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September 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
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19
#3598 at 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
Waiting List
20
#3916 at 9:00 AM
PRIVATE PARTY

#4172 at 3:00 PM
PRIVATE PARTY

#3960 at 6:30 PM
FAVORITE FRENCH STOVETOP DINNERS
12 openings available
21
#3961 at 9:00 AM
PRIVATE PARTY
22
#3970 at 10:00 AM
THE ULTIMATE COOKIE CLASS: Cookies, Brownies & Bars
3 openings available

#3971 at 2:00 PM
BUNDT CAKES & COFFEE CAKES
10 openings available

#3972 at 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: Chinese Takeout
5 openings available
23
#4155 at 9:30 AM
KIDS BAKING: Cinnamon Rolls
6 openings available
24
CONSUMER DAY - Featuring JOSEY BAKER
25
INDUSTRY/TRADE DAY - Featuring DAVE MILLER
26
#3598 at 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
Waiting List
27
28
#3962 at 9:00 AM
PRIVATE PARTY
29
#3973 at 9:30 AM
RUSTIC BREADS: Boules, Loaves and Preserves
7 openings available

#3974 at 6:30 PM
KOREAN BBQ
6 openings available
30
#3976 at 10:00 AM
BRUNCH IN NEW ORLEANS
2 openings available

#4181 at 4:00 PM
PRIVATE PARTY

#3977 at 7:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: Argentine Steakhouse
Waiting List
 
October 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1
#3802 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 1: The Basics of Baking
Waiting List

#3978 at 2:00 PM
CANNING 101: Making Jams, Preserves and Pickles
Waiting List
2
#3804 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 2: Up Your Baking Game
3
#4003 at 10:00 AM
COOKING 101 SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes
4 openings available

#3598 at 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
Waiting List
4
#3979 at 6:30 PM
CHINESE TAKEOUT 101
13 openings available
5
#3963 at 9:00 AM
PRIVATE PARTY

#4162 at 7:00 PM
THE SANTA MONICA CHOCOLATE SOCIETY: Matthew Biancaniello Chocolate & Tequila Tasting
9 openings available
6
#3980 at 10:00 AM
RUSTIC FRENCH DESSERTS
14 openings available

#3981 at 1:30 PM
PUFF PASTRY WORKSHOP
4 openings available

#3982 at 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: Southern Fried Chicken Dinner
Waiting List
7
#3983 at 10:00 AM
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE:Knife Skills
11 openings available

#3993 at 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: HANDMADE PASTA
Waiting List
8
#3802 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 1: The Basics of Baking
Waiting List

#3985 at 2:00 PM
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE: Chicken
14 openings available

#3986 at 6:30 PM
FALL PIES
7 openings available
9
#3804 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 2: Up Your Baking Game

#3987 at 6:30 PM
CHINESE DUMPLINGS
13 openings available
10
#4003 at 10:00 AM
COOKING 101 SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes
4 openings available

#3598 at 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
Waiting List
11
#4178 at 6:30 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
12
#3964 at 9:00 AM
PRIVATE PARTY

#4147 at 6:30 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
13
#3991 at 10:00 AM
INTRO TO CHEESEMAKING: from Creme Fraiche to Chevre and Burrata
9 openings available

#4133 at 2:00 PM
THE BUSINESS OF FOOD
10 openings available

#4159 at 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: THE BISTRO
5 openings available
14
#3992 at 2:00 PM
KIDS COOKING: The Taco Truck
Waiting List
15
#3802 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 1: The Basics of Baking
Waiting List

#4177 at 2:00 PM
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE:Knife Skills
13 openings available

#3994 at 6:30 PM
SPECIALTY PIZZA WORKSHOP
1 opening available
16
#3804 at 9:00 AM
Pro Pastry 2 Series: Up Your Baking Game
17
#4003 at 10:00 AM
COOKING 101 SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes
4 openings available

#3598 at 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
Waiting List
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#3920 at 9:00 AM
PRIVATE PARTY

#3995 at 6:30 PM
NIGHT ON THE TOWN: Thai Street Food
13 openings available
20
#3996 at 10:00 AM
CREAM PUFFS, ECLAIRS AND RELIGIEUSES
10 openings available

#3997 at 2:00 PM
Modern Cake Decorating
15 openings available

#4174 at 6:30 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
21
#3999 at 10:00 AM
BRUNCH: Classic Southern Recipes
5 openings available

#4010 at 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: SPECIALTY PIZZA WORKSHOP
Waiting List
22
#3802 at 8:30 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 1: The Basics of Baking
Waiting List

#4001 at 2:00 PM
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE: Beef
14 openings available

#4002 at 6:30 PM
SHEET PAN DINNERS & DESSERTS
2 openings available
23
#3804 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 2: Up Your Baking Game
24
#3598 at 8:30 AM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
Waiting List

#4003 at 10:00 AM
COOKING 101 SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes
4 openings available
25
#4107 at 6:30 PM
COOKING 101 SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes
8 openings available
26
#3966 at 9:00 AM
PRIVATE PARTY
27
#4005 at 10:00 AM
CUSTARDS & MERINGUES
14 openings available

#4009 at 2:00 PM
FALL PIES
15 openings available
28
#4008 at 10:00 AM
THE CHOCOLATE CLASS: How to Melt, Temper, Dip and Mold Chocolate
9 openings available

#4160 at 2:00 PM
KIDS BAKING: Halloween Treats
Waiting List

#4000 at 6:30 PM
SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN DINNER
11 openings available
29
#3802 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 1: The Basics of Baking
Waiting List

#4007 at 2:00 PM
DIY Halloween Candy: Marshmallow Ghosts to Peanut Butter Cups
10 openings available

#4011 at 6:30 PM
FAVORITE FRENCH STOVETOP DINNERS
13 openings available
30
#3804 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 2: Up Your Baking Game
31
#4012 at 10:00 AM
VEGETARIAN COOKING: Classic Dinners
13 openings available

#3598 at 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
Waiting List
 
November 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1
#4107 at 6:30 PM
COOKING 101 SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes
8 openings available
2
#3967 at 9:00 AM
PRIVATE PARTY

#3913 at 7:00 PM
THE SANTA MONICA CHOCOLATE SOCIETY:Day of the Dead with Nicole Trutanich from Bar Au Chocolat
7 openings available
3
#4013 at 10:00 AM
LUNCH ON THE MEDITERRANEAN
12 openings available

