Best Cooking Classes in Toronto

A Guide to the 8 Best Cooking Classes in Toronto

They say that the way to the heart is through the stomach – and we agree with that, being foodies ourselves. Anyway, whether you want to play cupid or simply want to give yourself a hearty meal, we’re here to help with today’s article!

Today’s review showcases the best cooking classes in Toronto to help you improve your culinary skills. If you’re up for it, all that’s left to do is to scroll down to your options and pick the one for you!

The Cost of Cooking Classes in Toronto

Let’s talk cost first. On average, one-hour cooking classes usually start at $30. 

But as you’ll find, it’s more typical for classes to go for 1.5 to 3 hours. This sets the starting cost at around $85 to $135 per class. 

You may also find cooking classes for couples and teams. The starting prices for these usually range from $175 to $250.

Take a look at the table below to see the common prices for cooking lessons in Toronto:

Class Format / Type of CuisineEstimated Cost
In-person classes for individuals (1.5 to 3 hours)$85 - $135
In-person classes for couples (1.5 to 3 hours)$175 to $250
Virtual classesStarts at $40
Skills classes$75 - $85
Cooking classes for groups (weekday rates)$600
Cooking classes for groups (weekend rates)$1,000
Brunch workshops$70
Steak with side dishes$80 - $85
Sushi-making classes$70 - 100

The Best Cooking Classes in Toronto

Now, we don’t really know exactly what you want to learn, but we tried our best to give you a variety of options to consider. So, we focused more on the overall service of each school, class formats, availability, and cost.

At the end of the day, here are the ones we liked best!

1. Dish Cooking Studio

Dish Cooking Studio's Homepage
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SERVICESIn-person and virtual cooking classes
WEBSITEhttps://www.dishcookingstudio.com/
ADDRESS587 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B2
CONTACT DETAILS+1 416-920-5559 | [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday - Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturday: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Since 2010, Dish Cooking Studio has been providing in-person cooking classes in Toronto. Recently, they’ve added virtual cooking classes among their options too.

Prospective clients can choose from among three different class formats. 

“Hands-On” is a 3 to 4-hour class focused on making a 4-course meal. It costs $145 per person and guests will be divided into groups to produce recipes from a menu.

“Own the Kitchen” costs $145 per person and lasts for 3 to 4 hours. Under this format, you can get to try all 3 courses on the menu.

“Skills” costs $115 and is more concentrated on improving specific cooking skills and techniques. This class is designed in a way where you can try one course in the studio and the rest at home.

All these cooking formats come with wine + beer available for purchase. Booking a class is also a breeze as you can easily view the availability through their virtual calendar.

Another thing that we like is that they offer corporate cooking experiences. These are great options for company parties, get-togethers, team buildings, and other private events.

Pros

  • Offers virtual and in-person classes
  • Three class formats to choose from
  • Offers a welcome drink in classes
  • Easy viewing of available classes on website
  • Corporate experiences available
  • Variety of cooking event formats to choose from

Cons

  • Popular courses run out fast

Customer Reviews

A fantastic way to bond

I have been to dish studio five times with my friend who loves to cook and learn but she had a personal situation so she gifted her space to my son. It was a great way to spend time with my adult son who loves good food and also enjoys cooking.After we prepared the meal we sat across from another Mom and her adult son. My son said it was awesome and he would definitely like to do other classes. For Christmas, I will be gifting my adult son & daughter the knife skills class. Learning an important skill, enjoying great food and having fun together.

Light and fun atmosphere

Thank you for a wonderful experience at Dish Cooking School. The chefs were knowledgeable and approachable. I felt comfortable asking questions. The atmosphere was light and fun. The food was amazing. I can’t wait to receive my recipes. I have already begun to look for another class! – Cathy Nursall

2. Nella Cucina

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SERVICESBasic skills classes, hands-on classes, demonstration classes, workshops, private classes
WEBSITEhttp://www.nellacucina.ca/
ADDRESS876 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R 3G3
CONTACT DETAILS+1 416-922-9055 | [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday - Friday: 9:00 - 5:30 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Nella Cucina provides a complete culinary experience from classes to equipment. Their classes are divided into four major formats that learners can look into.

“Hands-On Individuals” allows clients to learn individually or in pairs in their workstations. For $95 to $125, you master a skill or a recipe at your own pace.

“Hand-On Team” is a popular choice for couples or small groups of friends. Teams get to prepare 2 to 3 recipes together for $95 per person.

“Interactive Demo” is a lot like watching a live cooking show but with more chances to interact. You can learn various techniques from the chef and get to try the meals prepared at the event.

