Cooking Classes

Hands-on cooking classes since 2000

Group Cooking Class Sharpen your cooking skills with intensive, hands-on classes taught by chef Abigail Hitchcock right in her Camaje kitchen and enjoyed in the cozy restaurant. Classes are open to all levels; some include shopping trips to nearby markets. To get a taste of the experience, read a food blogger’s lush two-part post about a field trip to Chinatown, and check out these videos featuring trips to the Union Square Farmers Market and Chinatown.

Just announced: Fall 2016 group classes
Download our complete fall schedule here (PDF). Highlights include Knife Skills, Sushi Basics, A Moroccan Table, and many more for cooks just starting out or experienced kitchen mavens ready to master a new cuisine. All group class reservations are through EventBrite.

August note: Fresh from a successful event in the Dominican Republic, Chef Abigail is heading to Brantôme, France, to lead students in shopping and cooking for their own Gallic feast. Camaje group classes will be back in September (see schedule above), but throughout August, there are still plenty of opportunities to arrange a private classwine/liquor tasting, or One Night Stand. To book a class, email or call 212-673-8184.

Private classes:
Camaje hosts fully hands-on cooking classes for up to 25 people with fully customized menus to dazzle you and your friends, family, or clients. Learn more about details and pricing. 

Wine and liquor tastings:
Memorable events start with wonderful drinks. Learn more about details and pricing. 

One Night Stand:
In this very special class, one or more cooks prepares a three-course meal for a lucky group of family or friends. Choose from the restaurant’s seasonal menu, a custom-designed menu, or a theme—for instance, French, Italian, Tapas, mezze, fish techniques, hors d’oeuvre, vegetarian, sushi, Thai, Indian, or Moroccan. Learn more about details and pricing.

Gift certificates:
A cooking class is always the perfect present. We can email or mail you a gift certificate in any denomination toward a cooking class of the recipient’s choosing.

Raves from former students:

Foursquare entertains guests in a private Cooking class

“We had such a great time the other night at Camaje learning from your culinary expertise. Look forward to the next time we come in…and learning a whole new menu.”
—Jameson, Dana, and Peter, Foursquare (Watch their video!)

“The whole thing was awesome and the food was excellent… We look forward to coming back. Thanks again.”

“We did a tapas cooking class here in the summer. Chef Abby was a great teacher and the food was amazing. Highly recommended!”

“You are AMAZING and, although I learned a lot, you gave me the freedom to still do things my way. That’s the mark of a GREAT instructor. I recently tried making the Beef Wellington at home for Julie and one of our sons, and it came out great! I was still able to remember most of what you showed me about it. I can’t want to try some of the other recipes and I am already pondering roasting my own spices. Probably the only “down” side to my lesson is that now I want to spend A LOT of money on new knives and cooking toys!”

“Chef Abby! Another great class with the Shop & Cook Chinatown for Fish. Had a great time…. Thank you!”

“You are so generous and a wonderful teacher. My girls both said it was the best Christmas gift ever! I agree. Thank you for the recipes.” 

“Just a few words to thank you again for the great class and dinner last night for me and my family.

We all truly enjoyed it and you are really wonderful—so knowledgeable and patient.” 

Camaje classes in the media: 
“10 Fun and Filling Food Tours in New York City: Chinatown Shop & Cook” (
“Writer in the Kitchen: Chinatown Shop & Cook,” parts I and II (Travel Bites Deep). Gorgeous photos!