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The Best Cooking Classes in Toronto

Posted by Lauren / October 29, 2010

Cooking Classes TorontoCooking classes in Toronto are easy to find. Options have grown steadily over the past decade as many of us have become cast under the spell of celebrity chefs or seek to emulate what we watch on the Food Network.

It was only about 15 years ago when there were limited options for cooking classes in Toronto like the Bonnie Stern Cooking School and George Brown College Chef School. Today one can find a much healthier range of choices from over a dozen different schools, shops and chefs in the city.

And the options keep evolving. With the locavore movement at its peak there has been a recent spike in locally focused offerings, and whole enterprises launched to satisfy the demand. Trends like DIY butchery in New York and London have driven early adopters like Cowbell and The Healthy Butcher here in Toronto to start offering demonstration classes. And with the explosion of charcuterie onto the Toronto food scene a couple of years ago (thanks in part to The Black Hoof), it can only be a matter of time until we start seeing classes on curing meats too (if they're not out there already).

But whether you want a fun and casual night out or you're serious about learning how to break down a whole side of elk - the variety of content, focus and price on this list should offer something you can sink your teeth into.

Here, in no particular order, are my picks for the best cooking classes in Toronto.

Culinarium
All Ontario, all the time. That's the mantra at Culinarium. With a series of cooking classes ($69) that highlight local and seasonal ingredients you can learn practical skills like working with different meats (poultry, lamb, beef etc), veggies and grains (fall harvest soups), and preserving (jamming, pickling, canning). Or enjoy cheese & bevy pairing courses like Brie & Champagne.

The Healthy Butcher
If you want to learn about meat, why not go to a butcher? Not only can you get happy local meat and all its accoutrement from The Healthy Butcher PLUS your kitchen knives too, but now you can also learn how to break down an elk carcass, spatchcock a chicken or make your own sausage. Classes are either demonstrations or hands-on and generally range from $80-$100. The groups are small (capped anywhere from 10-20 people) and sell out quickly so keep an eye on their online schedule.

Arvinda's Healthy Gourmet Indian
You might know Arvinda's from the line of Indian spices and curries they sell across the city at places like Fiesta Farms, The Big Carrot, and The Cheese Boutique among others. But Arvinda's cooking classes came first, and popularized Chef Arvinda Chauhan's personal spice blends. Her up-beat and practical classes ($65-85) cover all the basics of Indian cuisine, from curries to lentils/beans to butter chicken. She also offers 2-day "India Discovery" workshops ($160) where you learn the basics of cooking Indian one day, then enjoy a walking tour of Little India the next.

The Good Egg
A favourite among food lovers, this tiny Kensington Market shop has a great selection of fun/quirky books, supplies and tchotchkes. They also offer basic cooking/general interest classes ($75-$100). The classes are small and sell out super quick (like their regular knife skills classes), but keep an eye out for How To Host a Dinner Party (with Star columnist Corey Mintz and in 2011 they will roll out classes on fresh pasta, no-bake desserts, and How To Cook: A Catch-all Class for Beginners.

Cooking classes TorontoCalphalon
You may know Calphalon for their cookware and knives, and you've probably noticed their boldly branded culinary centre at the corner of King & Spadina. The cooking classes are a little on the pricey side, but they offer one of the widest selections of classes in the city. Whether you do the Demonstration only ($70), Hands On ($150), or the more intensive Specialty ($200) there's a class covering pretty much anything a beginner home cook might want to know. Seasonal classes are gearing up for the holidays with options like Festive Hors D'Oeuvres, or tackle cookery basics with Beef 101 or Sauteing & Pan Frying.

Great Cooks
Great Cooks offers cooking classes for individuals ($110) or corporate team building (prices vary). Seasonal themes stand alongside basic skills classes. For example, this month's classes cover pizza, using up leftovers, Quinoa, Italian countryside cuisine, cooking with lamb, the art of pastry with Scaramouche's Joanne Yolles, and couples night risotto.

Nella Cucina
Nella built their business on their knife sharpening/rental services and restaurant supply. Today, the Nella Cucina location at Bathurst and Bloor offers a great variety of supplies for the home cook plus classes that will allow you to put all those supplies to good use. They too break their classes down into Hands On ($75 - $125) and Demonstrations ($75), and cover the seasonal bases (Holiday Baking, Soups and Stews) alongside basic knife skills. They also offer kid-friendly courses during the Christmas break.