“Specialty Tastings, Guest Speakers, and Demonstrations ” are various events you can also look into. These events are focused on informative presentations rather than making meals.

Apart from this, you can also reach out to them to plan a team-building event for you. 

Available classes can be accessed via their website. But you do need to call them to register for a class.

Overally, we like the flexibility and range of choices here. There are a ton of options, both pre-designed and on-request, that can cater to just about any need.

Unfortunately, they are fairly popular – which means their lines can be so busy that it may take forever to get through to them at times.

Pros

  • Offers classes in various formats
  • Best for individual learners, couples, small and big teams
  • Can plan a team-building event for clients
  • Easily view available classes and related details on websites
  • Non-alcoholic beverages offered in classes

Cons

  • Can be difficult to contact at times

Customer Reviews

Worth the price

Came here for a knife skills class with my partner during the pandemic and loved the experience. Intimate and socially distanced class, with 2 great chefs who were also very personable. Will be back for future classes! Just wish the screens were clearer and that there were no ventilation sounds in thee background but otherwise it was perfect and well worth the price we paid. – Salena Gao

Great experience from experience chefs

I attended a virtual online class, we made a delicious curried butternut squash soup! Chef Brianne was fabulous, and well spoken which allowed us the opportunity to follow the recipe with ease. This was a great experience and would definitely sign up again and have a virtual girls night. – Brenda Geim

3. Roll This Way Sushi Making Classes and Catering

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SERVICESVirtual, in-person, and at-home sushi making classes
WEBSITEhttps://www.rollthisway.com/
ADDRESS14 Logan Ave Unit B, Toronto, ON M4M 2M8
CONTACT DETAILS+1 416-738-8192 | [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday - Sunday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Sushi making is one of the most popular types of cooking classes you can sign up for. And Roll This Way is our best option for this experience. 

Their best offering is their virtual sushi-making class. You have the option to choose between live public glasses or pre-recorded classes. 

The best part about all this is that everything is provided to you. No need to buy equipment and ingredients because each class comes with a complete kit.

The sushi-making kits come with a sushi rolling mat, cutting board, chopsticks, knife, rice, and seasonings. Delivery is free within the local area but charges apply for nationwide shipping.

Another thing we liked is their virtual class menu. There’s Lobster California Uramaki, Avocado Cucumber Maki, Spicy Tuna Temaki, and more.

The virtual classes are best for virtual experiences such as birthdays, team buildings,and private dinners. 

If you prefer an in-person class, a 90-minute lesson will cost you  $70. They also have an option where they can teach you at your home or office for $250.

Pros

  • Best for virtual sushi-making classes
  • Complete sushi-making kit provided
  • Free local delivery of kits
  • Various sushi recipes
  • In-person and at home classes available
  • Open daily

Cons

  • Certain services are expensive

Customer Reviews

Exceptional and mind-blowing service

Roll This Way Experience was beyond exceptional! From the quality of service, sushi was unbelievably fresh, the variety of options available, and the experience itself was mind-blowing. The set up was classy and beautiful. John and his Team exceeded our expectations and really gave our guests an unforgettable evening. We look forward to having your team as a preferred caterer for events at our office in the future. – Crystal DeSouza

Professional and smooth process

We did this for a corporate event via zoom. The class was a lot of fun. For someone who’d never done this before they completely supplied everything needed, and what we made started easy but then led up to harder things. The instructor went at a good pace, and spoke clearly. Their two camera setup which showed him and then the sushi being made was very easy to follow. The lighting, etc. was professional level so you could clearly see everything. – David McKenna

4. Dickie’s Cooking School

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SERVICESVirtual and in-person cooking classes
WEBSITEhttps://dickiescookingschool.com/
ADDRESS87 B Cedarvale Ave, Toronto, ON M4C 4J7
CONTACT DETAILS+1 647-461-6440 | [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Saturday - Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Dickie’s Cooking School offers various camps and classes for all ages. There are sessions made for kids, teens, adults, and those with intellectual disabilities.

The school offers both in-person and virtual classes. For instance, there are classes for kids that seek to introduce the fundamentals of baking.

One of our favorites is the cocktail of On-Demand classes they offer. 

With this, you get unlimited access to a prerecorded lesson. This also includes recipe, equipment, ingredients list, and a video demonstration.

Some of the On-Demand courses they offer are the Dessert Course, Indian Cooking Course, and Easy Fast Lunches.

Each of these courses starts at $39.99. The course outline varies per class, as does the timeframe.

Another thing that sets them apart are their lessons made for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The classes are led by a former special education teacher so we believe they’re in great hands.

