By Shawn S. Lealos

When it comes to cooking classes, there are many different options, and these all serve different goals based on the students. Some classes just teach basic cooking skills while others are all about group efforts and a night out of fun while picking up tips and tricks for the kitchen. Also included are family outings, corporate events, and even some classes that help teach healthier ways to cook and eat. In the DFW area, there are classes that involve any area of cooking that a person wants to learn. Here is a look at the best cooking classes in the DFW area.

Taste Buds Kitchen
2140 E. Southlake Boulevard, Suite V
Southlake, TX 76092
(817) 488-0538
www.tastebudskitchen.com

Taste Buds Kitchen is a fun cooking school in the DFW area for kids of all ages. There are Adult Classes, which has students put together three to four recipes in group settings. There is also a chance to eat the meal, but remember that it is BYOB if a person wants a refreshing adult beverage with the meal. Dinners include pasta, sushi, Thai, a Taste of Italy and more. During the day, they are a kid’s kitchen, and they also offer camps during summers and holidays. Finally, there are family classes, with lessons for everyone from two year olds to teenagers along with their parents. Prices vary depending on the courses offered.

Central Market Cooking School
4651 W. Freeway, Suite #100
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 377-9005
www.centralmarket.com

Central Market is the cooking classes in the DFW area that is the best fit for beginners who want to learn how to cook from actual recipes. These are hands-on classes where the chef instructors work directly with the students to help them learn everything in the cooking process. This includes basics, like how to crack an egg or understanding measuring instructions (wet vs. dry). The chefs also work with students on understanding what to buy when shopping and how to pick out the best options in the grocery stores. The cost per student ranges from $55 to $70.

Bastion Restaurant
2100 Hemphill Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76110
(817) 913-6972
www.bastionrestaurant.com

The Bastion Restaurant is a historic landmark in Texas whose chef is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. That alone should sell this class to anyone looking at taking an instructional and valuable cooking class. However, there is more to the class than just cooking up good food. These are considered customized cooking classes and the students can choose their own theme, including Parisian Bistro, Thai Cuisine at Home, Simply French, Glorious Gluten Free, and many more. Classes are offered as groups, families, and even corporate events. Classes are between six and 10 students and run $75 a person.

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Tre Wilcox
8200 Preston Road, Suite 135
Plano, TX 75024
(214) 296-2168
www.trewilcox.com

When it comes to going to Tre Wilcox for cooking classes in the DFW area, the experience is not just to learn how to cook but to learn it from a celebrity chef. Fans of “Top Chef” and “Iron Chef America” will recognize Wilcox from those competition shows. Wilcox has now brought his talent to the DFW area to teach people some tips and tricks that everyone can use in their kitchen. This is a fast-moving class, so people need to know their way around a kitchen before signing up. The good news is that all students are allowed to invite a friend to join them to eat the two-course dinner at the end of the class.The cost is $80 a person or $175 for couples.

Laura’s Natural Kitchen
712 May St.
Fort Worth, TX 76104
(817) 870-1931
www.laurasnaturalkitchen.com

If someone is looking for a cooking class that helps promote healthier eating, then Laura’s Natural Kitchen is the best bet in the DFW area. Laura is a holistic nutritionist and chef who offers both individual and group lessons. These classed don’t only teach cooking skills but also nutritional education and menu planning. The lessons involve first talking about the dietary benefits before actually starting to prepare and cook the dishes. For individuals, Laura works with each person concerning their basic nutritional goals and then designs a new diet program. For groups, it is all about building the foundation of eating and cooking healthy.

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