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Aug 12, 2008 10:17 AM

Cooking Classes

Hi Everyone,
I want to take some simple (beginner) cooking classes. Preferable single sessions and not too expensive. Anyone have any tips??

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  1. I have a friend who took a baking class at Gourmandise and she loved it.

    1. Williams-Sonoma has some nice intorductory classes for around $45 per class (food included). They also have lunch-and-learn classes for less. Where are you located?

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      1. re: Rizza

        With the WS classes, you don't really get to get to learn by doing the stuff yourself. Instead, you watch the instructor do the dishes but I'm not sure how much more you would learn from that than watching a cooking show on TV for free. For a cooking class, I'd ask how much cooking vs. watching the students will do in the class.

        1. re: hobbess

          Except you do get to taste the dishes and see how the flavors work. They also don't tend to whip a souffle, put it in the oven, and have one come out that is obviously not the same souffle. Plus you can interact with the chef and ask questions.


        Tim Ross runs a lovely cooking school in his house in Silver Lake. It's very personal. I've taken two classes and one of them I was one of two students.

        Highly recommend....

        1. I've taken a few cooking classes at Chez Cherie ( in La Canada and really enjoyed them. They are a tad expensive, but probably comparable.

          1. Sur La Table at the Grove offers nightly classes in various disciplines