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#4192 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 1: The Basics of Baking
4 openings available

#4227 at 6:30 PM
COOKING 101 SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes
Waiting List
23
#4169 at 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
Waiting List
24
#4372 at 2:30 PM
PRIVATE PARTY

#4373 at 6:30 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
25
#4387 at 10:00 AM
PRIVATE PARTY

#4338 at 2:00 PM
FLOURLESS CAKES
2 openings available

#4277 at 6:00 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
26
#4349 at 10:00 AM
BAKE SALE 101: Cookies, Brownies & Bars
12 openings available

#4242 at 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: Whiskey Club Dinner and Pairings
1 opening available
27
#4352 at 10:00 AM
PRIVATE PARTY

#4353 at 2:00 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
28
#4171 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 2: Up Your Baking Game
Waiting List

#4368 at 11:00 AM
CAKE & GUMPASTE DECORATING: Mastering Naked Cakes & Animal Figurines
Waiting List

#4187 at 2:00 PM
CONFECTIONS, CANDYMAKING AND CARAMELS
1 opening available
29
#4192 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 1: The Basics of Baking
4 openings available

#4227 at 6:30 PM
COOKING 101 SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes
Waiting List
30
#4169 at 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
Waiting List
31
#4282 at 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK 2: Exploring Regional Cuisines
Waiting List
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4192

Mon, Jan 22 2018 @ 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 1: The Basics of Baking
 

Professional Pastry Program Level 1

This 10-week series is designed for the novice culinary student or home baker looking to learn the basics of the art of baking andpastry. These four-hour classes are taught in a professional environment and includes a chef coat.  You will work independently and hands-on in a class with no more than 10 students. 

Our classes are crafted to teach the basic chemistry of baking as well as techniques you’ll use both at home and in a professional kitchen.  As with all our classes, everything you learn will be made from scratch, from the graham crust on your cheesecakes to the candied lemon zest on your lemon bars.  We encourage you to bring a food-safe container to class to bring home your delicious work.  Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of the series.

 THIS CLASS MEETS EVERY MONDAY

For 10 WEEKS FROM 9AM-1PM

Day 1: Introduction to Basic Techniques

Start the series off by learning about the chemistry of baking.  We will explore how flour, sugar, eggs and other ingredients work in your recipes.  The proper use of pastry bags, reading formulas and the importance of mise-en-place will be discussed.  Students will receive textbooks and chef coats.

Day 2: Muffins, Quickbreads and Poundcakes

We will exploring three different techniques and learn about ratios to create rich baked goods for breakfast, lunch and dessert. 

Blueberry Muffins, Carrot Cake Quickbread with Cream Cheese Glaze, Vanilla Bean PoundcakeFlaky Buttermilk Biscuits

Day 3: Cookies, Brownies and Bars

Make the perfect batch of cookies for consistently even baking and great results every time. 

The Gourmandise Chocolate Chunk Cookie; Chewy Brownies; English Toffee; Meyer Lemon Bars

Day 4: Egg-based Desserts

Learn to bake velvety smooth egg based desserts that range from creme brulee to classic chocolate puddings.

Creme Brulee, Milk Chocolate Pudding, Butterscotch Pot de Creme, Cannele

Day 5:Pâte à Choux

Pâte à Choux or Choux dough is a light pastry dough used to make an amazing varity of dishes. You’ll make this versatile dough two ways one sweet and one savory.

Cream Puffs with Vanilla Pastry Cream; Chocolate Dipped Eclairs with Vanilla Pastry Cream; Parmesan Thyme Gourgeres

Day 6: Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Desserts

You’ll learn proper techniques for mascerating, reducing and pureeing to make a quick Coulis and seasonal desserts.

Seasonal Buckles, Cobblers, Upside Down Cake and Apric0t Zucchini Bread

Day 7: Cheesecakes

Whether you like them light and airy or dense and creamy cheesecakes are a year round favorite and often tough to master for new chefs. You'll learn all the tips and tricks to master this egg based dessert.

Homemade Graham; Ricotta Cheesecakes; Classic Cream Cheese Cheesecake; various toppings


Day 8:Tarts

Love a cookie crunch filling with a custard or fruit filling? We'll learn the proper way to press crust into a pan and master baking crusts blind and with filling.

