Classes FAQ

For all class registrations made after March ______, your class registration is non-cancellable and non-refundable.  Should you be unable to attend, we suggest that you consider sending someone in your place.  If possible, please let us know of any substitutions so that we can update our records.  For all class registrations made prior to March __, 2023, your registration is non-cancellable and non-refundable if it is done within 72 hours of the start time for that class.

  • If we need to cancel or reschedule a class: We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule a class for any reason, including instructor emergencies, low enrollment or alien invasions, in which case you will receive a full refund. Pease note that any refund issued for classes purchased using a Gift Certificate will carry the same expiration date as the underlying Gift Certificate. 

  • For series classes:  Please note that once the series has begun no substitutions will be allowed since the series is designed for the classes to build upon each other.  In the event you miss a class in the series, no refunds will be given and it is not possible to make up the class(es) in a future similar series.   

Your registration tells us that you have read through the class description including the age requirements for that particular class. 

  • For Adult Classes: you must be at least 18 years old as of the class date (or as of the first date of the first class of a series);
  • Students age 14 up to 18 years old who would like to attend an Adult Class, must contact us in advance so that we may determine with the instructor whether they will be allowed to attend class. Each allowed student aged 14-17 must be accompanied by one adult for each child and must have a written ‘Under 18 Waiver’ signed on the student’s behalf by a parent or legal guardian prior to admittance to class.  
  • For Junior Chef Classes: You must be at least 9 years old as of the class date (or as of the first date of the first class of a series) and up to 14 years.
  • ‘Under 18 Waiver is required:  In order for any student under 18 years old to be admitted to class, we require a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian on behalf of that student. Click here for a copy of the Under 18 Waiver.  We encourage you to download, print and sign the waiver and bring it to class with your child (or email it in advance to  heather@kcculinary.com), If someone other than the parent drops off your child and requests to sign on behalf of a child, they will need evidence that they are a legal guardian for that child.
  • We reserve the right to require proof of age for any student attempting to attend a class that we feel is not within the age requirements for that class. Should that student not have such proof of age in the form of a valid passport, birth certificate or other similar official document, we reserve the right to not allow him or her to attend and participate in the class until such proof is provided.  In this case, the phone number on file at registration will be called and we will ask that the student be picked up immediately. Payment alone does not guarantee admittance to class and no refunds will be allowed. 
  • Choosing The Class That Is Right For Your Child: Classes are designed, taught and designated based on the developmental age of the participants. When you attempt to enroll a child into a class above his or her age level, that child will likely not get the instruction appropriate to his or her age.  Also, there may be techniques taught that are not suited for younger children and the teacher will not change teaching styles to accommodate a lower age level.  Similarly, the instructors teaching our kids’ classes are experienced instructors, however, the classes have not been designed to offer the optimal experience for children who may have issues with concentration, difficulty sitting still for extended periods of time or who struggle with behavioral issues in a classroom.  Should we encounter a student who falls within this type of category, we will contact you to pick up your child and will not be able to offer a refund.  Please feel free to contact us to discuss in advance of the class.  

If you would like to sit with another registered guest(s) please provide this information in advance of the class, preferably in the Comments section when registering.  We pre-assign seats, so we cannot guarantee you’ll be seated together without this advance notice. 

We will make a determination no later than 2 hours prior to a class and we will notify you using the email you provided to us at registration.  We may also, or instead, notify you via the phone number you provided at registration and will leave a message if we are unable to speak with you.  

We cannot guarantee that any food allergies or dietary restrictions communicated to us can be accommodated. Unless written notice is given prior to class, we will assume that each registrant has no food allergies that will affect their experience in the class.  Once notified (whether prior to the class or during the class), the student will be required to sign an Allergen Waiver (or if it is a child under 18 years, then by a parent or legal guardian on behalf of that child).  Without this signed Allergen Waiver, the student will not be able to attend class (or continue in class) until such time as we receive it. Click here for a copy of the Adult Allergen Waiver (18+).  Please click here for a copy of the Under 18 Allergen Waiver. We cannot guarantee that there will be no traces of nuts or other food allergens in the classroom or in the foods you will be eating or working with. Should you choose to attend class (or should you choose to send a child) you will be doing so at your own risk.

Our policy does NOT allow for outside food or beverage to be brought in for any event or class (except unopened bottles of wine, in which case you will be charged a $40 corking fee per bottle). However, we have full bar capabilities and we do offer alcoholic beverages for purchase (beyond what is already included in your chosen class or event).

For hands-on classes, comfortable and kitchen-safe shoes are required.  For any of our Professional Culinary Arts classes (Pro Classes), you must wear a white chef jacket (available through our Kitchen Shop).  Other than that, it’s up to you…business casual, chicken suit, whatever makes you happy (and doesn’t disrupt class.)

Your registration acts as your approval to use your image (or the registered student if different) in any of our marketing materials including but not limited to social marketing mediums, online use, and print materials. If you do not agree with this photo waiver, please note such in the Comment area when registering or call us at 913-341-4455. 

No non-registered guests may accompany you to class.  This includes, but is not limited to, infants, adult guests of registered children, parents, babysitters or any other non-registered guests. 

We would be happy to register additional people in a class, assuming there are spaces available.  In order to make this a pleasant learning experience for all students, and due to liability issues, no young children or babies are allowed to accompany you to class or wait for you in the back of the classroom.

Please see each class description to discover the level of hands on participation by students in that particular class.  Generally, each class will be designated as one of the following:   

  • Hands On. Students can expect one or more activities where they are involved in actual preparation and/or cooking of food during the class. This could range from one item to several during the class.  
  • Demonstration. In classes designated as Demonstration, students learn by observing the instructor.  No hands on participation is involved.

‘Tastings’ in a class description means you will get to taste everything that is demonstrated in class. You may be served the tastings one at a time or all at one time at the end of class. ‘Lunch’ means you will be served a full lunch, seated at tables. ‘Dinner’ means you will be served a full dinner, seated at tables.

Classes marked with the MBQI logo are part of The Culinary Center’s MIDWEST BARBEQUE INSTITUTE, which provides comprehensive education in the art of barbeque and smoking.

At this time, we do not offer any discounts for multiple class registrations… but you sure will become our best friend!

Our online reservation system accepts Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express.

To view our class schedule, go the home page of our website at www.kcculinary.com and click on Cooking Classes, then click on the desired form of viewing our cooking classes.