Cooking Classes in California

BYOB Cooking Class with Michelin Starred–Chef Conrad Gallagher for One or Two (Up to 48% Off)

Conrad Gallagher Cooking Series

Costa Mesa

$95 $55

Michelin starred–chef teaches home-cooks to make osso bucco, Hollandaise, lobster, salmon rillette, or canapés during 3-hour themed sessions

$19.99 for a One-Year Online Menu-Planning Membership to Menu For The Week ($48 Value)

Menu For The Week

Online Deal

$48 $19.99

Online menu-planning service with itemized grocery lists takes guesswork out of home cooking for an entire year

Cookbook-Making Software with 5 or 10 Optional Cookbooks from The Great Family Cookbook Project (Up to 83% Off)

The Great Family Cookbook Project

Online Deal

$99.95 $19.99

The software compiles family recipes, photos, and stories and transforms them into full-color cookbooks with custom layouts and covers

$449 for Six-Week Professional Chef Series Cooking Course at Prep Kitchen Essentials ($900 Value)

Prep Kitchen Essentials

Seal Beach

$900 $449

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Chefs teach kitchen decorum, knife skills, and preparation of soups, sauces, seafood, and meats during a six-week hands-on cooking course

$39 for a Cake Fondant Class at California Premier Culinary School ($80 Value). Four Options Available.

California Premier Culinary School

Los Angeles

$80 $39

Learn how to make your cakes the prettiest in town

Cooking Class for One or Two with Michelin–Starred Chef from Conrad Gallagher Foods (Up to 48% Off)

Conrad Gallagher Foods

Vista

$95 $55

Monday and Tuesday nights, famed chef Conrad Gallagher shares his kitchen wisdom, teaching classes how to cook Italian, French, and seafood

Cooking Class with Michelin Starred–Chef Conrad Gallagher for One or Two (Up to 48% Off)

Conrad Gallagher Foods

Manhattan Beach

$95 $55

Michelin starred–chef teaches home-cooks to make osso bucco, Hollandaise, lobster, salmon rillette, or canapés during 3-hour themed sessions

Cooking Class for Two or Four at Farm School on Los Rios Street (Up to 55% Off)

Farm School on Los Rios Street

Historic San Juan Capistrano

$98 $49

Seasonal menus rotate but have included dishes such as new england clam chowder, chicken pot pie, and white chicken chili

BYOB Cupcake Party for One or Two or Private Party for Eight at Cake and Art (Up to 58% Off)

Cake and Art

West Hollywood

$760 $319

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Cake artists teach how to decorate cupcakes at acclaimed bakery frequented by celebrities and once featured on Life magazine's cover

Six-Hour Barbecue-Grilling and Smoking Class for One or Two at Bay Area BBQ and Grilling School (Up to 56% Off)

Bay Area BBQ and Grilling School

Treasure Island

$170 $79

Students work with Weber gas grills and three different smokers to prepare buffalo wings, pork tenderloin, rib racks, brisket, and more

$299 for Catering for Up to 20 People from What's Cookin? ($700 Value)

What's Cookin?

On Location

$700 $299

Professional chef fills events with gourmet food tailored to dietary needs by harnessing international recipes and seasonal produce

Pasta-Making Class for One, Two, or Four Adults or Teens at Cucina Bambini (Up to 61% Off)

Cucina Bambini

Willow Glen

$45 $22

In a spacious, inviting kitchen, groups make pasta dough from scratch and form it into fettuccine and ravioli

Gourmet Cooking Class for One or Two at Eat Street Culinary (Up to 44% Off)

Eat Street Culinary

EAT STREET

$80 $48

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Renowned chef guides students to craft fine dining cuisine from scratch; date-nights pair food with students' choice of own wine

$10 for $20 Worth of Olive Oil and Vinegar at Amphora Nueva

Amphora Nueva

Berkeley

$20 $10

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More than 80 Italian fusti containers dispense fresh olive oils and vinegars harvested from farms around the globe

Cooking Class for One or Two at Cooking with Chef Jenni (Up to 56% Off)

Cooking with Chef Jenni

Windsor

$100 $50

Learn how to make your own pasta, duck confit, pastries, Ethnic Cuisines, and prepare Vegan and Gluten-Free dishes.

