Welcome to Casual Gourmet at the Culinary Institute of Virginia!

Casual Gourmet cooking courses are the Home Chefs’ answer to taking their culinary repertoire to the next level! The recipe for our cooking classes is simple: combine an industry-seasoned Chef Instructor with a small group of foodies in a professional teaching kitchen loaded with ingredients. The intricacies of fine cooking are explored in a hands-on environment, ensuring each gets a unique culinary experience that leaves them with the confidence to show off new skills to family and friends.

Learn by Doing

Casual Gourmet cooking courses are geared towards home chefs who want to play with food! Small groups of students spend time in a professional kitchen and are provided with all necessary ingredients, recipes, and equipment. Your Chef Instructor will work alongside you, and not just speak from behind a demonstration table. Our goal is simple: guests will leave each culinary class with the experience and confidence to reproduce newly learned recipes and techniques.

Your Chef Instructor

Casual Gourmet Chef Instructors are seasoned professionals whose love of food is matched only by their passion for teaching. Your chef is there to ensure the greatest possible learning experience for each and every guest. Learning has never been this much fun, or tasty!

A Group Experience

From birthday parties to team-building events, our Chef Instructors will design a custom culinary experience for groups of 10-60 guests. So whether you want to create memories with friends, or build comradery amongst colleagues, Casual Gourmet offers a unique and memorable experience for all.