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Trays of food for prepping line the counter at In The Kitchen.

Bob Waggoner, who became a culinary celebrity at Charleston Grill, swore off restaurants after decades of dealing with cooks, sommeliers and customers arriving by the horde. But he didn’t want to give up the fun of sharing great food with eaters who care about fresh, local products and refined techniques, so he recently launched In The Kitchen, an intimate dining space with an educational bent.

At In The Kitchen, located at 164-A Market St., 10 guests prepare dinner under Waggoner’s tutelage. “People want something to do besides go to the movies,” Waggoner told The Post and Courier when he announced the project.

“For the price of a nice meal, you get to learn and have a fun night of eating and drinking.”

The $125 class fee includes half pours of sparkling, red and white wine, paired with the courses created by students.

Menus aren’t announced in advance, since they’re designed around what farmers and fishermen have to offer, but Waggoner takes allergies into account when developing dishes that guests can master.

“I don’t want to do a demo where people just write things down,” he said. “I want people to learn how to cook the way you really cook.”

In The Kitchen runs Tuesday-Saturday; classes start at 7 p.m. and typically run for two hours or so. Reservations are required. For more information, call 619-7529 or visit