Growing up, Katie London helped her mother cook weekly meals for dining rooms full of friends and family, employing diverse recipes inherited from her Italian and Jewish grandparents. So when she decided to share her culinary skills with the world, she kept things in the family, enlisting her father, Jeff, a former CPA, to help her establish Katie's Cooking School. Staged in a classroom that mimics a home kitchen with its residential appliances and cabinets, Katie's classes for kids and adults emphasize practical skills and simple recipes that the students can recreate at home or in the kitchen section of the nearest Home Depot. The class schedule rotates on a monthly basis, adopting a new seasonal, geographic, or dietary theme each time. Past projects have included selections from around the world such as homemade pasta with meat sauce, Danish pancake balls, and moo shu chicken.
At Raw Done Tastefully, certified raw foods chef and instructor Raquel Smith teaches students about the benefits of eating raw. Using her certifications from the Ann Wigmore Institute in Puerto Rico and the Living Light Culinary Institute, Raquel leads classes that range from introductory demos to hands-on classes to multi-day healthy living seminars. Using raw and organic ingredients, she can teach students to craft cuisine in a variety of styles such as Asian fusion, Latin American, and Italian, with dishes such as chocolate mousse tart, curry-walnut pate, and tropical plantains.
Founded in 1985, Epicurean gives choppers with any level of chops a hands-on—or a knives-on-and-hands-away— lesson, lead by trained instructors. During Cupcakes Couture III, students create stylish cupcakes, such as chocolate cherry cordial and strawberry with brown sugar crème fraiche icing. For clock-watchers or those trained in the fast-paced world of cup stacking competitions or speed chess, the menu of Jiffy Meals can all be prepared in less than 30 minutes. During the Sauces course, gravy un-clumps and au jus is finally translated (spoiler alert: it means "oh, you!"). Jesse Brune of Food Network's Private Chefs of Beverly Hills leads salad formations during Salad Daze and combines healthy edibles in Fit to Eat. Check out the full schedule of classes here.
Los Angeles Times–featured Spork Online regales members with the recipes for a new vegan meal each month created by sister chefs Heather and Jenny. Set within an elegant, spacious kitchen, the pair of foodsmiths concocts four dishes as they're shot in high definition for foodies to watch any time at their leisure, restraining the urge to nibble computer screens. Gripping included recipes and giggling at the witty repartee, members can craft the recipes as they're prepared in real time. Vegetable-curious members can also peruse the archives of cooking videos past, fashioning healthy vegan meals set around various themes and showcasing glamorous, spotlight-loving produce.
For anyone whose idea of cooking is opening the box of a microwavable dinner, EATZ may be right up your alley. On Le Brea in the Hancock Park area, EATZ is the perfect way to learn to make entrees, side dishes – even yummy desserts in a fun, social environment. You’ll experiment with different cooking techniques, learn about ingredients and best yet, eat the results of your hard work. Several teams of two share a cutting board and stove. Instructors are friendly and fun, sprinkling knowledge throughout each lesson. Classes are limited to 16 people to ensure you enjoy a personal lesson with your talented instructor. EATZ offers private cooking parties for groups of 14 or more for any occasion such as a bridal shower, birthday party or just for fun. Simply select the date and the menu you’d like to prepare and EATZ takes it from there. Companies use EATZ cooking lessons for great team-building events.
In their urban kitchens from San Diego to Seattle, Hipcooks trains budding culinarians to build their own gourmet dishes from scratch. With more regard for cooks' instincts about taste than exacting recipe measurements, the classes are meant to be social learning experiences capped with a shared dinner. And the meals students learn to make are designed with a practical purpose in mind: an attempt to conjure up romance could feature a dinner of mushroom turnovers, pan-seared steak with polenta, and chocolate souffl?, and surprise guests may provoke an emergency menu of honey-pear salad and pistachio-crusted fish. Like a discriminating competitive eater, other courses focus on a specific cuisine. In Una Noche en Espa?a, for example, the chefs produce a wide variety of tapas, while students in Shortcut to Nirvana set the table with spicy curry and vegetarian samosas from the Indian subcontinent.