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Cooking classes in the Raleigh area

Madelyne | Jan 25, 200809:46 AM

I'm looking for some advice on cooking classes in the Raleigh area (I live in Apex). I'm a home cook with no training at all, I've just learned things from doing my own experimenting in the kitchen and from watching Food Network. So what I'm hoping to find are some basic cooking skills classes that are preferably hands-on.
In doing some internet searching I've found that there are classes held at A Southern Season and Williams-Sonoma. The Williams-Sonoma classes appear to be just watching someone else cook. I've been in their store and I don't see how it could be a hands on class if everyone is gathering around one stove.
There are some hands-on classes at A Southern Season, but since it is in Chapel Hill and they typically start at 6:00pm, I don't think I would be able to drive there in time after work. $50 for one class also seems pricey to me. Has anyone been to these classes? Are they worth it?
Any advice on cooking classes or even any cooking schools (if they exist here) is greatly appreciated!

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