Hands-on Cooking Classes: Learn by Doing

Casual Gourmet cooking classes are geared towards home chefs who love 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 our cooking lessons with the experience and confidence to reproduce newly learned recipes and techniques.

Learn to Cook with a Professional Chef

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.

With Casual Gourmet, guests of all experience levels can learn to cook. From beginner to whiz, our Chef Instructors can help you learn or refine techniques, so even a good cook can become a great cook! Learning has never been this much fun, or tasty!

Couples Cooking Classes

We get the question all the time: are Casual Gourmet’s cooking classes for couples? The answer is a resounding YES! Our cooking lessons are frequently enjoyed by couples, whether it’s for unique date night fun or those duos who want to learn culinary skills to practice together at home!

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Group Cooking Classes

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 with our group cooking classes.

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A Location Near You

If you’re looking for local cooking classes in Hampton Roads, we’ve got you covered! With a central location in Norfolk, our guests come from all around including Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton, and beyond! Contact us today for more information about visiting the Casual Gourmet at Culinary Institute of Virginia or check out our schedule and book your cooking class TODAY!

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Cooking Classes for the Everyday Cook!


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 who are ready to learn to cook 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.

Gift Certificates

Share the joy of cooking with friends and family by giving Gift Certificates redeemable for Culinary Institute of Virginia’s Casual Gourmet cooking classes! These hands-on classes are led by seasoned industry professionals in real kitchens.

Note: Each gift certificate is either $70 or $85 and entitles the holder to one class of their choosing.

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