Toronto District School Board
The Toronto District School Board offers up a healthy selection of affordable night classes including topics like Wine Regions of the World, Indian Vegetarian Cooking, Cake Decorating and Chef on the Run, to name a few. Each course meets weekly for about 11 weeks, with prices working out to about $20-30 per class (depending on materials). The classes are offered at several locations throughout the city, with daytime and evening time slots available.

George Brown Continuing Education
For the more dedicated home cook, George Brown offers a wide selection of semestered evening courses (roughly $200-$400 each) and certificate programs (prices vary). Whether you want to gain basic knife skills, learn the specialties of French Farmhouse Cooking or become a Tea Sommelier (yeah, it's a thing), they've got a class. They've also grouped classes into several different series, like the "Fast Life, Slow Food" series that includes "Fasten Your Greenbelt" or "Carbon Footprint Cooking" classes. Or commit to doing 6 different classes to pick up a certificate in Asian Cuisine, Vegetarian Cuisine, Baking Arts, Cake Decorating, or general Culinary Arts.

Cooking Classes TorontoSt. Lawrence Market Kitchen
Just over a year ago the mezzanine level St. Lawrence Market's renowned south building got a facelift plus a fully functional professional kitchen and is now used for a variety of food-related events. Among them is a full line of cooking classes, taking place with a great view overlooking the market vendors below. This month you can learn all about soups and stews, Thai cookery, working with chocolate, or bring the kids out to make Halloween treats. Classes run between 2-3 hours and cost $50.

The Bonnie Stern Cooking School
Bonnie Stern is a familiar food personality in Toronto, between her regular column in the Post, award-winning cookbooks and of course her cooking school. The school offers $150 classes with a mix of practical cooking, informational, and celebrity chef interview/dinner formats. Get back to kitchen basics by learning to master simple recipes like mac 'n' cheese, Greek salad and roast chicken, learn about the trendy topic of "super foods", or hear about uber-chef Mark McEwan's new book and growing culinary empire.

Dish Cooking Studio
Gone are the days of celeb chef Trish Magwood (who co-founded Dish) as she's made off to host her own show on the Food Network. Today Dish Cooking Studio boasts a catering company, boutique and cafe (which to the delight of lazy home cooks offers prepared dinners and other food) in addition to the cooking school. Prices for classes vary (about $125-$175), and several take a different approach in showcasing recipes from well-known chefs like Alice Waters and Ina Garten (why not just buy the book?). They also offer a kitchen boot camp for beginners, girls' night classes and couples cooking, among many others.

Cooking classes TorontoViva Tastings
While I have a professional relationship with Viva Tasting, it'd be an oversight if I didn't include them on this list. You may have seen Viva Tastings at the St. Lawrence Farmers' Market on Saturdays, or heard about their 6 Degrees Underground Supper Club. Now you can learn to cook Viva-styles too. Local caterer and chef Karen Viva-Haynes hosts a variety of cooking classes and corporate team building events, covering everything from basic culinary skills, to entertaining for vegetarians and vegans, to holiday party planning. Single classes are $90 and include a sit-down meal & glass of wine.

Looking for more kitchen inspiration? See also:

The Best Kitchen Supply Stores in Toronto
Top Ten Places to Buy Kitchen Knives in Toronto

Photos by the author and Jan1ce, Sifu Renka, onthemetro and girldiplomat on Flickr.

Discussion

96 Comments

Steph / October 29, 2010 at 09:40 am
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Great list - I am going to check out some of these classes this winter break!

Just wanted to say that people should beware of the Toronto District School Board classes because they are extremely dependent on the instructor and have no quality control (as far as I know). We went to check one out and cancelled after 2 classes because the instructor used cheese whiz and took recipes from magazines and just brought them to class. Just ONE experience but I'm throwing that out there!
Katherine / October 29, 2010 at 10:02 am
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I went to Nella Cucina for a group staff retreat and we hardly even cooked. The 'Head Chef' was a snobby, arrogant, dictator who told us what to do then just did all the cooking herself. It was more like watching her cook than learning how to cook. At least the food tasted good!
Ryan L. / October 29, 2010 at 10:09 am
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While George Brown has an excellent set of courses, you'd be wrong to think Humber College, with its excellent culinary program would be another alternative for casual course taking.

