Interested in perfecting your skills in the kitchen? Here are five Fort Worth venues with chefs offering classes to suit anyone –– whether you’re a home cook craving hands-on instruction or you’re a foodie wanting to wine and dine while watching a famous chef do all of the work!
Master at the Market
Nearly every night of the week, the second floor at Central Market is bustling with eager students being taught by staff and visiting chefs. It’s amazing how many people don’t realize the Central Market Cooking School exists just overhead as they meander the aisles for groceries.
The school regularly offers hands-on classes for sushi, steakhouse favorites and even couples paella parties that make for the perfect date night. Classes in August include enchiladas, French bistro and macaroon creation, kolaches, cooking with Hatch chiles, how to create a lobster dinner, and a salute to the legendary Julia Child called “Happy Birthday, Julia!" There are classes for kids, and classes for parents and young children.
Local chefs often make guest appearances – check the website for information. Make sure to note that some classes are for ages 13 and up, and others are for 18 and up.
4651 W. Freeway, #100, 817-377-9005
PC: A cheese and antipasti display from Chef Callie Salls.
Learn at Home
Meyer & Sage Owner and Executive Chef Callie Salls has been catering for several years, and now runs a personal chef enterprise providing preset weekly menus that can be tailored for multiple diets, including gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and Paleo. In addition to making food for three to three hundred, she’ll come to your house for an in-home lesson! Salls offers how-to classes including learning how to create a custom cheese and charcuterie board, Risotto for Newlyweds and Paleo 101, or anything you’d like to make in the comfort of your own kitchen!
Kids in the Kitchen
For aspiring chefs, Young Chefs Academy offers cooking camps and weekly cooking classes. From learning how to use farm-to-table ingredients to working with chocolate in all its forms, there’s something for almost every child ages four and older. The Academy even has its own take on the "Food Network" show Chopped! If your child has a serious interest in cooking, the Academy’s Master Chefs classes take cooking for fun a step further, with introductions to kitchen and food safety and prep classes featuring cooking and baking techniques.
6333 Camp Bowie Blvd, #260, 817-989-CHEF
PC: Kari Crowe, Bastion Cooking Class
Wine and Dine
One of our city’s most wonderful hidden gems is The Bastion Restaurant on Hemphill Drive. Once the Edna Gladney Home, this historic collection of buildings has been transformed into a haven of good eats. Chef Chandra Riccetti’s cooking classes are limited to 10 students, making these lessons the perfect opportunity to get hands-on instruction. Riccetti also offers a cooking experience for 6 to 30 friends or co-workers (for corporate team-building). Your group selects the cuisine or the theme, and the chef creates the class, the take home recipes and the instruction plan, Best of all, you’ll enjoy a full service sit down meal! Past offerings include Parisian bistro, Mediterranean, samplings of cuisine from Mexico and Provence, and a class on making artisanal breads.
2100 Hemphill Drive, (817) 913-6972
PC: Hattie May Inn
Healthier on the Near Southside
Scott and Laura Slayton took over Hattie Mae Inn, a historic Victorian style bed-and-breakfast in the Near Southside a few years ago. Laura is a holistic nutritionist with a passion for teaching the power of a real foods for anyone facing health challenges and those simply wanting to improve their quality of life without sacrificing flavor. Laura offers classes on making classic comfort food healthier for you (like barbecue tailgate favorites with lower-fat twists), and classes on technique, like knife skills.
712 May Street, 817-870-1931