Pate Sucre; Lemon Shortcrust: Seasonal Fillings

Day 9: Pies

We'll tackle making the perfect pie dough and then crimp, fold and lattice our dough into beautiful pies

All Butter Pie Dough: Seasonal Fillings


Day 10: Cake Baking:

Learn the difference between High-Ratio and Sponge cakes. Cakes will be baked, cut, filled and frosted in class.

Classic Yellow Cake, Devil’s Food, Italian Buttercream, Basic Cake Decorating, Chocolate Glaze


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The Professional Baking Series take place at our new, state-of-the-art cooking school at the Santa Monica Place Mall.  There is plenty of parking on the third level directly behind the school.  In order to qualify for a certificate of completion, all classes need to be attended.

While we provide all ingredients, please note that it is helpful for all students to have the following tools to bring with them to class: 12 ramekins (about 2 oz. size), a shallow-dish pie tin and a light-colored aluminum cake pan measure 6 or 8” by 3” tall.  This will allow you to bake in your own containers and transport your goods home without unmolding many of your items before they have sufficiently cooled.

 

Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and close-toed shoes.  No cell phones in class, please. 

Please note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation. Ages 16 and up.

4 openings available

$1350.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4227

Mon, Jan 22 2018 @ 6:30 PM
COOKING 101 SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes
 

This 4-week series is designed to teach culinary fundamentals to establish your foundational cooking skills.  You will work at your own station under the guidance of our Chef Instructor who will teach classic techniques, and give you a great series of recipes to add to your repertoire.  Bring containers to class - you'll love your next day lunches!

THIS CLASS MEETS EVERY MONDAY EVENING

For 4 weeks from 6:30pm-9:30pm

Day 1:Knife Skills: Soups & Salads. Sharpen your knife skills and learn to make four classic dishes that make perfect lunches and sides (while learning two awesome do-ahead dressings). Ginger Kale Salad, Farmers Market Chopped Salad, Tuscan Vegetable Soup, Tomato Bisque.

Day 2: Poultry: Learn to use various parts of the chicken while making 4 complete dinners. Moroccan Braised Chicken with Orange Scented Couscous, Turkey Ricotta Meatballs with Sage and Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Grainy Mustard Chicken Gratin with Roasted Broccoli.

Day 3: Meats: Herbed Pork Tenderloin with Creamy Polenta & Caramelized Onions, Beef Bourguignon, Hoisin Beef with Scallion Pancakes and Spicy Slaw.

Day 4: Fish: Grilled Albacore on Greek Orzo, Maple Pecan Salmon, Pan-Sauteed Mahi Mahi Tacos with Fresh Pineapple and Cilantro Mint Pesto.

Menu items subject to change.  If you need to substitute an ingredient, call the school to let us know. You can make up up to one class in the series should you miss one.

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This class takes place at our state-of-the-art cooking school at the Santa Monica Place Shopping Center.  There is plenty of parking in Parking Structure 7 off Broadway directly behind the school, best level to park on is Level 4 if possible.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and close-toed shoes. 

Please note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your class or receive an account credit.  Ages 16 and up.

Waiting List

$525.00

Chef Gill Boyd

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4169

Tue, Jan 23 2018 @ 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
 

Take your cooking to the next level with this 10-week technique based series that will have you cooking intuitively in no time.  Each student will work at their own station to maximize the learning experience.  The chef instructor will provide a comprehensive lecture and demo, followed by a hands-on cooking class. 


Chef Carol Cotner Thompson has been teaching people how to cook for over 25 years and brings her classic culinary education, love of local, seasonal produce and study of world cuisines to her culinary classroom. You will gain confidence in the kitchen and learn to develop into an intuitive cook while making healthy and delicious daily meals. Series students work independently at their own stations to maximize their learning experience. Each class begins with a comprehensive lecture and demonstration followed by hands-on cooking to master each technique and dish.

You are offered 1 complimentary "make up" class if you miss a class, which we offer as a credit for a class on our schedule for a similar lesson.


THIS CLASS MEETS EVERY TUESDAY EVENING

For 10 Weeks from 6:00pm to 9:30pm

 

Week 1: KNIFE SKILLS:  Learn the proper way to handle and care for your knives, and the essential techniques to slice, dice, julienne, chiffonade and shred.

Chicken Broth

Chicken Stock

Seasonal Vegetable Broth

 

Week 2: SOUPS AND SALADS:  Learn how to cook homemade stocks and broths and turn them into delicious soups and sauces, then master salads and homemade dressings.