You can take courses for similar prices, however in order to be allowed to work in one of the kitchens you have to be using specific equipment and wearing specific shoes and clothes. You're looking at spending a grand in that sort of stuff before you can even take the class.
Monica / October 29, 2010 at 10:11 am
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Culinary Arts at George Brown is great! It's 100% hands-on and it offers a true professional kitchen experience. The cost of food is included (and the uniform) and you get to take home amazing meals every week. Considering the number of classes, it's also the most cost-effective option. I went to Calphalon and LCBO before, but nothing compares to George Brown if you're really serious about learning techniques, not just to follow a recipe.
jay / October 29, 2010 at 10:25 am
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I highly recommend the vegetarian cooking class at the Big Carrot. We used fresh, high-quality ingredients from the store, the recipes were overall not too complicated, it exposed me to new foods and flavourings...and it was fun!
Tonia / October 29, 2010 at 10:52 am
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RE: Calphalon. They are holding 2 special classes on November 9th and December 13th with a portion of the cost being donated to Second Harvest!
Menu:
Mini Brie en Croute with Caramelized Onion Relish
Polenta Squares filled with Mushroom Saute and Gorgonzola
Rare Roast Beef Wiches with Horseradish Mayo
Smoked Salmon Napolean with Chive Top
For more info, check out Calphalon's website.
- T.Krauser, Second Harvest
Sue / October 29, 2010 at 11:43 am
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Bonnie Stern's is by far the best.
handfed / October 29, 2010 at 12:29 pm
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stop eating and start running
secyw / October 29, 2010 at 01:55 pm
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I took cooking coures at George Brown. They do an excellent job at teaching students, and provide great feedback. Although it is very pricey but well worth the price.
Terri / October 29, 2010 at 02:39 pm
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I went to a Good Egg "beginner's" class. I was the only person who was a beginner. They were mostly the woman's good friends and they didn't pay for the class. They spent a good portion just chatting about life. I didn't learn anything, there was no A/c and no seating. I was really disappointed :(
elisecooks / October 29, 2010 at 05:36 pm
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As a local cooking instructor, I just wanted to mention a couple of other places to take great, affordable cooking classes - PC Cooking Schools located in Loblaws Stores & Real Canadian Super Stores and the LCBO's Cooking Classes.
Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen / October 29, 2010 at 10:45 pm
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You missed a great one! Mine. Health focused cooking classes and workshops. Vegetarian friendly, whole food based, simple, delicious and really fun classes held in a loft on Parkdale. Cater to peeps who want to be gluten, dairy, sugar, corn and soy free and still eat and cook amazing food.
Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen / October 29, 2010 at 10:46 pm
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Find out more at http://www.meghantelpner.com/academy
Andreas / October 30, 2010 at 08:13 am
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I took a class at Calphalon with my wife, a wedding present, and it was nothing more than a thinly disguised promo event for their stuff.
HL / October 30, 2010 at 08:50 pm
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+1 for George Brown College! Don't forget you can deduct the tuition at tax time. Net cost is even cheaper.
jen / November 3, 2010 at 06:40 pm
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You forgot to mention that dish Cooking Studio is actually running a charcuterie AND sausage making workshop with Chef Alex Johnston of Provenance Regional Cuisine this month!
Samantha replying to a comment from Steph / November 4, 2010 at 01:45 pm
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Interesting article. I'd be more apt to go to Humber - especially since I just got this awesome deal with Zipcar. It would be easy to get to! Enter 75ZIPCANANDA and you get $75 in driving credit (I got in it a flyer from someone). www.zipcar.com
Kruzon / November 7, 2010 at 11:54 pm
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You should research your culinary arts school, so you can enroll in the course that's right for you. Here is a Google search string " how to choose a Thailand cooking school " that will will give you a cooking school checklist that can help you with this decision.
Kruzon / November 9, 2010 at 11:19 pm
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Nice list, it will make my research easier.

Investing a cooking school for class(es) is like doing business with any other service business in that they are not all equal and just because it's expensive doesn't mean its good nor does it being cheap mean its not good. Type the following Google search string "How to choose a Thailand cooking school" for a helpful check list.
angs / November 12, 2010 at 12:11 pm
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This place is great.