Pros

  • Offers classes for all ages
  • Offers classes for individuals with intellectual disabilities
  • Intellectual disabilities classes led by a former special education teacher
  • On-Demand courses available for self-paced learners
  • Various kids camps available
  • Open daily

Cons

  • Popular courses get booked fast

Customer Reviews

Incredible program for kids

Simply an incredible program for our kiddo. ‘Mom it is my favourite camp”.Nothing makes you happier than your child coming home busting with things to share and anxious to go back the next day. Lisa has a special talent with children and also a bonus we do not have to pack food. Love the recipes and sharing them at home cooking time too. – Cassie St. Amand

Informative and enjoyable experience

I really enjoyed my doughnut cooking class. Lisa is a great teacher to begin with, and a wonderful cook. Her manner is fun, informative, patient and understanding. She listens well, and is thoroughly prepared. Lisa paced the class with finesse, demonstrating her obvious talent and understanding of her cooks’ needs. – Barry Towson

5. Canadian Barista Institute

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SERVICESBarista training, Coffee Shop Courses, Coffee Roasting, Gelato, Ice Cream Classes and Consulting
WEBSITEhttps://canadianbaristainstitute.com/
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: 416 844 9913 Email: [email protected]

Canadian Barista Institute started in the late 1980’s as business consultants but quickly expanded to become coffee educators with three campuses in Canada. They accept international students and virtually anybody above 14 years old can enter their classes.

Their teachers come from all walks of life but share a single common goal – to educate people on coffee and help the local industry. They also want to help promote the culture of coffee and “demystify” it for those interested in the craft.

Today, Canadian Barista Institute focuses on hosting hands-on barista training, coffee roasting classes, and various seminars. They also have gelato and ice cream classes that round out their list of content that curious minds can sign up for.

Canadian Barista Institute aims to prepare their students for whatever venture they undertake – whether it’s as a barista, roaster, baker or business owner. If you’re in the Montreal area, they also offer their educational services there!

So if you’re looking to broaden your skills and learn more about coffee, they’re one of our top picks in Toronto.

Pros

  • Best for coffee classes
  • Helps people open their dream coffee business
  • Course available for 14 years old and above
  • Offers online courses and in-cafe training
  • Flexible class times, can request for schedules
  • Campuses in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver

Cons

  • Class slots by reservation only, no drop-ins allowed

6. Le Dolci Culinary Classroom & Studio

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SERVICESBarista training, Coffee Shop Courses, Coffee Roasting, Gelato, Ice Cream Classes and Consulting
WEBSITEhttps://canadianbaristainstitute.com/
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: 416 844 9913 Email: [email protected]

If you want to get started with baking, Le Dolci Culinary Classroom & Studio is our top pick. Here are the top reasons why we believe you’ll have a great experience here.

In general, they offer in-person and virtual cooking classes. But they also offer various formats to choose from.

They are public classes with a large selection of classes in Toronto. There are also private classes perfect for families, friends, and colleagues. 

For companies and businesses, they also offer client groups and corporate team building. In addition to these, kids can also enjoy classes and baking camps.

Some of the things you can learn from there are cake decorating and cooking decorating. You can also learn how to make pasta, breads, cinnamon buns, and more.

If you’re a complete beginner, you can try their online cake and buttercream class. This course takes 6 weeks to complete and is great for all ages.

As for the pricing, virtual classes start at $40 while in-person ones start at $129 per person. For corporate bookings, renting the studio costs $129 per person.

Pros

  • Best for baking classes
  • Course available for all ages and all events
  • Offers courses tailor-fit for beginners
  • Corporate bookings available
  • Offers holiday baking experiences

Cons

  • Unclear working hours

Customer Reviews

Artistic and creative classes

What a lovely way to start our day! Thank you to Chef Amanda for a great class. My 8yr old daughter and I attended the sugar cookie class and really enjoyed celebrating our artistic creativity with the tips and tricks shared as we decorated our cookies. We will definitely do this again! – Dalia Osman

Classes fit for all ages

Great way to spend a Saturday with a Zoom virtual class baking Macarons with Zoe at Le Dolci. Informative, nicely paced class with just the right amount of attendees.  I would recommend this class to anyone who has a desire to attempt these special treats. Consider giving a class as a gift certificate to a family member or friend who loves to bake. Thanks to Kim Jenkins who gifted this to me! – Judy Westegaard

7. Gusta Cooking Studio

SERVICEShttps://www.gusta.ca/classes
WEBSITEhttps://www.gusta.ca/
ADDRESS28 Crown Steel Drive, Unit 16 Markham, Ontario, Canada L3R 9Y1
CONTACT DETAILS(905) 604-6040
[email protected]
OPERATING HOURSTuesday – Saturday: 11 am — 6 pm
Sunday: Appointments welcome

Gusta Cooking Studio is a facility wherein clients can get to experience and learn just about anything that concerns cooking and baking. Established back in 2012, they continue to progress and expand in order for them to accommodate more classes and individuals who have a passion for cooking.

