Do you crumple at the sight of a cake recipe? Fail at flan? Burn your bread past the point of toast? It’s okay — we’re not all natural-born chefs. Thankfully, there are culinary artists who are happy to share their expertise. Turn your kitchen tragedies into triumphs with these cooking classes in Austin, Texas.

Text by Sarah Vice

Group cooking class stirs skillets.

Freda’s Kitchen

At Freda’s Kitchen, you’ll learn how to blend multicultural recipes into a single deliciously divine dining experience. Chef Michell Huber created and named Freda’s Kitchen in honor of her Polish grandmother. Huber and her fellow chefs design cooking classes to suit your group’s needs and tastes. Freda’s Kitchen offers everything from private group events to Iron Chef-style team building competitions. Allez cuisine!

Close-up hands folding Asian dumplings.

East Austin Culinary Studio

East Austin Culinary Studio has everything you need to sharpen your skills as a chef, all in their cozy corner of Austin. The company hosts cooking classes in Austin, Texas with amazing chefs working in their fully-outfitted culinary studio. Participants rave about chef and owner Amanda Darby‘s dishes, which include gnocchi, vegetable soup, and Asian dumplings. Follow them on Facebook for information about pop-ups and future events.

Hand arranges pantry grain jars.

The Modern Cupboard

If you’re looking for dishes that are good for you and taste great, then check out The Modern Cupboard. Chef Vanessa Williamson‘s services include private cooking lessons for individuals, parties, and even some lucky AirBnB guests. She also offers a Modern Cupboard Overhaul, teaching you how to stock your personal pantry for your health and nutritional needs. You can even preview her mouth-watering recipes, like Buckwheat Waffles and Summer Chicken and Peach Casserole, on her blog.

Woman teaches cake baking class.

Make It Sweet

Is there anything more intimidating for a novice chef than making a cake from scratch? Especially if it’s for a special event? Thankfully, Make It Sweet is here to help. Make it Sweet offers baking classes to take your cake baking skills from disastrous to delicious. On their website, you can even preview cakes they’ve made in the past. Plus, they sell all the materials used to make your wildest dessert dreams a reality. It’s a one-stop shop for everything sweet. Not a fan of cake? No problem! Make It Sweet makes a wide variety of pastries, cookies, and confections. Check out their recipe for Black and White cookies before you go.