What is the typical class size? Our main kitchen can accommodate up to 16 students while our pantry kitchen holds up to 10.
Can my kids attend? For children ages 8-12, our Parent & Me classes provide a safe learning environment for kids to learn along side their grown up. Kids ages 13-17 are welcome to attend our normal daytime classes provided they are accompanied by an adult. Minors are not able to attend the evening and couples cook classes. Check out our Teen Kitchen Techniques Series and our Kids and Teens Summer Culinary Camps for more options for your emerging chef!
Do I need to bring anything with me? Baltimore Chef Shop provides all ingredients, equipment, aprons, and tools. At the end of our Menu-Based classes, you will be invited to take part in enjoying all of the food that was prepared. Weather permitting, we can dine together on our covered deck for some outdoor seating. We are a BYOB kitchen, so we encourage you to bring your beverage of choice to the class to enjoy with your meal (alcoholic beverages must be limited to wine, please) - we will provide the glasses!
If I have a food aversion or an allergy, can the menu be altered for me? The menus listed for the classes are developed by the individual chef instructors and can not be altered prior to class. However, this is meant to be a fun learning environment, and if you choose not to include certain ingredients in your dish that you prepare, that is your choice. The one exception is if you have a severe nut or gluten allergy as we are not a nut-free nor gluten-free kitchen and cross contamination from other classes cannot be safely avoided. While we do offer menus that are gluten-free by nature, these are intended for our students who avoid gluten primarily as a dietary choice as opposed to being out of any medical necessity. Please contact us for a current list of these classes.
Can I book a private class? Yes! We would love to host you and your guests for a private cooking class! If you would like to schedule class, please head to our Private Group Classes page for booking and pricing options.
Can I take any leftover food home with me? Unfortunately, health code restrictions limit our ability to allow food to go out our door. But feel free to eat to your heart's content while you are in our kitchen!
What if I need to reschedule or cancel my class? Due to limited seating, classes at Baltimore Chef Shop are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, we will be happy to transfer your registration to a different class given 48-hours notice. While cancellations within 48 hours of the class are not eligible for transfers, we welcome you to send a friend in your place!
What is your storm weather policy? On occasion we are taken off guard by severe weather. Our weather-related cancellations are based on safety conditions as identified by local/regional weather and public safety authorities, who are informed by the National Weather Service. Weather events are designated as “Acts of God” and, as such, are completely outside of the control of the Baltimore Chef Shop. Cancellations due to weather are always in the interest of the safety and well-being of our contractors, staff, and students.
Weather Advisory: Classes will run as scheduled.
Weather Watch: Classes will run unless event changes to a “Weather Warning”. Students will receive email advising them that a weather event MAY cause the cancellation of the class and that they should expect to hear from us the morning of the class.
Weather Warning: Classes will be cancelled. In these events, we will do the best we can to notify you 24-hours in advance of any impending chance of cancellation. This will also be stated on the class calendar on the website. If we decide it is necessary to cancel a class, we will assist you in transferring your enrollment to a future class.