Sesame Kale Salad

Heirloom Potato Salad with Fresh Herbs

Southwest Chopped Salad, Apple, Date, Endive with Stilton Cheese

Butter Lettuce Cherry Tomato Salad with Classic Green Goddess

Tortilla Soup

Carrot Ginger Soup

White Bean Soup with Crispy Sage

 

Week 3: EGGS and DAIRY:   Learn how to make fresh homemade cheese, as well as a variety of egg dishes.

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Deviled Eggs

Spinach Mushroom Frittata

Perfect Poached Eggs

 

Week 4:  CLASSIC and CONTEMPORARY SAUCES:  Learn how to prepare essential classic french sauces, as well as some go-to condiment sauces to brighten up a simple meal.

Béchamel for Mac & Cheese

Reductions and Pan Sauces

Classic Tomato Sauce

Romesco

Salsa Verde

Hollandaise

 

Week 5:  VEGETABLES:  Learn how to properly select, store and cook vegetables.

Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Beet Salad

Roasted Butternut Squash

Arugula Goat Cheese with Sherry Vinaigrette

Braised Red Cabbage

 

Week 6: PASTA, GNOCCHI AND POLENTA Learn how to cook and sauce pasta, roll homemade gnocchi, and perfect polenta.

Spaghetti Carbonara

Penne with Pesto

Potato Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter Sauce

Polenta with Mushrooms and Bacon

 

Week 7: GRAINS and LEGUMES:  Learn how to cook and incorporate wholes grains into your daily meals.

Autumn Vegetable Farro

Zucchini Rice Gratin

Curry Beluga Lentil Quinoa

Roasted Garlic Hummus

 

Week 8: POULTRY:  Learn the technique of breaking down and using a whole chicken and trnasform it into three meals.

Chicken Meatballs

Zaatar Crispy Chicken Breast

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Legs

 

 Week 9:  MEATS:  Learn the proper cuts of meat and cooking techniques.

Lamb Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Mint Pesto

Pickled Red Onions and Feta

Pan-seared Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples and Parsnips with Madeira Sauce

Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichuri and Tomato Cucumber Salsa

 

Week 10: FISH and SHELLFISH:   Learn to select, store and properly cook fish and shellfish.

Smokey Grilled Fish Tacos

Braised Halibut Provencal

French Style Mussels

Roasted Salmon with Pistachio Pesto and Labneh


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This series take place at our state-of-the-art kitchen at the Santa Monica Place Mall.  There is plenty of parking on level 4 of the parking structure (entrance on Broadway) directly behind the school.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and close-toed shoes.  You are offered 1 complimentary "make up" class if you miss a class, which we offer as a credit for a class on our schedule of similar lesson.  Please note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.  Ages 16 and up.

Waiting List

$1400.00

Chef Carol Cotner Thompson

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4372

Wed, Jan 24 2018 @ 2:30 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
 

Book us for your next special event:  team building; holiday parties or birthdays.  Our 3-hour classes are perfect for your gathering of 5-30 people, and include a private chef-instructor and all the food as you select from one of our menus, or customize your own.  All private events are BYOB (no corkage fee).  For more information, email Claire@TheGourmandiseSchool.com for availability, details and options, or call the school at (310) 656 - 8800.

$0.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4373

Wed, Jan 24 2018 @ 6:30 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
 

Book us for your next special event:  team building; holiday parties or birthdays.  Our 3-hour classes are perfect for your gathering of 5-30 people, and include a private chef-instructor and all the food as you select from one of our menus, or customize your own.  All private events are BYOB (no corkage fee).  For more information, email Claire@TheGourmandiseSchool.com for availability, details and options, or call the school at (310) 656 - 8800.

$0.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4387

Thu, Jan 25 2018 @ 10:00 AM
PRIVATE PARTY
 

Book us for your next special event:  team building; holiday parties or birthdays.  Our 3-hour classes are perfect for your gathering of 5-30 people, and include a private chef-instructor and all the food as you select from one of our menus, or customize your own.  All private events are BYOB (no corkage fee).  For more information, email Claire@TheGourmandiseSchool.com for availability, details and options, or call the school at (310) 656 - 8800.

