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The Chopping Block, Chicago's largest recreational cooking school and gourmet retail store, offers demonstration and hands-on cooking classes, as well as wine classes, private cooking parties and corporate team building events. Classes at our two locations cover subjects from cooking basics to intensive Boot Camps as well as seasonal, date nights, healthy and kids classes.

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Give the gift of cooking! We offer gift certificates in any denomination for classes and merchandise and gift registry for any occasion.

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Zagat 2014

Thanks for rating us so highly in the 2014 Zagat Chicago Shopping Survey. The survey is based on YOUR opinions, so we really appreciate your support.

Get to Know Your Chefs

Shelley Young

Our chefs are what set us apart from the rest! With years of experience at top restaurants, they will teach you about food. Click here to view profiles of all of our chefs.

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The Chopping Block cooks only with:

Sub-Zero, Wolf, Kalamazoo


Going Back to our Roots

Classic Open HouseThe Chopping Block has been teaching home cooks in Chicago for over 17 years. Help us celebrate our timelessness with a brand new party!

Learn about our cooking classes, private events, gift cards and catering options as you literally taste your way through our Merchandise Mart location watching our chefs show you how to recreate our favorite dishes at home.

Our entire retail store will be 20% off this day only as you enjoy our complimentary food and wine tasting. Plus, stay tuned for big gift card savings being announced soon. You can get all of your holiday shopping done in one day!

The Chopping Block Classic Open House
Friday, October 10
11am - 7pm
Merchandise Mart

This event is free to the public and does not require registration. We look forward to seeing you all, old friends and new!

Chicago's Best Chefs Compete - You Decide

We took home the title during Common Threads' Annual Cook-Off last year. Can we pull it off again?

This year, Chef Mario and our team are competing in the "from the pasture" category. Get ready for some dairy deliciousness and hear how Mario prepares for this type of cooking competition in this video.

Chef Mario Talks with Common Threads

Common Threads 4th Annual Cook-Off
Thursday, October 2 6:30pm
Revel Downtown 440 W. Randolph Street

Get Your Early Bird Tickets Now

Pick Your Discount

Pick Your DiscountYou decide your own discount in our retail stores next month. October is "Pick your Discount Month!"

Reach into our basket at Lincoln Square and draw discounts ranging from 5% to 25% off retail purchases! Spin the giant wheel for your discount at the Mart.

Summer Winds Down but Fall is Full of Fun

Fall HarvestWe just released our October calendars, and it's true. Fall is just around the corner. But don't mourn the end of summer! The seasonal switch brings a whole new crop of produce to play with in the kitchen. Our chefs are ready to introduce you to new dishes for Brussels sprouts, celery root, apples, pumpkin and more.

Here are just a few classes we are looking forward to this fall:

  • Our Fall Vegetable Harvest is a vegetarian class inspired by the best of the season with dishes like Caramelized Butternut Squash, Kale and Gruyere Cheese Bread Pudding.
  • Crank up the oven for Home-Style Fall Baking classics such as Chocolate Bread Pudding with Bourbon Caramel Sauce.
  • The Great PumpkinThe Great Pumpkin features various winter squash dishes full of technique and flavorlike Butternut Squash Risotto with Sage.
  • Get ideas for party season with fun and tasty creations such as Hot Apple Pie Cocktail with Cinnamon-Apple Crostata Topped with Maple Whipped Cream in Fall Cocktails & Appetizers.
  • Put a twist on the hearty casseroles your mom used to make with new ideas like Shepherd's Pie with Sweet Potatoes in Cozy Casseroles.

All of our core classes (Chicken 101, Meat 101, Seafood 101, Pasta Workshop, Cupcake Boot Camp, etc.) also have new inspiring fall menus.

Most of these classes are offered multiple times at both of our locations, so please peruse our class calendar for the best fit for your schedule.

Caldrea Sale, Two for $20

Hot Tables are Even Hotter

What's a Hot Table? It's a collection of cookware, tools and ingredients you will use in your cooking class. Our chefs and assistants take a lot of care in assembling one for each class. Typically, students get 15% off any hot table item after class.

But next month, we're upping that discount to 20%! Take a cooking class in September and save even more on your Hot Table finds.

We are also offering 20% Off Food in September. All oils, vinegars, mustards, sauces, salts, etc. are on sale next month.

Sunday Sessions

Culinary Boot CampHave you considered professional culinary school before? Perhaps you just want to be a better home cook. Either way, you'll become powerful in the kitchen with our Culinary Boot Camp.

Culinary Boot Camp
Monday, November 3-7
8:30am - 4:30pm
The Chopping Block at the Mart

Can't join us during the week? Our Sunday version runs five weeks and begins on Sunday, October 5th.

View All Of Our Fall Boot Camps

Cooking Lab Heads North

Cooking Lab FunOur new Cooking Lab series is coming to our Lincoln Square kitchen later this month. The four-week class focuses on the science in cooking so you understand why your food reacts the way it does in the pan, oven or grill. Goodbye to using recipes; hello to cooking with confidence!

Register For Cooking Lab

Using Video to Reach More Home Cooks

How to Cook Scallops Video How to Cook Scallops

Did you know that a third of all online activity is spent watching videos? The Chopping Block realized early on that video could be a powerful tool to help get people to cook at home. In fact, we've been producing our own "How to" Videos since 2009 and have built up a pretty extensive video library.

We recently shared our experience in an article designed to help other small businesses get started with video.

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