Average cost for Cooking Classes ranges from
$25 - $100 /hr

The average cost for cooking classes is $45 per hour. Hiring a chef to teach you to cook, you will likely spend between $25 and $100 on each lesson. The price of cooking classes can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). View our local cooking instructors or get free estimates from teachers near you.

How much do cooking classes cost?

Author: Jen K.
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No matter what level you’re at when it comes to cooking, there’s a class that can take you higher. Classes ranges from the basic classes like how to cook potatoes to classes on how to make a five-course meal from scratch.

Expect to pay $25-$100/hour to learn what you need to know.

Cooking Classes

Group Lessons

The price of a cooking lesson can depend on the location, experience, and reputation of the teacher. Sample pricing is as follows:

Private Lessons

Decide in advance what cookery skill you want to learn—a particular skill, like cutting meat, or a type of cuisine, like French baking. Then choose the location.

Package Discounts

Professor Chef (see above) offers a private class with two chefs for six people at his location for $400, or four people for $350. Chef Eric in Los Angeles (see above) offers his 4-Week Recreational Series for $395, 16-Week Master Chef Program for $2,700, and 10-Week Master Baking Program for $1,500. Home Cooking NY (see above) offers an introduction to cooking community class for $25, which includes advice on the best stores, choosing meats, food labels, kitchen organization, food shopping/menu planning, and recipes.

Rates for Children’s Cookery Classes

Chefs will often teach children’s or teens’ classes either on location or for summer camps or home school coops. Some cycle through a continent each day, while others introduce a new cooking skill. Students get to cook together and enjoy the food at the end. Expect to pay approx. $40/hour.

Reputation of Teachers

The background of many chefs is impressive. The founder of Home Cooking NY (above) grew from culinary assistant to a graduate of Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School to food and recipe editor for Martha Stewart and the Wall Street Journal. She has run her boutique cookery school since 2002.

Chef Eric Jacques Crowley in Los Angeles, CA, graduated with honors from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, NY, taught for a number of years at The Epicurean School of Culinary Arts, and has run his cooking classes since 2003.


You’ll find that chefs are willing to go just about anywhere there’s a counter and an oven if the price is right, but it’s preferable to take your cooking classes at their professional kitchens, because everything is right at hand. That said, though, a chef is perfectly capable of bringing everything he or he needs once the menu is decided upon. It just means more work and time, and drives up the cost.

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