• Overview
  • Class Schedule
  • Meet Our Instructors
  • Private Parties
  • FAQs

Overview

Join us in our Cooking School to share food knowledge, trends, tips and techniques — our classes are designed for chefs of all levels! We have two state-of-the-art facilities, located at Market District Robinson and Market District Carmel. Our roomy kitchens invite students to both observe and practice hands-on cooking skills, learning recipes for everything from teriyaki and tarts to pasta and pupusas (stuffed corn tortillas). Meet our Expert Instructors and take a look at our list of cooking classes offered.

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Class Schedule

Check out our complete list of cooking classes for a session that satisfies your appetite! We’ve got romantic dates for couples, technique classes for kids, teens and adults, hands-on instruction from reputable chefs, international cuisines instruction, as well as holiday-focused food sessions. Registration is first-come, first-served. Sign up soon — seating is limited and classes fill quickly! Our Robinson location, led by Chef Janice Kirich, allows up to 12 students to participate in hands-on courses and up to 18 participants to watch demonstration classes. In our Strongsville kitchen, run by Chef Paul Ondo, we can accommodate 12 participants in hands-on classes and up to 16 students for demonstrations courses. 

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Meet Our Instructors

Meet Our Instructors, Chef and Culinary Experts

Join us in our Cooking School to share food knowledge, trends, tips and techniques in classes designed for cooks of all levels. The school's state-of-the-art facilities, located on the second floor of our Robinson and Carmel stores, allow up to 12 students to participate in hands-on courses and up to 18 to watch demonstration classes. And in all cases, classes culminate in sharing the delicious dishes you just made!

Cooking School Staff

Janice Kirich

Janice Kirich
Cooking School Team Leader, Robinson & Food Marketing Team Leader, Robinson
Chef Janice spent more than 30 years catering for nonprofit organizations, working as a personal chef and is the proud mother of three boys. Classically trained at Pittsburgh Culinary Institute, she continues her education wherever she travels, bringing home new and exciting culinary trends to share with you!

Alexandria Kwolek

Alexandria Kwolek
Demo Kitchen Lead, Market District Robinson
Traveling as a young child from the Rockies to Pittsburgh, Alex grew up in the Green Mountain State cooking with real ingredients and baking pies every Sunday morning. Supporting farm-fresh, local ingredients and focusing on organic foods, she believes everything is better from scratch — simple food to be enjoyed around the table like Mother Nature intended.

Donna Stavy

Donna Stavy
Cooking School Assistant
Chef Donna graduated from the American Academy of Culinary Arts with highest honors and has been devoted to culinary learning and cooking for 30 years. If she’s not in the kitchen baking bread or spatchcocking a turkey, she’s in her prolific garden. Her passion is teaching you how to love your family by cooking them tasty food!

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Private Parties

Bridal Shower? Church Group? Birthday? Retirement Party? Girls’ Night Out? Team Building Activity? Just Plain Fun? Whatever your occasion, make it sizzle when you book one of our fabulous foodie Cooking School parties! Your guests can either cook along or watch exciting demonstrations to make an inspired meal they’re sure to remember. Fun, informative and delicious, our Cooking School parties are facilitated by our experienced, professional Market District Chefs, who love to share techniques and tips that make cooking a true celebration.

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FAQs

Find the answer to your Cooking School query in these Frequently Asked Questions.

Where is the Market District Cooking School located?

There are two Market District Cooking Schools. One is located on the upper level of the Robinson Market District at 100 Settlers Ridge Center Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15205. Our second location is in the Strongsville Market District store at 15919 Pearl Rd., Strongsville, OH 44136.

What does the Market District Cooking School look like? 

The Market District Cooking School is a state-of-the-art kitchen equipped with four hands-on cooking stations, plus an instructor station. Each cooking station is fully stocked with appliances, measuring tools, cooking equipment, etc., and is designed to simulate an at-home cooking experience. The Cooking School also has tables used for dining and as seating during demonstration classes.