A little out of the way for some of you but worth the trip!

http://www.culinary2000.com/
Toronto cook replying to a comment from Katherine / November 15, 2010 at 05:30 am
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I agree did my first class at Nella Cucina and was very disappointed ran over an hour late, very disorganized and mostly demonstration NOT hands on,
anni lissee / November 16, 2010 at 07:41 pm
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I had taken several different cooking classes (totally 6) from Continuing Education and had a great experience. My class was at Eastern Commerce and my teacher was excellent...great instruction, hands on cooking and then eating our creations. Do not judge the classes by just one bad comment...I found my instructor fantastic plus her dad was a butcher so we got the best cuts of meat...
Ludy the cook replying to a comment from Andreas / November 16, 2010 at 07:45 pm
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Calphalon...went there to inquiry about cooking classes but the female behind the counter was so rude I left....never want to go in that store again. Anything to do with Calphalon is two thumbs down for me thank you very much....
Ludy the cook replying to a comment from Andreas / November 16, 2010 at 07:50 pm
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I could do in home hands on cooking....you name it and we can make it together....I simply have a flair with cooking. Have taken enough classes to know the techniques, have won baking contests and everyone simply raves about my dishes....that is what you want...go wholesome cooking you can make at home and present to guests or a party.....I also will help you organize/purchase kitchen/cooking items....bon appetite!
Mika replying to a comment from Terri / February 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm
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Terri, I am sorry about the disappointing class. We have tweaked it! Also, we now have chairs and our A/C has been repaired. I'd like to reimburse you, if you would please get in touch with me. Best, Mika
JBR / April 12, 2011 at 11:35 am
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I am shocked that nobody mentioned Cirillo's Culinary Academy. It is by far the best I have ever attended.
Jaime Alonso / May 1, 2011 at 12:35 pm
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I am looking for someone who teaches about making different sauces for meat and fish.
edgardo sousa / July 26, 2011 at 10:48 am
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I´M LOOKING FOR COOKING CLASSES IN TORONTO AND IF POSSIBLE CAN YOU SEND ME THE PROGRAM AND THE CONDITIONS OF YOUR SCHOOL, TO BECOME A STUDENT.

BEST REGARDS
EDGARDO SOUSA
Rala / August 10, 2011 at 01:35 pm
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Please can anyone tell me :
- Fee per course includes how many classes???
I mean just one class or more ............
Thanks
Mary / November 30, 2011 at 12:32 am
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Anyone know where I can take a charcuterie course or workshop, aside from George Brown and Humber?
Shannon / December 1, 2011 at 01:38 pm
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Does anyone know of a charcuterie class in Toronto? The Healthy Butcher doesn't seem to offer them now.

Thanks!
Jeremy / December 5, 2011 at 01:04 am
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https://GourmetPizzaKits.ca makes awesome gourmet pizza making kits that you can use to easily make pizza in your home kitchen. You can make professional crunchy pizza with delicious sauce! The ingredients we use are the best from Italy and are only available to wholesale customers. We use D.O.P. Certified San Marzano Tomatoes and Caputo Tipo 00 Pizzeria Flour(the kind that only comes in 25KG bags). If you miss Windsor, ON style pizza, this is the place to get it! We are 100% Canadian and ship across Canada. Only $32.95 for a 4 large pizza kit!
Claire McConnell / January 6, 2012 at 09:40 am
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I am looking for a course for my husband to teach him cooking basics - something weekly for a number of weeks - he knows nothing about cooking but wants to learn so he can contribute to family meals - thanks for anyone who can provide recommendations
Linda Lawrence / January 7, 2012 at 04:29 pm
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I am desparately looking for someone who will teach me to bake "gluten free" breads, buns... I have gone to a few places but the instructors knew less than I did. Please, if you know anyone who will even give private lessons, let me know of have them contact me.
Many thanks
vitor / January 14, 2012 at 07:20 pm
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i m looking for a pastry course ,someone give me some places.thanks
Liudmila replying to a comment from Linda Lawrence / January 18, 2012 at 06:08 pm
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to Linda Lawrence:
George Brown College offers a course on gluten-free baking and cooking this spring
http://coned.georgebrown.ca/owa_prod/cewskcrss.P_CrseGet?subj_code=HOSF&;crse_numb=9338

to bake gluten free use DVD from CIA chef Richard Coppedge and his textbook for the Culinary Institute of America 'Gluten Free Baking' (amazon.ca sells it).
http://www.ciaprochef.com/fbi/dvds/GlutenFreeBaking.html

