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Cooking Class / Cooking School in or around Somerset County

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Looking to give a gift certificate to a cooking class/cooking school as a holiday gift to a woman who loves to cook and bake, lives in Somerset, and does not like to drive too far. I know of Classic Thyme in Westfield. Any other suggestions.

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  1. The Viking School runs cooking classes at Natirar (Ninety Acres) in Peapack-Gladstone. They are pretty upscale and by no means inexpensive (the fact that they have valet parking for evening students tells you a lot). Not all classes are hands on, which I assume your friend would be most interested in.

    http://www.vikingcookingschool.com/hc...

    1. My friend has taken classes at Kings Cooking Studio in Short Hills and enjoyed it very much....varying topics, very pleasant and affordable. www.kingswebsite.com

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      1. re: maryanne06

        They also do cooking classes at King's Bedminster location, which would be quite close to your friend.

        1. re: PuniceaRana

          About ten years ago a friend of mine took several classes at the Bedminster location. However, the Kings web site now states that the only location for cooking classes is Short Hills.

          1. re: ambrose

            I think their website may be wrong, as I recently took a class there...though I do know that they are not held there often. Most are done at other locations.

      2. I know that most adult schools offer some sort of cooking lesson/ classes. I'm not sure which one near to her but you could consider that as well. I know the Chatham Adult School offers varying classes as well as Montclair(probably too far for her).

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        1. re: mcglo

          Good idea...I know many school districts that have adult learning programs do offer cooking classes. County College of Morris has a culinary school, and also offers continuing ed classes of various types. A friend took one that met once a week for four weeks, taught by a local professional chef which she said was excellent, and inexpensive to boot. (I seem to recall the teacher/chef was either a CIA or Johnson and Wales grad)

          PuniceaRana