Tamale-Making Class for One Plus a Dozen Tamales and a Drink at Guadalajara Restaurante (Up to 56% Off)

Guadalajara Market & Bakery

Downtown San Jose

$67.50 $30

Professional Mexican chef teaches you how to make and roll your own tamales; savor a batch over a drink afterward

Select Local Merchants

When other kids played in the street, imagining lives as astronauts or cops, Leslie McKenna played in the kitchen, already a chef in her heart. Her childhood passion persisted, earning her a degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University, praise in the pages of Bon Appétit for her pastas and desserts, and a job as Bob Hope’s private chef. In 2005, she decided to share her love with a new generation of aspiring culinary artists, so she founded Chefs, Inc. as a place to learn, cook, and have fun.

Today, her school hosts a wide array of cooking classes, when it isn’t occupied as a film set by shows such as Millionaire Matchmaker. The classes range from Julia Child’s classic French recipes to a dipping-sauce course focusing on grilled and fried eats slathered in custom condiments. She even teaches a knife-skills class, preparing students to slice and dice food like a professional, quickly chopping money or deftly cracking the fruit of the money tree to reveal the paycheck inside.

10955 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles,
CA
US

Robotics, archaeology, cooking––6- to 12-year-olds enrolled at Cali Kids Club learn such unexpected skills. Clubs are classified under four different headings: culinary, engineering, geology and excavation, and arts and electives. Kids here have the opportunity to whisk up multicultural dishes in the Tastes of the World club, glimpse shimmery views in Rocks, Gems, and Fossils, and learn woodcraft skills so they can whittle a whole tree from a bigger tree.

The school offers 19 single-session (and occasionally double-session) classes at a time. Seventeen of them remain the same, and two rotate every week. After 10 weeks, a whole new set of 19 classes replaces the previous curriculum. Kids either sign up for a single session or nab a membership card that grants access to one or two each week.

18448 West Bernardo Drive
San Diego,
CA
US

Bay Area Expeditions' experienced outdoorsmen, with backgrounds ranging from U.S. military service to botany education, lead students on instructional excursions to bolster wilderness-survival skills. Classes help students identify edible or medicinal plants, earn ASHI certification for first aid, or learn primitive skills. Overnight [expeditions]http://bayareaexpeditions.com/index.php/expeditions) lead guests beneath the starry skies of Big Sur or snowshoeing tours through the Sierra Nevadas? snow-dusted basins.

525 Haight St.
San Francisco,
CA
US

SunCafe puts a healthy spin on traditional foods, creating each of its dishes from scratch with organic, plant-based, and dairy-free ingredients. The restaurant has collected numerous awards and extensive press acclaim for its raw and vegan specialties, the most popular of which include kale shakes, supreme pizza, and gluten-free cookie-dough pie. To help others become comfortable with preparing raw and plant-based food, SunCafe offers themed classes every week that share recipes and cooking methods.

3711 Cahuenga Blvd
Studio City,
CA
US

It is Chef Juliano's passion for food and cooking that first brought him to the raw lifestyle. At age 19 he became vegan and shortly after started eating 100% raw. But there was one problem—where would he eat outside his home? With the inspiration for a restaurant forming, he called on his family for support and made his first RAW restaurant a reality. Today RAW is a popular destination for celebrities such as Alicia Silverstone and Woody Harrelson, as well as for any diner looking for a healthy meal. And with a menu full of cheeseburgers, sushi and pasta—all raw versions—every option is a flavorful one.

609 Broadway
Santa Monica,
CA
US

Eric Greenspan, co-owner and executive chef of The Foundry on Melrose, may have earned a place on the Los Angeles culinary radar for his work at hot spots including Meson G, but his reputation also has national reach. Besides besting Bobby Flay in a 2010 episode of Iron Chef, Greenspan has auditioned to take over command of Kitchen Stadium himself, most recently on The Next Iron Chef: Redemption. The chef's ever-changing menus of a la carte delectables meld French, Spanish, and creative American influences, plated with a sophistication deserving of a Caravaggio still life. Prix fixe tasting menus take diners on expertly engineered tours of flavors and textures, and vegetarian options let herbivores join the experience.

Interior-design guru Sandy Davidson decorated The Foundry on Melrose with a comfortable, art-deco aesthetic, mixing warm, antique elements with industrial accents. Bands play on select nights as mixologists craft artful cocktails and pour glasses of fine wines.

7465 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles,
CA
US