The Boston Area’s Best Cooking Classes

May 16, 2012 6:00 AM

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Why watch cooking shows on your couch when you can head into kitchens around Boston to learn culinary skills from professional chefs? Learn your way around a kitchen or fine-tune your cooking with classes that feature a variety of cuisines. Whether you want to perfect your knife skills or learn more about ethnic recipes like Cambodian, Italian, Japanese or French dishes, the following cooking classes have you covered in the Boston area and beyond.

Foursquare Favorite: Capone Foods
14 Bow St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 629-2296
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Boston is well-known for Italian food in the North End neighborhood, but take the train across the Charles to Somerville to Capone Foods to learn how to make ravioli, lasagna, and other classic Italian dishes. It’s also an excellent spot for lunch, dinner, or catering options.


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Focus: Local Ingredients

Helen’s Kitchen Cooking School
3 Ingleside Road
Natick, MA 01760
(617) 500-0817

Hours: Various weeknights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. or Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Join Chef Helen Rennie for intimate classes that will help you perfect your cooking abilities. For each class, Rennie allows eight students into her Natick home to prepare recipes using local ingredients. Courses focus on dishes like Italian favorites pasta and pizza, as well as seafood, meat, vegetable dishes. You can even learn to hone your knife skills, so you can chop, slice and dice your way to a memorable meal. Prices vary but tend to range from $80 to $90 for a three-hour class.

Related: A Guide To Boston’s Little Italy: The North End

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Focus: Sustainable And Local Ingredients

ArtEpicure Cooking School
1 Fitchburg St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 996-5334

Hours: Various weeknights from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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ArtEpicure Cooking School offers a wide range of culinary classes, cooking technique courses and workshops. Classes are taught by Mark DesLauriers and other professional chefs. For $85 per participant, get in on the fun on May 24th for a Mediterranean Vegetarian class. There is also a long list of offerings like German cooking and French cuisine, along with classes like Basic Baking Skills, Greek Taverna Dinner and Southern Cooking for Yankees.

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Focus: Japanese Sushi Preparation

Sea to You Sushi
5 Kendall St
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 738-0131

Hours: Tuesday, Thursday to Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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Sea to You Sushi is a retail fish market and restaurant with an onsite Kosher sushi school. Featuring hour and a half sushi preparation classes on weeknights at 6 p.m., and on Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., small groups have the opportunity to learn how to roll sushi and eat their creations. Students learn techniques for slicing fish and make jumbo rolls, hand rolls, maki rolls and more. Some of the classes even allow you to bring sushi home to share with family and friends. Classes range from $60 to $80.

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Focus: Cambodian/French Cuisine

Elephant Walk
900 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 247-1500

Hours: Saturdays – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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Elephant Walk is a traditional Cambodian restaurant with French, gluten free and vegetarian offerings, as well as hands-on cooking classes in both of its Cambridge and Boston locations. For $75, learn from instructors Nyep and Nadsa (a mother-daughter team) or Gerard Lopez, who is also a part of the family (Nyep’s son-in-law). Or, for $150, sign up for a Market Day Class. You’ll spend the day exploring Asian Markets and using the resulting ingredients to cook tasty meals. Feast on the fruits of your labor with lunch at upcoming classes like May 26th’s Vegetarian and Vegan: Delicious And Easy Recipes, June 9th’s Light Summer Dishes For Perfect Outdoor Entertaining and June 16th’s French & Cambodian Fusion Favorites.

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Focus: Celebrity Chef Spottings

The Clarke Culinary Center
393 Fortune Blvd
Milford, MA 01757
(800) 842-5275

Hours: Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
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The Clarke Culinary Center is not only a showroom for top kitchen appliances, but a place for cooking classes and demonstrations. Less than an hour from Boston, The Clarke Culinary Center shares its TV and restaurant chefs’ knowledge, along with Clarke’s in-house corporate chef experiences. Whether you want to sit back and take in the sights of the chefs as they cook recipes before your eyes, or want to get more involved with one of the many hands-on courses, there are upcoming classes for you with focuses on Italian, seafood, Asian, barbecue and much more.

Related: Family Fun Guide to Best Boston Kid’s Cooking Classes

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