Vegan & Vegetarian Cooking Classes in Toronto


December 1, 2017

Whether you’re a brand new cook or you’re someone who knows their way around the kitchen, culinary classes are a great way to learn something new while having fun at the same time. Here’s a roundup of some vegetarian and vegan cooking classes happening around Toronto.

The Toronto Vegetarian Association Events Calendar

You can always start your search by checking our online events calendar which includes classes from the businesses below, as well as other one-off cooking classes that come up now and again.

The Empowered Vegan

Jack Middleton is a Red Seal Chef and a plant-based educator based out of Hamilton, Ontario. Jack runs group classes, private classes and in-home one-on-one lessons. His classes have an emphasis on food flavour theory, knife skills and using interesting vegan ingredients to produce dishes that match their meat-based counterparts in satiety in flavour. 

Whether you are a seasoned cook or a plant curious newbie, you will find Jack’s passion for plant-based cooking contagious and inspiring.

Check out his upcoming classes on his website: 

The Deppaneur
The Deppaneur is a great little spot in on College Street that hosts a variety of unique food events such as workshops, drop-in dinners, and weekend brunch. They’ve also introduced Newcomer Kitchen, a non-profit social enterprise that invites Syrian refugee women to prepare and sell meals. Veg-friendly cooking classes come up often, so check their website for the most updated schedule. The Deppaneur also offers gift certificates, so if you’re looking to give someone a memorable experience make sure to check them out!

George Brown
George Brown’s Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts is well-known and well-respected in this city. Classes are taught by teachers who are experts in their fields, and the experience is interactive and informative. The classes are for anyone, whether you just have a passion for baking and cooking or you’re actually looking to build a career in the industry. George Brown offers a certificate in Vegetarian Culinary Arts, which includes classes for Vegan Baking and Raw Vegan Food. Take a look at their website for the latest class schedule, or visit them in-person at a free info session.

The Big Carrot
The Big Carrot offers vegetarian cooking classes on Monday evenings. Each class has a different focus and they are all meant to be introductory, perfect for new cooks but also fun for those with a little more experience. You can download the latest brochure and check their upcoming schedule online.

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has been offering classes to adults in Toronto for over 160 years. They offer a wide variety of classes, all at pretty reasonable prices and at various locations throughout the city. If you’re interested in baking they’ve got speciality classes for cakes, cookies and cupcakes. The TDSB also offer veg-friendly culinary classes like Indian Vegetarian Cooking, Mediterranean Cooking, and a class called Go Veggie, which teaches students about the benefits of a plant-based diet. Check their website for the most updated schedule and to register online.

The Healing Cuisine
Chef Joanne Gerrard Young is on a mission to teach people that healthy food can be delicious. You may have heard Joanne’s name before. She was the personal plant-based chef to Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady for years, in addition to working with many other celebs. The Healing cuisine offers group and private classes in a variety of locations throughout Toronto. You can check out the list of upcoming events on Eventbrite.

Forking Delicious

Forking Delicious provides fun and affordable hands-on vegetarian cooking classes in your home, day or evening, at a time that suits your schedule. Private or group classes available for all skill levels. A pre-class consultation via email or phone ensures individual tastes and interests are met. Visit for more info.

Online Course: Whole Foods, Plant-Based Cooking

Chef Amy Symington is a nutrition professor, researcher and plant-based chef at George Brown College. She also works for a not-for-profit cancer organization called Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto providing culinary cancer care and nutrition programming. She is also the proud creator of a 7-week online, whole food, plant-based cooking course in partnership with Clean Eating Magazine called Whole Foods, Plant-based Cooking. The course first launched Oct. 28th but will run regularly. Sign up now!  

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