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Irvine Beginner Cooking Instructors

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Chef Marcel Catering
4.9
from 121 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amy S.
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Marcel created a delicious menu based on my preferences to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to a hungry group of 15. Incredibly professional and friendly, he has a real passion for cooking. He got a round of applause from our group when he left and then we even brought him back last minute to cook an additional meal for us one day because enjoyed it so much. The food is fresh, healthy and flavorful. We will definitely work with him again.

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 57 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 104 hires on Thumbtack
Chanee S.
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Chef mumsie is a very skilled chef and has mastered her culinary skills to a point of no return. At the tasting I received a very thought out layout to every dish and beverage that would be presented at my event I was blown away by the professionalism that she extended to me and will surely come back again

  • 3 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin S.
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I hired Haute Productions for a private cooking class for a bachelor party event, and we had the best time. Keith was an awesome teacher and host, he made the experience wonderful. Everyone had a blast and it was the best part of the entire weekend. Not to mention the fact that the food was awesome! I would highly recommend using Haute Productions for any event you may have.

Aline Healthy Chef
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Tally W.
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I have been lucky enough to be treated to Aline's cooking and company through a friend so when she started her cooking classes I was in! She finds the way to use lots of vegetables and grains in her classes & makes eating fresh, healing, delicious food all so simple in her relaxed and adorable way

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Living Veg
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Malia F.
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Shelly not only makes vegan cooking simple and delicious, she provides the tools and tricks you need to prepare meals for your family! She teaches with love and passion and educates the public about plant-based nutrition and provides the info you need to make the switch from omnivore to vegan or enhance your current vegan lifestyle. I have been vegetarian for 20+ years and vegan for 9 years and I learned so much from Shelly just from one class! I can’t wait to learn more, as she has so much to offer and an entire cook book worth of recipes in her head to impress any chef!

Cooking Block
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Joseph M.
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If you are in Redlands, CA for any reason you must absolutely visit the Cooking Block cooking school. We had such a fun time with friends we were visiting. They were very excited to take us there as they had attended many of the cooking classes offered before. We had not planned on doing an activity like this on our stay but are very glad that we did. We participated in a French cooking class that was paired with wines for each course. The instructor was very knowledgeable and an excellent chef. Not only were we treated to excellent food and wine, we actually learned a lot about the regions that they hailed from. We met the owner of this fine establishment. His name was John and he was very hand's on with the entire night. Probably one of the reasons it was such a great experience. He made us feel very welcome and was genuinely glad that we all came. It was very apparent why this business was so successful. Many of the other guests were return customers and could not say enough about how much fun these events were. This event was sold out. Thank you to our great friends and to Cooking Block for a most wonderful experience. Cheers and continued success and excellence!

  • 5 years in business
Myriam G.
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I had a wonderful cooking experience with Chef Rebekah. I have taken several cooking classes before but never a vegan cooking class. I learn some great techniques and use of different ingredients but I really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of the class. The settings was cozy and informal and she alternated learning/cooking with eating which differs from other classes. It felt more like a dinner with friends than a cooking class. Having said that, the three dishes we made were great and composed a nice Italian menu with Bruschetta, homemade pasta (vegan) and chocolate mousse. The casual ambiance and easy-to-make dishes made me really comfortable about the vegan experience. I have already made two of the dishes at home since the class. I even thought the vegan pasta tasted better than my egg and flour pasta I make at home. I really recommend this class and I personally look forward to attending another one with Chef Rebekah.

Peralta
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Susan S.
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"I have been trying to get Ed Masciana to teach for ages so that I can take his classes. He is a marvelous cook (chef), teacher, who in addition to knowing Italian food and cooking techniques, has an extensive knowledge of other cuisines---American, French--and the chemistry of food/cooking. I was lucky enough to have Ed teach me the essentials of stock making---fish, chicken, beef and then, how to use the results to make marvelous (the best I ever had and not the usual tomato heavy) cioppino. This lesson taught me how incorporating home made stock elevated whatever soups, braises, etc I would attempt. He also showed me sautéing techniques, imparting a thoughtful approach to sautéing vegetables (and meat/fish as well) based on their density and structure. (I'm still learning, but this was an invaluable lesson.) Ed is a great teacher. He is easy to learn from. He's considerate, imparts skills naturally, with a good sense of humor, so one learns without feeling intimidated. As far as the "being on time" question, that does not even come into play. He's a real teacher with professional standards. He's there to teach when this is called for.

Porsche Cooks Vegan
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Simone R.
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Vegan cooking has never been as fabulous as when Porsche is the one serving up cruelty free dishes. She makes healthy - usually soy free - meals for my boss Russell Simmons and myself on the regular. Our guests always leave our events raving about the taste and marveling at how satisfying it is without flesh and dairy. She is the best of the best!