Willams Sonoma store sells a very good blend of non-gluten flours called 'C4C' (cup for cup) which replaces wheat flour in regular baking recipes ... cup for cup. Great stuff.
Linda Lawrence / January 19, 2012 at 07:16 am
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Thanks for the response. I have tried the "Cup4Cup" in several of my recipes and it wasn't great. I have the textbook from Richard Coppedge and he uses 5 different sets of blends of flour and then you have to use parts of
several of them for his recipes far too much time for a passable product and I cannot get anyone from George Brown to reply to phone calls or emails.
Hence my dilemma.
Anyone have other suggestions? There are folks who know how to bake gluten free but how do I find them?
Thanks for your efforts though. I need a fairy godmother.....
RD replying to a comment from Linda Lawrence / February 6, 2012 at 07:38 pm
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Hi Linda Lawrence, I think I can be of help. I offer private cooking lessons and have recently began learning how to do gluten-free baking. Leave a reply here so I know you're still interested.
Linda Lawrence / February 7, 2012 at 02:25 pm
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I would like someone who can help me scale up recipes and understand the bread baking process. I am still interested. Look forward to hearing more.
RD replying to a comment from Linda Lawrence / February 8, 2012 at 08:21 pm
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That's great to hear. I have a small webpage (for something unrelated), you can find my contact info there and shoot me an e-mail.

tochemtutoring.webs.com
Sophia / February 10, 2012 at 11:43 am
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A really great vegetarian and vegan class I took was with Marni Wasserman. She is very educational, professional, and fun to work with. She uses vegetarian and vegan ingredients in all of her classes, and focuses on organic and whole grain ingredients. She offers a 'Nutrition in the Kitchen Culinary Continuing Education' course, which when you graduate, you become a Culinary Nutritionist yourself. I really recommend Marni for the personal and professional experience. Her site is www.marniwasserman.com if anyone's interested in quality vegan/vegetarian food!
Sophia replying to a comment from Sophia / February 10, 2012 at 05:17 pm
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It's http://www.marniwasserman.com (link didn't show up?!)
Shereen replying to a comment from Ludy the cook / April 8, 2012 at 05:07 pm
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Hi Ludy I read u r reply and I have been trying to find suitable baking classes but I have not found anything that is convenient for me ,if u can call me maybe u r what I m looking for . 647 771 6139
Shriek / April 24, 2012 at 07:59 am
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I would like to know, which is the best place to learn authentic Italian cooking
Christina / April 30, 2012 at 01:35 pm
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Im suprised only one person mentioned Marni Wasserman? The experience and knowlegde I got from her was A+ - not to mention amazingly delicious and healthy food. I found out about her online and am really happy I did!! http://www.marniwasserman.com
Simona / May 5, 2012 at 05:37 pm
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Hi guys. If you love European food and you would like to learn how to make delicious meals please contact me. I have over 10 years experience of cooking European food and i can teach you how to make all kind of different dishes , French, Italian, German, Hungarian Spanish etc...
I charge $35 per hr. it takes about 2 - 3 hours for every class depending on the food dishes we make, and you can take a meal with you home.
Mariana / May 11, 2012 at 10:03 pm
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Hi guys i'm Mariana and i am offering Hands-on European Food cooking classes

Hands-on Group cooking classes - The classes are held at Yonge and Bloor at where i have a fully a equipped kitchen. The maximum number of students per classroom is 4-5 persons so that everyone can get hands-on and enjoy the fun. After we are done cooking we will all sit down at the table and enjoy the food we made.
Kerry / May 15, 2012 at 07:27 am
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Hi, I'm looking to book a cooking school for one evening to host a 50th birthday party cookout for 20 people and was looking for some suggestions as i'm from South Africa and dont have any experience with cooking schools in Toronto. It would need to be instructed and the individuals would have to have the opportunity to cook and consume their meals thereafter. Please assist me with suggestions.
Louise / May 15, 2012 at 07:46 am
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Though not it Toronto, I run hands-on vegetarian cooking workshops at my Culinary Retreat Centre near Peterborough. As a holistic nutritionist and cookbook author, these classes are ideal for anyone interested in shifting their diet to include more delicious plant based foods.Since I also offer overnigth accommodation, participants can make it part of a country getaway.
Louise / May 15, 2012 at 07:47 am
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forgot to add the website http://www.thirteenmoons.ca
Stephy / July 14, 2012 at 08:11 pm
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I have a teen son who loves to cook.He is thinking about a career in the culinary area. Looking for a school that is more for senior teens with a serious interest rather than a cook for kids style, anyone have a suggestion?
Michelle replying to a comment from RD / July 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm
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I have a sixteen year old daughter who is interested in learning how to cook. Please advise if you would be able to accommodate her in your class?
Michelle replying to a comment from RD / July 16, 2012 at 12:29 pm
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I have a sixteen year old daughter who is interested in learning how to cook. Please advise if you would be able to accommodate her in your class?
Michelle / July 16, 2012 at 12:29 pm
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I have a sixteen year old daughter who is interested in learning how to cook. Please advise if you would be able to accommodate her in your class?
RD replying to a comment from Michelle / July 16, 2012 at 01:17 pm
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Sure, send me an e-mail and we can set something up.