#4015 at 2:00 PM
BAGELS & PRETZELS
10 openings available

#4017 at 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: THE BISTRO
4 openings available
4
#4180 at 6:00 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
5
#3802 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 1: The Basics of Baking
Waiting List

#4020 at 2:00 PM
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE: Eggs!
9 openings available

#4021 at 6:30 PM
RUSTIC FRENCH DESSERTS
14 openings available
6
#3804 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 2: Up Your Baking Game
7
#4023 at 10:00 AM
VEGETARIAN COOKING: Mediterranean Dinners
14 openings available

#3598 at 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
Waiting List
8
#4164 at 9:00 AM
FOLLOW THAT CHEF: with Author & Chef Pascale Beale
28 openings available

#4107 at 6:30 PM
COOKING 101 SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes
8 openings available
9
#3968 at 9:00 AM
PRIVATE PARTY

#4120 at 6:30 PM
CLASSIC SOUTHERN THANKSGIVING DINNER
16 openings available
10
#4024 at 9:00 AM
BUTCHERING WORKSHOP: THE WHOLE PIG
15 openings available

#4156 at 7:00 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: AN EVENING IN HAVANA
5 openings available
11
#4026 at 2:30 PM
Hawaiian Surf and Turf
5 openings available

#4027 at 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: Thai Street Food
4 openings available
12
#3802 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 1: The Basics of Baking
Waiting List

#4029 at 2:00 PM
PARENT & CHILD CLASS: The Whole Holiday Meal
Waiting List
13
#3804 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 2: Up Your Baking Game
14
#4032 at 10:00 AM
VEGETARIAN COOKING: One Pot Meals
14 openings available

#3598 at 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
Waiting List
15
#4107 at 6:30 PM
COOKING 101 SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes
8 openings available
16
#3969 at 9:00 AM
PRIVATE PARTY

#4033 at 6:00 PM
CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP: Make Craft Chocolates from Bean to Bar
7 openings available
17
#4034 at 10:00 AM
THANKSGIVING SIDES
13 openings available

#4035 at 2:00 PM
CARAMEL AND BUTTERSCOTCH DESSERTS
11 openings available

#4033 at 6:00 PM
CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP: Make Craft Chocolates from Bean to Bar
7 openings available
18
#4036 at 9:30 AM
KIDS COOKING: The Whole Holiday Meal
2 openings available

#4037 at 2:00 PM
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE:Knife Skills
Waiting List

#4038 at 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: Whiskey Club Dinner and Pairings
2 openings available
19
#3802 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 1: The Basics of Baking
Waiting List

#4039 at 2:00 PM
THE WHOLE THANKSGIVING MEAL
6 openings available

#4040 at 7:00 PM
FAVORITE FALL DESSERTS
11 openings available
20
#3804 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 2: Up Your Baking Game
21
#4042 at 10:00 AM
STICKY BUNS & CINNAMON ROLLS
15 openings available
22
#4043 at 9:30 AM
6TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING BAKE & TAKE PIE CLASS
12 openings available
2324
25
#4044 at 10:00 AM
COUPLES BRUNCH: The Diner Classics
7 openings available

#4046 at 2:00 PM
KIDS COOKING: Pizza!
4 openings available
26
#4047 at 9:30 AM
DONUTS, DOUGHNUTS AND FRITTERS
11 openings available

#4048 at 2:00 PM
POT PIES
14 openings available

#4049 at 6:30 PM
FALL PASTAS & HEARTY SAUCES
12 openings available
27
#4050 at 10:00 AM
CUSTARDS & MERINGUES
15 openings available

#4106 at 6:30 PM
COOKING 101 SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes
12 openings available
28
#4051 at 10:00 AM
VEGETARIAN COOKING: French Dinners
12 openings available

#4052 at 6:30 PM
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE:Knife Skills
14 openings available
29
#4053 at 6:30 PM
SPECIALTY PIZZA WORKSHOP
15 openings available
30
#4054 at 9:30 AM
RUSTIC BREADS: Boules, Loaves and Preserves
10 openings available

#4055 at 6:30 PM
WHISKEY CLUB: Dinner and Pairings
13 openings available
 
December 2017
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1
#4056 at 10:00 AM
ONE-POT WINTER DINNERS
13 openings available

#4057 at 2:00 PM
CAKE DECORATING: Crumb Coating & Modern Piping
16 openings available

#4058 at 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: Sushi 101
5 openings available
2
#4059 at 10:00 AM
BRUNCH IN NEW ORLEANS
16 openings available

#4060 at 2:00 PM
TEEN CLASS: Fresh Pasta
14 openings available

#4061 at 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: FRENCH BISTRO DINNER
6 openings available
3
#4062 at 9:30 AM
RUSTIC BREADS: Boules, Loaves and Preserves
Waiting List
4
#4106 at 6:30 PM
COOKING 101 SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes
12 openings available
5
#4063 at 10:00 AM
VEGETARIAN COOKING: Southern Flavors
15 openings available

#4064 at 6:30 PM
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE: Fish
13 openings available
6
7
#4066 at 10:00 AM
HOLIDAY TARTS:Chocolate Peppermint, Passionfruit Meringue & Pear Frangipane
10 openings available

#4179 at 7:00 PM
THE SANTA MONICA CHOCOLATE SOCIETY: Taste of the NW Chocolate Festival
16 openings available
8
#4067 at 10:00 AM
HOLIDAY SIDES
13 openings available

#4068 at 2:00 PM
STICKY BUNS & CINNAMON ROLLS
15 openings available

#4069 at 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: AN EVENING IN HAVANA
6 openings available
9
#4070 at 10:00 AM
HEARTY WINTER SOUPS & STEWS
14 openings available

#4076 at 2:00 PM
HOLIDAY COOKIE WORKSHOP
15 openings available

#4077 at 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: Argentine Steakhouse
5 openings available
10
#4071 at 2:00 PM
BREAD 101: Simple Breads from Scratch
15 openings available

#4072 at 6:30 PM
FAVORITE FRENCH STOVETOP DINNERS
14 openings available
11
#4074 at 10:00 AM
DECADENT CHOCOLATE DESSERTS
13 openings available

