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Shelley Handler
Shelley Handler

Shelley Handler

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Introduction: I have 30+ years of professional culinary experience, ranging from chef of Chez Panisse Cafe to nearly a decade of teaching aspiring chefs at the California Culinary Academy. For over 10+ years my teaching has been aimed at a wide range of non-professionals, from "I can't even" beginners, to home cooks with a good bit of skill at the stove. Working with you in your own kitchen, we'll focus on what you want to learn most, whether it's as simple as poaching an egg, or as fancy as making the Hollandaise to top it. Choosing from the techniques and cuisines that interest you most, you’ll learn to make tasty, from-scratch dishes, some simple enough to go from stove to table in 20 minutes or less. And should you want to make more complex dishes we can do that too. The classes are tailored specifically for you. Teaching privately, I take real delight in watching clients who have never cooked begin to feel at home in the kitchen. I also love seeing those who already have skills begin take a flavorful risk or two. I enjoy working with the kitchen-shy, students who are anxious about getting it right and helping them loosen up at the stove. Working with me, you’ll learn to feel at ease around knives, flames and big hot pans. You’ll also learn timing, a bit of meal planning and what flavors combine well. And if you’re already at home with all that, we’ll focus on adding to your skills and bringing out your own inventive touch. My 30+ years of teaching have focused on Italian, Mexican, Spanish, Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine, as well as the lovely mix of these that find that find their way into our broad-ranging California style. I am not, however, a baker or pastry chef. If you want to learn to make sourdough or wrangle a pie crust, there are other chefs here who excel at those. If you're looking to make cookies or brownies, let's talk! As we are currently observing COVID-safe practices, I've been teaching my classes via Zoom. My clients have been very happy taking me into their kitchens via laptop or tablet. I have a two-camera setup so you can see me, my hands and my burners with ease.
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Hired 8 times

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35 years in business

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, responsiveness, and professionalism.

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Jackie S.

Private Cooking Lessons

My husband and I loved our class! I would highly recommend Shelley to everyone and recommended Shelley to all my friends!
May 4, 2021
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Erik O.

Private Cooking Lessons

Shelley brought years of experience and fascinating stories from several corners of the world of food to our home for our private cooking lesson. She listened to our (fairly specific) needs and created delicious and inventive menu. She didn't rush things and spent the entire evening cooking with us.
Aug 26, 2018
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Ming L.

Private Cooking Lessons

We hired Shelley for a lesson in making pasta and sauces from scratch because of her extensive experience in Italian cuisine. We were not disappointed! She showed us how to make the pasta dough, and how to make noodles and tortellini. She also taught us a yummy goat cheese-ricotta-chive stuffing for the tortellini and two sauces for the tortellini and fettucine! Working with Shelley was a breeze -- after getting her quote and reaching out, we had a quick chat on the phone to explain what we were looking for, and she showed up at my apartment as scheduled later the same week, with everything we needed from ingredients to the pasta machine to even a bottle of wine. We definitely got our money's worth for this 4-hour lesson and would recommend Shelley to anyone looking to learn Italian cuisine!
Jun 25, 2018
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George L.

Private Cooking Lessons

Shelly and her assistant arrived at my home right around 1 P.M. as we agreed upon. She was teaching me how to cook a variety of dishes step by step. She loves to answer your questions. So, don't be shy ask her any question in relation to cooking. A fun, empowering, and lovely cooking coach. Highly recommend her to anyone who wants to learn something simple as cutting onions into little pieces.
Mar 11, 2017
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Andreas S.

Private Cooking Lessons

We had a wonderful time receiving cooking lessons from Shelley. She was super knowledgeable, friendly, prepared, responsive, and worked with us to make sure we got the most out of the experience. Thanks Shelley!
Oct 7, 2016
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