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Downers Grove Vegan Cooking Instructors

Browse these vegan cooking lessons with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Downers Grove.

  • 11 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Viv T.
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Food was very tasty. My guests and I enjoyed the shrimp ceviche the most!! Just wish scallops were grilled longer. Also, the rice in the paella could have been cooked longer. Tamara kept the kitchen clean during prep/cooking. She was very nice and professional.

TLC Personal Cheffing
from 28 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Kris D.
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Chef Karen prepared a delicious meal for myself and my friends to celebrate my birthday. Her menu options were plentiful. She catered to my vegan friends and kept us carnivores happy too. The food tasted delicious. Her prices were affordable and fair. She was very responsive to my emails, calls, and texts. Her casserole and soup dinnerware were beautiful. Dinner service was slower than I expected because she arrived later than she planned.

Chef Katie Simmons
from 13 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Patrice J.
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I have hired Katie to provide both in-home cooking classes and personal chef services. When instructing the cooking classes, she provides an amazing, relaxed, and fun atmosphere that puts everyone at ease. She also has a unique ability to quickly provide alternatives to suit your diet, or even what you have on hand in your kitchen. In terms of her personal chef services, she is flexible and easy to work with. She is a genius at making healthy whole food meals without compromising taste and satiety. I continue to recommend her to everyone I know.

Fit Fete & Chef
from 10 reviews
    Arnina N.
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    Very authentic French cuisine. His love of cooking is tasted in every morsel. With every bite you feel transported to France.

    Carla's Fresh Eats
    from 9 reviews
    • 1 year in business
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    Capucine D.
    Verified review

    Great, quality food and wonderful vegan and vegetarian options.

    Nticing Ngredients
    from 7 reviews
    • 9 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Salithia G.
    Verified review

    I want to start off by saying Nticing Ngredients provided great customer service and delicious food for our 20 year class reunion. Presentation was great and the taste of each entre' did not disappoint. I am so looking forward to using your services again.

    • 2 years in business
    Bern A.
    Verified review

    Sandra has cooked for me twice and I can tell you, this woman knows her craft well! I am impressed by each opportunity I have had to taste her food. My first meal was a delicious collection of delectable ham, smoked turkey collard greens, corn bread, mac and cheese. I was in heaven. The ham was perfectly balanced (not overly salty), the collard greens had the right touch of smokey goodness with delightful chunks of turnkey meat and the mac and! Nice crispy baked goodness with smooth rich and creamy cheese goodness. The corn bread was the topper. I had to share with a friend so they could taste but then immediately thought, "I'll have to get more!" The second meal was a delicious spaghetti dish with garlic bread and a delicious salad. Wow again! The meat was in generous form here - a mix of quality ground beef and Italian sausage. I was in heaven! The sauce was delightfully balanced- flavorful and zesty but again, not salty! The garlic bread! I had to ask her how she made it because it was infused with flavor. Simply but delectable! The salad was not your lettuce and a few veggies affair. It was kale-based with chunks of apple, tomato, onion and many other favorites of mine. Truly, a dish that could be so bland and boring turned out to be another delight. Sandra asked me what I liked prior to cooking and did she deliver. Her use of spices is amazing. I keep going back to balanced and it is true. The flavor profile was amazingly great! I highly recommend Sandra. Not only does she deliver on the promise of making tasty food from the heart, she is a great teacher (she explained to me how to make the garlic bread her way) and she's a quality person. A delight on all fronts!

    • 10 years in business
    Summer L.
    Verified review

    Tony is a fabulous chef! I hired him for a baby shower and everything was delicious, everyone raved about the food and there was definitly more than enough for everyone! I have aslo been to other events that he cooked for as well and never ever disapointed, lots of flavor and variety! I attended a cooking class as well and it was fun and learned more than just cooking recipes! Love love love him

    CityEpicurean Events
    from 5 reviews
    • 3 years in business
    • 10 hires on Thumbtack
    Tina O.
    Verified review

    Absolutely perfect. Food was delicious. Our cake was divine. They went over and above and made our special day even more special.

    Shobas Indian Cooking
    from 4 reviews
      Steve J.
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      Best cooking class I have ever been to! Delicious food and a lot of fun. Shoba takes a challenging cuisine and makes it simple. You can even get a custom-made spice box to take home.

      Chef Gretch
      from 3 reviews
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Judy G.
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      Chef Gretch cooked for my family on many occasions, and her work was amazing! It was such a treat to have someone else do the cooking and planning, even when our little vegan was visiting! And she was able to vary and change the menu to use less cheese, less dairy, etc. for the other picky people in our family. She was always on time, and her prices were so much less than trying to do it myself! I'll definitely have her cook for us again!

      Cooking with Krys
      from 3 reviews
      • 3 years in business
      Melody S.
      Verified review

      Great diverse food, professional and fun! Can't go wrong with a cooking class with Krystal - she always takes into consideration my food limitations and we make something delicious

      What's Cookin, Chicago
      from 3 reviews
      • 11 years in business
      Kathy G.
      Verified review

      Joelen is a prime example of talent, class, and professionalism! I had the opportunity to host several cooking classes with Joelen as the chef. Joelen goes through every detail of the recipe and gives you alternative options. The food is amazing and fresh and there is always plenty to take home! I can't wait to plan my next event!!!

      Mary's Wholesome Living
      from 1 review
        Glenna C.
        Verified review

        Mary's cooking classes are both fun and educational. Mary has an easy going style, yet she keeps you on track with easy to follow recipes and a helping hand when you need it. I am such a fan that I've taken 7 different classes with Mary! I've learned how to make bread and the jam and butter to put on it, pasta, apple pie and cheese! It's most fun when you bring a friend or two and make it a group outing.

        • 12 years in business

        Instruction is provided by a trained professional chef with 15+ years cooking.


        I have 30 years experience in the Italian food business. I do cooking classes on Sundays only because I work on weekends.


        We specialize in personal chef services, catering, food demonstrations, and individual and group classes. From small intimate dinners to large party gatherings, we offer a full-service package to accommodate your needs. It includes everything from your refreshments and appetizers to full multi-course meals or buffets and, of course, the vegan desserts!


        I can teach you and your friends how to prepare restaurant-quality dishes. You can learn how to butcher meat and fish. You can even personalize your class to learn whatever specific set of skills you would like! I can also cater your small gatherings, office meetings, dinner parties and the like.


        I can do in-home personal chef services. I also offer cooking lessons. I can do catering for small to medium parties for 5-30 people.


        I teach individual and small group cooking classes. I have been teaching for almost 20 years and have a great track record of teaching people to cook, starting with the basics.


        Our chef was trained at Le Cordon Bleu, and finished in Sorrento, Italy. With over 25 years of experience, Chef is able to handle most any request, and larger parties requiring more thought and planning for equipment and staff. Our clients seem to enjoy his quirky sense of humor, and the flavor combo he produces.

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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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