Cooking and baking classes in Ontario
Find weekend workshops for families with kids, romantic cooking classes for couples or plan a cooking class vacation with your friends. Learn to create delicious meals, snacks and treats that will impress your guests and make you the star host of every party or cookie exchange.
And cooking or baking gift certificates make great presents for loved ones during this festive season.
Note: Register and book early as classes are kept small to ensure maximum engagement.
Expand your cooking repertoire at one of these culinary schools and cooking classes.
Greater Toronto Area (GTA)
Hone your culinary skills and learn to cook a delicious, four-course meal in a fun and relaxed atmosphere at Dish. The approachable instructors are happy to answer your questions while you work.
This hands-on method is one of the most popular cooking class formats. Dish also offers another class called “Own the Kitchen”, which focuses on cooking items for a three-course menu.
Location: 587 College Street, Toronto
Great Canadian Baking Show alumni Maggie Frith has transformed her love of baking into a business.
Maggie shares her skills with adult and kids’ cooking classes that offer fun and interactive ways to bake, including healthy baking workshops. Maggie’s recipes will give you a flavour of what you can learn to make in upcoming classes.
Holiday season tip: Keep an eye out for popular gingerbread house workshops and cool cookie workshops with great ideas for cookie exchanges.
Location: 1125 Gerrard Street East, Toronto
At Eataly, not only can you shop for Italian culinary ingredients and get delicious pre-made meals to take out or eat in, you can also attend excellent Italian cooking classes.
Discover the secrets of regional Italian dishes, learn the basics of food and wine pairing, get the best hosting tips and sign up the youngest chefs in the family for kids’ classes.
Location: Yorkville: 55 Bloor Street West Toronto
Sherway Gardens:25 The West Mall, Toronto
Le Dolci offers baking classes that cover a range of dessert-related treats. From cakes and buttercream to doughnuts, cinnamon buns and macarons, these courses will be a hit with bakers of all levels, especially beginners.
Both public and private classes, as well as kids’ baking lessons, are available and can be booked online.
Sign up early for classes, especially bootcamps and masterclasses, which are longer in duration.
Location: 12 Sousa Mendes Street, Toronto
New Pie Co is an online pie shop known for its free pie giveaways. They sell a limited amount of unique and unconventional pies inspired by Filipino cuisine. They also offer workshops for mastering piemaking and baking cinnamon buns.
Check the events calendar for the availability of pie-making and baking classes.
Location: Various locations across the city.
Want to learn the fundamentals of Italian, French, Persian or Moroccan cuisine? Or the basics of hosting a casual dinner party?
Experience a hands-on approach to master fundamental techniques for meal preparation at Viva Tastings, as well as recipe adjustment tips and recommendations.
Private one-on-one classes can be arranged to concentrate on specific techniques.
Location: 52 Henry Street, Toronto
Nella Cucina sells a wide range of cookware and supplies for both commercial and home cooks.
There’s also a state-of-the-art cooking studio where you can watch expert-led food demonstrations, participate in hands-on cooking and improve your skills even further through step-by-step instructions by industry professionals.
Location: 876 Bathurst Street, Toronto
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Lake Ontario waterfront as you learn new culinary techniques and make new friends.
Hands-on Saturday cooking classes at Wine Country Cooking School last for about four hours and run from March to November.
Private cooking classes are three hours long and can be held both during the day and in the evening.
Holiday season tip: Treat a loved one with a gift certificate that can be used towards exciting classes in the new year.
Location: 1339 Lakeshore Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Located a 20-minute drive west of St. Catharines, the Good Earth Cooking School offers cooking and baking classes for adults on a wide variety of culinary themes, including French cuisine, pumpkin-themed treats, coastal cooking, Christmas dishes and more.
Chefs leading the small classes will teach you to prepare four-course meals using regional ingredients and paired with wine produced by the Good Earth Winery. You’ll also learn professional cooking techniques. Unless otherwise specified, their classes are designed for people over 19 years of age.
Cooking classes run from June to September, be sure to book early before classes fill up.
Location: 4556 Lincoln Avenue, Beamsville
Hamilton, Halton and Brant
Gastro Market employs a passionate team of experienced chefs who love to share their expertise with chefs-in-training.
Every second Friday is couples’ cooking classes, where partners can learn to create appetizers, entrées and desserts together.
More serious chefs can sign up for the intensive eight-week gastronomy program based on the Cordon Bleu Master Diplôme culinary program in Paris.
Holiday season tip: Shop at Gastro Market for quality ingredients, fresh meat and produce to elevate your holiday cooking.
Location: 193 King Street East, Hamilton
Create, decorate and package delicious chocolates under the watchful eye of seasoned chocolatiers. Learn about the history of chocolate while experimenting with chocolate flavours and textures. Classes are offered for all ages.
Holiday season tip: DIY chocolate making kits are great gifts for the adventurous chocolate lovers on your list. Check out the workshop calendar for everything from Truffle Making to French Macaron classes.
