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Authentic Tamale Making

Los Angeles City College @ 1630 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Join Jorge Mejia, owner of Yelp-raved Tamales Alberto, in his shop to learn the art of tamale making. Discover the secrets of cooking the meat and preparing the masa, and leave with a half-dozen of his delicious tamales. This bilingual class is a must for any food lover!

Saturday Feb 24th, 2–4pm Pacific Time

Knife Skills

Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom @ 2366 Pelham Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Learn the art of precise knife cuts and techniques in this hands-on culinary course. Discover the secrets to perfect julienne, brunoise, and batonnet cuts, and master the skills needed to create beautifully presented dishes. Unleash your inner chef and elevate your culinary prowess at Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom.

Saturday Jan 27th, 3–5:30pm Pacific Time

Indian Cuisine

Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom @ 2366 Pelham Ave, Los Angeles, CA

In the culinary world, food from India has many Asian influences; find out what they are in this exciting class. We show you the cooking techniques and spices that make Indian food so special and flavorful. Main and side dishes include: Chicken Murgh Tikka (Yogurt-Marinated Grilled Chicken Satay) Deep-Fried Samosas with Quick Keema (Curried Chicken/Lamb/Beef) Aloo Gohbi Masala (Cauliflower/ Potatoes with Garlic Ginger Paste) Traditional...

Saturday Dec 16th, 3–5:30pm Pacific Time

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Professional Pizza Course

VPN Americas @ 440 Hindry Ave,, Inglewood, CA

The 5 day extensive course is recommended for people who want to open a Neapolitan pizzeria and need to be able to transfer all the skills to the working staff. The first 3 days schedule of the course will be the same of the Regular course. The 2 additional days of training will be dedicated to additional practice of making pizza, cooking more pizzas in the same time, learning how to prepare other kinds of Neapolitan pizzas with different toppings,...

Monday Dec 11th, 10am–4pm Pacific Time

 (5 sessions)


5 sessions

Specialty Pizza Course

VPN Americas @ 440 Hindry Ave,, Inglewood, CA

In order to match the market demand for products different from the traditional Neapolitan pizzas, we introduced a single day course focused on specialty pizzas. In particular, we will teach how to make: The Pizza Montanara (deep–fried pizza). The Gluten–Free Pizza. The Whole - Wheat Pizza The program is divided into 2 periods: 1 – Theoretical period. The 30 minutes time will provide the student with a basic understanding of the gluten–free...

Friday Dec 15th, 10am–3:30pm Pacific Time

Regular Pizza Course

VPN Americas @ 440 Hindry Ave,, Inglewood, CA

The course is recommended to people who want to learn how to make pizzas for professional purposes and want to work as Pizzaiolo in a Neapolitan pizzeria. The program is divided in 4 periods: 1. Theoretical period: Knowledge of the Product and Preparation Process The course's theoretical hours aim to furnish the student with an essential knowledge of the physiological, morphological and genetic components of the products composing the Neapolitan...

Monday Dec 11th, 10am–4pm Pacific Time

 (3 sessions)


3 sessions

Basic Pizza Course

VPN Americas @ 440 Hindry Ave,, Inglewood, CA

This course is designed for all pizza lovers who want to learn how to make a pizza at home and cook it in the kitchen or in an outside wood-burning oven. This course is not recommended to people who want to learn to make pizzas for professional use. The program is divided in 2 periods: 1– Theoretical period. The 30 minutes period aims to furnish the student with an essential knowledge of the ingredients of the Neapolitan pizza (flour, plum...

Monday Dec 11th, 10am–3pm Pacific Time

Handmade Dumpling Party

CocuSocial Cooking Classes @ 2131 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Discover the flavor-packed world of dumplings! These juicy and plump morsels filled with hearty ingredients such as ground meat, vegetables and classic seasoning such as soy sauce and sesame oil wrapped in fun shapes and folds will bring such joy as soon as you take a big bite. This class is hands-on, yet casual and easy going, making it a perfect occasion for a romantic date night or a fun outing with your family and friends! Master the basics...

Thursday Jan 4th, 6:30–8:30pm Pacific Time

Spanish Cuisine

Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom @ 2366 Pelham Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Explore the vibrant flavors of Spanish cooking with Chef Eric as he shares his first-hand experience working at Barcelona's renowned Via Veneto restaurant. From Chorizo Puff Pastry Bites to Beef Skewers with Red Wine Reduction Sauce, this culinary adventure will transport your taste buds to Spain.

