What is the typical class size? Our upstairs main kitchen can accommodate up between 12-16 students, depending upon the menu. Our downstairs pantry kitchen holds up to 10.
Can my kids attend classes with me? For minors ages 8-17, please check out our Parent & Me cooking classes and our Summer Culinary Camps for options catered for your emerging chef. Standard classes are for ages 18+.
Do I need to bring anything with me? Baltimore Chef Shop provides all ingredients, equipment, aprons, and tools. We are BYOB kitchen and do not sell alcoholic or other beverages. We do provide cold water with citrus for all classes, and you are welcome to bring an alternative beverage to enjoy with your meal. As a matter of safety when one is using knives or working with open flames, and as a courtesy to your fellow classmates who are here to learn, we ask that alcohol consumption is done in moderation (in other words, no coolers please). We will have a bucket of ice, glasses, and a cork screw waiting for you! Please be advised that we are not able to allow spirits and hard liquor in our kitchen.
Do all classes serve food? At the end of all our classes, students are invited to take part in enjoying all of the food that was prepared. For the menu-based classes, this includes a sit down family-style dinner. For other classes like Canning or Knife Skills, the end result is a light snack. Weather permitting, we can dine together on our covered deck for some outdoor seating.
Where can I park? There is metered street parking out front and free street parking both north and south of 36th Street. We are on 'The Avenue' in Hampden, an area that can become quite busy in the evenings and on the weekends, so we do recommend that you plan accordingly.
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 largely 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 a class, please head to our Private Group Classes page for booking and pricing options. For kids' private classes, the menus can be selected from the Parent and Me class options, with a requirement of one participating adult per minor.
Can I take any leftover food home with me? Health code restrictions limit our ability to allow food to go out our door. Please 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 upon 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.