10 cooking classes that will have you eating and feeling like a chef

Whether you are a chef in the making or need lots of assistance in the kitchen, a well-taught cooking class will not only enhance your kitchen skills, but you’ll be able to nosh your way through them… deliciously.

Here are nine area classes that will give you some cooking confidence that will be sure to impress at your next dinner party.

Cocoa Lab

Located inside the Ritz Carlton at 201 East Trade Street, Cocoa Lab offers you the chance to make delectable desserts, like chocolate eclairs, strawberry lavender cupcakes or honey macarons, using the honey made by the resident honeybees located in beehives on the hotel’s rooftop. Check out its upcoming classes.

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In April, they will offer two classes, Classic French Desserts and Rooftop Garden Desserts. The cost per person starts at $150 per person. The sessions take place on select Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m.-noon.

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Johnson & Wales University

World-renowned cooking school, Johnson & Wales University offers recreational cooking and baking classes, called Chef’s Choice. The sessions highlight global cuisines, while helping you enhance your skills around the kitchen.

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The next class, which takes place on April 7, focuses on the secrets of food and wine pairing. The class costs $95, and most classes range from $85-$165. You can register here.

Salud! Cooking School

Located on the third floor of Whole Foods, Salud! Cooking School offers hands-on cooking classes almost every day of the week. The classes can accommodate up to 12 people and include topics like “Jamaica Me Hungry!”, “Weekday Wakeup: Chinese Take-in” and “Across America: NOLA Jazzfest,” all of which are featured in April.

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The price of classes start at $50 per person. You can browse classes here and register here. Also, there is a no doggie bag policy, so bring a hearty appetite.

Community Culinary School of Charlotte

Community Culinary School of Charlotte classes offer a four-course meal and the type of classes include Taste of Vietnam or Taste and Flavors of New Orleans. If there was interest, they may be able to accommodate other cuisines, like French or Italian. During the two to two-and-a-half-hour class, you will learn about cooking, while making delicious food.

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Chef Geoff reviews knife skills while making Gazpacho

You must have a minimum of 10 people to book a class and you can do so by calling 704-790-8646. The classes are $85 per person and are held Monday through Friday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Weekends are available, but additional fees may apply.

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Santhoshi’s Kitchen

Santhoshi Radhakrishnan shares her heritage and love of cooking by offering Indian cooking classes in her home in Fort Mill. The three-hour long classes are $60 per person, and include an appetizer, entrée and dessert.

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Some dishes you may make include samosa, a popular snack in India, roti, a flat wheat bread, and chicken with spices and herbs, like cardamom, ginger and chili flakes. Classes take place year-round, and if you have a preferred date for a class, send Santhoshi a message to check availability and purchase your class here.

Upstream and Mimosa Grill

On Saturday mornings, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., chefs from Upstream and Mimosa Grill lead interactive cooking classes in the restaurants’ kitchens. Classes are $48 per person and upcoming classes include Whole Fish Mastery (April 5) and Farmers Market Mystery Basket (July 7).

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In the mastery class, you’ll learn how to make a salt crust then bake and grill the catch of the day. For the Farmers Market Mystery Basket class, you’ll witness (and take part in) a chef showdown with items purchased from the local farmers market.


Calling all parents! These kid-friendly classes at Maggiano’s Restaurant in SouthPark allow children, ages 5-12, to make their own lasagna, derived from the popular staple served at the restaurant.

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The cost is $25 + tax per child and includes a lunch buffet ($15 for the parents). Adult supervision is required during the class and registration begins at 10 a.m., with the cooking beginning at 10:30 a.m. The next class takes place on April 14and tickets can be purchased here.

Befriend Cooking

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South Charlotte resident and chef, Sheera Karmi offers hands-on classes focusing on Mediterranean and global cuisine, like Lamb Biryani and yogurt sauce, Grilled Butterfish and Middle Eastern-style pizzas. Her next available class focuses on gluten-free dishes, including balsamic glazed salmon, pear salad and more. The cost is $60 and you must register first to sign up for the class.

Food by Francois

These cooking classes, led by Chef Barry Francois, include a seasonal menu with the freshest ingredients. He helps you create dishes in your own home or a commercial kitchen, depending on your preference.

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Classes can be booked online and you’ll a complete a profile with your preferred date for the class, your budget, favorite dishes and any food allergies. Once the form is filled out, you will be contacted by the chef with availability and pricing.

Classes can accommodate up to 16 people at any time of the year. Check out his Instagram page to see tasty items he has created in the past, like ginger soy salmon and steak, krispy kreme bread pudding and lemon jerk shrimp.

Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen

Take a class for any ability level (there are five levels) with Chef Alyssa, who cooks while you cook, and verbally guides you through your culinary experience. She offers a huge variety of class options, from Healthy Spring Dinners to Authentic Mexican. Up to 24 people can fit in a class session at her space in Atherton Mill & Market in South End.

Book your class online, for around $60+. And get a taste of her bright creations by following Chef Alyssa on Instagram for a look at her recent dishes, from salads to bright coconut macaroons.

Photos: Jeshoots, Community Culinary School of Charlotte, Maggiano’s