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Cooking Classes 101

by Felicia Brower

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Catherine Murray/PhoKitchen

Knowing how to cook is a very desirable talent, but sometimes learning something new can be overwhelming. Not knowing where to start can discourage people and prevent them from developing a valuable skill. Cooking gets easier and more familiar with practice, and an excellent way to practice is by enrolling in a class and taking lessons from a knowledgeable and experienced instructor.

Whether the end goal is to learn how to cook or to improve existing culinary skills, there are classes available locally catering to every skill level. There are classes on cooking a specific type of meal or cuisine, classes on mastering various cooking methods and classes to help participants learn how to use certain utensils. Group classes and private lessons are both options, and Central Ohio has several locations where attendees can hone their skills.

Cooking Classes 2Tricia Wheeler, owner and chef at The Seasoned Farmhouse in Clintonville, frequently hosts cooking classes. People of all skill levels attend her classes, but beginners are welcome and encouraged to attend. “Our hands-on classes are great for beginners because they are smaller classes and the student is able to ask a lot of questions and be guided more directly,” says Wheeler. “The majority of our classes are designed to be approachable to a variety of skill levels, so beginners feel welcome in most of our classes.”

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus offers cooking classes taught by instructors with diverse skill sets and backgrounds. Classes range from Introduction to Gluten-Free Baking to Knife Skills 101. The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens also offers summer cooking camps for children where they can get a deeper understanding about the importance of food and how to prepare it.

Sur La Table at Easton Town Center in Columbus has a calendar packed with cooking classes covering a wide array of topics. A few upcoming classes are ‘Cheesecake Made Easy’, ‘Great Mediterranean Cooking’ and ‘Sushi 101’.

The Hills Market in Worthington is a locally owned specialty grocer hosting the Columbus Chef Series of Cooking Classes. Each class includes a demonstration from a highly regarded Columbus chef followed by a three-course meal served with wine.

Wellness Forum Foods in Worthington offers classes that help people learn how to prepare food for optimum wellness. In these classes, Chef Del Sroufe shares basic but important cooking information that will help people achieve their wellness goals.

Those looking for more individualized attention have the option of hiring a personal chef for private cooking lessons. Compared to the class setting, personal chefs can tailor the lessons to suit the needs of the participant. Personal cooking lessons can be one-on-one or for a small group and are a great way to learn something new without leaving home.

No matter the skill level, taking a cooking class in Central Ohio will be beneficial and can provide a little extra help that can go a long way. Be sure to visit the corresponding website of each cooking class’s provider for information regarding location, fees and specific class dates.

Felicia Brower is a freelance writer based in Columbus. Connect at or email

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