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How much do cooking classes cost?

Average cost in 20149: $95 See National


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The average cost for a cooking instructor is $95. You are likely to spend between $45 and $185 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated September 1st, 2017

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Private cooking lessons are available for every type of cuisine. A chef teaches an individual or group how to prepare a meal and also provides all of the ingredients, cooking tools and clean up after the event. Cooking lessons can be tailored to dietary restrictions and are often sought out for team-building events, special gifts, health reasons, private parties and personal enrichment. Common lesson requests include soups and sauces, knife skills, roasting and braising, basic cooking, bread-baking and dessert-making. Several factors contribute to the costs of cooking lessons.

Number of people

Chefs often charge per person for cooking classes, with varying rates depending on the food to be served. A per person charge covers the cost of the ingredients to cook enough food for each participant. Typically the cost per head also includes all fees associated with the activity, but be sure to clarify with your instructor whether any additional fees apply, such as for travel.

Type of cuisine

The price of ingredients affects the cost of the cooking lessons. In addition to paying for the chef’s time, the cost of the lessons covers purchasing the food. The fancier the food, the higher the cost of the cooking class. Here is a sampling of general prices for different types of cooking lessons from LK Culinary:

  • Brunch workshop: $70 per person

  • Steak with several sides: $80–$85 per person

  • Sushi, including a variety of sushi-grade fresh fish: $100 per person

Day of week

Weekends typically have higher demand for a cooking instructor’s services, which can mean increased costs for lessons on Saturdays and Sundays and lower costs for weekday lessons.

Minimum fee

Some chefs and cooking instructors require a minimum charge for their time, while others may not have a limit. LK Culinary asks for the following minimums:

  • Weekday group cooking lessons: $600

  • Weekend group cooking lessons: $1,000

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John's Culinary Jungle

Chef John provided us with a fun evening. He corrected some of our faulty knife skills and provided us with recipes I will make in the future. It was very comfortable to have him come to our place - he cooked, served and cleaned up. He will be a good resource for later family gatherings. Cost was very reasonable and affordable - fun way to spend an evening.

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Barbara was on-ontime, prepared, enthusiastic, attentive to our interests, knowledgeable of her craft and ready with many great general cooking tips. Our dish was excellent and she even brought us a treat as well as prepared her "secret pasta sauce." She was good at balancing cooking while instructing. We had fun, learned some new methods and enjoyed good eating. Barbara gets high marks and a strong recommendation from us. She exceeded our expectations and provided great value in cost. Thanks.

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My transaction with Christy was perfect. She was very responsive and I received an excellent price for my gift certificate for two cooking lessons. I can't wait to post a review for the lessons on her personal website!