Laurels
Best Cooking Teachers
in Washington DC
2017

Why These Cooking Teachers?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored cooking teachers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best cooking teachers in Washington DC.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Al Volo

Al Volo offers cooking classes in Washington. The Italian restaurant is organizing classes of 16 or fewer to learn all about making fresh pasta, traditional Italian food, and wine pairing. Al Volo also offers annual food and wine tours of Italy with wine tours each day and evening cooking classes at a rented villa. The restaurant is known for its authentic Italian food made from scratch, offers catering services and take-away meals as well, and can accommodate special diets. Al Volo also has a stand at Union Market for people to enjoy its fare.

Washington, DC(202) 758-0759

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Chef Tony's

Chef Tony's teaches people how to cook in Bethesda and is backed by over 45 years of culinary experience. The seafood, Mediterranean, and tapas restaurant offers Group Cooking Demonstrations of maximum 12 people at the restaurant as well as private Chef Discussions and Private Cooking Classes, and individuals can learn everything from how to buy fresh fish to how to use leftovers. Chef Tony's loves to connect with people through food and has a reputation for offering a top-quality dining experience with authentic cuisine and a warm, inviting atmosphere for friends and family to gather.

Bethesda, MD(301) 654-3737

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Classy Kids Cook

Classy Kids Cook handles cooking lessons in the Washington area. Children learn both kitchen techniques as well as proper etiquette, and the school promotes cooking classes as a way to improve kids' creativity, academic skills, planning and organization skills, and teamwork. On-site services are only offered to residents of the Luxury Apartments and Condos in the Washington DC Metro area as a contracted service in conjunction with the group's parent company, Compass Concierge Services, LLC. Adults classes are available as well, and the founder was featured in The Washington Post and assisted with a State Dinner at the White House.

Washington, DC(202) 525-4848

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Cooking Thyme

Cooking Thyme brings almost 10 years of experience to cooking classes for kids in the Washington area. The group offers summer camps and after-school programs where children can have fun while learning basic cooking skills, safety and responsibility, creativity, and healthy eating habits. One-hour cooking classes are available for students ages three to 12 at schools in DC and beyond, and the group is a partner of Enrichment Matters in Northern Virginia schools. Summer Camps such as Super Foods = Super Humans! are also listed on Cooking Thyme's website.

Washington, DC(985) 705-0378

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Creative Kids Kitchen, LLC

Creative Kids Kitchen, LLC offers cooking lessons in Arlington. The company focuses on cooking classes for kids and their caregivers as a fun, healthy activity in a safe environment in the teacher's own home, and lessons are available for toddlers/preschoolers and school-aged kids. Students learn manual dexterity, gravity (dumping), numbers (measuring and counting), and sharing and taking turns, parents can socialize over some coffee, and custom classes, parties, and in-school programs are also available. Creative Kids Kitchen is a member of the Sinclair Farms Community-Supported Agriculture program and incorporates fresh, local ingredients into its weekly lessons.

Arlington, VA(703) 664-0922

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Culinaria Cooking School

Culinaria Cooking School teaches people how to cook in Vienna. Classes emphasize the use of seasonal ingredients, proper cooking techniques, and food presentation and focus on multiple flavors and traditions from around the world. Students enjoy fun, stress-free evenings, learn about food and wine, and benefit from highly experienced instructors, and a full calendar of available classes can be found on Culinaria's site including regional ethnic lessons. Individuals can also request a private cooking class for a team building or corporate event, bridal shower, birthday party, and other parties and gatherings.

Vienna, VA(703) 865-7920

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Feast in a Basket

Feast in a Basket features cooking lessons for residents of Washington. Clients can order private, in-home demonstrations for a fun group activity or one-on-one lesson to improve cooking skills and confidence in the kitchen during a one and a half hour class that can be as hands-on as the client desires. Popular lesson themes have included meatless meals, wine and food pairings, and intimate dinner for two. The company is also known for its custom food baskets and meals-on-the-go for everyday use, a special occasion, or unique gift.

Washington, DC(202) 248-0864

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Hush Supper Club

Hush Supper Club offers cooking lessons in Washington. Individuals can learn about all Indian cooking spices, ingredients, recipes, and techniques and get to eat what they have cooked up after the class. Hush Supper Club features Indian vegetarian meals made in the chef's own home from family recipes per the religious food rules of the Jains, and the host also tells diners all about the cultural, religious, and culinary backstory to every dish. Hush Supper Club has been featured in The Washington Post and The New Your Times.

Washington, DC

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Joan Nathan

Joan Nathan brings a lifetime of experience to cooking classes in the Washington area. Small personalized classes for up to 20 people are available at a client's home, and menus can be customized for Passover, Shabbat, high holidays, birthdays, or other interest or event. Individuals must submit an online form on Joan Nathan's site for further details. The chef is a regular contributor to The New York Times, has received numerous accolades for her many past cookbooks from the likes of Bon Appétit, and has also won a James Beard Award.

Washington, DC

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Little Red Playschool

Little Red Playschool teaches children how to cook in Washington. The school has been serving as a nursery/preschool for two to four-year-olds for almost 35 years and offers culinary classes to teach children sorting, counting, sharing, telling time, measuring, fine motor skills, and tactile exploration as well as about healthy eating and foods. The lessons are combined with a complimentary art class, and children become more helpful in the kitchen as a result. The instructor is the director of Little Red Playschool and is also co-founder of the Palisades Farmers Market.

Washington, DC(202) 537-5192

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Robyn Webb

Robyn Webb offers cooking classes in Alexandria and is backed by over 25 years of culinary experience. Friends, families, couples, or teams can sign up for in-home cooking lessons completely customized to each client's needs and can include menus such as Tuscan Cuisine, Chinese Cooking, and Soups and Stews. Robyn Webb is Food Editor of Diabetes Forecast Magazine, has been profiled by major media outlets including on CBS with Dan Rather, has worked with numerous companies, and has received written award-winning cookbooks as well as received the President’s Council on Fitness, Healthy American Fitness Leader Award.

Alexandria, VA(703) 683-5034

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Rutabaga Sweets

Rutabaga Sweets is an Alexandria cooking class company backed by over 20 years of practice in the field. Services include In-Home Private Cooking Classes, Cooking Classes at CulinAerie, and Corporate Events & Classes at The Hill Center, and all details can be found on Rutabaga Sweets' site. People can also purchase the company's French-style jellies. The owner holds a BA in Hospitality Management as well as a Cuisine and Pastry Diplome from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and has worked at top restaurants including Daniel in New York and Gérard Besson in Paris.

Alexandria, VA(847) 571-0560

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Simple Well Being

Simple Well Being brings over 10 years of experience to cooking classes in Bethesda. The Nutrition and Wellness Coach offers group cooking classes and parties that are based on holistic nutrition and various dietary theories, and additional services include 1-1 Coaching, Seasonal Detox, and Essential Oils. The owner is a former three-time Icelandic National Gymnastics Champion who experienced her own journey to reclaim health and balance after leaving the world of sports and is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York where she learned from some of the leading health and wellness experts in the world.

Bethesda, MD(301) 943-5737

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