What types of classes are offered at the Market District Cooking School?

The Market District Cooking School offers both hands-on and demonstration classes. Classes are taught by Market District Chefs, and guests such as local restaurant chefs, nutrition experts, and cookbook authors. Classes cover a wide range of topics and skill levels, including basics classes, "from scratch" cooking, ethnic cuisines, quick meals, baking/pastry and wine pairings, just to name a few.

What should I expect to happen during a class?

Classes at the Market District Cooking School are offered in an intimate setting, closed off from the rest of the store to avoid distractions. You receive personal attention from our instructors and an opportunity to really learn recipes and techniques. In hands-on classes, which last for approximately three hours, you cook alongside the instructor. In demonstration classes, which last for approximately two and a half hours, you are comfortably seated at a table and watch as the instructor provides an in-depth presentation on each subject. Kids' classes last between one and two hours, depending on the age group.

At the end of each class, you receive a full meal. Most adult classes include wine or beer pairings for those aged 21 and over. Those wishing to consume alcohol must present valid identification. No exceptions. Each student also receives a Market District Cooking School binder and recipe packet to take home.

How many people can take a class at one time?

Hands-on classes accommodate up to 12 students; demonstration classes accommodate up to 18 students.

How old do you have to be to take a cooking class?

The Market District Cooking School offers classes for all age ranges:

• Adults: age 18+

• Simmering Chef: ages 9-12

• Seasoned Chef: ages 13-17

How much do the classes cost?

Kids classes range from $10-20, depending on age. Adult classes range from $35-$65, depending on instructor and style of class.

Can I earn fuelperks!® on Cooking School classes?

fuelperks! cannot be earned on tickets purchased online. However, fuelperks! can be earned when you purchase Cooking School tickets on-site at the Market District Robinson Cooking School or the Market District Strongsville Cooking School.

How do I register for a class?

Register online by following the 'Register Now' link shown next to each class on the Cooking School Schedule.

When are classes held?

Classes are held during morning and evening sessions, most days of the week, averaging about nine classes per week.

Can the Cooking School be reserved for private events?

Yes, you may book a private cooking class for your corporate team building, birthday party, bridal shower, gourmet club, etc. Contact the Robinson Cooking School for more details at 412-490-5827 or Contact the Strongsville Cooking School for more details at 440-238-6367.

Do I need to register in advance?

Yes, to ensure a spot in a class you must register in advance. Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.

I don't know anything about cooking. Can I still take a cooking class?

Yes, we will accommodate people of all skill levels.

What is the registration policy for child classes?

In addition to adult cooking classes, there are three levels of kids' classes. Parents will need to sign a consent/waiver upon registering for children under the age of 18.

• Simmering Chef: ages 9-12*

• Seasoned Chef: ages 13-17

Consent/Waiver Form 

* To ensure your child's safety, photo IDs are required upon drop off. Furthermore, the same adult who drops off your child must pick up your child.

** A parent or legal guardian is required to drop-off and pick-up the child.

What is the cancellation/refund policy?

By Customer: At any time, you may send a substitute in your place. Any cancellation received within 72 hours of a class will not receive a refund. If notification of cancellation is received at least 72 hours before a class, you may receive a refund. A refund will be not given for missed cooking classes.

By Giant Eagle Market District: Market District can cancel a class due to low registration for which a refund will be given. Customers will be notified 48 hours before a class is scheduled to begin.

By Instructor: If a guest instructor cancels a class at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances, the class will be rescheduled. If the class cannot be rescheduled, a full refund will be given.

What happens when a class is canceled due to inclement weather?

If class needs to be canceled due to safety concerns because of bad weather, each customer will be called at least two hours prior to the start of class. The class will either be rescheduled or a full refund will be given.

What should I prepare for before the start of class?

Cooking classes start on time. Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of class to sign in and present identification.

Closed-toed shoes are suggested for Hands-on Classes. Aprons will be provided.

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