Guide To Cooking Classes In Boston

July 20, 2011 2:27 AM

Cambridge School of Culinary Arts

(credit: Cambridge School of Culinary Arts website)

Are you a novice in the kitchen? Want to learn how to fry or sauté your way to a show like Top Chef? Hone your culinary skills by taking one of the many cooking classes offered in the city, and pretty soon, you’ll be serving up masterful dishes for friends and family.

(credit: BCAE website)

Boston Center for Adult Education

122 Arlington Street
Boston, MA
(617) 267-4430
Visit website for class schedule and prices

Looking to unleash your inner chef? The Boston Center for Adult Education offers a variety of hands-on cooking, baking, and wine pairing classes. This summer, the Center has a basic vegetarian cooking class that teaches participants to whip up savory and sweet meatless meals; a class on pickling and preserving taught by Chef Mark Goldberg of Woodward; and if you’re scared of seafood, a class on how to prepare different types of fish and seafood. You’ll be preparing a five-star restaurant-worthy spice-rubbed tilapia with mango salsa in no time.

Elephant Walk

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The Elephant Walk

July 23 annd July 30
2067 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA
(617) 492-6900
Register for classes online

The Elephant Walk has received rave reviews for its colorful, eclectic and delicious Cambodian and French cuisine, but the mother-daughter team behind the popular eatery, Longteine (“Nyep”) and Nadsa de Monteiro, also hold classes at their two locations so you can cook up those exotic meals at home. On July 23, Nyep is holding a class on Cambodian curries and how to make them from scratch (no mixes!), and on July 30, she’ll be teaching participants how to prepare quick, healthy stir-fries and Cambodian cold sides – perfect for a summer dinner party.

Stir Boston

(credit: Stir Boston website)

Stir Boston

102 Waltham St
Boston, MA
(617) 423-7847

The classes at Stir fill up pretty quickly, and it’s not surprising. Stir puts together intimate, informative and fun classes that every budding chef and foodie will enjoy. This month, you can still sign up for some of the remaining classes, including a Sunday Series class on Frozen Desserts (July 24), where pastry chef Jaime Davis of No. 9 Park will teach participants and ice cream fans how to whip up frozen treats such as semi-freddo and gourmet popsicles.

Cambridge School of Culinary Arts

(credit: Cambridge School of Culinary Arts website)

Cambridge School of Culinary Arts

2020 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA
(617) 354-2020
Visit website for schedule and prices

Know a teen who would like to get a head start on their culinary education? The CSCA offers a variety of recreational cooking classes for teens—everything from knife skills, baking techniques, cake decorating and global cuisine (Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, Italian). There are classes for adults, too. Past participants have raved about the Cooking Couples Date Night class. Romantic, no? In this class, couples learn how to prepare Oysters Rockefeller, Beef Tenderloin with Mustard Pepper Crust, Truffled Polenta, and of course, a chocolate dessert. Other classes in the Cooking Couples series feature wine pairing, Cajun cuisine, and vegetarian tapas.