Welcome to the #1 Cooking School in the Nation's Capital  

When you’re ready to improve your cooking skills to benefit your friends, family or just your own sense of confidence in the kitchen, L’Academie de Cuisine (LADC) offers more than 1,000 of the finest cooking classes in the region.

LADC’s cooking classes are taught by professional trained instructors with years of industry and teaching experience. Classes span a range of topics from culinary and baking techniques to fine wine, entertaining, bread baking and vegetarian. Intimidated? Don’t be! LADC offers cooks at all levels a unique opportunity to learn in a state-of-the-art facility at the finest cooking school in the nation's capital.

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What Makes LADC’s Cooking School So Great? It All Starts With An Award-Winning Culinary School Led By A Talented Instructional Team

Here there is no shortage of immensely talented and passionate instructors, who have fine-tuned their culinary skills in some of the best kitchens in the world. In fact, our cooking school, founded by Francois Dionot some four decades ago, is proud to be among the best in the country.

At LADC, you will learn from professional chef instructors, in a small, individually focused environment, where you receive hands-on experience alongside instructors who will exceed your expectations and help you develop stellar cooking and baking skills.

Let LADC Bring Out Your Inner Chef  

Perhaps you’ve always loved cooking, but are ready to learn more advanced techniques. Maybe you’re not sure where to begin but know you need the basics; or maybe you're looking for a great new way to have fun with your friends. No matter your skill level, LADC will help you discover the joys of cooking, eating and entertaining. From hands-on practical classes, to cooking demonstrations and wine dinners, from breads and baking to pasta and seafood, our cooking school offers something for everyone!

Want to prepare an elaborate wine dinner? How about joining us for some fun ideas! Interested in learning more about French pastries or international cuisines? Voila! LADC offers a comprehensive schedule of classes to bring out your inner chef, including:

• Beginner Culinary Classes
• Bread Baking 
• Couples Classes
• Specialized Workshops
• International Cuisine
• Cake Decorating, Chocolate & Pastries
• Holiday Menus
• Wine Tastings and Wine Dinners
• Girls Night Out

Continuing and Enhancing Your Culinary Career 

In addition to fun recreational classes, we offer extended courses, specifically designed for those who want to greatly enhance their cooking skills without committing to a full time professional culinary program. Choose from culinary techniques or pasty techniques, which are twenty-week courses, led by a professional instructor with years of experience.

L’Academie de Cuisine is where good cooks become great.   

This Week at L'Academie

  • Basic Knife Skills

    May 9 01:30 PM - 04:30 PM

    Whether a veteran cook or just beginning, everyone can use some basic knife...

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    Cake Decorating 201 (Fondant)

    May 9 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Pump up your cake decorating skills by learning the ins and outs of using ...

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    Couples: Southern Fine Dining

    May 8 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

    One Registration is for One Couple (Two People).  Explore the Lowcountry cu...

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  • Grilling Workshop

    May 9 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM

    Whether you are a seasoned pro or a little scared on the grill, this is the...

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    Mother's Day Lunch

    May 8 10:30 AM - 01:30 PM

    Let's celebrate our moms, mums and mamas with a fun celebratory lunch! 

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    Romantic Mediterranean Dinner

    May 9 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM

    One Registration is for One Couple (Two People).  Images of a beachside din...

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  • Teen Night Out

    May 8 06:00 PM - 08:30 PM

    Open for Teens (13-17) only. 

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    Thai Techniques: Soups & Curries

    May 6 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM

    Instead of going to your favorite Thai restaurant, join us and learn how to...

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