Anyone else is free to e-mail me at the address below in order to setup a cooking lesson!

tochemtutoring@gmail.com
Michelle / July 16, 2012 at 02:10 pm
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I'm interested, please send me your e-mail.
Lina replying to a comment from Ludy the cook / July 30, 2012 at 11:22 am
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Hi Ludy the cook,

How much do you charge for an in home cooking class?
tg / August 31, 2012 at 08:21 am
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I'd love to find a good hands-on canning class that's happening over the next few weeks. Anyone know of anything?
Frances S. replying to a comment from Linda Lawrence / September 11, 2012 at 03:51 pm
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There's a blog I discovered when we found out my husband was gluten-intolerant - gluten free girl and the chef - she has quite a few bread recipes and I especially like her flour combo - worked very well for us - http://glutenfreegirl.com/how-to-make-a-gluten-free-all-purpose-flour-mix/
Good luck :-)
Chris / September 12, 2012 at 08:42 pm
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My wife and I are looking for a couples cooking class, we live in Whitby so downtown T.O . is out of the question. Does anyone have any suggestions?
clarice / September 20, 2012 at 08:01 pm
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My name is Clarice Brito , from Brazil, and I will be in Toronto for 6 weeks starting September 27th, 2012.
I am very interested in taking cooking lesson.
Can you please let me know if you have any availability, duration and send me some information on the programs available.


Best regards


Clarice Brito


Mango / September 25, 2012 at 07:07 pm
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Can any one recommend a sushi or vegan/vegetarian friendly cooking class/venue that can accomodate a small group?
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 10:03 pm
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I'd love to find a good hands-on canning class that's happening over the next few weeks. Anyone know of anything?
Edel replying to a comment from Chris / October 5, 2012 at 10:31 am
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I offer private cooking lessons in your home - individual or couple. Flexible times available. Email me at FoodFromYourHands@hotmail.com
Good food, hands-on, every class leaves you with two meals and new skills for life!
lakisha123 / October 17, 2012 at 04:03 am
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Nice start guys...I went through the website and I found that you made decent point here. Keep up the topic that everyone can choose one of the best. Thanks.
kate / October 23, 2012 at 05:21 pm
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Dish was awful, you should remove it from the list. I have been to a number of cooking classes and this was by far the most expensive and least hands on. I paid roughly $300 for a GROUP cooking class for my boyfriend and I (including drinks), and we ended up on the salad station. It took no more than 10 minutes to prepare and we sat around waiting for everyone else to finish preparing their courses. You only get to cook one dish off the menu, and sorry, but $300 to learn how to make a basic salad??? Ripoff. Don't go! You WILL be disappointed.
Andrew / December 11, 2012 at 12:07 am
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i'm a single guy in my 40's who would like to learn to cook.
i was disappointed that the city doesn't seem to really offer a basic skills, cooking 101, vegetarian or whole food classes. i'm NOT looking for a workshop. i'd like to do something for a longer period-- something more in depth. Loblaws' MLG could have really stepped up with something great but i think they've really missed the mark. i don't want to work in a resto or be a chef. i just want to be able to cook well. Any advice? thanks
Sean / December 12, 2012 at 03:05 pm
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Andrew - Look into the George Brown culinary course. It's about 10 weeks and its pretty much a cooking 101 course from start to finish. I only just signed up but have only heard good things from friends. It's a little pricy at $690 but it seems like a valuable skill to learn!
Andrew replying to a comment from Sean / January 10, 2013 at 05:03 am
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thanks Sean for the comment. ok, here's the deal. i've been scouring the Net for days now looking for something suitable. the trouble with this city is that it has becoming way to specialized. i'm really down on Toronto right now. i went to George Brown to check it out myself. i'm a youngish, queer, urban 50 year old artist. i'd like to learn to cook. i CAN follow a recipe and am discerning with ingredients. i don't do brunch or do dinner parties and i don't live in Cabbagetown. it seems like this city only offers a lot of specific workshop-type classes; i guess we've become a very foodie city. the Toronto District School Board doesn't even offer a "Cooking Basics". i'd like a, intro to Vegetarian or Healthy Eating cooking or a "Cooking for Guys" class or something basic and thorough. i'd like something hands on. i'm not dropping $100. for a 3 hour course to learn to cook a gourmet sauce. an intro George Brown class will cost 700 + steel tipped shoes + a set of knives + a case + tools. And i have to work in a busy kitchen AND wear a chef's uniform and a dumb hat! come on! and this is continuing education!! we're talking 1bill for a evening class. if anyone has some other suggestions that haven't been addressed here, please give me a shout. thanks: andrewofadelaide@gmail.com
cherry caiyod / January 11, 2013 at 03:52 am
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Hi!I love cooking specialy baking some cakes i wish and i hope that i could improve it.But because that have a lock of finacial to study this course that i love many restaurant they always ask for certificate or diploma be for hiring i have 4 kids and am having a hard time to find a job that i will be loving it and injoy it.I would like to ask any one's help please and thank you.
Jane / January 18, 2013 at 11:48 am
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If you're interested in learning how to cook and gaining new kitchen skills, I offer personalized, hands-on cooking lessons (Toronto) in the comfort of your own kitchen, tailored to suit your needs.