#4106 at 6:30 PM
COOKING 101 SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes
12 openings available
12
#4075 at 6:30 PM
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE: Classic Sauces
16 openings available
13
14
#4078 at 10:00 AM
HEARTY WINTER SOUPS & STEWS
15 openings available
15
#4079 at 10:00 AM
DONUTS, DOUGHNUTS AND FRITTERS
14 openings available

#4080 at 2:00 PM
HOLIDAY PIES
16 openings available

#4144 at 6:30 PM
POSOLE CHRISTMAS!
15 openings available
16
#4081 at 10:00 AM
THE WHOLE HOLIDAY DINNER
16 openings available

#4082 at 2:30 PM
KIDS COOKING: The Whole Holiday Meal
6 openings available

#4083 at 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: Thai Street Food
7 openings available
17
#4084 at 9:30 AM
HOLIDAY COOKIE WORKSHOP
13 openings available

#4085 at 2:00 PM
THE WHOLE HOLIDAY DINNER
11 openings available

#4087 at 6:30 PM
HOLIDAY SIDES
16 openings available
18
#4089 at 10:00 AM
HOLIDAY COOKIE DECORATING
11 openings available

#4106 at 6:30 PM
COOKING 101 SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes
12 openings available
19
#4105 at 10:00 AM
HOW TO BAKE & DECORATE A BIRTHDAY CAKE
11 openings available

#4142 at 6:30 PM
CHRISTMAS IN CHARLESTON
16 openings available
20
21
#4109 at 10:00 AM
CARAMELS AND TRUFFLES
12 openings available

#4090 at 6:30 PM
A NIGHT IN MARRAKESH: Classic Moroccan Cuisine
13 openings available
22
#4092 at 10:00 AM
6TH ANNUAL YULE LOG BAKE & TAKE CLASS!
12 openings available

#4093 at 2:30 PM
HOLIDAY FRENCH MACARONS
14 openings available

#4094 at 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: HANDMADE PASTA
6 openings available
23
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26
#4140 at 9:00 AM
TEEN PRO CHEF SERIES: Learn to Cook in A Week
16 openings available
27
#4140 at 9:00 AM
TEEN PRO CHEF SERIES: Learn to Cook in A Week
16 openings available

#4158 at 1:00 PM
Bread Camp: Wild Yeast Breads, Jams and Cheesemaking
10 openings available

#4096 at 6:30 PM
FAVORITE FRENCH STOVETOP DINNERS
16 openings available
28
#4140 at 9:00 AM
TEEN PRO CHEF SERIES: Learn to Cook in A Week
16 openings available

#4158 at 1:00 PM
Bread Camp: Wild Yeast Breads, Jams and Cheesemaking
10 openings available

#4098 at 6:30 PM
SPECIALTY PIZZA WORKSHOP
16 openings available
29
#4140 at 9:00 AM
TEEN PRO CHEF SERIES: Learn to Cook in A Week
16 openings available

#4158 at 1:00 PM
Bread Camp: Wild Yeast Breads, Jams and Cheesemaking
10 openings available

#4100 at 6:30 PM
SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN DINNER
16 openings available
30
#4103 at 9:30 AM
KIDS COOKING: Handmade Pasta and Fresh Sauces
10 openings available

#4102 at 2:00 PM
CREAM PUFFS, ECLAIRS AND RELIGIEUSES
14 openings available

#4104 at 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: Whiskey Club Dinner and Pairings
7 openings available
 
January 2018
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1
2
#4141 at 9:00 AM
TEEN PRO CHEF SERIES: Learn to Cook in A Week
15 openings available
3
#4141 at 9:00 AM
TEEN PRO CHEF SERIES: Learn to Cook in A Week
15 openings available
4
#4141 at 9:00 AM
TEEN PRO CHEF SERIES: Learn to Cook in A Week
15 openings available
5
#4141 at 9:00 AM
TEEN PRO CHEF SERIES: Learn to Cook in A Week
15 openings available
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#4171 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 2: Up Your Baking Game
11 openings available
15
16
#4169 at 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
12 openings available
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18
#4170 at 9:00 AM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
12 openings available
1920
21
#3912 at 9:00 AM
BUTCHERING WORKSHOP: THE WHOLE PIG
16 openings available

#4171 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 2: Up Your Baking Game
11 openings available
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23
#4169 at 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
12 openings available
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#4170 at 9:00 AM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
12 openings available
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#4171 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 2: Up Your Baking Game
11 openings available
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#4169 at 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
12 openings available
 
February 2018
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1
#4170 at 9:00 AM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
12 openings available
23
4
#4171 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 2: Up Your Baking Game
11 openings available
5
6
#4169 at 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
12 openings available
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8
#4170 at 9:00 AM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
12 openings available
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11
#4171 at 9:00 AM
Pro Pastry 2 Series: Up Your Baking Game
11 openings available
12
13
#4169 at 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
12 openings available
14
15
#4170 at 9:00 AM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
12 openings available
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#4171 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 2: Up Your Baking Game
11 openings available
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20
#4169 at 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
12 openings available
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22
#4170 at 9:00 AM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
12 openings available
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25
#4171 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 2: Up Your Baking Game
11 openings available
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27
#4169 at 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
12 openings available
 
March 2018
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1
#4170 at 9:00 AM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
12 openings available
23
4
#4171 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 2: Up Your Baking Game
11 openings available
5
6
#4169 at 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
12 openings available
7
8
#4170 at 9:00 AM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
12 openings available
910
11
#4171 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 2: Up Your Baking Game
11 openings available
12
13
#4169 at 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
12 openings available
14
15
#4170 at 9:00 AM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
12 openings available
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18
#4171 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 2: Up Your Baking Game
11 openings available
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20
#4169 at 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
12 openings available
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#4170 at 9:00 AM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
12 openings available
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3598

Tue, Sep 19 2017 @ 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
3916

Wed, Sep 20 2017 @ 9:00 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
4172

Wed, Sep 20 2017 @ 3:00 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
3960

Wed, Sep 20 2017 @ 6:30 PM
FAVORITE FRENCH STOVETOP DINNERS
 

Open your windows and grab your pots- this three hour class will have neighbors clamoring to know what you're cooking. Join Chef Clemence for three hours of the best French dinners you can make on the stove. Hearty and rich, the techniques are simple and the results delicious.  


Cassoulet

(White Bean Stew with Bacon Lardons, Garlic Sausage and Braised Chicken)


Pot-au-feu

(Classic Super Savory Beef Short Rib Stew)


French Apple Cake

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, 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 16 and up. 

