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Cooking classes in/around Toronto?

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I just realised that as much as I enjoy reading (stalking?) chowhound, I have no idea how to cook anything. Are there cooking classes available for people who want/need to learn the basics in the kitchen (I'm not talking "appreciating X or Y cuisine", but rather like "how to boil an egg. for dummies.)

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      1. Ive taken organic vegetaran cooking classes at the Carrot Common.. they werent bad for a cheap price!
        Oh and I know williams sonoma has some, and Loblaws too

        1. I don't have any personal recommendations for these, but I am aware that they exist:

          - George Brown college (around King East and Jarvis) is well known for their cooking program. You might want to check their website to see if they have any part-time or evening classes for beginners.

          - There's a kitchen store on the southwest corner of King West and Spadina that gives classes. I see the sign in the window whenever I wait for the streetcar there. It looks like an upscale (aka pricey) place, though.

          - The Queens Quay Loblaws at the foot of Jarvis has some small classrooms in the upper level where they sometimes have workshops and classes, I think. I see one-off events listed on their chalkboards by the escalators sometimes, but there's probably somewhere you could get an advanced schedule of all the things coming up.

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          1. re: Gary

            The place at King and Spadina is called Calphalon. I've been there once and had an absolutely delightful evening with some GFs watching and eating a demonstration of Cuban-style cooking all for about $25 - with Mohita.

            They offer two types of classes - ones where you participate, and ones where you watch only. My girlfriend who planned the evening is a very skilled cook, ans she prefers the demonstration versus the participation classes, since she already knows how to mince/chop etc. and just wants to glean hints on the dishes etc.

            However, they do have basic skills classes and I would imagine these would be quite good. The facility is excellent. Here is the link for the calendar.


            Just a note, they also sell their wares, so you can pick up knives and cooking utensils etc. in the attached store. It looks like pretty upscale stuff.

            1. re: Gary

              i've actually taken the knife skills course at GBC as a quick intro for what i might expect. the course was good in that i've developed better habits in terms of cutting but in the end seemed rather expensive. the instruction was fairly good but i've heard others who have had less luck with it.

              there are a few basics courses although not as basic as egg boiling. check it out as there's a wide variety of options.

              the one at king west and spadina is calphalon, it is not what you are looking for. they are expensive classes that focus around themes and expect that you know some basics to get you through. something like italian summer villa could be a course title and you'd cook items you might expect to eat if you were summering at such a locale.

              to be honest.... if you wanted something seriously as basic as how to boil an egg then i'd suggest picking up one of those books geared towards university students who are just striking it out on their own. you'll have a well organized reference to use from there on in and once you're comfortable the cost of a course where you're creating whole dishes in one go will be much more worth it.

            2. You can take a cooking class in the continuing education program on a part-time basis, on almost any topic, at George Brown. Some of them are the basics. You should check out it out: http://coned.georgebrown.ca/section/c...

              1. I have taken continuing ed classes at George Brown, I think it depends on the instructor and the level that the rest of the class is at. Either way the basics class (which are a pre requisite for any of the cuisine or baking courses), is just that the basics you need to take other courses.
                I also went to a class at Dish Studio (it was a present), very pricy and you only learned to make the one meal that they are teaching that night. But one thing I loved about the class was no dishes to wash. The instructors are there every step of the way to "help" (fix your mistakes). I can't say I learned a lot though

                1. I took culinary arts I at George Brown and enjoyed it. Met lots of nice people and learnt alot about cooking. Although some of the food we cooked was not my favourite, I learnt alot skill wise. It definatley would be good for someone who knows nothing. And the bonus was there was always lots to take home.

                  1. I recommend the Calphalon Culinary Center at King/Spadina.

                    it's more fun to learn the basics while learning how to make something tasty. Go for the knife skills class there, or one of the technique classes. You'll learn a lot, eat well, and be able to cook something presentable at the end of it all.

                    1. I've taken quite a few GBC courses, and as others have mentioned, you may want to consider their Culinary 1 course. Lots of basics, although some of the dishes are kind of old-fashioned (the course outline online should have a list of the dishes to be demo'd and/or cooked). I like their courses because you get about 2 hrs of in-class demo, then you go to the kitchens for 2 hrs of cooking, so it's very hands-on (and you take all your food home!). Plus the atmosphere is very casual and social.