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Why These Cooking Teachers?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Chicago Cooking Teachers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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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.

a tavola

a tavola has been providing the ultimate in cooking classes with Italian regionally inspired flavor for more than 20 years. The Chicago-area restaurant presents an intimate dining experience complete with authentic Italian dishes featuring the finest imported products. The fun and relaxed atmosphere allow attendees to enjoy a glass of wine and participate in preparation as much or as little as desired. The passionate and talented chef teaches food enthusiasts to make restaurant quality items simply and easily at home. Each class features an appetizer, a pasta, an entrée, and a dessert from the a tavola restaurant menu. The evening culminates with a sit-down dinner featuring the class created feast.


Brindille provides custom cooking classes to food apprentices in the Chicago area. The talented chef-owner offers detailed instruction and demonstrations in a casual and intimate setting. The interactive class ends with a wine luncheon among fellow food enthusiasts. Attendees can expect to learn essential techniques that professionals use in the kitchen.

Cooking Fools

Cooking Fools has been providing globally influenced cooking classes to Chicago-area food enthusiasts for more than a decade. The casual and informative atmosphere offers hands-on instruction, practical techniques, and tasty food. Cooking Fools specializes in keeping techniques simple using fewer gadgets and tools while focusing on creating dishes with bold, fresh flavors and healthy ingredients. Attendees can expect to learn in a hands-on environment, create tasty food, and have a memorable experience. The friendly and knowledgeable staff commits to providing an interactive food experience that works well for corporate team building events, social outings, focus groups, and open cooking classes. Cooking Fools offers an array of exciting classes including tamale making, sushi for lovers, pasta making, pizza workshop, international dumplings, alternative sauces, and much more. The BYOB classes offer a relaxed atmosphere in which attendees can make new and lasting friendships.

Dave’s Specialty Foods

Dave’s Specialty Foods provides unique cooking classes that offer a memorable experience for Chicago-area food enthusiasts. The hands-on classes provide attendees with a variety of recipe choices, techniques, tips, and tricks of the trade. The passionate chef-owner shares his energy and enthusiasm for cooking during every class and demonstration. Food apprentices can expect to leave the class with the confidence to re-create delicious dishes. Dave’s Specialty Foods offers an exciting interactive opportunity for cuisine-based fun that is great for girls or guys night out, couples classes, book clubs, or church groups. An expansive selection of classes is available that focus on veggies, grains, grill creations, seafood, comfort foods, Italian, warm winter soups, and more. Dave’s Specialty Foods focus on creating awesome food, fun times, and enjoying the company of others. Additional class options include private group classes, as well as in-home demonstrations.

Mount Prospect, IL 60056


Marcel’s Culinary Experience

Marcel’s Culinary Experience offers the ultimate in cooking education for enthusiasts to discover fabulous food adventures. The Chicago-area establishment features a fun atmosphere for food enthusiasts to learn, watch, dive in, eat, and interact with new friends. Professional chefs and chef educators share a passion for cooking, creating, and celebrating food. Marcel’s Culinary Experience has the perfect class that for various palates, global curiosities, and social schedules. Cooking students can expect to have full access and enjoy the amenities of a professional kitchen. The talented team of culinary experts has a wealth of experience creating original dishes from a variety of cuisines including Italian Feasts, French Bistro, Asian Fusion, Southern BBQ, and many others. Food apprentices will focus on selecting top quality ingredients, techniques of preparation, and presentation skills.

Glen Ellyn, IL 60137


Ranjana’s Indian Cooking

Ranjana’s Indian Cooking Classes has been providing authentic vegetarian preparation in the Chicago area for over 30 years. The energetic and creative chef invites food enthusiasts of all interests and skill levels to embark on an exciting culinary journey in a single, custom, or series of four classes. Attendees will receive hands-on instruction for nine amazing dishes followed by a sit-down dinner in the chef’s home. Classes are BYOB, relaxed, and dinner-party style complete with cardamom and cinnamon infused tea. Single class students can choose from simple menus using available kitchen ingredients to innovative fusion and special occasion meals. The four-class series option will teach over 40 recipes and provide a thorough understanding of the Indian vegetarian cooking tradition. Ideas for custom class menus are infinite. Past topics and suggestions include curries, fusion cooking, understanding spices, chutneys and relishes, Indian sweets, and so much more.

Chicago, IL 11238


The Social Table

The Social Table provides lively cooking classes with a dinner party style to food enthusiasts in the Chicago area. Students have fun eating and drinking, and the staff cleans up. The nightly evening classes are very hands on and allow students the opportunity to meet new friends. The passionate chef and food educator encourages students to laugh, chop, saute, cook, plate, and drink. The open class menus are pre-set, and service is family style. The Social Table offers an expansive selection of red, white, and sparkling wine for purchase in-house. Attendees are also welcome to BYOB. Private classes allow students to pick the menu, guest list, and music playlist for the evening.

The Wooden Spoon

The Wooden Spoon has been providing the ultimate in fun hands-on professional cooking classes for 15 years. The Chicago-area family owned and operated establishment is a go-to place for high-end kitchen products and educational, entertaining cooking classes. Food enthusiasts will enjoy a quaint, wood-floored showroom complete with a beautiful demonstration kitchen. The dynamic and passionate chefs ensure each class has a distinct, personal flavor where attendees learn skills for a lifetime of culinary enjoyment. The Wooden Spoon offers an impressive variety of culinary experiences to choose from including Seoul food, European favorites, tastes of Tuscany, Mexican tacos, Indian, Southern American, and so much more. Students will cook, taste, and develop better culinary skills whether a beginner or a serious cook in training. Couples can enjoy fun and interactive classes that promote an atmosphere of living, loving, eating, and finding romance.

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