12 openings available

$95.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3961

Thu, Sep 21 2017 @ 9:00 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
3970

Fri, Sep 22 2017 @ 10:00 AM
THE ULTIMATE COOKIE CLASS: 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!).

3 openings available

$95.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3971

Fri, Sep 22 2017 @ 2:00 PM
BUNDT CAKES & COFFEE CAKES
 
Come on in- we're going to get the bottom of perfectly baked (and released) Bundt cakes, sinful glazes and coffee cakes that'll blow the lid off your 4th grade breakfast. You'll start class with a classic chocolate Bundt cake batter, followed by a zesty lemon version. While these delicious rings are baking, we'll turn our attention to coffee cakes (quick fact: coffee cakes contain no coffee, but are aptly named for their perfect pairing with a hot brew). We'll make both a jam-swirled version and a classic, cinnamon-laden, crumble-heavy coffee cake that'll become a family favorite. Once the Bundt cakes are baked and cooled, we'll unmold and douse them with two thick and rich glazes.

Classic Chocolate Bundt Cake with Stout Infusion and Chocolate Glaze

Lemon Bundt Cake with Strawberry Glaze

Jam Crumb Coffee Cake

Perfect Crumble Coffee Cake

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!).

10 openings available

$85.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3972

Fri, Sep 22 2017 @ 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: Chinese Takeout
 

Can you just imagine what it would be like not to have to wait an hour for Chinese food to get to your door? Forget the sweaty boxes and learn to make these takeout favorites from home from Chef May. You will learn where to shop, what you can prep ahead while you pick up knife skills and great chicken cooking techniques.

Wonton Soup
Yangzhou Fried Rice

Orange Peel Chicken
Bok Choy with Black Bean Sauce

THIS CLASS 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. Classes are BYOB.

5 openings available

$190.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4155

Sat, Sep 23 2017 @ 9:30 AM
KIDS BAKING: Cinnamon Rolls
 

Grab your Chef's Hat and let us whisk you into a delicious afternoon of culinary adventures!  Your child will learn how to make absolutely everything from scratch, using Farmer's Market ingredients and gain confidence and safety in the kitchen. Each class can be purchased individually.

These classes are hands on and for children ages 6-12. Bring containers with you to class should there by leftovers.

Classic Brioche Dough
Cinnamon Rolls
Cream Cheese Frosting

THIS IS A 2.5 HOUR CLASS

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are "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.

6 openings available

$65.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3598

Tue, Sep 26 2017 @ 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
3962

Thu, Sep 28 2017 @ 9:00 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
3973

Fri, Sep 29 2017 @ 9:30 AM
RUSTIC BREADS: Boules, Loaves and Preserves
 

Gather 'round as we knead, stretch, fold and proof our way to great, round hand crafted loaves.  Bring containers or paper bags with you to transport your breads home (beret and bicycle optional).  You'll also learn to make your own sourdough starter.

Learn the Science Behind:
Wild Yeast
Fermentation
Hydration and Extraction

Make:
Wild Yeast Culture
Sourdough Starter
Sprouted Wheat

Bake:
Classic Whole Grain Sourdough Bread
Sprouted Wheat Boule
Hazelnut Fig Loaf

THIS IS A 6 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, 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

This is a vegetarian class.

Ages 16 and up. Classes are BYOB.

7 openings available

$225.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3974

Fri, Sep 29 2017 @ 6:30 PM
KOREAN BBQ
 

Book this class with your favorite Korean BBQ fans! Chef May will share her favorite recipes and at-home grilling techniques.

Beef Galbi
Dak Galbi (Chicken with Gochujan Cabbage & Sweet Potatoes)

Pa Jeon (Vegetable Pancakes)
Marinated Cucumbers with Sesame Garlic & Korean Chili

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

6 openings available

$95.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3976

Sat, Sep 30 2017 @ 10:00 AM
BRUNCH IN NEW ORLEANS
 

Join us for a little Southern hospitality as you cook, bake and sweet-tea yourself into a lovely Saturday.

Shrimp and Grits
Crispy Pork Belly and Poached Eggs
Braised Greens
Beignets

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.

2 openings available

$85.00

Chef John Pitblado

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4181

Sat, Sep 30 2017 @ 4:00 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
3977

Sat, Sep 30 2017 @ 7:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: Argentine Steakhouse
 

Be transported to Argentina for the evening as you work your way through this cuisine influenced by Italy, Spain and some of the greatest beef in the world.

Gaucho Style Steak
Chimichurri
Ricotta Gnocchi with Braised Chard
Mate
Deconstructed Alfajores with Cinnamon Ice Cream

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS

*Price is per couple*

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


Ages 21 and up. Classes are BYOB & BYOC (Bring Your Own Container!).

Waiting List

$225.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3802

Sun, Oct 1 2017 @ 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 SUNDAY

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.

Waiting List

$1350.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3978

Sun, Oct 1 2017 @ 2:00 PM
CANNING 101: Making Jams, Preserves and Pickles
 

Learn how easy it is to make jams and preserves from market-fresh produce without spending a lot on equipment (in fact, you really only need jars and a large pot).  We'll cover the basics of canning and how to safely seal your jars and then get on with the fruits of the season.  Let us peruse the Wednesday market for the freshest berries and newest fruits and stir up some sweet, spreadable magic.  

Classic Strawberry Jam

Peach Preserves

Dill Pickles
You’ll take home as many jars as can go around!

 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.

Waiting List

$125.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3804

Mon, Oct 2 2017 @ 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 MONDAY 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.

6 openings available

$1350.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4003

Tue, Oct 3 2017 @ 10:00 AM
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 TUESDAY MORNING

For 4 weeks from 10am-1pm

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.

4 openings available

$525.00

Pastry Chef Jamie Ginsburg

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3598

Tue, Oct 3 2017 @ 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
3979

Wed, Oct 4 2017 @ 6:30 PM
CHINESE TAKEOUT 101
 

Can you just imagine what it would be like not to have to wait an hour for Chinese food to get to your door? Forget the sweaty boxes and learn to make these takeout favorites from home from Chef May. You will learn where to shop, what you can prep ahead while you pick up knife skills and great chicken cooking techniques.

Wonton Soup
Yangzhou Fried Rice

Orange Peel Chicken
Bok Choy with Black Bean Sauce

THIS CLASS 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, 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 16 and up. Classes are BYOB.

