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The 5 Best Cooking Classes In Houston

The 5 Best Cooking Classes In Houston Homepage

How We Picked

Excellent Instructors: Not all good cooks are good teachers. However, we believe it is essential for the head instructor in cooking classes to be good at cooking and know how to teach others.
Hands-On Classes: Many people learn more by doing instead of just watching something done. Therefore, we think hands-on classes create a fun learning experience.
Enjoyment Level:  Some people may be beginner cooks, and others may be professionals. So we looked for cooking classes that may be enjoyed by anyone of any cooking level.
Menu: Most people want to know what they’re cooking in advance. We chose cooking classes that list what is being prepared and the style of food being taught.

1. UrbanChef

UrbanChef Homepage

Services: Cooking classes, Kids classes, Private parties and events available

Website: https://www.urbanchefhouston.com

Address:  3651 Weslayan St, Houston, TX 77027, United States

Contact Details: +1 713-504-1700

Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 10AM–11PM

       Saturday: 11AM–11PM

       Sunday: 10AM–6PM

Google Reviews Score4.9/5
Yelp Reviews Score4.5/5
Facebook Reviews Score5/5
Total Reviews5/5
Score Consistency5/5
Excellent Instructors5/5
Hands-On Classes5/5
Enjoyment Level4.9/5
Menu4.9/5

Pros

  • Credit cards are accepted
  • Hosts corporate parties 

Cons

  • Not allowed to bring beverages
  • Maximum of 12 guests per kitchen. 
  • Starting price is $90+

We’ve never been master chefs, but when we attended a class at Urban Chef, we felt like we were chefs on a top cooking show. 

The class we chose had Spanish Paella on the menu—by the way, we could choose what we wanted to cook from their website in advance.

On the day of the class, when we walked into the classroom, aprons and chopping boards were lined up across the tables. Every ingredient we needed was already laid out for us. So, we strapped on our aprons and tuned into the chef’s instructions.   

Every step of the way, Chef Jada Glabsy showed us different techniques while keeping the recipe directions easy to follow. There wasn’t a moment in class where we didn’t see her smiling. 

Thankfully, Chef Jada explained that our meals may differ from our fellow class chefs. So we didn’t feel any pressure for our dinner to be perfect. 

Nevertheless, Chef Jada’s enthusiasm rubbed off on us as we scrambled to prepare our meal. 

Although we did have some trouble with peeling and deveining the shrimps, it was comforting to know we weren’t the only new cooks in class. 

Working as a team with our other fellow cooks contributed to building up motivation and passion in us to finish off our cooking class strong. 

While we still aren’t master chefs, we were thrilled to be able to get our hands dirty and cook a fancy fresh-cooked meal we would have never made at home alone.

2. Well Done Cooking Classes

Well Done Cooking Classes Homepage

Services: Date Night/Social Night Classes, Fundamental and Technique Classes, Culinary Certificate Programs, and Private & Corporate Team-building events available 

Website: https://welldonecc.com

Address: 2811 Airline Dr Suite 5, Houston, TX 77009, United States

Contact Details: +1 832-782-3518

Operating Hours: Monday: Closed

         Tuesday-Friday: 4:30PM–10PM

                  Saturday: 12PM–10PM

         Sunday: Closed

Google Reviews Score4.8/5
Yelp Reviews Score4.5/5
Facebook Reviews Score4.8/5
Total Reviews4.8/5
Score Consistency4.8/5
Excellent Instructors4.8/5
Hands-On Classes4.8/5
Enjoyment Level4.7/5
Menu5/5

Pros

  • Bring your own beverage
  • Credit cards are accepted
  • Staff wears masks

Cons

  • Class is not as hands-on as others

During the pandemic, we spent a lot of time cooking at home and trying new recipes. So eventually, we grew bored and ran out of spontaneous dinner ideas. 

As slightly experienced chefs, we hit a rut in the kitchen. But our Well Done cooking class brought the fun back into cooking for us!

They have an extensive class schedule on their website. We had a difficult time choosing because every menu is themed for the entire evening. 

Ultimately, we ended up selecting the Dinner on Bourbon Street theme. 

Despite the prices being a bit pricier than expected, at roughly $80 a person—the menu lineup for Dinner on Bourbon Street had us licking our lips.