$0.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4338

Thu, Jan 25 2018 @ 2:00 PM
FLOURLESS CAKES
 
Tired of not knowing which gluten free cake recipes to trust and brick-like chocolate cakes?  Look no more- these cakes are delicious, easy to make and happen to be gluten free instead of reverse engineered.
 
Mousse-like Flourless Chocolate Cake
Hazelnut Marjolaine with French Buttercream
Orange Blossom Chiffon Cake

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS 

** Please Note: The Gourmandise School is not a gluten-free facility **

Thank you for registering!  Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, so please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes.  No cell phones in class, please.  Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 16 and up. Classes are BYOB.

2 openings available

$95.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4277

Thu, Jan 25 2018 @ 6:00 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
 

Book us for your next special event:  team building; holiday parties or birthdays.  Our 3-hour classes are perfect for your gathering of 5-30 people, and include a private chef-instructor and all the food as you select from one of our menus, or customize your own.  All private events are BYOB (no corkage fee).  For more information, email Claire@TheGourmandiseSchool.com for availability, details and options, or call the school at (310) 656 - 8800.

$0.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4349

Fri, Jan 26 2018 @ 10:00 AM
BAKE SALE 101: Cookies, Brownies & Bars
 
It is now officially time to crown yourself Kings and Queens of the baking block. You're going to learn our secrets to baking and packaging the most amazing baked treats your friends and family have ever tasted (no pressure). We're going to teach you what you can make ahead, how to make it all easily from scratch (there's no unwrapping and melting caramels squares at this school) and how to package everything up like a pro. Let's go!

Caramel Shortbread Brownies

Chocolate-glaze Filled Laceys

Whole Grain Chocolate Chunk Cookies (also known as the best cookie on the planet)

Eat-like-a-meal Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Homemade Almond Roca

 

 THIS IS A 3 HOUR ClASS

Thank you for registering!  Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, so please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes.  No cell phones in class, please.  Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 16 and up. Classes are BYOB & BYOC (Bring Your Own Container!).

12 openings available

$95.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4242

Fri, Jan 26 2018 @ 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: Whiskey Club Dinner and Pairings
 

Fly off with us as we explore whiskeys from near and far with pairings for each dish we prepare. Bring just your appetite- we will provide the rest!

Blue Cheese Wedge Salad
Southern Style Flank Steak
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Caramelized Squash with American Whiskey Glaze
Chocolate Souffles with Whiskey-Infused Creme Anglaise

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS

**Price is per couple**

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are BYOB (bring-your-own-beverage) if you would like to bring your own beer or wine, as you sit down and enjoy what you have made.  Otherwise, we provide water, coffee and tea.  We also ask that you "BYOC" (bring-your-own-container) if possible to take home any leftovers.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. 

Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 21 and up. 



1 opening available

$225.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4352

Sat, Jan 27 2018 @ 10:00 AM
PRIVATE PARTY
 

Book us for your next special event:  team building; holiday parties or birthdays.  Our 3-hour classes are perfect for your gathering of 5-30 people, and include a private chef-instructor and all the food as you select from one of our menus, or customize your own.  All private events are BYOB (no corkage fee).  For more information, email Claire@TheGourmandiseSchool.com for availability, details and options, or call the school at (310) 656 - 8800.

$0.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4353

Sat, Jan 27 2018 @ 2:00 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
 

Book us for your next special event:  team building; holiday parties or birthdays.  Our 3-hour classes are perfect for your gathering of 5-30 people, and include a private chef-instructor and all the food as you select from one of our menus, or customize your own.  All private events are BYOB (no corkage fee).  For more information, email Claire@TheGourmandiseSchool.com for availability, details and options, or call the school at (310) 656 - 8800.

$0.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4171

Sun, Jan 28 2018 @ 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 2: Up Your Baking Game
 

This 10-week series is designed for the beginner or intermediate culinary student or baking enthusiast looking to improve on the basics of baking and pastry. These four-hour classes are taught in a professional environment and includes a chef coat. You will work independently and hands-on in a class with no more than 10 students.
 
Our classes are crafted to teach the basic chemistry of baking as well as techniques you’ll use both at home and in a professional kitchen. As with all our classes, everything you learn will be made from scratch, from the graham crust on your cheesecakes to the candied lemon zest on your lemon bars. We encourage you to bring a food-safe container to class to bring home your delicious work. Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of the series.

