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Discover the art of cooking with basic cooking classes in NYC. Learn essential culinary skills, master fundamental recipes, and gain the confidence to create delicious meals from scratch.

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Culinary Boot Camp Level I: For Beginner Cooks

Home Cooking New York @ 158 Grand St, New York, NY

Elevate your kitchen confidence with our hands-on, skills-based culinary series, perfect for beginner cooks. Each week, master essential techniques from knife skills and vegetable preparation to poultry butchering, braising, and pasta making. By the end of the course, you'll be adept at creating a wide variety of delicious dishes in your own home. Remember to ring the outside buzzer upon arrival to ensure a smooth start.

(2052) Beginner 16 and older
$750

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Six Basic Cooking Techniques

Home Cooking New York @ 158 Grand St, New York, NY

Master essential culinary skills with our comprehensive cooking class designed to elevate your kitchen confidence. Learn to perfect knife skills, cook meat to perfection, craft delicious pan sauces, and expertly prepare a variety of vegetables. Reach out for dietary accommodations and ring the outside buzzer upon arrival to ensure a smooth start to your culinary journey.

(2052) Beginner 16 and older
$110
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Dinners in the Dark

Abigail's Kitchen @ 193 Henry St, New York, NY

Embark on a sensory journey unlike any other at Abigail's Kitchen. With heightened senses, experience the intensity of flavors, textures, and sounds in an unforgettable dining experience. Let curiosity guide you as you navigate a mystery menu, paired with unlimited wine, all under the veil of darkness.

(416) All levels 21 and older
$150
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Spanish Paella Party for Two People

CocuSocial Cooking Classes @ 815 6th Ave, New York, NY

Escape to Valencia with our authentic Spanish Paella class and learn how to create this famous Spanish favorite known for its signature golden saffron hue, smoky flavors of chorizo, fresh seafood, and textured vegetables. Impress your friends and family at your next dinner party with your newfound signature dish! No experience is required!

(1783) Beginner 21 and older
$64
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Culinary Boot Camp for Amateurs

Home Cooking New York @ 158 Grand St, New York, NY

Refine your culinary skills with a hands-on series emphasizing advanced techniques and diverse ingredients. Gain confidence in the kitchen as you master knife skills, explore meat and seafood preparation, and elevate your dishes with expert seasoning and sauce-making.

(2052) All levels 16 and older
$750

6 sessions

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Handmade Dumplings

CocuSocial Cooking Classes @ 52 West 36th St, New York, NY

Learn the secrets of crafting flavorful and colorful dumplings from scratch in this hands-on master class. Discover the art of infusing natural colors and flavors into dough, experiment with various fillings, and master the art of dumpling folding. Elevate your cooking expertise with insider tips on steaming dumplings to perfection.

(1783) Beginner 21 and older
$64
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Seasoning 101: How to Use Herbs + Spices

Home Cooking New York @ 158 Grand St, New York, NY

Unlock the secrets of perfect seasoning with our Seasoning 101 class. Learn to identify every herb and spice, understand their best pairings, and discover their medicinal properties. We’ll bring these teachings to life with a spiced rice pilaf, Indian lentil dal with aromatic butter, and a Middle Eastern fattoush salad. Join us for a flavorful journey that will transform your cooking.

(2052) All levels 16 and older
$110
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Shop & Cook: Union Square Farmer's Market

Abigail's Kitchen @ 15 Union Square W, New York, NY

Embark on a culinary adventure at NYC's iconic Greenmarket. Explore the vibrant array of local produce, handpick seasonal gems, and return to master the art of cooking with fresh ingredients. From farm to table, immerse yourself in a deliciously sustainable experience.

(416) All levels 21 and older
$200
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Soufflé Workshop

Atelier Sucré @ 104 East 7th St, New York, NY

Conquer the art of the soufflé with expert guidance, mastering three delightful varieties: a savory cheese soufflé, a classic chocolate soufflé, and a zesty lemon soufflé with mixed berry sauce. Gain confidence in using the right materials and techniques, and savor your delicious creations in class. Leave with recipes and skills to impress at your next brunch.

(406) All levels 14 and older
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Vietnamese Summer Dinner

Home Cooking New York @ 158 Grand St, New York, NY

Discover the vibrant flavors of Vietnamese cuisine with Chef Al Nguyen in this immersive culinary experience. Learn to create a delightful summer dinner featuring dishes like Vietnamese Marinated Chicken, Crispy Shrimp and Pork Fritters, accompanied by Two Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauces, a Rice Noodle and Herb Platter, and refreshing Salted Limeade. Perfect for food enthusiasts eager to master the art of balancing hot, sour, salty, and sweet flavors in authentic Vietnamese dishes.

(2052) All levels 16 and older
$110
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Introduction to Persian Cooking

Home Cooking New York @ 158 Grand St, New York, NY

Embark on a journey into Persian cuisine's vibrant flavors and aromatic spices. Discover the art of crafting dishes like Kuku Sabzi, Chicken Fesenjan, Steamed Rice with Golden Tahdig, and Salad-e Shirazi, each showcasing Iran's rich culinary heritage. Perfect for food enthusiasts eager to explore new ingredients and cooking techniques that define Persian cooking's distinctive allure.

(2052) All levels 16 and older
$110
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Rockin' Moroccan Cooking for Two People (BYOB)

Taste Buds Kitchen @ 109 W 27th St, New York, NY

Embark on a culinary journey through the flavors of Morocco. Experience the vibrant colors, fragrant aromas, and mouth-watering menu as you learn to prepare traditional Moroccan dishes. Bring your friends or your partner for an unforgettable cooking experience!

(2209) All levels 18 and older
$195
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Nikkei Cuisine: Peruvian Inspired Sushi

CocuSocial Cooking Classes @ 52 West 36th St, New York, NY

Discover the vibrant fusion of Japanese and Peruvian flavors in this hands-on sushi-making class. Create Tuna Maki Rolls, Sweet Potato Maki Rolls, and Salmon Yuke, complemented by traditional Peruvian pepper sauces. Perfect for beginners, you'll craft visually stunning and delicious dishes that will impress and delight. Get ready for a culinary adventure that blends the best of both cultures!

(1783) All levels 21 and older
$64
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Mediterranean Delights

NY Cake Academy @ 118 W 22nd St, New York, NY

Embark on a culinary journey through the Mediterranean with our hands-on cooking class. Learn to craft authentic falafel, creamy hummus, and fresh Israeli salad under the expert guidance of our chef. Perfect for all food enthusiasts, this experience promises to indulge your palate and inspire your culinary skills.

(465) All levels 12 and older
$150
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Puerto Rican Classics

CocuSocial Cooking Classes @ 815 6th Ave, New York, NY

Discover the rich and flavorful culinary heritage of Puerto Rico with this hands-on cooking course. Uncover the secrets behind traditional dishes that have been passed down through generations.

(1783) All levels 21 and older
$64
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A Taste of Provence: Classic Dishes from the South

Miette @ 132 Mulberry St, New York, NY

Indulge in the flavors of Provence with classic dishes from the South of France. Learn Provençal techniques to craft a crispy beet and orange salad, perfectly roasted salmon with olive tapenade, traditional ratatouille, and refreshing raspberry sorbet. Join us for a hands-on cooking experience that will transport you to the heart of French cuisine.

(476) All levels 13 and older
$135
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Steakhouse Menu

Abigail's Kitchen @ 193 Henry St, New York, NY

Join us for a night of indulgence as we explore the art of creating a classic Wedge Salad, savor the flavors of Hanger Steak au Poivre, indulge in a rich and creamy Smokey Mac 'n' Cheese, and finish with a decadent Molten Chocolate Cake with Ice Cream.

(416) All levels 21 and older
$175
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Modern Mediterranean

Miette @ 132 Mulberry St, New York, NY

Experience the vibrant flavors of North Africa and the Mediterranean with our tantalizing menu bursting with color and taste. From a refreshing watermelon salad to succulent Moroccan chicken, savor every bite of this culinary journey.

(476) All levels 13 and older
$135
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An Evening in Provence

Abigail's Kitchen @ 193 Henry St, New York, NY

Embark on a gastronomic journey to the picturesque Provence region, where sun-kissed flavors and fragrances await. Discover the art of Mediterranean cuisine as you craft Olive Tapenade Toasts, indulge in Fish Cooked in a Salt Crust, and savor the delights of French Lentils and Lemony Asparagus. Conclude your evening with the sweet elegance of Crêpes Suzette, accompanied by a glass of refreshing rosé.

(416) All levels 21 and older
$150
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Ramen Bowl & Steamed Buns Cooking For Two People (BYOB)

Taste Buds Kitchen @ 109 W 27th St, New York, NY

Join us for a culinary journey where you can explore the art of preparing delicious Asian-inspired dishes perfect for a cozy night in. Learn the secrets behind crafting mouthwatering ramen bowls and fluffy steamed buns.

