When it comes to creating fabulous food, there can never be too many cooks in the kitchen, especially when it’s the two of you. Take the chore and bore out of meal making by attending one of many Tampa Bay cooking classes together. It will expand your eating experiences, encourage you to try new tools and techniques and perhaps shake you out of your at-home meal time rut.
This tasteful setting showcases all that is in good taste. The Epicurean Theatre is designed with foodies in mind. Theater-style seating overlooks a state-of-the-art kitchen where epicurean experts conduct classes in their respective food-related fields. Located on the lobby level of South Tampa’s Epicurean Hotel, this sophisticated classroom hosts top chefs from around the world, celebrated cookbook authors and specialists from craft cocktails to fine wines. They’ve all been part of the fabulous faculty featured here. Many events offer opportunities to interact with the guest chefs not only by asking questions but also by joining them centerstage for a chance to shake, bake, slice, dice or simply sample. epicureanhotel.com
The Rolling Pin
Whether it’s creating an intimate dinner for two or taking a couples cooking class with your partner, The Rolling Pin in Brandon offers a diverse selection of food courses. They range from interactive, hands-on sessions to demonstrations by acclaimed chefs from local restaurants. Either way participants will pick up a tip or two and get a chance to feast on the featured dishes. Novices can check out the Cooking Fundamental Series. Those with a sweet tooth may gravitate to the Whoopie Pie Workshop. And others may want to “Rise to the Occasion” and learn to bake biscuits. The combination kitchen and classroom area is spacious and feels more like a dining room than a classroom. This is also a retail resource that regularly stocks some 15,000 kitchen tools for professionals and home chefs alike. rollingpinonline.com
Publix Aprons Cooking School
The prototype for the Publix Aprons Cooking School opened at Tampa’s Gunn Highway location 16 years ago. There’s a reason it is still going strong and has spread to other cities throughout Florida. Its expert chefs are adept at engaging students in entertaining ways and explaining what it takes to make great meals so that everyone can grasp the knife right, master mincing garlic and wok with the best of them. Classes range from learning the basics to butchery and baking, cooking with craft beer to coaching couples to create a lazy day brunch. You’ll learn, you’ll laugh and you’ll leave with terrific recipes, lots of useful information and experience and, best of all, leftovers. publix.com/aprons/schools/Tampa/Home.do
Sur La Table
The scent of something delicious that greets guests as they enter Sur La Table signals that there is a cooking class being conducted. What may be the best outfitted kitchen, filled with all the latest cookware and utensils, is quite a sight. The appetizing action takes place around a curved counter that boasts a centerpiece stove surrounded by burners. Classes can coincide with store hours allowing shoppers to observe the tasty topic du jour. Even if you don’t cook the part, you will look the part of a real chef while slicing, dicing, seasoning and sautéing in this setting. Classes last less than three hours and can range from instructions for making individual sweet and savory hand pies to a spring-inspired menu that’s ideal for date night. surlatable.com
Nature’s Food Patch (free classes)
1225 Cleveland St.
Clearwater, FL 33755
Piccola Italia Bistro
2140 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Tampa, FL 33607
The Kitchen 24
107 Dunbar Ave.
Oldsmar, Florida 34677
Chocolates by Michelle
11751 N. Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33618