13 openings available

$95.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3963

Thu, Oct 5 2017 @ 9:00 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
4162

Thu, Oct 5 2017 @ 7:00 PM
THE SANTA MONICA CHOCOLATE SOCIETY: Matthew Biancaniello Chocolate & Tequila Tasting
 

The Santa Monica Chocolate Society gathers every month to celebrate and savor the finest, rarest and tastiest chocolate on Earth. Once a month on Thursday evenings, Gourmandise chocolate expert Ruth Kennison opens her wonderous cabinet of carefully curated bean-to-bar chocolates from around the world for thoughtful tastings and discussions. Each class includes craft chocolate tastings, guest chocolate makers, confectioners, cacao bean farmers and flavor hunters. No bonbon will be left behind.

FEATURED GUEST:

Mixologist Matthew Biancaniello

Artisanal Tequila and Craft Chocolate Tasting

 

THIS IS A 2 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.  Please note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 21 and up

 

9 openings available

$45.00

Chocolatier Ruth Kennison

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3980

Fri, Oct 6 2017 @ 10:00 AM
RUSTIC FRENCH DESSERTS
 

Take a moment to be transported back to Provence as we use locally source ingredients to create these time-honored desserts.

Apple Tarte Tatin
Chocolate Mousse with Candied Almonds
Profiteroles with Caramel Ice Cream and Silky Ganache

THIS CLASS 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, 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 16 and up. Classes are BYOB.

14 openings available

$85.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3981

Fri, Oct 6 2017 @ 1:30 PM
PUFF PASTRY WORKSHOP
 

Look in your freezer: this is the last time you'll see store-bought puff pastry staring back at you! Spend the afternoon with us learning how to make puff pastry from scratch, from the science of lamination to folds and how to work with high-fat percentage butter.


You will walk in and make your own dough, folding in a rich butter packet like a pro. We'll lock the butter in and learn the secrets bakers have for cutting the number of folds in half (hint: it's part origami). The dough you make in class will have its 6 requisite folds (and ready to take home at the end of class to replace your *** Farms stuff) and you'll use our buttery dough to make a variety of pastries, from Palmiers to Napoleons with fillings we'll master while the doughs chill out between folds.

Chaussons aux Pommes (Apple Turnovers)
Napoleons (Diplomat Cream, Chocolate and White Chocolate Glazes)
Palmiers (Elephant Ear Cookies), Caramelized Puff Pastry

THIS CLASS IS A 4 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, 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 16 and up. Classes are BYOB.

4 openings available

$125.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3982

Fri, Oct 6 2017 @ 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: Southern Fried Chicken Dinner
 

Grab your honey or BFF and learn to make the BEST fried chicken this side of the South.

Fried Chicken with Hot Pepper Vinegar Sauce
Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Southern Style Cornbread with Honey Butter
Long Cooked Mixed Greens with Bacon
Classic Banana Pudding

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS

*PRICE IS PER COUPLE*

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

Waiting List

$190.00

Chef John Pitblado

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3983

Sat, Oct 7 2017 @ 10:00 AM
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE:Knife Skills
 

Hone your skills in this most important cooking technique class.  Knowing how to handle and care for your knives the right way will change how you cook.  Great for novice and frequent cooks, this class focuses on proper handling of a knife, making clean cuts, feeling confident with various knives and how to care for them.  Watch, learn and practice your new found skills by putting together a delicious dinner menu!

Asian Chicken Slaw

Quinoa Taboule

Rosemary Roasted Carrots

Country Fried Potatoes

Fresh Fruit Crumble

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. 

11 openings available

$85.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3993

Sat, Oct 7 2017 @ 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: HANDMADE PASTA
 
Mangia! Spend three hours learning how to mix, knead, roll out and cut handmade pastas and pair them with seasonal sauces. We'll show you how to do it all by hand or with your choice of hand cranked or KitchenAid attachments.

Farfalle with Fennel and Pea Sauce

Tortellini with Housemade Ricotta

Fettucine with Pistachio and Artichokes

 

THIS CLASS 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.

This is a vegetarian class.

Ages 21 and up. 

Waiting List

$190.00

Chef John Pitblado

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3802

Sun, Oct 8 2017 @ 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 SUNDAY

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.

Waiting List

$1350.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3985

Sun, Oct 8 2017 @ 2:00 PM
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE: Chicken
 

Break it down! Dinner is here, and we're going to up your game with chicken. You're going to learn to roast, saute, sear, braise and fry your way to chicken perfection.

Zaatar Chicken Breast with Mint, Cucumber, and Tomato Salad
Lemon Grass Chicken Paillard with Ginger Kale Slaw
Braised Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms and Shallots
Buttermilk Fried Crispy Chicken Legs

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!).

14 openings available

$95.00

Chef Danielle Raymond

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3986

Sun, Oct 8 2017 @ 6:30 PM
FALL PIES
 

Dust off the aprons and break out the tins- it's time to shake out your fear of making pie crust from scratch! Learn to blind bake, make decorative borders and lattice work and create some new family favorites with two of our best-loved recipes.

We will begin our pie making class with a pie science discussion and crust demonstration. You'll then make your own pie crust, and while it rests in the fridge, start peeling apples and slicing peaches for your fillings. Once the crust is well-rested and your fruit is ready, you'll learn the secret to rolling out a perfect pie circle, how to make both double-crust and lattice topped pies and master crimping! Once the pies are sealed, crimped and decorated, we'll brush our little pies them with a touch of milk, sprinkle them with sugar and bake them until they're golden delicious.

Best Flaky All-Butter Crust
All-American, Mile-High Apple Pie
Last-of-the-season Peach Pies

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.

7 openings available

$95.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3804

Mon, Oct 9 2017 @ 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 MONDAY 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.

6 openings available

$1350.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3987

Mon, Oct 9 2017 @ 6:30 PM
CHINESE DUMPLINGS
 

Come and learn the secrets of perfect dumplings with Chef May Hennemann. Chef May will teach you how to steam, fry and fill a wide array of her favorite dumplings and desserts from her wide background and travels.

Steamed Pork Buns
Pork and Shrimp Shu Mai
Chicken and Chive Potstickers
Steamed Buns with Red Bean Paste

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.  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.

13 openings available

$95.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4003

Tue, Oct 10 2017 @ 10:00 AM
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 TUESDAY MORNING

For 4 weeks from 10am-1pm

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.

