The 10 Best Cooking Classes in Delaware!

If you’ve always wanted to add some skills to your culinary toolkit, Delaware offers plenty of cooking class options that will help you prepare any dish imaginable. Whether you want to perfect your baking or you’re more into learning about Pan-Asian fare, you’ll soon be a master chef with the help from the 10 best cooking classes in the state! 

1. Chef’s Haven, Hockessin, DE

With over 30 years in the food industry, Chef Mark Eastman, owner, and operator of Chef’s Haven is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute, and he has prepared meals for celebrities like Frank Sinatra, U2, Aerosmith, and the Dave Matthews Band. Now he wants to bring that experience and knowledge to you with his culinary school, so that you can learn proper technique and how to prepare surprisingly simple and delicious dishes at home. 

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2. Brandywine Culinary Arts School, Wilmington, DE

The hands-on classes at Brandywine will let you build confidence at your own pace at the school’s studio kitchen. Learn about the satisfaction that comes from cooking a meal your family that they will love and beg you to make again and again. Owner and proprietor, Debbie Reynolds, has more than 30 years of experience in the food industry, and she specializes in preparing family meal and baking. 

3. The Hospitality School, New Castle, DE

Founded in 2012, the Hospitality School offers a state-of-the-art facility and a 14-week long training course for students, as well as an after-school program and a summer camp. Students receive two chef uniforms, a professional knife set, an android tablet, non-slip kitchen shoes, complimentary lunch every day, and a monthly transportation stipend. By the end of the course, the student should be able to cook with confidence and be prepared for any job in the culinary field.

4. Delaware Technical Community College

The Technical Community College of Delaware offers cooking classes in both their Staton and Dover locations. As part of their Continuing Ed program, anyone can sign up for classes and class sizes are generally pretty small. Choose from programs like “Date Night Sushi,” Perogi Love,” and more.

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5. Big Fish Grill, Rehoboth Beach, DE

It might sound odd that a restaurant takes the time to teach classes, but there you have it. Featuring hands-on participation of items from Big Fish Grill menu restaurants, you’ll get to observe a whole fish cutting demonstration as well as tips on how to purchase the freshest fish and prepare seafood. Classes are intimate and are limited to no more than 10 students.

6. Everything But the Kitchen Sink, Hockessin, DE

This specialty store has been purveying the eclectic and hard to find for over 40 years. But did you know that they offer night times cooking classes too? Classes start up in the fall, and you can learn how to make Welsh rarebit, chicken with crayfish butter, and apricot charlottes. There is even a wine-tasting class hosted by a James Beard award-winning wine connoisseur.

7. Mikimoto, Wilmington, DE

Serving a variety of Pan-Asian themed dishes, like Mongolian barbecue and dim sum this Big Fish-owned sushi spot offers nighttime sushi 101 courses for just $45. Of course, you will find hand-crafted cocktails, sake, sizzling appetizers and more, but those are not covered in the class.

8. Drop Squad Kitchen, Wilmington, DE

The food is fresh, delicious, and it is vegan. Owner and Chef, Abundance Child, operates this five-table, 17-seat establishment with a seasonal riverfront patio like a well-oiled machine, honoring her aboriginal heritage with every dish. She makes food in small batches and quality and freshness is the key. Plus, she has energy left over to teach classes. See her website for details.

9. a (MUSE), Rehoboth Beach, DE

The happening food joint promises to be all about “inspired food and drink,” and they want to share some of that inspiration with you. And with workshops about how to grow your own Koji to add umami depth to your food, they don’t make classes like this everywhere. Plus find whiskey dinners and more on their website.

10. The Kitchen Class, Newark, DE

Explore American culture through food prep and history. The Kitchen Class is a part of the University of Delaware’s English Language program and provides international students with instruction in culinary art, culture, social etiquette, American culture, and hospitality. If you would like to learn more about American culture through the food you can join these class through what is called the Kitchen Cluster program.

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