(2209) All levels 18 and older
$195
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Reviews for Basic Cooking Classes in NYC

Basic Cooking Classes in NYC are rated 4.6 stars based on 7,807 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Six Basic Cooking Techniques

    Reviewed by Matthew H. on 7/17/2024
    My teacher was great. The class was very informative, functional, and above all, fun. Thank you Susan!
  • Six Basic Cooking Techniques

    Reviewed by Andre F. on 5/29/2024
    The course instructor was very informative and had great interaction with the group. It was a fun and informative course.
  • Modern Mediterranean

    Anonymous review on 4/21/2024
    Fantastic class. Very informative and fun!! Sampled new food combinations and tips for mixing herbs and seasonings to "spice" up meals!?
  • Six Basic Cooking Techniques

    Reviewed by Carra W. on 4/18/2024
    Susan was very knowledgeable and the pace of the class allowed for real learning as she answered questions. The food was phenomenal and the facility provided the perfect learning environment.
  • Seasoning 101: How to Use Herbs + Spices

    Reviewed by Ronald Kathy M. on 4/4/2024
    Was fun and informative
  • Seasoning 101: How to Use Herbs + Spices

    Reviewed by Ronald M. on 4/4/2024
    My first cooking class and I loved it!
  • Six Basic Cooking Techniques

    Reviewed by Christine P. on 3/17/2024
    Erica is amazing! wonderful teacher, learned so much! Food was delicious!
  • Spanish Paella Party for Two People

    Reviewed by yuderquis S. on 2/26/2024
    The class was very detailed and provided great insight into the ingredients and tools needed to make paella successfully. Chef Jerry is very informative and his class is very interactive and engaging.
  • Culinary Boot Camp Level I: For Beginner Cooks

    Reviewed by Jaylan T. on 2/25/2024
    This non-cook learned (and cooked!) so many deliecious dishes. Many myths de-bunked, many great tips. Engaging and ultra-experienced Chef Jennifer. Signed up for the second round!
  • Six Basic Cooking Techniques

    Reviewed by Wills R. on 2/5/2024
    Great class! Highly recommend!

Discover the Best Basic Cooking Classes in NYC

Cooking is, in its simplest form, preparing food using heat. The art of cooking has evolved with humans from the time they first harnessed the power of fire. Fire is what took food preparation from simple salt drying and curing to what we recognize today. Meals and ingredients have changed over time and are different depending on where you are in the world and cultural preferences. However, at its core, cooking is all the same: something edible being heated for human consumption and nutrition. 

This life skill requires practice, discernment, and knowledge. Whereas eating is not a skill that is taught. Eating is something that all humans are born knowing how to do. Having a grasp of the fundamental skills of basic cooking like boiling, slicing, and seasoning is important to creating a menu that will bring people to your table. 

Why You Should Learn Basic Cooking in NYC

It is to everyone’s advantage to know how to do things like toasting, boiling, and baking. When you know your way around a kitchen you can eat more healthfully. You’ll be in control of what goes into your food and in what quantities. Once you’ve learned some basic cooking skills, the kitchen is a safer and less intimidating space. Being able to make your own rice, pasta, and fresh vegetables is important to your quality of life, physically and financially. 

If you’re not confident in your ability to cook something well at home, you could benefit from some basic cooking classes. Once you learn how to cook and what ingredients work well together, you’ll begin to get more comfortable experimenting with recipes and inviting family and friends over to try your culinary creations. 

For many people, cooking is both a hobby and a necessity of life. Cooking is fun and a stress reliever, and there is always something new to learn. Cooking classes help more experienced cooks learn new skills, new cuisines, and new pairings to share with family and friends. If you’re feeling alone in your culinary journey, you could join or start a supper club to make new friends and learn about other cultures and cuisines. 

In-Person Basic Cooking Classes & Schools in NYC

An in-person cooking class is just as much of a great idea for those who are uncomfortable in the kitchen and for those who are seasoned cooks looking to spread their culinary wings a little wider. In-person basic cooking classes are a chance to meet new people, create new culinary memories, and enjoy food that you played a role in preparing. Classes can be taken as a couple, group, or youth. Classes are meant to be fun and engaging while expanding your culinary skills.

Miette Culinary Studio is one such school in NYC that offers basic cooking classes. Located in Manhattan’s Little Italy, Miette offers classes to amateur cooks and home chefs. Their classes are taught by classically trained, professional chefs who want to make cooking fun and accessible for anyone who is interested in learning.

Miette’s Knife Skills: The Fundamentals is a class offered to beginner cooks ages 13 and older. This class teaches knife skills through the creation of a menu, which includes bruschetta, roast chicken, and potatoes. As participants work toward the completion of the menu, they’ll be learning how to choose the best knife for specific tasks, how to safely handle knives, and how to make different types of cuts. When class is over, you’ll have made a lovely meal and you’ll feel more comfortable using kitchen knives.

