Apologies if this is the wrong forum, was not sure if this goes here or in general cooking topics. Anyway, I'm an extremely amateur home cook. Recently out of grad school (2 years ago), and have mostly been living on grilled chicken, pasta, and sandwiches. Kind of pathetic, really. As a consequence of moving to Boston (I'm from CT) and enjoying some of the great restaurants they have here, and in combination with watching way too many episodes of chopped and MasterChef, I've become interested in learning some fancier cooking. The problem is, I was never really taught how to cook. I mean, I can follow a recipe pretty easily (I am a chemist, so essentially the same thing except you can eat it at the end!), but lack the knowledge of some of the actual techniques. So my question is, is it going to be worth it to attend a basic cooking class or two to pick up some solid teaching of technique? Or is is not worth the ~$500? Cooking is not exactly rocket science, but I thought taking a class from an actual chef in a professional environment may be more beneficial than watching a million youtube videos. Thoughts? Edit* Sorry, forgot to say the classes I'm considering taking are two 6-week beginner courses at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. Each 6-week course is about ~$450.