Chef's Choice Cooking Classes

Whether you’re a novice, serious amateur or somewhere in between, recreational cooking classes at Johnson & Wales University offer something for you.

Chef’s Choice® classes combine hands-on experience with demonstrations under the direction of our professional chef-instructors.

In just 3 hours, you can learn knife skills, perfect your favorite pastry or explore global cuisines.

You must be at least 16 to register for Chef’s Choice, and at least 21 to register for wine classes. We also offer classes for children and teens.

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Register online for all of our class offerings. You can also contact Adult & Continuing Education at 401-598-2336 or by email.

Register up to one week prior to the class date (or until the class is filled).

Payment must be received in advance. Costs vary depending upon the class.

Gift Certificates
Gift certificates cannot be redeemed online.

To register for a class with a gift certificate, call 401-598-2336. Or, mail the registration to:

Johnson & Wales University
Attn: Chef's Choice
8 Abbott Park Place
Providence, RI 02903

Refund Policy
Classes must be cancelled seven days prior to the scheduled class; JWU will then issue a credit for equal value. Cash and credit card refunds are not available. No refunds or rain checks will be issued within seven days of a class. Refunds or credit will not be issued to any registered participant who has failed to appear in class.

JWU reserves the right to cancel classes due to insufficient enrollment. In the case of inclement weather, classes will be cancelled according to the Continuing Education academic class schedule. Call 401-598-5555 for more information.

Dress Code
You’ll be working in a kitchen, so dress appropriately:

  • Flat, rubber-soled shoes (such as sneakers) are required.
  • NO open shoes or high heels.
  • Bring your own cloth apron (or purchase a Chef’s Choice apron for an additional $15).
  • NO plastic aprons, for safety reasons.

If you have food allergies, please be aware that JWU does not guarantee an allergen-free environment. Recipes may contain nuts, nut oils, shellfish, dairy, produce and other food allergens.

Special hotel packages that include one Chef’s Choice class per couple are available through the Radisson Airport Hotel.


For GPS mapping please use the following address:
333 Shipyard Street*
Providence, RI 02905
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*Please park in Lot F or E
Directions to Harborside Events

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All Chef’s Choice classes are held in the Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence. This new four-story building is located at the corner of Shipyard Street and Harborside Boulevard. Please enter through the ground floor lobby and a member of the Chef’s Choice team will direct you to your classroom.  Questions? Call 401-598-2336 or 1-800-342-5598 x2336 or email us

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