Hamilton: 430 York Boulevard, Hamilton
Located in Markham, Gusta Cooking Studio offers cooking and baking classes. Book a public class to secure a spot for upcoming courses. You can also initiate a new class if you have four or more people in your group.
Stock up on ingredients and find professional culinary tools at Gusta Supplies.
Location: 28 Crown Steel Drive, Unit 16, Markham
Huron, Perth, Waterloo and Wellington
Chefs of all ages and skill levels are welcome to join culinary cooking classes at the Kitchener Market.
Learn tips and tricks from a professional chef and enjoy the tasty meals you prepare. A variety of classes are available, such as Family Meal Prep, Taste of Italy, and Soups and Stews.
Check out the event calendar for cooking class information and registration details.
Location: 300 King Street East, Kitchener
Relish Cooking Studio offers classes for different cooking levels.
Novice cooks will feel more courageous in the kitchen with the À La Carte classes that demonstrate how to use seasonal ingredients and sharpen cooking skills. Signature classes use a fun, hands-on approach to cooking meals from scratch. Reserve classes are more advanced and feature special guests, unique ingredients and the food is paired with wine, beer and spirits.
Of course, the best part about cooking something new is eating the tasty selections. Check out the latest cooking calendar to sign up for your next class.
Formerly a schoolhouse built in 1909, Culinary Academy is now a culinary facility that still retains some of its original details.
In addition to offering cooking classes with hands on cooking instructions for all ages, there are also vegan and gluten-free baking options. It’s also a restaurant and hosts private events.
Holiday season tip: Check the workshop calendar for Holiday family series classes that provide fun culinary tips. Secure tickets early for workshops offered in the new year.
Location: 5183 Trussler Road, Ayr
Bruce, Grey and Simcoe
Red Hen Artisanale offers online and in-person baking workshops geared towards various culinary skill levels. In-person culinary classes are kept small to let participants get acquainted with each other, dive into hands-on learning.
Owner Lauren Hambleton shares her extensive culinary experience with students. She will answer your questions and provide you tips, such as how to successfully create sourdough starter.
The baking studio is located near the Saugeen River in Grey County, where students are invited to learn about decorative pies and the secrets behind baking tasty bread, among other mouth-watering creations.
Register online for upcoming workshops and ask about private group classes.
Location: 384265, Concession Road 4, Priceville
Invite Chef Paul Simon, owner of P.S. Custom Cuisine, into your home for a private, interactive cooking class.
This convenient cooking experience paired with Simon’s customized teaching menu is perfect for anyone looking for a family bonding event or a fun friends’ night together.
Location: Barrie and Muskoka
Learn the basics of cooking and baking in the Parkdale Food Centre’s commercial kitchen. Both adult and family classes are available.
Holiday season tip: Culinary boxes make great gifts for young budding chefs. The boxes contain a kid-friendly recipe card, tools and lots of cool tips and activities to make cooking fun at home. Gift cards can also be purchased for upcoming classes.
Location: Westboro, Ottawa
Located within Ottawa’s historic ByWard Market, C’est Bon Cooking was founded by Chef Andrée Riffou in 2009.
Today, it continues to teach culinary arts and cuisine made with local ingredients and products. In-person and virtual culinary classes place an emphasis on French cooking techniques and hands-on learning, in addition to guided food tours through Ottawa’s popular culinary neighbourhoods.
Holiday season tip: Holiday classes include how to create a holiday yule log and the secrets to mastering holiday pies. Check out additional classes available.
Location: 200 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa
Jill’s Table is a local treasure that sells hard-to-find ingredients, including locally sourced and European products.
You can also sign up for fun, delicious and interactive cooking and baking classes. Jill’s recipes offers a delicious preview what the cooking classes offer.
Location: 115 King Street, London
The culinary school of Maison Maitland takes place in a stately, stone manor built in 1827.
The rustic European country atmosphere extends to its state-of-the-art kitchen, where scheduled cooking classes and private group lessons are held on everything from Italian farmhouse dishes to Vietnamese street food. You can even learn the basics of traditional Indigenous cuisine.
Location: 1258 County Road 2, Maitland
Celebrate the bounty of Prince Edward County at the Waring House, a country inn located in the heart of the region.
Their renowned Cookery School offers twice-weekly, hands-on cooking classes that are guaranteed to expand your culinary skills.
Choose from an array of themed classes, with food ingredients sourced from the Waring House garden and local farms.
Cookery School packages are available with accommodation.
Location: 395 Sandy Hook Road, Picton
A Fine Fit Catering specializes in custom cooking to accommodate the dietary needs of all guests, whether it’s gluten-free, vegetarian or other dietary restrictions.
This mission is reflected in their year-round, monthly cooking classes, where the art of flexibility is prioritized in the kitchen. Run by chef and owner Rhonda Bill, this cooking school offers a variety of virtual and in-person culinary classes.
Cooking classes include virtual, in studio or “Chef in your home” dinner parties.
Location: 193 Riverside Drive, Thunder Bay
Last updated: November 14, 2023