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Any cool cooking classes in LA

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

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

    1. 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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      1. re: Bruce Kerr

        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.

        1. re: DrBruin

          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. 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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        1. re: wienermobile

          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

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

          http://www.hipcooks.com/

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

            1. 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

              1. 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.