Blackened salmon, mini shrimp po boys on a piece of crusty French bread, served with remoulade, and spicy chicken and sausage jambalaya. We can’t forget the pillowy beignets with a delicious vanilla cream sauce. 

By the way, the class is three hours, so we had to clear some time in our schedule. Nevertheless, we couldn’t wait to begin. 

During the class, we were paired with another couple since the eight cooking stations accommodate four people each. 

We were a little surprised because they were not wearing a mask, so keep this in mind if a mask requirement is something you’re looking for. 

We must admit that the class was disappointing because it was not as hands-on as we were hoping for. 

All of the prep work and the knife work into preparing the recipes were done for us already. So we didn’t get a chance to measure out any of the ingredients either. 

When we did start cooking the meal, the leading chefs kept the mood calm and contributed to the relaxing atmosphere. The chefs didn’t micromanage us in any way; rather, we were allowed to go at our own pace.  

It didn’t feel like we were being instructed, but more like being with friends in the kitchen who randomly gave little chips and instructions on making the recipe better.

As we finished each recipe, we were allowed to sit down and enjoy the flavors of the meals we cooked. The jambalaya was not too salty nor too spicy and the beignets melted in our mouths. 

We brought an aged Rioja—a Spanish red wine with a tint of earthiness to complement the flavors of the jambalaya. Thankfully, the leading chefs provided glasses for us.

Overall, the entire evening went well and was a success. We had a great experience with our Well Done cooking class, and we can’t wait to try another one.

3. Cozymeal Cooking Classes

Cozymeal Cooking Classes Homepage

Services: Cooking classes, Online Cooking, Online Mixology Hands-On Cooking Classes, Guided Food & Drink Tours, Private Chef Experiences, and Chef-Recommended Cookware available 

Website:https://www.cozymeal.com

Address: 2929 Allen Pkwy Suite 200, Houston, TX 77019, United States

Contact Details: +1 832-415-3144

Operating Hours: Monday- Friday: 9:00AM to 3:00PM 

       Saturday – Sunday: 12:00PM to 9:00 PM 

Google Reviews Score5/5
Yelp Reviews Score5/5
Facebook Reviews Score4.7/5
Total Reviews5/5
Score Consistency4.7/5
Excellent Instructors5/5
Hands-On Classes5/5
Enjoyment Level5/5
Menu5/5

Pros

  • Chefs can travel to personal homes
  • Variety of classes are offered
  • Extensive menu 

Cons

  • Prices vary per class

CozyMeal Cooking classes are not an actual program in itself. Instead, it’s an online platform that lets you choose from different cooking classes within the Houston area. 

We do like how every class offered on their site is led only by professional chefs, and the cost of classes is on the cheaper side, costing approximately $65 and up per person

It was not easy to choose; we almost chose more than one class. 

But we decided to go with a challenge and chose Five Course Aphrodisiac Dinner with Chef Christmas. By the way, since it’s a five-course meal, the price was $115. 

The menu includes oysters casino, arugula, and pomegranate salad with an apricot vinaigrette, chocolate-covered berries, an entrée with steamed carrots, a choice of a side, and dessert. 

We were able to choose from either steak with red wine shallots and herb château potatoes, honey glazed salmon with red quinoa or wild herb rice, and chicken with saffron raisins and pinenuts. 

The sides included roasted brussels sprouts or roasted broccolini. 

Naturally, we chose the steak with the red wine shallots and roasted broccolini as our side. 

Once we booked our class through the platform, we received an email, and we were set to go. 

Here’s the best part, we didn’t have to travel anywhere because Chef Christmas came to us with the ingredients already.

To start, she arrived right on time. Not to mention, we truly appreciated how she demonstrated health and safety protocols by wearing a mask. 

Since we were cooking in our own home, we had plenty of space to get our hands dirty and individual attention from Chef Christmas. 

She even provided aprons, tools, and any appliances we would need throughout the class. 

We started off preparing oysters casino. We had never made anything with oyster before, let alone eaten them. 

But chef Christmas walked us through each step of the way. She also assured us that if we wanted to skip making the oysters, then we could. 

As we prepared the rest of the entrées for the night, chef Christmas was not a human recipe book. Instead, she reviewed the fundamentals of cooking, such as proper knife techniques, and gave us helpful tips that we could use in the future.  