 

CLASS MEETS FROM 9am-1PM

EVERY SUNDAY FOR 10 WEEKS
 

Day 1: Mousses and Souffles.  Whip, beat and fold!  Learn the secrets to perfect souffles and smooth as silk mousses.  Chocolate Souffle, Cheese Souffle, Lemon Mousse and Honey Chocolate mousse; Pate a Bombe.

Day 2: Egg-leavened Cakes. Perfect your genoise and pair it with a lighter-than-air Dacquoise.  A lemon-scented Chiffon Cake with Bavarian Cream will make your swoon...

Day 3: Fruit Mousse Cakes.  Pair your egg-leaved cake with handmade Ladyfingers and seasonal Berry Mousses for spectacular results.  

Day 4: Yeasted Doughs.  From dinner rolls to sticky buns, you'll explore the rich doughs that make breakfast and dinner so much sweeter.

Day 5: Savory Breads. Lean doughs are vessels for all things savory.  You'll create your own focaccia and pizza, as well as handmade pita bread, to pair with your housemade cheese.

Day 6: Petit Fours  Small bites make big impressions, and attention to finishing details are key.  We will make Orange Blossom Madeleines, Classic Petit Fours with a Chocolate MIrrored Glaze, Lacey Tuile Cookies and Brown Butter Financiers.

Day 7: Cake Decorating: Get great a piping and learn new, modern designs for buttercream cakes with clean lines that will impress.

Day 8: Truffles, Marshmallows and Infused Toffees: Create a candy wonderland with our favorite base recipes.  You'll make your own custom ganaches for truffles, embed toffees with your favorite flavors and make batches of marshmallows to rival any you've ever had!

Day 9: Macarons: Perfect the French Method as you make Vanilla Bean, Pistachio and Hazelnut Macarons with custom ganaches and buttercreams to sandwich them with.

Day 10: Making Chocolate Basics Learn the basics of chocolate tempering and make some beautiful treats including rochers and chocolate lollipops!


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The Professional Baking Series take place at our new, state-of-the-art cooking school at the Santa Monica Place Mall. There is plenty of parking on the third level directly behind the school. In order to qualify for a certificate of completion, all classes need to be attended.

While we provide all ingredients, please note that it is helpful for all students to have the following tools to bring with them to class: 12 ramekins (about 5 oz. size), a shallow-dish pie tin and  light-colored aluminum cake pan measuring 6" and  8” by 3” tall. This will allow you to bake in your own containers and transport your goods home without unmolding many of your items before they have sufficiently cooled.

Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. No cell phones in class, please.
Please note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation. Ages 16 and up.

Waiting List

$1350.00

Pastry Chef Rose Lawrence

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4368

Sun, Jan 28 2018 @ 11:00 AM
CAKE & GUMPASTE DECORATING: Mastering Naked Cakes & Animal Figurines
 

Join Pastry Chef Steph Chen from ABC's "The Great American Baking Show" and Huckleberry Cafe for an afternoon of cake decorating! Each student will learn to stack and decorate a naked 6" cake (we'll bake them for you) and make a series of gumpaste people. Chef Steph will show you how to color, mold, shape and refine a couple of animals and teach you how to create their manes, fur, accents and other fun decorating ideas!


You Will Learn:

How to cut cake layers and fill with buttercream
Coloring gumpaste

Planning topper sizes and timelines
Making animal figurines (elephants, cats and dogs)
Shape head, body & hair and other decorations
Tips for speedy drying

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are BYOB (bring-your-own-beverage) if you would like to bring your own beer or wine, otherwise we provide water, coffee and tea.  We also ask that you "BYOC" (bring-your-own-container) if possible to take home any leftovers.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes. 

Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 16 and up. 

Waiting List

$125.00

Pastry Chef Steph Chen

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4187

Sun, Jan 28 2018 @ 2:00 PM
CONFECTIONS, CANDYMAKING AND CARAMELS
 

Are you obsessed with caramel and candies? Join us Chocolatier and Confectioner Ruth Kennison teaches you how to master the basics of cooking sugar, from mastering caramel sauce to making successful hard candies. 

Beer & Pretzel Caramel Squares
Classic French & Italian Nougat
Seasonal Fruit-flavored Lollipops
Pate de Fruit (Fruit Gems)

THIS IS A 4 HOUR CLASS  

Thank you for registering!  Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, so please arrive on time in comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes.  No cell phones in class, please.  Note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 16 and up. Classes are BYOB.