What we like about them is that they are able to offer all-around services and accommodations. Clients can book both private and public classes readily at their website along with regular updates regarding the classes they hold.

In comparison to other classes, they are one of the few who provides full-service for each class and this includes pre-measuring all ingredients in advance, preparing all the required tools and equipment ahead of time, cleaning up during and after the class by their staff, and providing take-home containers for the students final outputs.

They also have various cooking materials, facilities, and tools wherein clients can use during cooking and baking classes or even rent them for particular events.

Aside from this, they also receive high praise when it comes to their staff and instructors wherein their clients have expressed positive feedback for their friendly and knowledgeable attitude.

Overall, with reliable resources and a wide range of classes to choose from taught by experts in the field, we highly recommend them for clients looking to start their journey in the culinary world.

Pros

  • Wide variety of classes to choose from
  • Accepts private lessons
  • Accommodating and knowledgeable instructors

Cons

  • Closed on Mondays
  • Private classes require a minimum of 4 people

Customer Reviews

Here are some reviews from their clients:

“My amazing wife bought my sister and I a course here at Gusta Cooking Studio, in which we learned how to make vanilla bean mille crepes with fruit layers. Baron was our instructor, and he was absolutely great. The two of us have very little baking/pastry experience, but he was able to guide us through the entire process of making the crepe and cream layers in a fun and informative manner. I really loved how he was able to explain the “why” for many of the steps, which made it much easier to understand the whole process. ”

“Beautiful cooking studio and most friendly staff! Baron made the class fun and easy to follow. I really enjoyed the baking experience with my girlfriends. I’d definitely recommend to everyone!”

8. Viva Tastings

SERVICESCooking Classes (Hands On, One-On-One), Cooking Events (Culinary Corporate Team Building, Private Cooking Parties)
WEBSITEhttps://www.vivatastings.com/
ADDRESS52 Henry St Toronto, ON M5T 1X2, Canada
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: +1 416 578 2129
Email: [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSTuesday to Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday & Monday: CLOSED

Next on our list is Viva Tastings.

Viva Tastings is a Toronto-based culinary events and cooking class company. They design custom one-on-one cooking classes to meet individual needs in addition to staging corporate team-building events and private parties.

This company strives to create dishes that jolt your senses and intensify the experience. They would serve 5 to 10 courses to pique your interest and satisfy your appetite. Each dish is a unique experience, with a distinct flavor, texture, and feel for they believe that the intensity of the flavor is critical.

Great cooking is about techniques, not recipes. In their classes, we are impressed with how they are able to teach their students, as you will be able to collaborate with other students in a fun, hands-on setting led by their professional chef instructors. You will also learn the most important aspect of cooking: tasting and adjusting recipes.

Because of the variability of ingredients, they believe that every recipe is merely a guide. The taste of a tomato grown in the Mediterranean and one grown in Ontario, for example, is so dissimilar that a recipe developed in Italy must be adjusted at the end. There is a method and a skill to this crucial stage of cooking, which you will learn in their classes.

By choosing them for your team building events, they can discover the ingredients for successful, effective performance by cooking together. For example, if the goal is to practice problem-solving skills, participants could be given all of the ingredients but not all of the instructions for a recipe. They will also make sure that they will be tailoring the event to your specific requirements.

This company will kill two birds with one stone for your employees as they will learn how to cook on their team building day and, of course, have a tasty meal.

Pros

  • Accepts hands-on and one-on-one lessons
  • Accommodating and knowledgeable instructors
  • Offers custom-designed 2.5-hour hands-on class to meet your culinary level, menu wishes, and dietary restrictions
  • Offers different kinds of gift cards
  • Negotiable date and class time depending on availability

Cons

  • Closed on Sundays and Mondays

Customer Reviews

Here are some reviews from their clients:

“We had an amazing evening with Chef Karen! Learned lots of new kitchen skills, had an absolutely delicious meal and met some lovely people. Would highly recommend :)” – Catherine McGregor

“We were given a gift from our kids to do a cooking class with Viva. Our experience this week was very special and intimate. Chef Karen was very informative and yet allowed all of us to move forward without too much instructions. The preparations beforehand were very welcoming! “Perfect amount of butter, herbs, etc.. We were delighted with the team that we worked with. Overall a great experience and had wonderful food. Thank you, Chef Karen.” – Ginette Morel

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