Cook it up!
Ready to be a star in the kitchen? Learn the secrets to preparing fabulous dishes from some of Houston's culinary masters.
|Brennan's Cooking Class features one on one training |
If you’re looking for the Rolls Royce of cooking classes, Brennan’s (pictured above) is certainly a standout. For a cool $1,450, guests can join the Chef for a Day program that starts with the issuing of a personalized chef’s uniform and wraps up with a six-course dinner (which you prepare) for five of your best friends. During the day, attendees will receive one-on-one training with the chef in the kitchen and at the bar, a food and beverage tasting and even a small surprise gift from the chef.
Regardless of age or expertise, Central Market’s Cooking School offers a laundry list of options that appeal to chefs of all ages. The Highland Village-area store is popular among local foodies, thanks in part to its extensive produce and well-equipped, upper level classrooms. Learn time-saving tips from cookbook authors, restaurant owners, chefs and Central Market instructors on a variety of themes like southern food, happy hour bites, sushi and sautéing. CM also offers classes for couples, kids and private events. Prices and class times vary.
Join Chef Randy Evans for a trio of cooking classes at Haven starting in 2013. The three themed classes will be held Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m. in the restaurant. The cost is $60 per person, which includes the class and a three-course meal with paired wine. Advance gift cards are available for each class, or (and this is the spice that makes the dish!) purchase a card for all three for just $150. Themes range from super bowl snacks and seasonal recipes to the perfect meal for Mardi Gras.
One of only two Viking Cooking School locations in Texas, Hubbell & Hudson’s offers guests a complete culinary destination with its market, bistro and curriculum all offered under one roof. The Woodlands’-based business offers classes for all experience and expectation levels, making use of Viking’s professional-grade equipment. One night, budding chefs might learn about hosting an elegant dinner party and another, honing the techniques of a Japanese steakhouse. Classes are offered throughout the week.
Chef Anita Jaisinghani shares her secret for delicious Indian cooking in a series of monthly cooking classes—typically offered on the fourth Sunday of each month. Held insider her Montrose-area Indika restaurant, Jaisinghani highlights a variety of epicurean themes ranging from the fundamentals of curry and vegetarian dishes to Indian BBQ and lessons on incorporating Indian spices into everyday cooking.
Established in 1979, Leisure Learning is a Texas-based organization that focuses on continuing education. In addition to dance, fitness, financial planning—and a long list of other pursuits—LL is also popular for its year-round cooking classes. Sign up for a parent/child cupcake decorating class, learn the secrets of at-home cheese making and craft brewing, even gain instruction on how to become a personal chef, in addition to many other offbeat topics.
After years operating Houston's successful Recipe for Success organization—a program that helps combat childhood obesity through education—Gracie Gavnar has expanded her culinary efforts with a cooking and gardening school. At RecipeHouse, a hands-on venue set in the Museum District, guests will find a space for cooking classes, seminars, team building and special events for up to 25. Be sure to check out the program's special celebrity chef series, offered on the first Monday of each month. Classes are $99, per person, and proceeds benefit Recipe for Success.
In addition to offering an assortment of kitchen equipment, Sur la Table also boasts a much-loved mix of cooking classes at its three Houston-area stores. Each of it’s classes, which are held throughout the week, pair expert instruction with popular focuses like artisan bread making, comfort desserts and knife skill essentials. Visit Sur la Table’s website for locations and class schedules in your area.
It’s been more than five years since Sylvia Casares launched her popular Tex-Mex Cooking Classes. Today, the chef and owner of Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen teaches monthly courses in a spacious private dining room at her Westheimer-set restaurant. Learn the art of grilling fajitas, tamale making and soups in one of the three-hour class, which include a full meal, dessert and beverages.