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When it comes to creating fabulous food, there can never be too many cooks in the kitchen, especially when it’s the two of you. Take the chore and bore out of meal making by attending one of these Tampa Bay cooking classes together. Tampa Bay cooking classes will expand your eating experiences, encourage you to try new tools and techniques and perhaps shake you out of your at-home mealtime rut.

Cooking Classes in Tampa

AJ’s Kitchen Drawer

13978 W. Hillsborough Ave, Tampa, FL 33635
AJ’s offers classes for every taste. From international to gourmet to cooking with alcohol. They even offer kids classes and special date night events. AJ’s started off as a retail store in 2017 and, at the request of customers, began offering cooking classes shortly after. Typical pricing ranges from $45 to $65. Celebrating a special event? AJ’s also offers private classes with both demonstration and hands-on options. Guests are welcome to bring their beverage of choice to enjoy alongside their culinary creations. The calendar changes monthly so be sure to check back often. Interested in learning to cook something specific but don’t see it on the menu? AJ’s is always up for new class suggestions!

Sur La Table

711 S. Dakota Ave, Tampa, FL 33606
The scent of something delicious that greets guests as they enter Sur La Table’s Hyde Park Village location signals that there is a cooking class being conducted. What may be the best-outfitted kitchen, filled with all the latest cookware and utensils, is quite a sight. The appetizing action takes place around a curved counter that boasts a centerpiece stove surrounded by burners. Classes can coincide with store hours allowing shoppers to observe the tasty topic du jour. Even if you don’t cook the part, you will look the part of a real chef while slicing, dicing, seasoning and sautéing in this setting. Classes last less than three hours and can range from instructions for making individual sweet and savory hand pies to a spring-inspired menu that’s ideal for date night. Special date night classes for couples regularly appear on the class calendar.

Publix Aprons Cooking School

Various Locations
The prototype for the Publix Aprons Cooking School opened at Tampa’s Gunn Highway location more than 15 years ago. There’s a reason it is still going strong and has spread to other cities throughout Florida, including our sister city, Orlando. Aprons offers some of the best Tampa Bay cooking classes, and its expert chefs are adept at engaging students in entertaining ways and explaining what it takes to make great meals so that everyone can grasp the knife right, master mincing garlic and wok with the best of them. Classes range from learning the basics to butchery and baking, cooking with craft beer to coaching couples to create a lazy day brunch. You’ll learn, you’ll laugh, and you’ll leave with terrific recipes, lots of useful information and experience and, best of all, leftovers.

Want to know what a Publix Aprons cooking class is like? Check out the full review from our sister site, Orlando Date Night Guide.

Cooking Classes in Tampa Bay
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4830 W Kennedy Blvd, Suite 600, Tampa, FL 33609
Cozymeal is a website that links you up with professional chefs throughout the Tampa Bay area for hands-on cooking experiences. Some chefs will come to your home for private cooking classes, while others take place in co-op kitchens and event spaces around town. Learn everything from Italian basics to sushi rolls from scratch and sous vide cooking. As an added bonus, many classes allow you to bring along a bottle of wine or beer to enjoy while you cook. See all available cooking classes with chefs in Tampa here.

The Cake Drip

1625 W. Snow Circle, Tampa, FL 33606
Craving something sweet? This new adults-only dessert boutique in Tampa’s Hyde Park Village offers in studio experiences for dessert lovers. Perfect for date night or a girls’ night out, the DIY cake experience invites you to adorn your own 6-inch three-layer cake with fondant, frosting, decorations and candles. Couples can also book a DIY chocolate tasting flight complete with complimentary champagne and a customized chocolate bar experience. Call to reserve – reservations are required for DIY cakes. For ages 18+ only.

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Piccola Italia Bistro

2140 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607
Craving pasta? Piccola is a restaurant that specializes in pasta dishes from Abruzzo, Rome, Bologna, and Naples. In addition to serving up fresh, homestyle dishes for dine-in or takeout, guests can also learn how to cook their own pasta from scratch. After learning the ins and outs of pasta making, guests can reap the benefits with a delicious pasta dinner.


Did you know that Airbnb isn’t just for booking a place to stay? Airbnb Experiences gives visitors and locals the chance to experience all their city has to offer. Some of the local Tampa offerings include a Sushi Making Class, or Private Dinner with a German Chef. Be sure to check the calendar as dates and offerings can change.


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