Partly because of the Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts opening in Uptown, and partly because of Charlotte's growth over the last 10 years, the Queen City is quickly becoming known as one of the top culinary destinations in the South. While earning a full culinary degree is an option, you don't have to spend years to pick up a few tricks from the pros. There are plenty of options for cooking classes in Charlotte, most of these led by local chefs or food instructors. If you're just looking for a sweet treat, there are even classes that focus solely on desserts!
The Best Cooking Classes in Charlotte
You don't need any prior experience or knowledge to take part in these classes, just a desire to have fun!
Harper’s Restaurant Group’s executive chefs teach classes at two of their locations, Upstream and Mimosa Grill, once a month on Saturday mornings. Harper’s executive chefs teach students techniques and tips for at-home cooking during a live demonstration, which is followed by tastings and recipes to take home. Classes cover a variety of cuisines and ingredients including anything from cooking with oysters, canning and easy weeknight cooking.
Held at Atherton Market in South End, Chef Alyssa's Kitchen cooking classes focus on sharing and enjoying the art of cooking new food. Classes are available for five different skill levels, and classes can accommodate up to 22 people, so it's a great choice for a work team building activity or a girl's night out. Classes are usually held during the week from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Chef Alyssa brings the tables, s projection screen, burners, and ingredients.
SouthPark mall's Sur la Table has cooking classes available for a variety of topics, including Italian-based classes, courses for people who want to learn the secrets of paella, lessons on how to bake incredible cakes, or simply instruction on basic cooking skills.
The Cocoa Lab Dessert Classes
In a private class setting within uptown's Bar Cocoa kitchen, these classes including parking and a keepsake apron. Cooking classes are usually offered from 9 a.m. to noon and on some days from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Instruction covers chocolate, cocoa or other favorite dessert flavors. Of course, the highlight of each course is sampling the day's creations!