Inspiring people to connect through food

Since 2009, Cookology has touched the lives of thousands of people at our locations at Dulles Town Center and Ballston Quarter. The goal is simply to inspire people to connect with friends and family over a great meal. We teach folks to do this everyday by offering professionally taught, hands-on cooking classes in our safe commercial kitchens.

At Cookology, we believe that with practice and patience you can begin to change your life and the lives of your children by learning how to cook and changing what you eat. We hope to encourage every adult and child we meet to make cooking a lifelong passion.

We’re located in Dulles Town Center mall next door to Macy’s on the lower level and Ballston Quarter next door to Macy’s on the third level. Sign up for one of our classes or stop by and pick up a bottle of wine to enjoy around your table at home. If you’re craving more Cookology you can also read about the latest happenings on our Blog, Facebook, and Instagram.

For parents and caregivers, please visit our Kids section to learn more about our commitment to safety and learning.
Please visit our FAQs page for more general information.

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Tell us how you feel

Your feedback is needed to help us improve our classes, the way we teach, customer service and how we run operations.

If you enjoyed your experience at Cookology and think the community should know more about us, please feel free to share your experience online on Facebook, GoogleTrip Advisor, or Yelp  If you’d prefer to share your experience with us personally, please feel free to email the owner, Maria.

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!

Please Read Our Privacy and Security Policies from our Merchant Services Company, Heartland

Privacy Policy: 
“We respect and are committed to protecting your privacy. We may collect personally identifiable information when you visit our site. We also automatically receive and record information on our server logs from your browser including your IP address, cookie information and the page(s) you visited. We will not sell your personally identifiable information to anyone.”

Security Policy:
“Your payment and personal information is always safe. Our Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software is the industry standard and among the best software available today for secure commerce transactions. It encrypts all of your personal information, including credit card number, name, and address, so that it cannot be read over the internet.”

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Meet Our Founder

Maria Kopsidas

Maria Kopsidas

Maria Kopsidas is the founder and owner of Cookology Recreational Culinary School, Metropolitan Culinary Arts Institute (MCAI), Cookology Kitchen and Helbroth Consulting. 

Prior to opening her flagship store in 2009, 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, and director of communications for an Electronic Data Discovery firm. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Journalism from University of Maryland, College Park; a handful of certificates in Finance and Plant-based Nutrition from Cornell University, and is pursuing her Master’s degree when her daughter goes off to college in 2022. (Linkedin Profile)

With an SBA loan, Maria opened Cookology at Dulles Town Center during the Great Recession in February 2009. This award winning cooking school loved by every Fortune 100 company in Northern Virginia from Google to Capital One, caught the eye of developers, Forest City. In 2017 they began a $354M rebuild of Ballston Commons, with the intention of creating an experiential mall, so ten years later, Maria opened a 6000 sq.ft. culinary center housing both Cookology and Metropolitan Culinary Arts Institute in Arlington, VA. 

Metropolitan Culinary Arts Institute is a post-secondary culinary arts program certified to operate in Virginia by SCHEV. 

During the pandemic, Maria launched Cookology Kitchen, a delivery only concept whose meals live at the intersection of restaurant delivery and make your own ingredient boxes – Official Launch is 2022.

In 2021, the pandemic still not over, Maria, took elements of the professional culinary training program, MCAI, and created MCAI 501(c)3. This non-profit trains students into prep cooks in six short weeks, finds them positions, and acts as an advocate for their well-being and future throughout their career. Restaurants make donations to MCAI 501(c)3 to cover the costs of the students’ training.  

Growing up in a Mediterranean family with philanthropists, cooks, cookbook authors, health experts and professional chefs, including a former pastry chef in the White House, the idea of a super accessible, affordable cooking school was her goal but many years later, the idea of a creating a culinary workforce where education is financially accessible has become her latest passion. 

Feel free to email Maria!

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What our students have to say

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.

  • Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic
  • Arlington Traditional School
  • Fauquier Alternative School
  • PRS
  • 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
  • Evergreen Mill Elementary
  • Sully Elementary
  • United Way (on behalf for Unysis)
  • Frances Hazel Reid Elementary School

  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Fairfax Region
  • The 25th Project
  • Claude Moore Preschool
  • Capitol Area Food Bank
  • 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
  • Long Branch Elementary
  • Algonkian Elementary
  • The 25th Project
  • Food on the Stove