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Cooking Classes

With so many great chefs, restaurants, and schools here, it's no wonder that Durham has so many one-of-a-kind opportunities to learn how to cook, too! Visitors and residents alike can get hands-on experience with cooking classes and bartending lessons while also having a little fun. Chefs of all skill levels can hone their techniques with classes ranging from ethnic foods to knife skills.

For the Casual Cook

  • The Durham Farmers' Market Wednesday market hosts a weekly "quick dinners from the market" cooking demonstration series during the spring and summer months where cooks can gain inspiration and ask questions. 

For the Weekend Chef

  • The Durham Spirits Company, located in a historic Durham home and fitted with a commercial kitchen, also offers classes ranging from dim sum to pasta to mixology.
  • Revolution, one of Downtown Durham's fine-dining restaurants, gives diners a chance to try their hand at one of many cooking styles incorporated in the restaurant's menu. Revolution's Chop Shop hosts monthly 12-person, five-hour cooking classes with the head chef.
  • Durham fine-dining institution Nana's gives groups the opportunity to learn from highly acclaimed chef Scott Howell in a two-hour lunchtime cooking lesson. Groups must self-organize and contact Nana's for more information.
  • Sur La Table, the cookware store at The Streets at Southpoint, offers almost-daily cooking classes from its store, covering multiple topics and global cuisine.
  • Pinnacle Culinary Arts Institute teaches six-course mastery courses in essential skills like braising and pan frying, broiling and sautéing, roasting and pureeing, and more.

For the Aspiring Professional Chef

  • The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham is located in the American Tobacco complex in Durham and trains Durham's newest chefs. Students can receive an associate of applied science in culinary arts, a bachelor of arts in culinary arts management, or earn certificates in the art of cooking or baking and pastry.
  • Durham Technical Community College's continuing education program offers courses in culinary and hospitality training, as well as personal enrichment classes in subjects like cake baking and beer brewing.

Kids in the Kitchen

  • In addition to offering recreational adult classes, Sur La Table and Pinnacle Culinary Arts Institute frequently offer courses for junior chefs. Young cooks can expand their skills with classes like "Sunrise Breakfast" or "Days in Italy."
  • The Durham HomeFries Cookin' team is a community class for kids age 9-13 who want to learn to cook with local food. The HomeFries meet the second Saturday of each month at the Durham Farmers' Market. Classes are led by different local chefs who teach kids how to shop for local ingredients, follow recipes, and perform basic cooking techniques.


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Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604