Class are personalized, but in particular I specialize in basic cooking skills, healthy cooking and Chinese cuisine.

Contact Jane at eatingin.ca@gmail.com to learn more or visit eatingin.ca
Jan replying to a comment from Simona / January 22, 2013 at 02:04 pm
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How does one contact you Simona? I would be interested in trying out a class.
Christine / January 30, 2013 at 12:43 am
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I'm looking for an accredited cooking school so that my job can reimburse me. George Brown is way too expensive - especially if I need to purchase everything they ask for. I'm interested in evening or weekends.
jj / February 17, 2013 at 10:07 am
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The blog comments are informative,


What they do not have is these food /cooking courses
is health and nutrition as a general study course
as a major component in the course of cooking

are there certificate programs ?
Courses that offer flexible times for the students learning in class weekdays or weekends.

and

The affordability, not the expensive courses with textbooks-and materials .

Not evryone wants to be a culinary-expert
educational course learnng not the food network.

comments are appreciated
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Sandra / March 27, 2013 at 08:19 pm
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Great list!

If anyone is looking for a great cooking school for KIDS, check out Petits Chefs Academy in Vaughan, just north of Toronto. They have great programs for kids, tweens and teens including birthday parties, March Break and Summer Camps, and evening classes. I did a cookie baking adult workshop there last winter and it was so much fun!
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Sarah / July 13, 2013 at 01:30 am
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Hi

Im looking to take a one or two courses of cooking in toronto. I have no knowledge of the schools there as i dont live there now but i will move once i get everything organized. Im particularly looking for restaurant quality cooking classes....something affordable...Any recommendations?
hube hussain / July 26, 2013 at 12:11 pm
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can I join in your classes. I m Pakistani passport holder. but now I m in Dubai last 2 year ago.......pls reply me
Carolyn / August 20, 2013 at 06:05 am
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Arvinda's was a fabulous experience for my daughter and I. Very "hands on", super friendly mother/daughter team, and fabulous cooks of Indian cuisine. LOVED it, would sign up for another in a heartbeat. Best in Toronto in a fabulous cooking facility, Nella Cuccina.
Claudette Mason / August 21, 2013 at 04:25 pm
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Simona

Please let me know how to get in touch with you.
I'd be looking for classes after September 16, 2013.
shirley replying to a comment from Mariana / September 26, 2013 at 10:25 pm
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Hi
whats your contact information.
when are the classes scheduled for ?

thanks
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Angela replying to a comment from Mariana / October 17, 2013 at 11:37 am
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Hello!
Im interested in the classes, could you please send me your schedule?

Thank you!
Ruba replying to a comment from Mariana / October 26, 2013 at 02:04 pm
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I want to learn Chinese food with all the right sauces and ingredients and I want to learn a whole course menu
Ruba replying to a comment from Mariana / October 26, 2013 at 02:05 pm
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I also need to know the cooking classes that will start now and the coming month
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Hi..

Thanks to share the list of best cooking classes. I really need a cooking classes in south africa. please provide the list of cooking classes in south africa.
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