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Los Angeles Beginner Cooking Instructors

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Chef Marcel Catering
4.9
from 120 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 131 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 54 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 97 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.

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Living Veg
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 8 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!

Coalescence, LLC
4.8
from 11 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Marisa S.
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I hired Laura to teach a series of cooking classes at the school where I am the Director. She is an amazing teacher along with being an incredible chef. My students were constantly asking when Chef Laura would be coming back. Laura came to each session, enthusiastic and ready to cook and teach. She is really creative, and was able to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables from our school garden! The lessons ranged from soups to sweet baked goods. My favorite cooking lesson included home made pasta with a delicious tomato sauce. I am looking forward to working with her again.

Chef Elizabeth M
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 14 years in business
Lilia E.
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Amazingly delicious food. From appetizers to main dishes to desserts, I was delighted with not only the taste, but the lovely presentation. I highly recommend her for any occasion! I try to avoid sweets but could not resist hers. I especially like that she uses fresh, organic, savory ingredients. I don't know my way around the kitchen, but she makes everything look so easy, I want to take a cooking class with her.

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.

  • 5 years in business
Lizzie R.
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I have had the pleasure to know Rebekah for over 5 years now and have experienced her amazing vegan dishes. I also have attend many of her cooking classes that are not only tasty but teaches you about nutrition and how to make vegan dishes that look and taste so satisfying that you don’t even miss eating meat and best of all good for you! In addition, I have also hired her to cater my parties. Her professionalism and thought that goes into the menu planning was beyond my expectations. The presentation of the food was so delightful and delicious. Some of my favorite dishes are the spring rolls with house made peanut sauce, vegan crab cakes and her famous raw lasagna! I highly reccomend her for all your catering needs and to take her cooking lessons, you will not be disappointed!

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!

The Saucy Redhead
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 18 years in business
Miriam M.
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Run, do not walk, to take advantage of ANYTHING this woman has to offer - cooking classes, ecstatically delicious food, catering, challah, CAKES, meals, WOW!!! It is rare indeed to find someone so talented with this level of integrity, care and love. IF you have a chance to receive any of Betsy's services, consider yourself blessed.

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Braeden W.
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I had such a wonderful time taking a private cooking class with Sylvia! She was very professional, knowledgeable & kind! Even met me at the grocery store to help me shop and teach me about different ingredients along the way! We made 2 delicious meals & I look forward to my next lesson!

  • 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.

Sabrina's Latin Kitchen
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Karen G.
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My husband and I practice a vegan diet. We both love Vegan Paella which is hard to find in vegetarian and Spanish restaurants here and abroad. When I found out that Sabrina combines both Vegan and Spanish Cuisines, I immediately scheduled a culinary class with her. Prior to her arrival we discussed what type of rice, vegetables and spices I should have on hand. Sabrina accompanied me to the Spanish store to purchase the Paella pan as well. Within the first few minutes of ingredients sautéing in the pan, my olfactory and visual senses were awakened with a jolt! The smell and look of the creation in progress got better as the prep continued. I wanted to taste a little bit quite often and had to sneak a spoon into the pan like a sleuth intruder. Sabrina was very patient answering all my questions and injected humor into the class. We laughed and it was a joyous experience all around. As she explained ‘It’s all in the Soffrito’. The Paella was the best I’ve ever eaten and feel confident that I can make it myself. I highly recommend Sabrina’s cooking class for anyone who has a hankering for Spanish food.

Ollie George
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Keesha L.
    Verified review

    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!

    Donnè By Chef Teresa
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 1 year in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Lauren H.
    Verified review

    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.

    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

      Hello, future client! My name is Julisa Orozco, and I'm 24 years old. I love to cook and entertain! I currently cook for all the weddings and private events at the resort at Pelican Hill, Newport Beach, California. We cater to an exclusive and high-end clientele. I look forward to offer my services and personalize your experience working with me! I offer a variety services like meal prep, catering a special event, and cooking classes! If you would like another service offered that I didn't list, let me know! I specialize in special diets and a variety of cuisines!

      About

      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!

      About

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

      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.

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      Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

      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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