4 openings available

$525.00

Pastry Chef Jamie Ginsburg

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3598

Tue, Oct 10 2017 @ 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
4178

Wed, Oct 11 2017 @ 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
3964

Thu, Oct 12 2017 @ 9:00 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
4147

Thu, Oct 12 2017 @ 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
3991

Fri, Oct 13 2017 @ 10:00 AM
INTRO TO CHEESEMAKING: from Creme Fraiche to Chevre and Burrata
 

Discover how simple and delicious at-home cheeses are to make.  We will discuss the properties of dairy and cultures, rennet and kefir as we make our own starter and with it create a variety of simple cheeses.  Whey cool! Please remember to bring containers with you to class (mason jars and small to medium containers are perfect).

Cultured Butter

Buttermilk

Fresh Chevre

Flavored Butter

Crème Fraiche

Yogurt

Ricotta

Burrata

THIS CLASS IS A 3.5 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, 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.

This is a vegetarian class.

Ages 16 and up. 

9 openings available

$125.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4133

Fri, Oct 13 2017 @ 2:00 PM
THE BUSINESS OF FOOD
 

This seminar will focus on all the steps needed in order to open a small food business. You will learn the ins and outs of getting permits, working in a commercial kitchen space, incorporating, trademarking and more.  We will give you the tools you'll need to get started and be there to answer questions along the way.

Please bring all your questions and ideas- we will also cover converting recipes into formulas, what to expect in a commercial kitchen space and how to start selling both wholesale and retail. Other topics will include (but are not limited to, so bring your questions).

Learn more about our alumns and clients on our Business of Food web page here.


Cottage Food Industry Act:  The new rules, and what it means for you
Commercial kitchen design
Equipment
Cost of maintenance
Start-up costs
Renting commercial kitchens
Farmer's markets and festivals
Turning recipes into formulas
How to figure out food costs
Finding wholesalers to purchase your ingredients
Packaging and shipping
UPC codes and nutritional labels

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.

10 openings available

$200.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4159

Fri, Oct 13 2017 @ 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: THE BISTRO
 
Want your sweetie to cook with you? Join us for a hands-on French Bistro experience. 

Steak au Poivre
Classic Cold-oil French Fries
Salad Nicoise
Tarte Tatin

THIS CLASS 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. Classes are BYOB & BYOC (Bring Your Own Container!).

5 openings available

$190.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3992

Sat, Oct 14 2017 @ 2:00 PM
KIDS COOKING: The Taco Truck
 

Grab your Chef's Hat and let us whisk you into a delicious afternoon of culinary camp!  Your child will learn how to make absolutely everything from scratch, using Farmer's Market ingredients and gain confidence and safety in the kitchen. Each class can be purchased individually.

These classes are hands on and for children ages 6-12. Bring containers with you to class should there by leftovers.

Homemade Tortillas
Carne Asada
Grilled Guacamole
Pico de Gallo
Churros

THIS IS A 2.5 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.

 

Waiting List

$65.00

Chef John Pitblado

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3802

Sun, Oct 15 2017 @ 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 SUNDAY

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.

Waiting List

$1350.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4177

Sun, Oct 15 2017 @ 2:00 PM
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE:Knife Skills
 

Hone your skills in this most important cooking technique class.  Knowing how to handle and care for your knives the right way will change how you cook.  Great for novice and frequent cooks, this class focuses on proper handling of a knife, making clean cuts, feeling confident with various knives and how to care for them.  Watch, learn and practice your new found skills by putting together a delicious dinner menu!

Asian Chicken Slaw

Quinoa Taboule

Rosemary Roasted Carrots

Country Fried Potatoes

Fresh Fruit Crumble

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. 

13 openings available

$85.00

Chef Gill Boyd

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3994

Sun, Oct 15 2017 @ 6:30 PM
SPECIALTY PIZZA WORKSHOP
 

It's time to rig your oven, get two great sauces under your belt and master fantastic toppings (including homemade burrata). You'll leave knowing how to toss pizza dough in the air. 

Classic Thin-Crust Pizza Dough and Garlic Knots
Whole Grain Pizza Dough
Pizza Bianca
Shallot Confit and Mixed Mushroom Pizza

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

This is a vegetarian class.


Ages 21 and up. Classes are BYOB & BYOC (Bring Your Own Container!).

1 opening available

$95.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3804

Mon, Oct 16 2017 @ 9:00 AM
Pro Pastry 2 Series: 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 MONDAY 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.

6 openings available

$1350.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4003

Tue, Oct 17 2017 @ 10:00 AM
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 TUESDAY MORNING

For 4 weeks from 10am-1pm

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.

4 openings available

$525.00

Pastry Chef Jamie Ginsburg

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3598

Tue, Oct 17 2017 @ 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
3920

Thu, Oct 19 2017 @ 9:00 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
3995

Thu, Oct 19 2017 @ 6:30 PM
NIGHT ON THE TOWN: Thai Street Food
 

Forget the food truck! Join Chef May for an exciting take on Thai cooking. We will make four dishes and a sweet dessert and learn where to source ingredients easily, how to adjust spice levels and come away great techniques to add to your dinner rotation.

Grilled Pork Skewers with Chili Lime Sauce
Vegetable Pad Thai
Long Beans with Prik King Curry
Coconut Sticky Rice with Seasonal Fruit

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.  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!).

13 openings available

$95.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3996

Fri, Oct 20 2017 @ 10:00 AM
CREAM PUFFS, ECLAIRS AND RELIGIEUSES
 

The star of this class is the Pate a Choux, a versatile dough that is used to make Cream Puffs, Eclairs, and Gougeres (savory cheese puffs).

 Cream Puffs
Eclairs
Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream
Bittersweet Ganache
Herb and Cheese Gougere
Churros

 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!).

10 openings available

$85.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3997

Fri, Oct 20 2017 @ 2:00 PM
Modern Cake Decorating
 

Want to learn to decorate like pro?  Make the perfect cake like you see on tv?  Well you need to start with the basic fundamentals of cake decorating!  Join Clémence as she teaches you the right way to decorate, step by step, so that you can feel at ease learning to put together and decorating your first cake.  Bring only your appetite - we will provide each student with two 6" cakes to split, fill and decorate.