1 opening available

$125.00

Chocolatier Ruth Kennison

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4192

Mon, Jan 29 2018 @ 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 1: The Basics of Baking
 

Professional Pastry Program Level 1

This 10-week series is designed for the novice culinary student or home baker looking to learn the basics of the art of baking andpastry. These four-hour classes are taught in a professional environment and includes a chef coat.  You will work independently and hands-on in a class with no more than 10 students. 

Our classes are crafted to teach the basic chemistry of baking as well as techniques you’ll use both at home and in a professional kitchen.  As with all our classes, everything you learn will be made from scratch, from the graham crust on your cheesecakes to the candied lemon zest on your lemon bars.  We encourage you to bring a food-safe container to class to bring home your delicious work.  Certificates of completion will be awarded at the end of the series.

 THIS CLASS MEETS EVERY MONDAY

For 10 WEEKS FROM 9AM-1PM

Day 1: Introduction to Basic Techniques

Start the series off by learning about the chemistry of baking.  We will explore how flour, sugar, eggs and other ingredients work in your recipes.  The proper use of pastry bags, reading formulas and the importance of mise-en-place will be discussed.  Students will receive textbooks and chef coats.

Day 2: Muffins, Quickbreads and Poundcakes

We will exploring three different techniques and learn about ratios to create rich baked goods for breakfast, lunch and dessert. 

Blueberry Muffins, Carrot Cake Quickbread with Cream Cheese Glaze, Vanilla Bean PoundcakeFlaky Buttermilk Biscuits

Day 3: Cookies, Brownies and Bars

Make the perfect batch of cookies for consistently even baking and great results every time. 

The Gourmandise Chocolate Chunk Cookie; Chewy Brownies; English Toffee; Meyer Lemon Bars

Day 4: Egg-based Desserts

Learn to bake velvety smooth egg based desserts that range from creme brulee to classic chocolate puddings.

Creme Brulee, Milk Chocolate Pudding, Butterscotch Pot de Creme, Cannele

Day 5:Pâte à Choux

Pâte à Choux or Choux dough is a light pastry dough used to make an amazing varity of dishes. You’ll make this versatile dough two ways one sweet and one savory.

Cream Puffs with Vanilla Pastry Cream; Chocolate Dipped Eclairs with Vanilla Pastry Cream; Parmesan Thyme Gourgeres

Day 6: Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Desserts

You’ll learn proper techniques for mascerating, reducing and pureeing to make a quick Coulis and seasonal desserts.

Seasonal Buckles, Cobblers, Upside Down Cake and Apric0t Zucchini Bread

Day 7: Cheesecakes

Whether you like them light and airy or dense and creamy cheesecakes are a year round favorite and often tough to master for new chefs. You'll learn all the tips and tricks to master this egg based dessert.

Homemade Graham; Ricotta Cheesecakes; Classic Cream Cheese Cheesecake; various toppings


Day 8:Tarts

Love a cookie crunch filling with a custard or fruit filling? We'll learn the proper way to press crust into a pan and master baking crusts blind and with filling.

Pate Sucre; Lemon Shortcrust: Seasonal Fillings

Day 9: Pies

We'll tackle making the perfect pie dough and then crimp, fold and lattice our dough into beautiful pies

All Butter Pie Dough: Seasonal Fillings


Day 10: Cake Baking:

Learn the difference between High-Ratio and Sponge cakes. Cakes will be baked, cut, filled and frosted in class.

Classic Yellow Cake, Devil’s Food, Italian Buttercream, Basic Cake Decorating, Chocolate Glaze


------------

The Professional Baking Series take place at our new, state-of-the-art cooking school at the Santa Monica Place Mall.  There is plenty of parking on the third level directly behind the school.  In order to qualify for a certificate of completion, all classes need to be attended.

While we provide all ingredients, please note that it is helpful for all students to have the following tools to bring with them to class: 12 ramekins (about 2 oz. size), a shallow-dish pie tin and a light-colored aluminum cake pan measure 6 or 8” by 3” tall.  This will allow you to bake in your own containers and transport your goods home without unmolding many of your items before they have sufficiently cooled.

 

Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and close-toed shoes.  No cell phones in class, please. 

Please note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation. Ages 16 and up.

