cerier is best known as “the Organic Gourmet,” and her vegetarian cooking classes are second to none. The internationally recognized vegetarian chef, author and recipe developer teaches private classes and workshops, too. All of her lessons are vegetarian based and concentrate on local, fresh foods for truly healthful eating.
Even though Let’s Get Cooking owner Ellie Deaner is located in Framingham, she brings her cooking classes into your home kitchen. The cookbook author and TV star teaches couples, singles, and small groups. She will even come to your office for a lunchtime cooking class.
Carolyn Grieco is a culinary school graduate, TV host and culinary educator, who teaches her classes at a variety of farms and market places in the Ipswich, Massachusetts region. Learn to use seasonal farm ingredients to bring amazing recipes to fruition. Check out her YouTube channel to learn more about Carolyn’s classes.