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grooverider Jun 11, 2011 09:20 PM

Anyone recommend any amazing cooking classes or small group private instructors in LA? I'd love to learn some authentic cooking with a true native. Since LA has Thai town, Little tokyo, and Little India maybe one of these areas might have something.

I'd like to avoid Sur La Table or any big chain, and yes I know about Hipcooks (my friend runs it). I recommend that for anyone else reading the board

Thanks in advance.

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    chocolatetartguy Aug 18, 2011 02:15 PM

    The folks that run the Farmer's Market Kitchen cafe and the Sunday Hollywood market near Sunset and Vine give classes in canning, jam making, etc. If I lived there, I might attend one of those.

    1. perk Aug 18, 2011 01:58 PM

      A number of restaurants do cooking classes....usually listed on their websites. Besides Mozza,
      Providence (once in a while), Barbrix and Border Grill.

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      Border Grill
      1445 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

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        Juji Aug 18, 2011 09:57 AM

        I recently had a fun cooking class experience at Eatz on La Brea at Melrose.

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          inlikeflt Jun 13, 2011 03:09 PM

          Maybe not exactly what you are looking for, as far as authentic cooking, but they look like cool classes.

          http://www.hipcooks.com/

          1. wienermobile Jun 13, 2011 09:03 AM

            Mozza has both Pizza cooking and Pig butchering classes on their current schedule and pasta classes in July.

            http://www.mozza2go.com/calendar.cfm

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            Pizzeria Mozza
            641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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              grooverider Jun 13, 2011 09:17 AM

              The butcher class looks fun. Thanks. Still looking for some authentic ethnic (I guess Italian is ethnic but Im already italian) classes like japanese, indian or thai

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              Bruce Kerr Jun 13, 2011 12:27 AM

              In my experience, Chef Eric's Culinary Kitchen, on Pelham & Pico is far away the best, assuming you want a "hands on" experience. He offers everything from 3 hour single subject classes, to professional career training courses. He is a "born" teacher, and each class is followed by the great food the class has prepared.

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                DrBruin Aug 18, 2011 10:54 AM

                I've been to one of Chef Eric's classes too and the instruction was hands on. I thought the food we prepared was flavorful.

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                  Mr Taster Aug 18, 2011 11:25 AM

                  I remember reading an older thread about cooking classes. Maybe they've worked out the kinks by now, but there were some very negative stories about Chef Eric.

                  I also remember reading some very good things about New School of Cooking.

                  Incidentally, I recently took a 3 hour pasta making class at Epicurean on Melrose with a Groupon deal. Read through the Yelp reviews for a pretty accurate sense of what I experienced.

                  Mr Taster

              2. Bob Brooks Jun 12, 2011 03:06 PM

                Anne Willan has recently moved to Los Angeles. Here's a link to what she is up to:

                http://www.lavarenne.com/lavarenne.htm

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