Wild Thyme offers a unique culinary experience for children, adults and private groups in a state of the art kitchen studio in Lexington, Kentucky.
Our cooking classes are the ultimate culinary experience for anyone who has a passion for great food and great company. Take class where you can sit down, bring your own bottle of wine and watch as our chef put on a show and demonstrate how dishes are prepared. For all of our classes you eat what you make, so come hungry! No matter what age or skill level, we have a class that is perfect for you! See below for class options and pricing.
Childrens Cooking Classes
Our kids cooking classes are designed to accommodate younger chefs in our kid's kitchen, a separate fun kitchen designed just for them. Kids ages 3-6 can have hands-on fun while learning in a one hour class paced for preschool attention spans. Our "Chefs in Training (CIT)" ages 7-14 can learn the basics of cooking, while chefs 14 and older can join our adult classes after completing a basic intro course. See below for class options and pricing.
Wild Thyme not only offers cooking classes for all ages in a safe, creative and comfortable space; but we have quickly become an event center and cooking facility that can accommodate large groups of 30 or more. Guests get to eat what they make, teams create and work together, learn, laugh, and cook up some memorable experiences.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Anyone! Our instructors are excited to teach cooks of all levels. We offer classes specifically for beginners, advanced cooks, children, and teens. . Ages 15 and up may attend by themselves any of our adult classes. Knife Skills Classes are for ages 15 and up. Check the cooking class calendar for all our classes.
A variety of chefs in the Lexington area teach cooking classes at Wild Thyme so we can offer the broadest range of skills, experience and tastes. Founder & Owner Allison Davis is the Head Chef, and head instructors Chef Jane Webb & Chef Ruth Oesterman collaborate with local personal chefs, caterers, restaurant chefs and pastry chefs to teach on a regular basis. Special guest chefs will be noted on the cooking class calendar.
Class fees vary based on the ingredients used and whether the class is hands-on or demonstration. Please check the cooking class calendar for the price of the class you are interested in. Typically, Prices for adult classes range from $50-$65 per person per class.
You can register and pay for classes using our cooking class calendar and shopping cart via our website or facebook page. (bookeo.com/wtcooking) You can also register over the phone or at our store at 859.523.COOK!(2665).
We typically post our classes 2 months in advance.
Please wear closed-toe, comfortable shoes and clothes. High heels are not recommended in our kitchen for safety reasons. You will be provided with an apron to wear during class. You may also want to pull back long hair.
Before class begins, you'll need to check-in and choose a cooking station, so arrive 5-10 minutes before the class start time. Seating and station selection is on a first-come, first-choose basis, so arrive early—especially if you want to sit next to friends. Come even earlier if you want to look around the store before class.
During a demonstration class, you will be served a full portion of each prepared dish. During a knife skills or other technique class, the portions will vary. A hands-on class involves much more cooking, so each student will eat a full portion of the day's menu at the end of class.
Hands-on and demonstration class participants will be offered coffee, infused water, and a seasonal tea or cider at no cost during class. Guests are welcomed to bring their own bottle of wine or alcoholic beverage to our classes. Groups renting our kitchen for a private event may purchase and bring alcoholic beverages. Please see the Private Events section for more details. Coke products are available for purchase.
Yes! Nearly everything used in the kitchen is available for purchase in our boutique. Class participants receive a 10% discount on products the day of class.
Yes! Our classes can be personalized for groups of 1-40. See our Private Events section for more information.
Typically, we'll hold a class with a minimum of four guests. Certain classes may require higher enrollment. Low enrollment notices will be issued about one day before the scheduled class. If a class needs to be canceled due to low enrollment, Wild Thyme will offer the scheduled guests a $5 credit toward a transfer to a new class.
A minimum 10-day notice via phone or in-person (not email) is required for class cancellations or rescheduling. This policy is in place to keep the costs of our classes as low as possible and ensure that seats are sold to those committed to attending. If you are unable to attend a class, you are encouraged to send someone in your place. We cannot make exceptions.
If class needs to be canceled due to inclement weather or for any other reason, we'll make every attempt to contact each registered student. We'll also post the class closings on the local television and radio stations. A full refund will be issued if we cancel a class.
Yes, gift certificates for classes, parties & events are available and make a unique gift. Just give us a call or purchase them on our website and we will have them ready for you or can send them your way in the mail.
Registering for classes at the Wild Thyme Cooking School is easy. You may register on line via our online class calendar using the book now link or give us a call at (859) 523 – COOK (2665) and we will take your reservation over the phone. Gift Cards are not compatible with our online booking system so you will need to contact to the store to reserve with a gift card and settle the night of our class.
Parents are more than welcome to observe the Wild Thyme Cooking School students and instructors at work in the kitchen.
Each class is limited to no more than 10 students per instructor in our kids classes and no more than 20 in our adult classes. This way we can be sure each student can get the attention they deserve. Our knowledgeable, experienced & patient faculty will work one-on-one with each student. We believe there’s no substitute for careful, personal instruction.
No, everything needed to begin your adventure in cooking will be provided by the Wild Thyme Cooking School. We supply it all from the professional grade cooking equipment and utensils to the delicious food you will learn to prepare.
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