You Will Learn:

How to cut cake layers and fill
"Naked Cake" design

The perfect crumb coat
Filling a piping bag and use piping tips
Ombre effect cakes
How to properly use a turn table
How to make buttercream flowers

THIS IS A 3.5 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. 

15 openings available

$125.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4174

Fri, Oct 20 2017 @ 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
3999

Sat, Oct 21 2017 @ 10:00 AM
BRUNCH: Classic Southern Recipes
 

It's time you learned how to cook as well as any Southern grandmother. These recipes will soon become family favorites.

Praline Monkey Bread
Homemade Sausage with Sausage Gravy
Classic Southern Biscuits
Sweet Potato Hash
Roasted Strawberry Shortcakes

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.

5 openings available

$85.00

Chef John Pitblado

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4010

Sat, Oct 21 2017 @ 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: SPECIALTY PIZZA WORKSHOP
 

It's time to rig your oven, get two great sauces under your belt and master fantastic toppings (including homemade burrata). You'll leave knowing how to toss pizza dough in the air. 

Classic Thin-Crust Pizza Dough and Garlic Knots
Whole Grain Pizza Dough
Pizza Bianca
Shallot Confit and Mixed Mushroom Pizza

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS

***PRICE IS PER COUPLE**

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

This is a vegetarian class.


Ages 21 and up. Classes are BYOB & BYOC (Bring Your Own Container!).

Waiting List

$190.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3802

Sun, Oct 22 2017 @ 8:30 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 SUNDAY

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.

Waiting List

$1350.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4001

Sun, Oct 22 2017 @ 2:00 PM
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE: Beef
 

In this hands on lecture, demo and cooking class, you will learn the basics of selecting, storing and cooking beef successfully. This class is designed to teach you how to cook and feel confident in the kitchen. Oh! And eat delicious food too.

Braise, sear, and bake:
Sweet  & Spicy Garlic Skirt Steak
Classic Meatballs on Grilled Bread with Tomato Sauce
Steak Diane with Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

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, 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 16 and up. 

14 openings available

$115.00

Chef Gill Boyd

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4002

Sun, Oct 22 2017 @ 6:30 PM
SHEET PAN DINNERS & DESSERTS
 

Cast your iron pans and pots aside- we're making dinner in the oven! Join us as we make a menu of main dishes, sides and dessert using only a cookie sheet (and yes, we've got those in stock, too).

 

Roasted Salmon Steaks with Broccolini and Capers

Whole Chicken Legs with Fingerling Potatoes

Chicken Thighs Roasted with Romaine

Twice-Baked Potatoes and Crispy Greens

Classic Fruit Buckle

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.

2 openings available

$115.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3804

Mon, Oct 23 2017 @ 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 MONDAY 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.

6 openings available

$1350.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3598

Tue, Oct 24 2017 @ 8:30 AM
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
4003

Tue, Oct 24 2017 @ 10:00 AM
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 TUESDAY MORNING

For 4 weeks from 10am-1pm

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.

4 openings available

$525.00

Pastry Chef Jamie Ginsburg

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4107

Wed, Oct 25 2017 @ 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 WEDNESDAY EVENING

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

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.

8 openings available

$525.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3966

Thu, Oct 26 2017 @ 9:00 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
4005

Fri, Oct 27 2017 @ 10:00 AM
CUSTARDS & MERINGUES
 

Let's uncover the secrets to make rich, luxurious custards and light-as-air meringues. You will learn the science behind eggs, temper yolks to make silky creme brulee and pot de creme, whisk and whip egg whites into pillowy meringues, ready to be piped and baked and paired with decadent pastry creams and fresh berries.

Classic Creme Brulee
Butterscotch Budino

Pavlova with Passionfruit Curd
Baked Alaska

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. 

14 openings available

$85.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4009

Fri, Oct 27 2017 @ 2:00 PM
FALL PIES
 

Dust off the aprons and break out the tins- it's time to shake out your fear of making pie crust from scratch! Learn to blind bake, make decorative borders and lattice work and create some new family favorites with two of our best-loved recipes.

We will begin our pie making class with a pie science discussion and crust demonstration. You'll then make your own pie crust, and while it rests in the fridge, start peeling apples and slicing peaches for your fillings. Once the crust is well-rested and your fruit is ready, you'll learn the secret to rolling out a perfect pie circle, how to make both double-crust and lattice topped pies and master crimping! Once the pies are sealed, crimped and decorated, we'll brush our little pies them with a touch of milk, sprinkle them with sugar and bake them until they're golden delicious.

Best Flaky All-Butter Crust
All-American, Mile-High Apple Pie
Last-of-the-season Peach Pies

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.

15 openings available

$95.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4008

Sat, Oct 28 2017 @ 10:00 AM
THE CHOCOLATE CLASS: How to Melt, Temper, Dip and Mold Chocolate
 

It's time to get your Willy Wonka on! Chocolatier and renowed chocolate expert Ruth Kenninson will take you through a chocolate tasting, then have you tempering using the Tabling, Seeding and Direct methods. You will be dipping, pouring and spreading the tempered chocolate into a variety of custom confections. Each student will leave with an impressive array of handmade chocolates.

Elegant Mendiants (Piped and Embellished Chocolate Discs)
Fruit & Nut Chocolate Bark
Crispy Rice Rochers
Chocolate Dipped Seasonal Fruits

THIS IS A 4 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, 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 16 and up. 

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

9 openings available

$125.00

Chocolatier Ruth Kennison

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4160

Sat, Oct 28 2017 @ 2:00 PM
KIDS BAKING: Halloween Treats
 

Grab your Chef's Hat and let us whisk you into a delicious afternoon of culinary adventures!  Your child will learn how to make absolutely everything from scratch, using Farmer's Market ingredients and gain confidence and safety in the kitchen. Each class can be purchased individually.

These classes are hands on and for children ages 6-12. Bring containers with you to class should there by leftovers.

Homemade Marshmallow Ghosts
Devil's Food Dirt Cupcakes
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Oreos

THIS IS A 2.5 HOUR CLASS

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are "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.

Waiting List

$65.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4000

Sat, Oct 28 2017 @ 6:30 PM
SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN DINNER
 

Grab your honey or BFF and learn to make the BEST fried chicken this side of the South.

Fried Chicken with Hot Pepper Vinegar Sauce
Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Southern Style Cornbread with Honey Butter
Long Cooked Mixed Greens with Bacon
Classic Banana Pudding

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

11 openings available

$95.00

Chef John Pitblado

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3802

Sun, Oct 29 2017 @ 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 SUNDAY

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.

