If you want to learn kitchen basics or take your current culinary skills to the next level, there are plenty of spots on Long Island to learn. From themed classes for kids to cuisine-specific culinary adventures for teens and adults, here are places where classes are offered.
A la Carte Culinary Services
A la Carte Culinary Services, 32 Atlantic Ave., Lynbrook: This homey storefront school offers a variety of courses including Knife Skills, Learn to Cook 101, Sushi Workshop and Homemade Mozzarella. Individual classes range from 2 to 4 hours and cost about $100 each. Also offered are classes for kids and teens, as well as private lessons.
The Baking Coach
The Baking Coach, 320 Broadway-Greenlawn Rd., Huntington: The Baking Coach offers baking programs for adults and children. Classes can be taken either at your own home or at their two locations in Manhattan and Montauk. Baking Coach offers both private lessons and party packages. Programs range from 45 to 90 minutes.
The Chocolate Duck
The Chocolate Duck, 310 Main St., Farmingdale: The Chocolate Duck offers a variety of baking and decorating classes including wedding cake decorating and chocolate molding. Classes for children, teens and adults are available and begin at $55 per class.
College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center
Suffolk County Community College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center, 220 E. Main St., Riverhead: In addition to its credited degree program in culinary arts, the gleaming professional kitchens of the Riverhead campus of SCCC offer continuing-education classes to folks who just enjoy the art of cooking. The one-session classes usually last 2-3 hours and begin at $39. Classes for kids, including summer camps covering nutrition and food preparation, are also offered.
Kitchen Times Party Place
Kitchen Times Party Place, 691 Broadway, Massapequa: Hands-on concept making cookies, pretzels, pizza or full meals to eat. Kitchen Times offers children's cooking classes, birthday parties, adult events, private cooking classes and supper clubs. Classes start at $35.
Loaves & Fishes Cooking School
Loaves & Fishes Cooking School, 2266 Main St., Bridgehampton: Loaves and Fishes, the specialty market and kitchenware store, runs a cooking school at the Bridgehampton Inn. Saturday evening classes include Fall Farmstand Cooking, Pear and Pumpkin Harvest, Country Holiday Dinner and The Italian Table. Classes are three hours and $165, and every class ends with a meal. Cook and stay packages are available with the Bridgehampton Inn.
Sugar & Spice Culinary Arts
Sugar & Spice Culinary Arts, 45 New Hyde Park Rd., Garden City: A storefront school that offers a variety of culinary services. Two-hour technique workshops ($60 apiece or six workshops for $300) include Pantry Staples and Knife Skills; Soups and Sauces; Roasting, Broiling, and Grilling; Sauteing and Frying; Poaching and Steaming, and Baking. Also on offer, “dinner demonstrations,” kids’ classes and birthday parties.
Sur La Table
Sur La Table, 1468 Northern Blvd., Manhasset: The Manhasset location of Sur La Table offers extensive cooking programs for children and teens. Sample classes include Knife Skills, French Bistro Menu and Date Night. There are also a series of classes based on celebrity chef recipes. Classes start at $59.
Western Suffolk BOCES, 17 Westminster Rd., Dix Hills: College students can take courses in baking and culinary arts.
What's Cooking, 30 E. Main St., Oyster Bay: A culinary school and party place for kids ages 2 to 15. Classes include Mommy/Daddy and Me, Ultimate Chef Challenge and more. Plus themed birthday parties such as cupcake/cookie parties, firehouse tour, princess or dinner party, ice cream sundae bar with custom party favors.
Little Chefs, 9 Soundview Marketplace, Port Washington: Little Chefs offers cooking classes, clubs and birthday packages. Cooking clubs, grouped by age, meet once a month from September through June. Cooking classes are offered in 10-week sessions, starting at $395.
Culinary Academy of Long Island, 125 Michael Dr., Syosset: Although it is principally a professional school, programs include Professional Cooking (900 hours), Commercial Cooking (600 hours), Professional Pastry and Baking (600 hours), and Hotel and Restaurant Management (900 hours).