New Cooking Schools in Washington

At CulinAerie, a new recreational cooking school in Washington, D.C., co-owner Susan Holt teaches both young and old kitchen tips and techniques.Video by Whitney Shefte/
Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The number of recreational cooking schools nationwide has jumped almost 60 percent since 2000, from 624 to 981, according to Shaw Guides, which tracks culinary programs around the world. The number of schools in the Washington area, though, has remained flat until recently. Some of the newest schools and their offerings:

Cookology: Situated inside the Dulles Town Center mall, this culinary school/wine shop woos beginner cooks and children with fun, basic recipes.
Classes per week: 40
Most popular courses: knife skills and Make It in Thirty
Price range: $40 to $60 for a one- to two-hour class
Location: 21100 Dulles Town Cir., Sterling, 888-568-6065,

CulinAerie: This downtown culinary center, launched in November by former L'Academie de Cuisine instructors, offers hands-on classes in technique, wine and food writing.

Classes per week: 12
Most popular courses: knife skills and pasta
Price range: $85 for a three-hour class
CulinAerie, 1131 14th St. NW, 202-587-5674,

Open Kitchen: Beginning this summer, the company plans to offer classes at its new quarters in Falls Church that will include a bistro and wine bar. Occasional courses already are offered at the Toutorsky Mansion near Dupont Circle.

Classes per week: 3 to 5
Price range: $45 to $85 for a two- to three-hour class
7115 Leesburg Pike, Unit 107, Falls Church, 202-285-9840,

Young Chefs Academy: This franchise out of Waco, Texas, opened last summer and offers classes exclusively for children. There are single classes and monthly memberships that allow students to attend once a week.

Classes per week: 10
Most popular courses: Sweet Treats workshops
Price range: $45 per workshop; memberships $115 to $129 per month
5626 Randolph Rd., Rockville, 301-816-2433,

Zola Wine & Kitchen: This downtown wine shop/chef's test kitchen attracts the professional set with hands-on classes and wine tastings.

Classes per week: 3 to 5
Most popular courses: Saturday skills class and Cupcakes 101
Price range: $70 to $120 for a two- to three-hour class
505 Ninth St. NW, 202-654-2855,

From the Archives: Find more cooking class listings in our September 2008 story about Washington-area cooking classes.

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