4 openings available

$1350.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4227

Mon, Jan 29 2018 @ 6:30 PM
COOKING 101 SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes
 

This 4-week series is designed to teach culinary fundamentals to establish your foundational cooking skills.  You will work at your own station under the guidance of our Chef Instructor who will teach classic techniques, and give you a great series of recipes to add to your repertoire.  Bring containers to class - you'll love your next day lunches!

THIS CLASS MEETS EVERY MONDAY EVENING

For 4 weeks from 6:30pm-9:30pm

Day 1:Knife Skills: Soups & Salads. Sharpen your knife skills and learn to make four classic dishes that make perfect lunches and sides (while learning two awesome do-ahead dressings). Ginger Kale Salad, Farmers Market Chopped Salad, Tuscan Vegetable Soup, Tomato Bisque.

Day 2: Poultry: Learn to use various parts of the chicken while making 4 complete dinners. Moroccan Braised Chicken with Orange Scented Couscous, Turkey Ricotta Meatballs with Sage and Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Grainy Mustard Chicken Gratin with Roasted Broccoli.

Day 3: Meats: Herbed Pork Tenderloin with Creamy Polenta & Caramelized Onions, Beef Bourguignon, Hoisin Beef with Scallion Pancakes and Spicy Slaw.

Day 4: Fish: Grilled Albacore on Greek Orzo, Maple Pecan Salmon, Pan-Sauteed Mahi Mahi Tacos with Fresh Pineapple and Cilantro Mint Pesto.

Menu items subject to change.  If you need to substitute an ingredient, call the school to let us know. You can make up up to one class in the series should you miss one.

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This class takes place at our state-of-the-art cooking school at the Santa Monica Place Shopping Center.  There is plenty of parking in Parking Structure 7 off Broadway directly behind the school, best level to park on is Level 4 if possible.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and close-toed shoes. 

Please note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your class or receive an account credit.  Ages 16 and up.

Waiting List

$525.00

Chef Gill Boyd

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4169

Tue, Jan 30 2018 @ 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
 

Take your cooking to the next level with this 10-week technique based series that will have you cooking intuitively in no time.  Each student will work at their own station to maximize the learning experience.  The chef instructor will provide a comprehensive lecture and demo, followed by a hands-on cooking class. 


Chef Carol Cotner Thompson has been teaching people how to cook for over 25 years and brings her classic culinary education, love of local, seasonal produce and study of world cuisines to her culinary classroom. You will gain confidence in the kitchen and learn to develop into an intuitive cook while making healthy and delicious daily meals. Series students work independently at their own stations to maximize their learning experience. Each class begins with a comprehensive lecture and demonstration followed by hands-on cooking to master each technique and dish.

You are offered 1 complimentary "make up" class if you miss a class, which we offer as a credit for a class on our schedule for a similar lesson.

THIS CLASS MEETS EVERY TUESDAY EVENING

For 10 Weeks from 6:00pm to 9:30pm

 

Week 1: KNIFE SKILLS:  Learn the proper way to handle and care for your knives, and the essential techniques to slice, dice, julienne, chiffonade and shred.

Chicken Broth

Chicken Stock

Seasonal Vegetable Broth

 

Week 2: SOUPS AND SALADS:  Learn how to cook homemade stocks and broths and turn them into delicious soups and sauces, then master salads and homemade dressings.

Sesame Kale Salad

Heirloom Potato Salad with Fresh Herbs

Southwest Chopped Salad, Apple, Date, Endive with Stilton Cheese

Butter Lettuce Cherry Tomato Salad with Classic Green Goddess

Tortilla Soup

Carrot Ginger Soup

White Bean Soup with Crispy Sage

 

Week 3: EGGS and DAIRY:   Learn how to make fresh homemade cheese, as well as a variety of egg dishes.

Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Deviled Eggs

Spinach Mushroom Frittata

Perfect Poached Eggs

 

Week 4:  CLASSIC and CONTEMPORARY SAUCES:  Learn how to prepare essential classic french sauces, as well as some go-to condiment sauces to brighten up a simple meal.

Béchamel for Mac & Cheese

Reductions and Pan Sauces

Classic Tomato Sauce

Romesco

Salsa Verde

Hollandaise

 

Week 5:  VEGETABLES:  Learn how to properly select, store and cook vegetables.

Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Beet Salad

Roasted Butternut Squash

Arugula Goat Cheese with Sherry Vinaigrette

Braised Red Cabbage

 

Week 6: PASTA, GNOCCHI AND POLENTA Learn how to cook and sauce pasta, roll homemade gnocchi, and perfect polenta.

