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Oct 6, 2011 01:36 PM

Looking for a place to take serious cooking classes

Hi fellow chow hounders,

I'm looking for a place to take cooking classes in Chicago---I live in Lakeview but don't mind traveling anywhere in the city as long as I am getting a quality hands-on learning experience. I admit that the only place I have taken classes in Chicago has been at The Chopping Block in the Merchandise Mart. I would consider myself a fairly decent cook in need of polishing up on technique and knife skills As for cuisine, I am open to any and all although I am most interested in French and New American.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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  1. There's always Kendall college:

    If you're interested chocolate, Barry Callebaut has some good instruction. You can take a class or two instead of enrolling in an entire curriculum.

    1. If you're serious enough to be interested in a degree program, there's also the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago, which is affiliated with Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts:

      Incidentally, the Chopping Block also offers classes at their Lincoln Square location. So does the Wooden Spoon, in Uptown. And Sur La Table offers classes at its two suburban locations.