$49 for a 2.5-Hour Cooking Class at The Spice Lady ($100 Value)

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Themes for 2.5-hour cooking classes include Modern Thai, Fusion Cuban, and Skinny Summer Gourmet

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Expires 180 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required; subject to availability. Classes must be used by the same person. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Dates and class location subject to change. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Cooks teach by using a hands-on approach, which is more effective than mailing students a box filled with flour, eggs, some matches, and a note that says "cookies?" Get your hands dirty with this Groupon.

$49 for a 2.5-Hour Cooking Class ($100 Value)

Check the full roster of classes, such as Southwestern Cuisine and French Bistro, here. Each class includes a full dinner and is limited to eight students.

The Spice Lady

One day, Sharon Elston opened up a copy of Bon Appétit magazine, a simple act that would forever change her career path. That month's issue happened to feature a hazelnut farm, which Elston contacted and then serviced as a fine-foods importer. In addition to fresh farmed hazelnuts, The Spice Lady represented a number of award winning products such as organic spices. Presenting them chef to chef, Elston was heralded with calls of "Here comes the spice lady!" The moniker stuck. With her kids out of the nest, Elston became a teaching chef. Today, in addition to teaching her own classes, Chef Sharon educates students in public kitchens and private schools as well as in corporate settings.

Now she teaches a wide variety of cooking classes of Global Cuisine such as Fusion Cuban and Skinny Summer Gourmet. Elston also visits college campuses to talk about nutrition and guides a walking group to help others reap the benefits of healthy living. She is also a registered food-safety instructor for certification by the various jurisdictions and colleges.

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