Local Cooking Classes for All Ages
My kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in our house. We love to cook.
And my husband and I enjoy passing down our food knowledge to our children. Learning how to cook is one of the skills we want our kids to have experience with.
Like learning to ride a bike or the hand eye coordination to play soccer, learning how to cook is a great class or activity for anyone.
While not a trained professional, I feel as though I have the basics down. Right now my kid’s minds are little sponges and they have to know what every kitchen tool does, and why are noodles hard and then soft.
It makes my heart melt knowing they care so much about what they are eating.
Wanting to know more myself, I started researching cooking classes, not only for children but for my husband and myself.
With Grand Rapids’ tradition of locally sourced produce and meats, diverse culinary heritages, and simple love for great food, it’s no surprise that West Michigan offers amazing adult and kids cooking classes.
If you’ve never looked into taking a cooking class in greater Grand Rapids before, you may be surprised at just how many different options there are – from edible flowers and tasty chocolates, to sausages, Thai and African, there is something for every taste and every age!
There are amazing options for you to pick from, whether you’re looking for a fun night out with your friends or something different for your kids to do on school vacation, or a one-time event.
Cooking classes also make an amazing present that affords someone an experience that will help them learn a great life skill.
Greater Grand Rapids Cooking Classes
These local programs offer classes on a wide range of culinary traditions and techniques. Browse their course offerings to find the perfect idea for your next kid date, ladies’ night out, or date night!
The Local Epicurean
1440 Wealthy Ste SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Private & Group Classes By Appointment
Adventurous foodies can snack on imported cheese, pesto, baguettes, and infused beverages while learning practical and advanced techniques.
YMCA Kids Cooking Classes
Mary Free Bed YMCA – 5500 Burton St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Group Classes, Register Online
Kids Cook classes are held at the Mary Free Bed YMCA.
Children ages 6 to 12 years will learn basic cooking skills while eating and cooking with fresh fruits and veggies.
Kentwood Parks & Rec – Adult & Kids Cooking Classes
Kentwood Activities Center – 355 48th St SE, Kentwood, MI 49548
Small Group Classes
Kentwood’s cooking classes for kids ages 7-16 are designed to show children that cooking is fun!
The classes are offered as 3-part series that highlight specific kid-friendly themes.
Through hands-on instruction, kids will enjoy following recipes and using a variety of utensils and equipment to prepare and try delicious foods.
Adult (ages 16+) cooking workshops connect participants with professional chefs to cook and bake recipes from around the world. Details
Chef Mark – All In One Chef
Grand Rapids, MI; 616-633-4218
Private Individual & Group Classes. Chef for Hire
Learn to cook or learn new recipes to add to your culinary repertoire. Gather a group of friends or just a few couples together to learn something new! Cooking classes can be tailored to your learning needs such as knife skills, braising meats, ethnic cooking styles, and farmers’ market cooking.
All classes occur in a host’s home, lasting 2 to 3 hours. The class fee is $45 per person plus the cost of food.
Or, hire All In One Chef to cook an elegant sit-down dinner, create a stunning hors d’oeuvre party, etc. Details
Nibble + Nosh Gourmet Grazing Boards
Grand Rapids, MI; (616) 805-9232
Occasional Themed Classes
Stephanie, owner of Nibble + Nosh, occasionally hosts cheese and charcuterie board classes at locations in West Michigan.
Upcoming class details are on her website under Classes. Details
Motherland Cooking Xperience
In-Person & Virtual, Advance Registration
Cooking classes highlight delicious African dishes such as Senegalese Yassa Chicken in a sweet and spicy lemon sauce and Kati Kati with Fufu and epic Puff Puff.
Come away with us on this exciting journey to the motherland.
$125 – $300 in-person, $46 virtual. Details
Thought Design Cooking Classes
10 East Bridge St NE, Rockford, MI 49341
In-Person, Advance Registration
Chef Shaun has been hard at work creating delicious menus, packed full of simple strategies you can use to recreate these meals at home.
Each month is a different theme: Italian, German, Thai and more.
Classes are for beginners as well as experienced cooks. $75. Details
Fustini’s Oils and Vinegars
24 East 8th Street, Holland, MI 49423
Virtual Group Classes
Interactive, small-group teaching ensures you’ll get the most out of your time. Learn to mix and match for fantastic flavor pairings according to your own preferences, and your taste buds will be rewarded. Details
Williams Sonoma Cooking Classes
Woodland Mall – 3195 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Virtual Group Classes & Private In-Store Events
Register for a variety of classes all of which sound absolutely amazing. Enjoy a live demonstration and q+a, plus receive copies of the recipes. Choose from sessions for kids or adults.
Or, RSVP to a “Store is Yours” event where you’ll have the store to yourself for a VIP experience with William Sonoma experts, including private tours and demos. Details
Louise Earl Butcher Specialty Cooking Classes
1106 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids MI 49506
Are you a meat lover? Join this locally sourced, whole-animal butcher shop to learn things you can’t learn anywhere else, like:
– How to Butcher a Pig
– Sausage Making Class
– Grilling & Smoking Class
– Canning & Preserving
Tamara’s Cooking Classes, LLC
Oak Lawn Kitchen – 1015 Oak Lane, Grand Haven MI 49417
For almost 20 years, Tamara’s has been teaching hands-on classes at the Oak Lane Kitchen in Grand Haven. In just one class, learn all the skills necessary to prepare several dishes.
Kitchen 242 & Chef Char – Muskegon Farmers Market
242 W Western Ave, Muskegon, MI 49440
In-Person, No Registration Required/First Come First Serve
From French cuisine to kids’ cupcakes, this unique commercial kitchen has made it its mission to provide a space for the community to create and learn about all things related to food. Details
GRCC Cooks – Your Community Kitchen
143 Bostwick Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295
In-Person, No Registration Required/First Come First Serve
Savor the world-class facilities and well-seasoned instructors of Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.
Learn the fundamentals of knife skills, soups, sauces, sushi, or vegan cooking, and become familiar with world culinary traditions like those of Thailand, South America, Vietnam, and Africa. Details
Amore Trattoria Italino Cooking Classes
5080 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321
Fingers crossed that Chef Jenna will be able to revive her amazing free, drop-in style Italian cooking classes. Great for beginners through intermediate chefs, Jenna covers a new theme or recipe every class. The bar is open during classes if you’d like to grab a drink! Sign up for their newsletter to get class status updates or follow them on Facebook. Details
Kids Cook Real Food Virtual Cooking Class Program
We are affiliates of Kids Cook Real Food because we love this program!
Looking for a robust online cooking class for your kids? I have a great option for you: the Kids Cook Real Food program.
This program is great for all families, but it would also be a great unit of study for homeschool families.
Local West Michigan mom Katie Kimball started Kids Cook Real Food in 2016 when she realized that her kids were more likely to eat the food they helped prepare.
Over the years, Katie has built an empire around teaching cooking, including 8 real food cookbooks (in addition to her video-based, go-at-your-own-pace, hands-on, multi-level kids cooking curriculum.
I personally learned knife skills as an adult while my 8-year-old was completing Katie’s Intro to Sharp Knives knife skills unit. (Learn more about course structure on the curriculum map.)
Toddlers to teens can use this online teaching course. You are all going to learn so much from Katie and come away empowered.
Cooking Classes Calendar
Upcoming calendar of area baking classes and cooking classes: