Maplewood Career Center Introduces New Cooking Classes

Maplewood Career Center is introducing cooking classes for all age groups and skill levels as it launches its Cooking for All program. Lead by professional Chef, Michael Ferris, these classes will provide instruction on specialty dishes, seasonal favorites and more. Participants will learn new dishes and have to opportunity to eat their creations at the end of the class.


Chef Ferris has been working in the culinary world for more than 27 years. Starting his love of cooking at Maplewood Career Center, Ferris went on to be a cook in the army. Following his time cooking in the army, Ferris became the Executive Chef at multiple restaurants. He is now the chef and owner of Gourmet By Design Catering, LLC. He is grateful to be back teaching at Maplewood and sharing his love of cooking with the public.


“Cooking is simple once you learn the techniques, applying those techniques opens the door to endless possibilities,” said Ferris. “I love to teach people to cook and expose them to new recipes. Whether it is a child learning to cook for the first time, or a host changing up his or her routine with an innovative recipe, teaching these skills is a rewarding process for me.”


There are 14 different classes being offered. They vary from a single time class to one that has up to three sessions. Classes include Seasonal Soups & Stocks, Pizza from Scratch, Fresh Pasta, Holiday Pies and Healthy Living. The wide range of classes will teach participants fun new staples to incorporate into their daily menus.


These classes will be offered to the public and available for purchase on a class by class base. One class costs $55, two classes are $105 and three classes are $150. Individuals who are interested in registering for a class can do so either online at or by phone, 330-296-2892.

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