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Oakland Beginner Cooking Instructors

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Chef Rocco Cartia
4.7
from 113 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 171 hires on Thumbtack
Penny H.
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He contacted me immediately. We are going to do cooking classes in February. We've spoken on the phone and he is so friendly. He has stayed in touch with me and he deserves 10 stars!!!!

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Passionate Plates
4.8
from 60 reviews
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
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Garth Esmeralda Of Divine Guidance Outreach Inc. H.
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Alisa is very professional. Her food was very delicious and everyone enjoyed her cooking. On Nov 9, 2014 our non profit outreach organization held a fund raising event. Everyone told me her food was out of this world. I highly recommend Alisa's services. Alisa is amongst the best around the Bay Area. My husband Garth, myself and our volunteers enjoyed Alisa and her tasty dishes.

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Graceful Kitchen
4.8
from 46 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Laura N.
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Grace catered my sisters baby shower and all three courses she made were delicious! She was easy to work with throughout the entire process, responsive and most importantly makes amazing food! I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to cater their next event.

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  • 13 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Alexander A.
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Very professional. Made us all relax and enjoy his great cooking!

Dani Bensimon Catering
4.8
from 44 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
Eidit C.
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My partner and I just had our first cooking/nutrition lesson with Daniella and we LOVE her!!! Learned how to grocery shop cheap, healthy, tasty and organic. Then had tons of yummy receipes for the week from marinating meat, making homemade dips/sauces to healthy/tasty snacks. She is so kind, easygoing, fun and knows her cooking stuff! :) We are signed up for more weekly cooking lessons and so happy we got connected with Daniella. Thank you!

Farm to Table
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Kari U.
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Zach was excellent! We had a total of 6 private cooking lessons over the course of 4 months. Each time he came to our house for a couple hours as we created a wide variety of my favorite dishes from local restaurants in Sonoma. He taught us ways to modify a meal so you could have more variety with the same dish by just changing a few spices or ingredients, what to look for to know you're on the right track or how to "save a dish" if you veer off, and different techniques that were really useful. I'd highly recommend him!

Mise En Place
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly R.
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So glad we found Dan's company on this website. From the first point of contact he was completely on top of everything. At first we wanted to have a cooking class, but after talking with him about the other types of experiences he could offer, we went with a demonstration/dinner party which was so much better than an actual class. We went with the Cotogna inspired menu and got to learn just as much, while spending time with our friends drinking wine. Perfect night!

Anja Lee Catering
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Gabe O.
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We had Anja come over and do a cooking class for our company employees and significant others. She helped craft an amazing menu, wine pairings and tasty treats. Everything went off without a hitch and people couldn't stop raving about how much they enjoyed her instruction. While the food was great, it was her personality and pleasant spirit that really made this an awesome experience. Couldn't recommend her more highly.

Le Couloir
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren B.
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We absolutely loved our french cooking lesson with Mashav! She created a custom menu for the class based on our suggestions and fresh local ingredients. She walked us through each step carefully and answered all of our questions. The final result -- 4 made-from-scratch french dishes -- was phenomenal. To top it all off, Mashav was very organized and easy to plan the class with.

  • 6 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Jo I.
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Sophie was amazing! She's the real deal in terms of cooking, explaining things and making things simple. I'm so glad I hired her. I'll definitely hire her again!

Elyse Bekins
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Rachel G.
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Elyse is incredible! I hired her to cater my sister's baby shower and she did such an amazing job that I went on to hire her as my personal chef. I am currently finishing my doctorate degree and at the time I had classes from 8:00AM-9:00PM which made it difficult for me to make healthy meals. Every week Elyse would deliver a basket filled with delicious home-cooked meals that were catered to my personal tastes. She was always open to suggestions and requests, and found creative ways to make certain dishes vegetarian for me. When I was feeling under the weather, she made me an amazing miso soup and other dishes to help me feel better. I was so sad when she left the Bay Area to go to the East Coast; her cooking was the highlight of my week. As a caterer, she is very professional. She will work closely with you to create a menu that will suit the occasion perfectly. She really takes care of everything to make sure you can relax and indulge in a fantastic meal. Every guest at my sister's shower raved about the food and all wanted to hire her for their next event.

  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Erica N.
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Veena's cooking class was so much fun. As soon as You arrive she has appatizers ready and waiting to get your tastebuds dancing with excitement for what is still to come. you will receive a hands on experience meeting new friends with a similar interest of vegetarian Indian food. Bring your reuseable containers, there will be food to take home and share with others. Not only will you fall in love with Southern Indian cuisine, you'll fall in love with Chef Veena.

Healthy Food
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Mark J.
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Anita is knowledgeable and explains clearly any cooking steps. Its a pleasure to cook as she teaches and one gains a secure understanding of the recipe since she allows for the student their own thinking space and doesn't "hold your hand" too much.

Chef Alejandra
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
David W.
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I did a 3-hour cooking class with Alejandra. She is fantastic! She is an excellent teacher, both with respect to general culinary techniques and to details of specific recipes. Her food is fresh, tasty, and quite simple to prepare. She establishes a friendly, easy-going atmosphere in the class, and has a great sense of humor. She is superbly trained in classical French cuisine but also has experience in Thai and Ecuadorian foods. Yes, she went above and beyond what I expected. What could have been improved? Well, nothing! Thanks, Alejandra!

  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Haley W.
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Tessa is an amazing culinary instructor and chef! My boyfriend and I took her Thanksgiving Basics class and loved it. The class was informative and fun, with the perfect balance of hands-on cooking and demonstrations. We got to take home some delicious recipes handcrafted by Tessa - which I will definitely using for Thanksgivings to come!

Rutherford's Kitchen
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Debra L.
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Great teacher - the most hands-on classes in SF. Everything is delicious plus he is very approachable and eager to share all his tips and tricks of the trade (where to shop for certain ingredients and equipment, etc).

Dynamic Raw Food Creations
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Julia S.
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I must admit that I was a bit skeptical about raw foods, BUT Chef Tena *truly* changed my mind (and body). She has an innate talent, not only with recipe creation, and food preparation, but also with making food *beautiful.* I didn't have any real favorites, since they were ALL over-the-top delicious! Her foods make by body SING and feel ALIVE!

  • 10 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Kimi C.
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I had one of the best cooking experience with Chef Joe. The class was so well designed and the pace was just perfect for anyone with all sorts of cooking levels. Chef Joe was so knowledgable, patient, and he was also very funny. My boyfriend and I walked away leaning a tons!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Mardi S.
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Ryan is a wonderful teacher...he came fully prepared with items already prepped and ready. One of the best classes I've ever had! I would highly recommend him. Mardi

Italian Cooking Lessons

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I offer authentic Italian cuisine cooking classes. I lived in Italy for 27 years and learned the secrets of authentic Italian cooking. I will share my knowledge with you.

Anna Salerno Catering

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I do catering, cooking classes, and private chef services. Anna was trained in classic culinary and pastry arts at The French Culinary Institute. She is the writer and creator of the food blog, PheNomNomNom, and enjoys sharing her passion and the creativity of food.

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