Friday Feb 9th, 6:30–9pm Pacific Time

4-Week Culinary Basics Series

Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom @ 2366 Pelham Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Learn essential knife skills, cooking techniques, and easy-to-prepare recipes in this beginner's cooking series at Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom. Gain confidence in the kitchen and create delicious meals by the end of the series. Join us and become a pro in the kitchen!

Saturday Jan 20th, 10:30am–1pm Pacific Time

 (4 sessions)


4 sessions

Candy Making

Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom @ 2366 Pelham Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Indulge in the art of confectionery and create mouthwatering treats for your loved ones with Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom. Discover the secrets of cooking sugar and master the craft of candy making, including Mom's Almond Toffee Brittle and Traditional Chocolate Nut Fudge. Unleash your inner sweet tooth and embark on a delightful culinary journey.

Saturday Feb 24th, 10:30am–1pm Pacific Time

French Feast a la Julia Child

Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom @ 2366 Pelham Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Embark on a delectable journey through the flavors of France as you learn to master classic dishes like beef bourguignon, chicken breasts in paprika cream sauce, and more in this immersive culinary course.

Saturday Dec 9th, 3–5:30pm Pacific Time

Decadent Desserts

Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom @ 2366 Pelham Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Decadence is right – come and experience this decadence with us and create delicious entertainment! This class teaches you so many desserts that you can serve at your fancy dinner parties and family meals.  We start with: Italian-Style Chocolate  Torte Caprese Milk Chocolate Cherry Soufflé with Homemade Crème Anglaise Banana Rum Crepes with Homemade Chocolate Sauce Traditional Tiramisu Note: Wear comfortable shoes.

Saturday Feb 10th, 3–5:30pm Pacific Time

Better than Takeout Pad Thai

CocuSocial Cooking Classes @ 2131 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Escape to the streets of Thailand as we create one of the most famous Thai classics, Pad Thai! In this fun and hands-on class, you will be guided step-by-step in recreating this Thai classic known for its diverse flavor profile of sweet, salty, sour and spicy. You will learn basic knife skills, how to properly prepare the traditional noodles and how to build the flavor profile of an authentic Pad Thai sauce from scratch! You will have the option...

Saturday Dec 9th, 5–7pm Pacific Time

Pizza Pizazz

Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom @ 2366 Pelham Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Join us for an evening of creativity as we explore the art of pizza making. Discover the secrets behind traditional and specialty doughs, flavorful tomato sauce, and a variety of mouthwatering toppings. Unleash your inner pizza artist and create delicious masterpieces at Chef Eric's Culinary Classroom.

Friday Jan 12th, 6:30–9:30pm Pacific Time

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Discover the Best Cooking Classes in Los Angeles

When you decide to take a cooking class in Los Angeles, you can choose from three different settings. In-person classes with an instructor and other students around a table all learning together are one option. Live online classes still have a real time instructor but students join from anywhere via the internet. The last option is group classes with friends or work colleagues all learning together. 

You Should Learn Cooking in Los Angeles

Los Angeles offers a wonderful array of culinary experiences, from the freshest seafood and produce to wonderful wines. You can choose from a long list of fine dining restaurants or go in search of the best street taco. This culinary richness also makes Los Angeles a great place to learn to cook.

Learning to cook is a good way to explore the history and culture of the area. Visiting some of the many farmers' markets for produce, cheese, and locally raised meat is the perfect inspiration for a cooking adventure. Microgroceries are popping up throughout the city to bring local ingredients to many neighborhoods. Go shopping on your lunch break and then make dinner from your haul when you get home.

Learning to cook is also a good way to meet new people and make connections. Check out groups like L.A. Foodies, a group that gets together to try new restaurants, visit markets, and explore the local food scene. Other groups meet to try new cookbooks or to create themed dinners. 

Learning to cook can also save you money. Eating out or picking up takeout adds up quickly but you can buy food for the week on what you spend on a couple of restaurant meals. You can find cooking classes that teach you how to prepare your lunches for the week in a few hours on Sunday, or creative ways to use up what’s in the fridge.

Another reason to learn to cook may be to start a side hustle or switch to a new career. Maybe you have dreamed of opening a bakery or having your own food truck. Starting a small home-based cookie business or selling dumplings can be a start. If becoming a professional chef is your career goal, learning to cook is the first step on that road.

In-Person Cooking Classes in Los Angeles

In-person cooking classes have an instructor in a kitchen classroom with students all around working along. You can talk to the instructor and other students and maybe make some new friends. 

