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Chefs for a day enjoy the fruits of their labour at the Dirty Apron Cooking School in Vancouver.

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Whether you're a newbie or a foodie, these classes will have you chopping like a pro in no time

Dirty Apron Cooking School, Vancouver

Tel: 604-879-8588;
You will definitely get your apron dirty at this cool school in downtown Vancouver, attached to the popular Chambar and Medina restaurants. The cooking school is a joint venture for Chambar’s Belgium-born chef/owner Nico Scheurmans and his former sous-chef David Robertson. Relax in the kitchen’s central “auditorium” to watch Robertson create a dish. Then go to your stove/station where the entire mise en place is arranged and start cooking. Courses range from 2.5 to 4-hour hands-on classes from $145 to a five-week Gourmet Boot Camp for $975. [CC]

Cookbook Co. Cooks, Calgary

Tel: 403-265-6066;
This Calgary institution appeals to serious food lovers. After all, how many other places in the country offer a full-day snout-to-tail butchery workshop? Most classes are hands-on and are led by local chefs from some of the city's best restaurants, visiting cookbook authors, as well as chefs from the company's catering division. In addition to ethnic cuisine and farmhouse cooking, you can also get the inside scoop on dishes from popular local restaurants taught to you by their chef. Want to fully immerse yourself in culinary culture? They also offer week-long classes in France, Italy and Turkey. Local classes run evenings and weekends; 2.5-hour classes from $85 to $100; full-day classes $125. [SL]

Culinarium, Toronto

Tel: 647-430-7004;
As their slogan says, "it’s all Ontario, all the time" at Culinarium, Toronto’s locavore grocery. Owner Kathleen Mackintosh’s mandate is promoting local and sustainably produced Ontario foods and the shelves are filled with 100 percent Ontario goods, from wild leeks and birch syrup, to peach preserves and freshly churned butter. The cooking school is an outgrowth of the east-end retail shop, and reflects her farm-to-fork philosophy. Classes range from 1.5 hour to 3 hours, $99 to $111. [CC]

Le Cordon Bleu, Ottawa

Tel: 613-236-2433;
Based in Paris, Le Cordon Bleu has satellite campuses in 10 cities around the world, but Ottawa is the only location in North America. It’s a great place to learn about fine cooking and Canadian cuisine while exploring Canada’s capital. They offer a Grand Diplôme Professionnel for chefs, but hobby cooks can also sign on for a short course. Whether you want to learn the basics of French sauces, how to cook with wild game, or simply create a variety of dishes with the bounty of the fall harvest, this Ottawa institution offers a variety of options. Cooking classes range from 3-hour demo courses for $60 to 6.5-hour practical classes from $275-$785. [CC]

Mezza Luna, Montreal

Tel: 514-272-5299;
There are cooking classes every weekday evening and Saturday mornings at Montréal’s Mezza Luna, a friendly place to learn about food with school founders Stefano Faita and his mother Elena. You’re a spectator for the 2.5-hour demos, but the resident chef usually asks someone to help out with the preparations and there’s a great meal to enjoy with a glass of wine at the end. Local chefs also make an appearance. You can make savoury pies — from Flamiche pie to beet and maple syrup pie — with Louise Grenier, or spend an evening immersed in pork with celebrity chef Martin Picard of the famed Au Pied de Cochon. Prices vary from $70 to $125. [CC]

Bonne Cuisine, Halifax

Tel: 902-425-6797; British-born and -trained chef Margaret Carson, the owner of the popular caterer and ready-to-eat shop Bonne Cuisine Market reintroduced her cooking classes a few years ago by popular demand. The theatre-style workshops run every couple of weeks and focus either on a style of cooking (like Greek mezze, curries or Cajun) or a single ingredient (say scallops, mushrooms or asparagus). You could get some weeknight inspiration with the 30-Minute Meals workshop, learn to cook with beer or sharpen your knife skills. Classes are three hours and $50. [SL]

This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm rates and details directly with the companies in question.


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