Whether you want to get inspired to cook more for yourself, learn to make something specific, or master a new culinary skill, there’s a cooking class in Toronto that can help you. Getting creative in the kitchen and learning new skills can help keep you inspired to cook more at home, saving money and eating a healthier diet. Here are eight places to take a cooking class in the city.
Market Kitchen at St. Lawrence Market
St. Lawrence Market isn’t just a foodie’s paradise because it’s filled with amazing food vendors selling everything from fresh produce and baked goods to spices, meats and prepared foods. It’s also home to the Market Kitchen, where you’ll find a multitude of cooking workshops being offered. Hands-on classes include “make & take” where whatever you make – be it pies or spring vegetable preserves – you also get to take some home with you. There are also classes devoted to specific types of cuisine, specific ingredients, as well as specific skills like pasta making or preparing the perfect pizza.
Nella Cucina, which means "in the kitchen" in Italian, offers a wide array of cooking classes for a variety of culinary skill levels, from beginner to experienced. If you're new to the kitchen (or just want to improve your cooking basics, there are basic skills classes (like knife skills), but if you want to build on what you already know or get a handle on a technique you've never tried (but always wanted to), there are classes devoted to everything from European pastry and macarons, to pasta, cakes and meal planning for busy families.
Over on Roncesvalles is where you’ll find Cookery, a specialty kitchenware store that also hosts events and cooking classes for both kids and adults. Cooking classes fall into four categories and cover everything you need to get more comfortable in the kitchen, or improve on the skills you already have. Skills-based classes cover topics like pasta and bread making or whole fish butchery, seasonal classes help put new spins on holiday dinners, weekday gourmet classes help inspire home cooks and global getaway classes cover the cuisines of Italy, France, Thailand, and India.
Dish Cooking Studio
The comprehensive, hands-on cooking classes at Dish cover everything from knife skills and pastry-making, to preparing dishes based on a number of cuisines. So whether you want to learn how to master paella or cook an Italian feast, there’s likely a class you can sign up for at Dish. Just note that the classes tend to sell out quickly.
The Chef Upstairs
Choose from a variety of unique cooking classes courtesy of The Chef Upstairs. Classes run three hours in length and include a minimum of three recipes. When all is said and done - you get to enjoy what you've created. All classes are interactive and hands on so you'll be learning by doing, and cover everything from Italian and Mexican, to East Asian street food and grilling techniques.
Le Dolci Cakes and Cupcakes
Anyone with a sweet tooth who wants to make the switch from buying dessert to making it themselves will want to look into classes at Le Dolci Cakes and Cupcakes. Frequent classes cover all your favourite sweet treats, from pies and doughnuts, to cookies, tarts, eclairs and more. There are also cake and cupcake decorating classes, as well as classes that cover gluten-free baking.
Aphrodite Cooks offers classes for all skill levels and tastes, so no matter what you’re looking for – new skills or fresh inspiration – a class here can probably help. Couples will want to take note that Aphrodite Cooks also offers couples classes, which would make for a fun date night out and an alternative to going out to dinner.
Loblaws Cooking School
Head over to your local Loblaws to take part in one of their cooking classes, of which there are many to choose from. Classes vary according to location, but there should be something that strikes your interest at a store near you, or at least close by. Classes may cover anything from seafood and spa cuisine, to cake decorating, Mexican and brunch favourites. Loblaws also offers classes for kids of various ages.