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Patricio Esquivel draws on more than 20 years of culinary experience to impart gourmet food preparation technique through hands-on instruction. Gastronomic gurus guide up to 12 students through 2.5-hour courses designed to hone a variety of kitchen skills. Hone chopping chops in Essential Knife Skills, which is designed to help pupils become more confident at the cutting board, fine tuning basic knife skills and fundamental cuts for vegetables including mincing, dicing, and swashbuckling. The Grilling Seafood course teaches pupils to create immaculately grilled fish and shellfish, and Easy Chinese at Home classes explore the complex blend of seasonings and lifelike panda calls that create great Chinese cuisine. Patricio Esquivel also offers courses for kids and teens to nurture fledgling food-prepping prowess.

3030 Plaza Bonita Road
National City,
CA
US

Jeff Roberto, a sushi expert, brings a plethora of experience to his San Diego sushi oasis. He has catered large events of up to 16,000 guests as well as the sets of such Hollywood films as Titanic, Pearl Harbor, and Elizabethtown. Inside SOAR (Sushi On A Roll) he constructs specialty rolls filled with shrimp tempura, seared tuna, spicy scallops, and sashimi and nigiri rolls featuring fresh water eel and squid.

Roberto also leads group explorations in the art of sushi preparation during interactive sushi-making classes held inside a private sushi bar. Two-hour classes commence with an assessment of how many edamame you can stuff in your cheeks before you begin tucking vegetable fillings in sheets of seaweed with the help of a bamboo mat. Students jot down notes on the proper consistency of sushi rice, when to sprinkle rolls with sesame seeds, and how to repurpose chopsticks as the mast of a ship-in-a-bottle.

A koi mural provides the backdrop for the expansive 30-seat sushi bar, which is outlined in neon to highlight the dramatic curve of the space. The expansive venue, which accommodates up to 100 people, is popular among large groups of friends looking for a fun outing and U.S. senators playing hooky. Free parking is also available.

1620 National Ave
San Diego,
CA
US

Led by owner Jason Kirby, Local Photo Classes team features six core members, and each has experience in virtually every genre of photography. That diversity is reflected in the company's portfolio, which includes everything from Fortune 500 events to headshots for actors to pass out in place of Halloween candy. When they're not snapping shots for others, The Right Light Photography team also conducts 16 different photography classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. The company's curriculum stretches across a number of subjects, helping students hone their skills in portraits, video, editing, and more.

2308 Kettner Blvd
San Diego,
CA
US

The staff and guest chefs at Cooking 4 Life share the healthy recipes they've developed through years of resisting America's fast food lifestyle. In specialty classes, chefs demonstrate techniques to help food to retain its nutritional value without sacrificing flavor, texture, or aerodynamic properties. These techniques can be practiced on the high-grade, stainless steel Saladmaster cookware used by the school, which will not radiate harmful chemicals into food. The culinary team helps to educate clients at home with its Dinner Show, at which they host a cooking demo in clients' kitchens for up to eight guests, showing them how to make heart-healthy food that retains its nutritional value without being flavorless or bland.

9145 Chesapeake Dr
San Diego,
CA
US

Do It With Icing's expert confectioners sculpt frosting frescos and lush delicacies in their classroom kitchen, benefiting bakers-in-training with years of experience and a plethora of sweet supplies. Sugary shelves offer provisions for opulent dessert sequencing, including candy-making paraphernalia and a bevy of different chocolate molds for creating an army of cocoa droids.

7240 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego,
CA
US

Ron Eisenberg opened a shop that sold functional housewares in one section and greeting cards in another. He named the new business "Great News!" as a way to remind customers that the shop was constantly full of new items.

During the 1990s, Eisenberg began transitioning their business into strictly cookware. In fact, Ron turned the old greeting-cards section into a fully functioning cooking school. Today, that school boasts a fully outfitted kitchen where instructors and celebrity chefs share their wisdom during a wide range of classes. Nearby, the 5,200-square-foot retail space equips students of the craft with all the tools, gadgets, and cutlery they need, as well as advice from a knowledgeable staff.

1788 Garnet Ave.
San Diego,
CA
US