In partnership with Voss Water, The Daily Meal ranks the best amateur and recreational cooking classes for cooking enthusiasts. By Rachael Pack. For most, attending culinary school is not a logical career step — even if one fosters an extraordinary appetite for good food and a serious passion for cooking. In most cases, the time, the cost, and the practicality of vocational school are simply, albeit sadly, unreasonable. For these types of people, recreational and advanced amateur cooking classes are the answer.
Do you dream of attending culinary school but don't have the ability to attend a full-length professional program? Luckily there are a whole lot of alternatives out there. We rounded up a few of the more intimate cooking classes and unique kitchen classrooms that provide perfect extracurricular activities for amateur cooks and well-versed foodies looking for fun. Austin's Thai Fresh is one part locally-sourced eatery, one part gourmet grocer, and one part culinary lab.
So why not mix in some socialising with learning new ways to cook? The more cooking skills you gain, the more you will enjoy it and make time for it — so grab some friends or go solo and head to one of the cooking classes below. A new foodie experience is coming to Borough Market in April, as the husband and wife team behind Mimo from Spain's Basque Country will bring the award-winning cookery school to London. Using produce from the market next door, the cooking classes will specialise in Iberian cuisine along with British fare. Her individual evening classes offer an array of options covering traditional Japanese food including udon noodles, sushi, ramen and gyozas.