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If you enjoyed your experience at Cookology and think the community should know more about us, please feel free to share your experience online at one of these sites Yelp, Urban Spoon or Trip Advisor. If you'd prefer to share your experience with us personally, please feel free to email the owner, Maria.

We'd be happy to exchange a discount coupon of 25% off your next cooking classes for your word-of-mouth review. Email us to receive the coupon code.

Our Terms

• Class cancellations must be received via phone or e-mail at least 48 hours in advance in order to be issued a class credit. No credit or refund will be given for cancellations within 48 hours of class for any reason.
• All class credits must be used within 30 days of issuance.
• Closed toed shoes required for all classes!


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“We respect and are committed to protecting your privacy. We may collect
personally identifiable information when you visit our site. We also automatically
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be read over the internet.”

Mary Watson, Sommelier

Mary Watson's expertise has been recognized nationally. She has been the recipient of theWine Spectator award for the past 18 years, and has been featured nationally on NBC's Today Show and in countless regional and national consumer and food and wine publications. She is an active member of the Women Chefs and Restauranteurs, Knights of the Vine, Society of Wine Educators, and the Virginia Vinifera Wine Growers Association.

Mary has received the Gold Cluster of Virginia Award and served as sommelier for numerous events at the renowned James Beard House in New York City.
Mary was previously the award-winning sommelier for Landsdowne Resort and its popularOn the Potomac restaurant in Leesburg, Virginia, Benchmark Hospitality's east coast flagship property. She held the role for 16 years, garnering several awards along the way. Mary has developed an acclaimed curriculum of food and wine and culinary university classes, which provide an in-depth look at a variety of American and International cuisines and wines.

Maria Kopsidas, Founder

Maria Kopsidas is the creator and owner of Cookology. Prior to opening the doors to Cookology, Maria spent fifteen years leading marketing and communications campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, restaurants and charities including Discovery Channel International as publicist for India and Australia; Grocery Manufacturers Association, the largest and oldest food manufacturer association in the country, as manager of online communications; director of communications for an Electronic Data Discovery firm, and prior to opening Cookology, she was a sought-after marketing consultant with McKinley Marketing Partners.

Growing up in a Mediterranean family with philanthropists, cooks, cookbook authors, health experts and professional chefs on both sides, including a pastry chef in the White House, the idea of a super accessible, affordable cooking school was her dream. Starting in 2003, Maria took her marketing experience and love of cooking, food, health, and people and created Cookology. Finally, after six years of chasing her dream, working on her marketing career while raising a child, she secured an SBA loan, negotiated a lease, oversaw construction buildout, hired her staff, and opened the doors in February 2009.

Feel free to email Maria! Watch the 2009 Video that earned Maria and Cookology the top 10 spot, out of thousands of submissions from around the world, in Sir Richard Branson's Perfect Pitch Conference!

Our Students Say

“I want to start by saying, “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” From my first phone call to you my experience with Cookology has been tremendous. As you know, our book club read Julie and Julia and we wanted to have a private Julia Child inspired cooking class. You were accommodating and wonderful to deal with. I bombarded you with phone calls, questions and special requests, but you were always patient and kind. Our group of 12 met this past Tuesday for a wonderful night of learning, fun and amazing food. Everyone enjoyed every minute. Chef Ian was entertaining, knowledgeable, skilled and patient with us. We learned many new techniques and had fun doing it! What could be better than cooking, eating, laughing with friends and not having to clean the kitchen? Thank you again and we are looking forward to our next class!”

–Jeri H. & Book Club Friends

“I was truly impressed with the meals that came home, and my daughter has never been so excited to cook! You all did a fabulous job with the kids! Thank you! And we cannot wait until she uses the recipes and her newly learned skills to recreate the food!”

–Jenny H.

“We had an incredible party at Cookology! My daughter and her friends had a great time! Thank you for helping make yummy food and a fun party, but mostly for making lasting and special memories of her turning 6!”

–Shannon B.

“I’ve been so impressed with the facility and staff. It’s a professional-grade kitchen, and one that’s kept very clean. I love the fact that you use natural ingredients and don’t take shortcuts, so that my son is being trained to create dishes from scratch.Equally important to me has been the staff; all very friendly. The chefs are excellent, creative, and know how to instruct the kids. They even email the recipes so the kids can recreate the dishes at home! We’ve been so pleased…I highly recommend them to anyone interested in improving their cooking skills!”"

–Jill P.

“Cookology was great fun! Cannot wait to do it again!”

–Scott Z.

“We took the basic Sushi class at Dulles and loved it. Kids took a camp class and loved it. Can’t wait to get back in there.”

–Dee M.

“My kids loved the pumpkin muffins I brought back home. They were asking for more!”–Silvana M.“Everything about it is just right on the mark,” Marty said. “The classes are fun and entertaining, you meet new people, get a great meal and walk away with a lot of useful skills.”–Marty M.“We were really just blown away right from the start. We had so much fun, and then we got home the very first night we realized we had picked up all these tidbits. How to heat up the pan, when to put the food in, how to properly season with salt and pepper…stuff that is really pretty basic, but makes a world of difference when you learn to do it right.”

–Mel M.

Read all about Marty & Mel’s experiences at Cookology on our blog!

Cookology in the Community

Cookology is a proud participant of the Northern Virginia community at large. We provide donations, meals, and event support to a multitude of causes. Below is a list of just a handful of the schools and organizations Cookology has supported in the previous months.

-Loudoun Free Clinic
-Rolling Ridge Elementary
-Tauxemont Cooperative Preschool
-Ronald Wilson Reagan Middle School
-The Primary Day School
-March of Dimes
-Dominion Trail Elementary
-Algonkian Elementary School
-Sunset Hills Montessori
-St. Theresa School
-Sully Elementary
-United Way (on behalf for Unysis)
-Frances Hazel Reid Elementary School
-Claude Moore Preschool
-Gravely Elementary
-Union Mill Elementary
-Laurel Hill Elementary
-Reston Children's Center
-Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
-St. David's Episcopal Preschool
-Greenbriar West Elementary
-Forest Edge Elementary
-Mautner Project (National Lesbian Health)
-Greek Orthodox Parish of Loudoun County
-YMCA of Loudoun County