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looking for cooking classes on the west side.

sfporcaro Apr 4, 2007 04:12 PM

Anybody have any suggestions on a good place to take intro level cooking classes in Santa Monica or Venice area? Not looking for anything too complicated, just something that is fun and will teach me the basics. I figure it's about time I learn.

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    suzyshi Apr 4, 2007 04:20 PM

    The New School of Cooking in Culver City is great...I took the basics course which is 4 sessions and loved it.

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    1. re: suzyshi
      jenjunum Apr 13, 2007 08:05 PM

      I agree. I'm taking the 20-week class right now. The description of the shorter class looks great for beginners. Most of the cooking classes I've seen at other schools are menu-driven and this one seems more skills-driven.

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        Frommtron Jun 1, 2008 11:08 AM

        Are you taking the course for fun or are you going into the profession?

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      AlabasterDisaster Apr 4, 2007 04:23 PM

      I have taken several classes at the Culinary Classroom on Pico near the Westside Pavilion. Chef Eric is very cool. www.culinaryclassroom.com

      1. perk Apr 4, 2007 05:26 PM

        There are also some fun classes at Sur La Table. I know the Grove has them, and perhaps Santa Monica as well. Also lots of restaurants do them, so check the websites of some of your favorite spots.

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          rthaler May 31, 2008 03:18 PM

          try Amanda Cushman - you can google her for the website address. It might be under Amandacooks.com. She teaches private and group and is great for beginners. She is a former chef from New York - very knowledgable. I've taken several small group classes with her.

          1. Frommtron Jun 1, 2008 11:08 AM

            I fourth the New School of Cooking. Very competent instructors, especially for the basics. I find them to be reasonably priced, too.

            1. perk Mar 27, 2012 06:33 PM

              I haven't been to Hip Cooks....but their class schedule looks interesting. And I've heard their classes are instructive and a lot of fun. Lots of good choices.

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