Spaghetti Carbonara

Penne with Pesto

Potato Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter Sauce

Polenta with Mushrooms and Bacon

 

Week 7: GRAINS and LEGUMES:  Learn how to cook and incorporate wholes grains into your daily meals.

Autumn Vegetable Farro

Zucchini Rice Gratin

Curry Beluga Lentil Quinoa

Roasted Garlic Hummus

 

Week 8: POULTRY:  Learn the technique of breaking down and using a whole chicken and trnasform it into three meals.

Chicken Meatballs

Zaatar Crispy Chicken Breast

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Legs

 

 Week 9:  MEATS:  Learn the proper cuts of meat and cooking techniques.

Lamb Meatball Lettuce Wraps with Mint Pesto

Pickled Red Onions and Feta

Pan-seared Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples and Parsnips with Madeira Sauce

Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichuri and Tomato Cucumber Salsa

 

Week 10: FISH and SHELLFISH:   Learn to select, store and properly cook fish and shellfish.

Smokey Grilled Fish Tacos

Braised Halibut Provencal

French Style Mussels

Roasted Salmon with Pistachio Pesto and Labneh


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This series take place at our state-of-the-art kitchen at the Santa Monica Place Mall.  There is plenty of parking on level 4 of the parking structure (entrance on Broadway) directly behind the school.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and close-toed shoes.  You are offered 1 complimentary "make up" class if you miss a class, which we offer as a credit for a class on our schedule of similar lesson.  Please note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.  Ages 16 and up.

Waiting List

$1400.00

Chef Carol Cotner Thompson

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4282

Wed, Jan 31 2018 @ 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK 2: Exploring Regional Cuisines
 

Join Chef Carol Carol Cotner Thompson for an 8-week cooking series to introduce you to a wide array of cuisines. Each student will work independently and will learn to master Italian, French, Spanish and Meditteranean menus with recipes that are simple to execute and stunning to plate. This 8-week series will focus on planning, prepping, cooking and do-ahead tasks to make you feel masterful in your kitchen.


Chef Carol Cotner Thompson has been teaching people how to cook for over 25 years and brings her classic culinary education, love of local, seasonal produce and study of world cuisines to her culinary classroom. You will gain confidence in the kitchen and learn to develop into an intuitive cook while making healthy and delicious daily meals. Series students work independently at their own stations to maximize the learning experience. Each class begins with a comprehensive lecture and demonstration followed by hands-on cooking to master each technique and dish.

 

You are offered 1 complimentary "make up" class if you miss a class, which we offer as a credit for a class on our schedule for a similar lesson.

 

 THIS CLASS MEETS EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING

For 8 Weeks from 6-930pm

 

Week 1: The Loire Valley

Chicken Fricasse

Vegetable Salad

Tarte Tatin

 

Week 2: Parisian Bistro

Greens with Warm Goat Cheese and Honey

Sole Meuniere

Pomme Dauphinoise (Potatoes)

Gateau au Chocolat

 

Week 3: Emilia-Romagna

Fresh Parpadelle

Bolognese Sauce

Shaved Vegetables and Parmesan

Panna Cotta

 

Week 4: The Lombardi Region

Risotto

Chicken Milanese with Arugula Salad

Pine Nut Torte

 

Week 5: A Taste of India

Chicken Tikka Masala

Sag Paneer

Potato Paratha

Chan Dal


 

Week 6: Mexico!

Enchiladas Verde

Chicken Tinga

Carne Asada

Tacos

Tres Leches Cake

 

Week 7: Southeast Asian

Assorted Curries

Papaya Salad

Pad Thai

Lemongrass Beef & Noodle Salad

Coconut Rice

 

Week 8: Meditteranean

Fatoush Salad

Beet Tahini

Baba Ganoush

Flat Breads with Za'atar

Chicken Slovaki

Baklava

 

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This series take place at our state-of-the-art kitchen at the Santa Monica Place shopping center.  There is plenty of parking on level 4 of the parking structure (entrance on Broadway) directly behind the school.  Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and close-toed shoes.  You are offered 1 complimentary "make up" class if you miss a class, which we offer as a credit for a class on our schedule of similar lesson.  Please note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.  Ages 16 and up.

Waiting List

$1200.00

Chef Carol Cotner Thompson

Santa Monica Place