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  • excel Apr 12, 2010 06:24 PM
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Hey guys!

Well, my cousin, her mother (my aunt), and another aunt, all had recent birthdays and I thought it would be a good idea to get them cook lessons. They all have varying degrees of skill, from basic to somewhat advanced. None of them have been formally trained. I was think I could get them something that would be educational, yet entertaining (kind of like a girls night out). My question is where can I find something like this in TO? I remember there use to be a lady on TV and she ran a cooking "workshop" called cook work (or something like that), but that's apparently not running any more. Any and all suggestion would be great. Thanks guys!

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  1. My sister dragged me to a cooking lesson at Nella Cucina some time ago, and it seemed more of a girls night out than a cooking lesson. About 20 "girls" were there and were VERY interested in the wines served, in fact soaked up most of it. It was a birthday event for one of them. Much giggling.I was happy to eat whatever was made and then passed around. My sister was there doing research for her cooking school in Edmonton. Anna Olson was the instructor. I believe the event was pricey, well over a hundred dollars a person, but it included lots of wine and food. Luckily we were comped.

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    Nella Cucina
    876 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA

    1. Try Dish Cooking Studio http://www.dishcookingstudio.com/zf/p...

      Or the Calphalon Culinary Center http://www.calphalonculinarycenter.co...

      1. While not in TO, downtown Brampton's Aggie Martin offers monthly classes on a Monday afternoon and evening. AM has a very solid kitchen team so I would be confident in their work. See the details at:

        www.aggiemartin.com

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        Aggie Martin - CLOSED 2010
        15 Main St N, Brampton, ON L6X1M8, CA

        1. Thanks guys for the recs...please keep them coming. While I want the lessons to be fun and a girls night out. I think I'd much prefer that the educational component be more of the focus....

          1. Calphalon will provide a great education. The class if very small (12 people) and intimate. It's about $130/person, but worth it.

            1. I received a 'hands-on' cooking class at DISH and I think it was around $200. I LOVED every moment of it, even though I consider myself a cook or someone who does cook a lot. It really opened my eyes up to new things I had never even thought about trying to make before. The instructors are all very friendly, the studio is bright, open and beautiful. I would do it again.

              I believe Calphalon runs courses that are a bit more affordable at $130. Also try:

              Great Cooks on Eight
              Aphrodite Cooks

              Ame also runs after work cocktail creation classes @ $50/pop if you are looking for a fun girls night out idea with dinner afterwards.

              Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

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              1. re: FoodieGirl29

                Thanks guys...I'm going to look into them and see what they had to offer. How long are the classes ?

                Can anyone recommend cooking classes held by "celebrity" chefs ?

                1. re: excel

                  I think Great Cooks on Eight sometimes brings in a local 'celebrity chef'. Dish will do it occassionally too, but you just have to keep an eye on the dates. I'm sure you are paying a bit of the 'premium' for their personal brand.

                  Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @ http://www.hipurbangirl.com

              2. Nella Cucina.

                Also, a variety of people hold one off workshops related to healthy food prep.

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                Nella Cucina
                876 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M6G, CA