  • 17 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Loan L.
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I took 3 cooking classes with chef Karla in 2014 and they were all outanding. The 5 weeks Professional Pastry course were fantastic and very comprehensive. I have greatly improved my baking skills and have achieved consistent results from Chef Karla's good tips and correct techniques. The Appetizers and Truffles classes were also very good. Chef Karla is a very talented culinary and pastry chef. More importantly, she insures that all students have the hand-on experience and have fun while creating beautiful dishes.

Chef Michelle & Co
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Kenneth E.
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Had my first at-home lesson today. Michelle is a kind, polite, well-humored chef who teaches well. The meal we prepared together was simply delicious. Didn't know I had it in me but Michelle did! Salivating in anticipation of my next cooking lesson with her next week.

Diplomatic Eats
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Joanna B.
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Christina Johnson is extremely talented! As a foodie I have very high standards and she always exceeds expectations. Christina is very creative and is passionate about cooking and entertaining. I have attended her cooking classes, formal dinners, and parties. She is great to work with and I always come away having tried something unique or learned a great new skill.

Morrison Lane
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Eric B.
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Joe catered an event at my home for more than 75 guests who were to be served an assortment of appetizers and finger foods. Joe's delightful and original menu more than made the event enjoyable and elegant as I hoped. The quality and service were excellent.

Donnè By Chef Teresa
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lauren H.
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Teresa took time to understand my needs and what I wanted to get out of my experience with her. She also spent a lot of time personalizing our day together and being thoughtful about how to schedule and plan it all out so that I got the most out of it. I learned a ton of tips since we went through the entire process, from picking out my ingredients through preparation. Teresa was willing to answer any question (no matter how silly) I had along the process and adjust to any changes I requested. Teresa is really knowledgable and experienced, as was evident throughout my time with her. I would 100%, no doubt, hire Teresa for many more cooking experiences/classes in the future. I definitely feel more confident in the kitchen after spending a day with her.

Ollie George
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Keesha L.
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    I have had nothing but awesome experiences working with chef Ollie George. She is creative and passionate and it really shows in the wonderful recipes she teaches. I have had the pleasure of taking a series of classes from her and recently took a fun cooking class with my 2 daughters, making the most delicious salmon ceviche! I used to be lost in the kitchen but now have the confidence to create beautiful meals for my family and actually enjoy cooking! Thanks Ollie!

    Culinary Solutions
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Angela W.
      Verified review

      I hired chefSean for a private cooking class for myself and 2 friends. We had so much fun!!!!! ChefSean taught us girls how to cook authentic Mexican food. He was very informative and patient with us girls. ChefSean was very professional and clean which was very important to me. I would definitely hire him again. Thank you Chef!

      About

      I do culinary training and cooking work shops! I do pizza making, cooking classes for couples and much more!

      About

      I am a personal chef willing to provide a complete food experience in the form of parties, multicourse dinners, cooking classes, and specialty menu development.

      About

      I have been inspired to enlighten other people to use food as a tool in order to improve upon their condition after experiencing my own health and wellness successes through this Cooking for Cancer approach. We have to take an active role in maintaining a healthy body, and that is what I firmly believe in. We can no longer afford to relinquish the responsibility for our health to the medical industry. To preserve and keep our body healthy is our duty. We can no longer keep on poisoning our bodies with foods that are loaded with preservatives and pesticides, which is why I now offer Cooking for Cancer classes because I believe in it, especially when our health is compromised. I follow the 80/20 rule -- 80% raw and 20% cooked, as well as 80% alkaline and 20% acidic food. In my cooking classes, I provide tips and guidelines on how to formulate and maintain a satisfying and healthy diet in a creative and simple way.

      About

      We offer vegan cooking and baking lessons for all ages. Learn to make healthy swaps and create easy, delicious vegan recipes everyone will love. We provide vegan, raw, macrobiotic, and/or high-carb and low-fat recipes.

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      The chefs and servers at Rosebud Gourmet strive to make life easy and enjoyable for customers. Hosting a dinner party or any event can be stressful and time consuming. We allow hosts and hostesses to sit back and relax!

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      How much do private cooking lessons cost?

      You can take private cooking classes to have fun, to learn a new skill, to improve your health, to bond with your partner, to enjoy a playful first date or to have a unique birthday party experience. Nationally the average cost of private cooking lessons ranges between $100 and $150. Prices can vary, depending on where you live, the type of cooking class you’re taking, the ingredients the chef provides, and the reputation of the chef. Cooking classes with Anthony Bourdain will clearly cost more than classes with a local restaurant owner. The number of people in the class will also affect the cost, with group lessons often priced per person to account for the cost of ingredients. For example, for group lessons, a brunch workshop may cost an average of $70 per person, a steak dinner with sides could cost an average of $80-$85 per person, and a sushi lesson could cost an average of $100 per person. Ingredients play a major role in cost, as the chef will pre-purchase the food you will be working with. Weekday classes will usually cost less than weekend classes.

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