Detroit’s flourishing food scene doesn’t just encompass cafés, restaurants, and bars, but a growing scene of culinary education too. Across a number of schools, stores, and businesses, Detroiters are learning essential cooking skills, becoming better bakers, and mastering cuisines and techniques from all over the world.
Mirepoix Cooking School
Royal Oak’s Mirepoix Cooking School is one of the city’s best options for fun and hands-on classes for cooks of all skill levels. With a state-of-the-art professional kitchen space and classes ranging from Italian Comfort Food and Mediterranean Delights to Indian and Asian cuisines, you can learn everything you need to know about how to make delicious food at Mirepoix. Classes last for three and a half hours and typically cost $69.99.
Mirepoix Cooking School, 1203 S Main St, Royal Oak, MI, USA, +1 248 543 4390
Sur La Table
High-end cooking and dining retailer Sur La Table also offers a variety of cooking classes at its Troy location, 30 minutes north of the city, from essential classes like Knife Skills 101 and Dinner Shortcuts to workshops on specific cuisines and dishes such as macarons, fried chicken, and Thai food. Classes take place seven days a week, and interested parties can look at a full calendar online for more information and register for a spot.
Sur La Table, 2801 W Big Beaver Rd #264, Troy, MI, USA, +1 248 283 1051
The Cornwall Bakery is well known for its fresh artisan bread and pastries, but it also offers a range of fun and educational cooking classes under the guidance of chef and owner Freeman Gunnell. You can pick up professional techniques in an advanced knife skills class, master the art of a fine pizza dough, and even learn how to create some of the most popular types of bread and pastries on their menu. Always wanted to learn a particular dish or technique? If you’ve got at least 10 willing friends, Cornwall can create a class just for you.
Cornwall Bakery, 15215 Kercheval Ave, Grosse Pointe Park, MI, USA, +1 313 264 1938
BAKE! by Zingerman’s Bakehouse
Over in Ann Arbor, the people behind Zingerman’s Bakehouse also run BAKE!, which offers a vast array of bread, pastry and cake classes. They cater to all skills levels, from experienced home bakers to absolute beginners, and with small classes and multiple instructors, you’ll get an informative experience with plenty of one-on-one instruction. You also get to take home all of your delicious baked goods.
BAKE! by Zingerman’s Bakehouse, 3723 Plaza Dr, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, +1 734 761 7255
Great Lakes Culinary Center
The Great Lakes Culinary Center in Southfield is primarily a venue for events such as weddings and company parties, but they also hold cooking classes open to the public. As you’d imagine, the kitchen is large and state of the art, while the staff is highly skilled and experienced in a variety of cuisines. Most classes include two glasses of wine and a light snack.