By Linda Cameron  

With the holidays behind us, it’s a great opportunity to sharpen culinary skills. Cooking classes for chefs of all ages and skill levels are starting up. Even professional chefs discover something new when trying their hand at different cuisines. So gather the cooking utensils and Cuisinart, get the cutting board, pull out the pots and pans, and pre-heat the oven. We’re getting ready to roll out all types of treats, sides and main dishes, even dipping into fusion flavors.

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Cooks Of Crocus Hill
877 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 228-1333

Cooks of Crocus Hill has been turning out chefs for years. Home cooks and industry chefs everywhere stock their kitchens with cookware and recipes from this leading community cooking school. You can learn everything from grilling and barbecue to European pastries and steamed dumplings. Become well immersed in artisanal cooking, or start out with the basics.

Way Cool Cooking School
16544 W. 78th St.
Eden Prairie, MN 55346
(952) 949-6799

Learning to cook at an early age is as important as mastering the three “Rs.” At Way Cool Cooking School, children ages 7 to 14 can experiment and play with food in a safe and fun environment. But it’s never too late to learn. Adults with little experience have discovered the wonders of cooking. The school has cooking classes for the whole family. Cooking delicious is more than food crafting. Students also learn the elements of nutrition while preparing wholesome meals.

Italian Gourmet  
8594 Excelsior Blvd.
Hopkins, MN 55343
(952) 933-2633

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Is Italian food a feast for your senses? Why not learn to prepare your culinary favorites with the Italian Gourmet? A catering company with home cooking classes, Italian Gourmet hosts events where you and your guests can cook and serve exciting Italian style Mediterranean dishes. Amaze friends, family,  associates and yourself with fresh homemade pasta and sauces prepared from scratch. Food and wine pairing is also part of the lesson. Mangia and bon appetit!

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Ethnic Foods Co.
208 Central Ave.
Osseo, MN 55369

Ethnic Foods Co. has a menu of exotic dishes you can learn to prepare. Ever been curious about the ingredients that make South and East Asian cooking so tempting and appealing? In an Ethnic Foods cooking class, students learn first-hand through hands-on participation. You can take lessons in Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Asian cooking. Also discover the latest in global fusion cuisine. Work with international herbs and spices, some cultivated in Minnesota. Ethnic Foods also teaches classic European and American cooking, using seasonal produce and ingredients.

Mississippi Market
1500 West 7th St.
Saint Paul, MN

Mississippi Market has three convenient locations in St. Paul. The natural foods co-op has classes ranging from cooking to wellness and nutrition. Many classes venture beyond classic basic cooking. You can learn about the medicinal benefits of bone broth. Or you can learn how to make your own marmalade and brew your own kombucha. If a dish such as red lentils with sautéed greens sounds wonderful, make it one of your co-op cooking basics. The market is another place for learning how to prepare ethnic cuisines, such as Japanese cooking.

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