Learn how to Make Your Own Sushi in this hands-on cooking class from CocuSocial. All of the ingredients and equipment are provided and you will take recipes home to recreate later. The class will cover preparing rice for sushi, what to look for when choosing fish, and extra ingredients to add to your rolls. 

Make coffee the way the pros do. Los Angeles City College offers Barista Training for Beginners. The class will cover how to use a commercial espresso machine. This is the first part of a two-part Barista Certification course for people who want to work in coffee shops and cafes. 

Learn to craft your own pies in Pizza Pizazz from Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom. You will learn to make traditional and specialty pizza dough, tomato sauce, pepperoni cheese pizza, herb-grilled chicken alfredo pizza, and margherita pizza.

CocuSocial Cooking Classes brings you Better Than Takeout Pad Thai. Learn to make Thailand’s most beloved dish in this in-person cooking class for couples. Participants 21 and over of all skill levels are welcome to join in to learn how to prepare the noodles and create the pad thai flavor profile from scratch. All ingredients will be provided and you can choose between chicken and tofu as your protein.

Learn how to make this iconic Southwest celebration food in Authentic Tamale Making from Los Angeles City College. Learn to prepare the meat and dough, and then get a lesson in how to fold the tamales. This class is taught in both English and Spanish.

Virtual Cooking Classes

In-person cooking classes are fun and educational, but sometimes a class you want to take isn’t offered near you, or maybe you don’t feel like commuting. A live online cooking class runs very much like an in-person class, except that some of the students attend class over the internet. 

You will need a laptop or tablet to log on to the session. A phone will work but it can be difficult to hold while you cook, so that is not ideal. You follow along with the instructor and other students with ingredients you purchase ahead of time. Some classes have kits that will be sent to you after you sign up. 

Like an in-person class, you can talk to the other students and ask the instructor questions. Unlike an in-person class, you don’t have to look for parking! You can take virtual cooking classes anywhere with reliable internet.

Rieslings of the World is another class from the San Francisco Wine School. Learn about this delightful light white wine in this online wine class. Go on a guided tour of the climate, soil, and conditions that make the perfect riesling by tasting six different varieties. You can take this class on its own or as part of the Wines of the World series. Participants must be 21 or older. You can pick up a wine kit or have it delivered.

Making ice cream and frozen custard is not as difficult as you have feared. Custard and Ice Cream, an online ice cream class from Teaching Table will cover both mechanically churned and machine-free recipes. Make two custard bases that you can freeze and turn into ice cream or bake and finish as creme brulee. You don’t need an ice cream maker to learn to make the custard. Open to participants 16 and up.

Overcome your fear of phyllo in Virtual Cook Along: Phyllo Workshop, a class for all skill levels from The Chopping Block Lincoln Square. Learn to work with this light and flaky dough to produce different types of appetizers and pastries. The course is open to anyone age 18 and up and will cover working with phyllo, creating fillings, making honey syrup, and whipping eggs. You will make spanakopita (Spinach and Feta Phyllo Triangles),baklava (Layered Spiced Walnuts and Phyllo with Honey Syrup), orange and clove-scented phyllo cake. 

Private Group Cooking Classes in Los Angeles

Another fun way to learn to cook is to make it a group effort. Private group cooking classes can be a great idea for a party, a good team-building activity, or a fun night out with friends. Most of CourseHorse’s classes can be booked as private events and you can choose from a network of over 1,000 providers with no booking fees. If you need to add people to the participant list, it’s no problem. You will get a confirmation message within 24 hours of signing up. Contact us for help with booking your next event. 

This class is perfect for a birthday party! Come learn to make the best cake pops and cake popsicles in Summer Celebration Cake Pops. Cakery by Syd, a candy and baking supply company dedicated to spreading the word on sweets, will show you all the tricks to getting the perfect cake consistency to stick to the sticks, how to color chocolate, and which melts to use. All supplies are included.

Take a tour of some of Los Angeles’ best chocolatiers in the Chocolate Love Tour in Los Angeles. You will tour several LA candy companies, including Edelweiss Chocolates, Teuscher Chocolates, and Letterpress Chocolate. Participants will be on their own for lunch at La Scala during a break in the tour. Cost of the class includes factory tours and tasting fees. The factory tours require attendees to wear closed-toe shoes and not to wear perfume, colognes, or heavy-scented lotions/oils, or you may be refused admission. Participants must be 18 or older.

The tour is run by the El Camino College Community Education department, which runs short-term, not-for-credit classes.

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