Home Cooking New York is a culinary educational space founded by Jenifer Clair, a former Recipe Editor for The Wall Street Journal and Food Editor at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and it’s located in SoHo. Chef Clair has a team of veteran chefs and culinary professionals eager to help share their knowledge and passion for the culinary arts while making cooking accessible to anyone who wants to learn. Here you’ll find classes in cuisine-focused favorites as well as in various basic cooking techniques.

In their Six Basic Cooking Techniques course, participants ages 16 and older will learn basic knife skills, making pan sauces, roasting vegetables, and cooking meat to perfection. Class size is capped at 10 students so that it can be more of a group effort and intimate. This is a hands-on class. There will be some demonstrations by the instructor, but students will have every opportunity to get up close and personal with the food. Besides learning some new kitchen skills, you may find that the best part of the class is having a full sit-down meal to enjoy with the class. You can even bring your own bottle of wine to share.

They also offer Culinary Boot Camp: For Beginner Cooks. In this course, students age 16 and over will learn the basics of the kitchen. Over the course of six weeks, you’ll cover every cooking technique and use multiple ingredients to help reinforce the lesson and increase your confidence. The menu includes roasted vegetables, chicken stock and broth, pan-roasted lemon chicken, and linguine with white clam sauce. Some of the skills covered include working with whole grains, browning butter, choosing and cleaning shrimp, and searing meat. Class size is capped at 10 students, so everyone can have a personal and hands-on experience.

Virtual Basic Cooking Classes & Schools

Virtual cooking classes can be just as engaging as in-person cooking classes, but there are some key differences between the two. The advantage of taking online basic cooking classes is having the flexibility to attend classes from anywhere in the world without any disruption to your schedule. Skipping the stress of commuting and traffic is another reason to choose online classes. 

Usually, taking an online virtual cooking class means supplying your own materials, equipment, and ingredients, you may be more comfortable with cooking in your own kitchen than that of a classroom or culinary studio. You’ll become more acquainted with the tools you have in your kitchen and what improvisations you can make with what you have. Another potential disadvantage to an online basic cooking class is that your instructor can’t truly be hands-on in helping you improve your technique.

An Introduction to Korean Cooking is a great way to expand your global cuisine knowledge and your palate. Learners ages 16 and older can enjoy learning to make sweet potato glass noodles, spicy braised tofu, and sesame cucumbers. This class explores some of the techniques and flavors that distinguish Korean food from other cuisines. Although this class is live online, at the end of the class you can enjoy a sit-down meal with your virtual classmates. 

Try Virtual French Bistro if you’re curious about French cooking and culinary techniques. Up to 20 adult learners will get to create steak au poivre and salade lyonnaise alongside the chef. This class teaches how to sear beef, determine beef doneness, poach, and make a vinaigrette. 

Greek Cooking Online with Despina is a class for adults who are interested in Greek food. You’ll learn how to make keftedes (Greek meatballs), tzatziki sauce, and xoriatiki salata (a traditional Greek salad) in this virtual cooking class. You don’t have to be a whiz in the kitchen, just be willing to try. At the end of class, there will be time for a virtual dinner party with your classmates. You’ll get a shopping list and recipes before class so you’ll have everything you need. And the class will be recorded so you can go back and practice and revisit what you learn. 

Private Group Basic Cooking Classes in NYC

If you’re interested in hosting a private online group basic cooking classes for businesses, CourseHorse offers top-notch live online group classes with professional and knowledgeable instructors. Choosing a cooking class for your team means that they will enjoy getting better acquainted with one another in a more relaxed environment that leaves plenty of room for sharing, free communication, and fun.

A class like this Candy Making: Truffles & Brittle might be a good choice for your team. Participants will learn how to make the two classic candies from scratch. The dark chocolate truffles can be made with or without hazelnuts, and the brittle is highly customizable. If peanuts aren’t welcome, any other mix-in can be substituted. The instructors will mail participants a candy making kit before the scheduled class and an additional materials list so that everyone can fully participate in the workshop. The group size is capped at 250 people and runs for about one hour. 

And in the Virtual Sushi Making Workshop, your team can try making sushi at home. Participants will be led by a professional chef in creating their perfect sushi roll. You’ll learn basic knife cuts, fish basics, and the difference between hand rolls and cut rolls. Each team member will have their very own sushi kit mailed to them ahead of the class with additional required tools. This class can handle groups of up to 500 persons and is about 90 minutes long. 

If you’re looking for a specific class and don’t see it publicly listed, please reach out to CourseHorse using the contact form on their website to find out what your options are. Even if you don’t see what you’re looking for, private group classes are a provided service. Booking with CourseHorse is easy, and once you've booked your event, you have plenty of flexibility. You’ll be able to change the group size if needed. You’ll receive confirmation within 24 hours of booking, there are no booking fees, and multiple platforms are supported.

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