She was just excited to cook as we were. But our favorite part of the night would have to be the Merlot chocolate cake— it tasted divine.

We cannot speak for all the classes on Cozymeal, but after the class we had with Chef Christmas, we are willing to try another one.

4. The Cookery Houston

The Cookery Houston Homepage

Services: Three to Four Course Dinner Cooking Classes and Private Events available

Website: https://www.thecookeryhouston.com

Address: 901 Rhode Pl Suite 300, Houston, TX 77019, United States

Contact Details: +1 713-253-4168

Operating Hours:  Hours vary depending on class schedule

Google Reviews Score5/5
Yelp Reviews Score0/5
Facebook Reviews Score5/5
Total Reviews3/5
Score Consistency4/5
Excellent Instructors5/5
Hands-On Classes4.5/5
Enjoyment Level4.7/5
Menu5/5

Pros

  • Extensive menu 
  • 48-hour cancellation policy

Cons

  • Not allowed to bring your own beverage
  • No refunds

From our experience, we have found that The Cookery Houston offers cooking classes for all levels of students. 

On their website, they offer various classes—we chose Pasta Perfecto! 

The class amounted to $125. Although they have a no refund policy, we did notice they have a 48-hour cancellation policy if we needed to reschedule. 

When we walked into the classroom, it was clean, and the other students in the class were already strapping on their aprons. While we didn’t see any younger kids, some teenagers were in attendance.

Normally, we wouldn’t make pasta homemade at home because of how long it takes. Still, Chef Tiffany made our experience fun and exciting.

At the start of the class, Tiffany, our class instructor, gave us an overview of the menu for the night. She then went over all the basics of cooking, from how to properly handle chopping knives and assuring us that it was ok for our meals to not all come out the same. 

Throughout the three hours we spent with Chef Tiffany in class, we enjoyed her great sense of humor as she showed us how to make different kinds of pasta from scratch. Such as tortellini and ravioli; we also made a delicious alfredo and a lamb ragu sauce. 

Dessert blew away our taste buds—dark chocolate ravioli filled with a vanilla bean ricotta and a sweet hazelnut cream sauce drizzled on top. 

Along with our dessert, we were offered to choose from wine, beer, and even various cocktails. 

The entire night was filled with laughter and delicious food—what more could we ask for!

5. Sur La Table

Sur La Table Homepage

Services:  In-Store Cooking and Baking Classes, Online Cooking and Baking Classes, Kids’ Classes, Private Events, Sur La Table Culinary Institute Classes available 

Website: https://www.surlatable.com/home

Address: River Oaks Shopping Center: 1996 West Gray Houston River Oaks, TX, 77019

Contact Details: 713-533-0400

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Operating Hours: Mon – Sat: 9am – 9pm 

       Sun: 11am – 6pm 

       Holiday: Call store for holiday hours

Google Reviews Score4.2/5
Yelp Reviews Score4/5
Facebook Reviews Score4.5/5
Total Reviews4/5
Score Consistency4/5
Excellent Instructors4/5
Hands-On Classes4/5
Enjoyment Level4/5
Menu4/5

Pros

  • Credit cards are accepted
  • Bringing your own beverage is accepted

Cons

  • No prep work
  • Less instruction from chef
  • Rushed timing

At first, we thought Sur La Table was just a normal cookware store. But we were surprised when we were given a gift certificate valid for one cooking class. 

When we arrived at Sur La Table, we were greeted with fresh steaming cups of coffee at the door. As we were led to the classroom, we were put into groups of four.

Unfortunately, we didn’t need to prep anything as it was done for us already. But we tied on our aprons and started following Chef Nick’s instructions.

First, he walked us through how to make a crispy batter for our fried chicken. Thankfully, our chicken ended up crunchy with every bite because we followed his tips. 

There were times when we wished we had a little more instruction with quicker, efficient techniques. For example, when making the biscuits, we didn’t know whether we should cook them for a shorter amount to prevent the biscuits from burning. 

But, we did enjoy the macaroni and cheese. It filled us up yet left us wanting more. 

Nevertheless, we did feel rushed as we were eating our meal. 

So, we wish we had more time to savor the food we had worked hard to make. 

So, while the cooking class wasn’t as hands-on as we were hoping for, they did provide everything we needed. One more thing, we were able to bring our own wine. 

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