Waiting List

$1350.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4007

Sun, Oct 29 2017 @ 2:00 PM
DIY Halloween Candy: Marshmallow Ghosts to Peanut Butter Cups
 

Boo! Join us as recreate childhood favorites from scratch- made even better with our Cordillera chocolate and not a lick of corn syrup.

Pumpkin Oreos

Spooky Chocolate Ginger Cookie Ghosts

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Caramel Apples

THIS IS A 3.5 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!).

10 openings available

$95.00

Chocolatier Ruth Kennison

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4011

Sun, Oct 29 2017 @ 6:30 PM
FAVORITE FRENCH STOVETOP DINNERS
 

Open your windows and grab your pots- this three hour class will have neighbors clamoring to know what you're cooking. Join Chef Clemence for three hours of the best French dinners you can make on the stove. Hearty and rich, the techniques are simple and the results delicious.  


Cassoulet

(White Bean Stew with Bacon Lardons, Garlic Sausage and Braised Chicken)


Pot-au-feu

(Classic Super Savory Beef Short Rib Stew)


French Apple Cake

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, 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 16 and up. 

13 openings available

$95.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3804

Mon, Oct 30 2017 @ 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 MONDAY 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.

6 openings available

$1350.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4012

Tue, Oct 31 2017 @ 10:00 AM
VEGETARIAN COOKING: Classic Dinners
 

Let's hold the meat but hold on to plant-based proteins and flavor! We're going to create easy, balanced dinners that'll have the office begging you for the recipe.


Sweet Potatoes Hasselback

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

Caramelized Squash with Shallots

Zucchini Lasagna

Perfect Veggie Burgers with Romesco Sauce

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, 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 16 and up. 

13 openings available

$85.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3598

Tue, Oct 31 2017 @ 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
4107

Wed, Nov 1 2017 @ 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 WEDNESDAY EVENING

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

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.

8 openings available

$525.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3967

Thu, Nov 2 2017 @ 9:00 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
3913

Thu, Nov 2 2017 @ 7:00 PM
THE SANTA MONICA CHOCOLATE SOCIETY:Day of the Dead with Nicole Trutanich from Bar Au Chocolat
 

The Santa Monica Chocolate Society gathers every month to celebrate and savor the finest, rarest and tastiest chocolate on Earth. Once a month on Thursday evenings, Gourmandise chocolate expert Ruth Kennison opens her wondrous cabinet of carefully curated bean-to-bar chocolates from around the world for thoughtful tastings and discussions. Each class includes craft chocolate tastings, guest chocolate makers, confectioners, cacao bean farmers and flavor hunters. No bonbon will be left behind.


FEATURED GUEST:

Day of the Dead Fiesta with special guest

Nicole Trutanich, Owner of Bar au Chocolat


We celebrate Day of the Dead with mescal infused skull chocolates, Mexican milk chocolate bon bons and a limited edition Day of the Dead chocolate bar by our guest chocolate maker Nicole Trutanich.  We’ll enjoy a tasting of Nicole’s award winning single origin chocolates and learn about her path to becoming a chocolate maker.  

Nicole is a boutique chocolate maker who produces small batches of her signature line, Bar au Chocolat at her Manhattan Beach atelier.  She makes two ingredient chocolate with cacao she sources directly from farmers around the world.  You won’t meet another chocolate maker with more passion for her work.

THIS IS A 2 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.  Please note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation.

Ages 21 and up

 

7 openings available

$45.00

Chocolatier Ruth Kennison

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4013

Fri, Nov 3 2017 @ 10:00 AM
LUNCH ON THE MEDITERRANEAN
 

This class features nearly all of our favorite recipes! Join us for three hours of simple, fresh dishes


Eggplant Gratin

Homemade Hummus and Pita Bread

Lemon and Herb Chicken Tagine

Pistachio Baklava

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, 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 16 and up. 

12 openings available

$85.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4015

Fri, Nov 3 2017 @ 2:00 PM
BAGELS & PRETZELS
 

Let's be honest, we all need a good bagel sometimes! You will make, shape, boil and bake bagels and pretzels from scratch and then top with homemade cream cheese. Top these with luscious seasonal fruit perserves.

BAGELS: Plain, Cinnamon Raisin, Everything
PRETZELS: Classic Soft Pretzels, Salted
Homemade Cream Cheese
Seasonal Jam

 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!).

10 openings available

$85.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4017

Fri, Nov 3 2017 @ 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: THE BISTRO
 
Want your sweetie to cook with you? Join us for a hands-on French Bistro experience. 


Steak au Poivre
Classic Cold-oil French Fries
Salad Nicoise
Tarte Tatin

THIS CLASS 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. Classes are BYOB & BYOC (Bring Your Own Container!).

4 openings available

$190.00

Chef John Pitblado

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4180

Sat, Nov 4 2017 @ 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
3802

Sun, Nov 5 2017 @ 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 SUNDAY

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.

Waiting List

$1350.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4020

Sun, Nov 5 2017 @ 2:00 PM
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE: Eggs!
 

Crack open a world of easy egg cookery. We will guide you through the anatomy of the egg and the building blocks of perfect egg dishes.


Fluffy Scramble, Perfect Omelets, Fried Eggs, Poached Eggs, Shirred and Coddled Eggs
And: Homemade English Muffins, Hollandaise, Baked Alaska

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!).

9 openings available

$85.00

Chef Danielle Raymond

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4021

Sun, Nov 5 2017 @ 6:30 PM
RUSTIC FRENCH DESSERTS
 

Take a moment to be transported back to Provence as we use locally source ingredients to create these time-honored desserts.

Apple Tarte Tatin
Chocolate Mousse with Candied Almonds
Profiteroles with Caramel Ice Cream and Silky Ganache

THIS CLASS 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, 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 16 and up. Classes are BYOB.

14 openings available

$85.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3804

Mon, Nov 6 2017 @ 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 MONDAY 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!


------------
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.

6 openings available

$1350.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4023

Tue, Nov 7 2017 @ 10:00 AM
VEGETARIAN COOKING: Mediterranean Dinners
 

Let's hold the meat but hold on to plant-based proteins and flavor! We're going to create easy, balanced dinners that'll have the office begging you for the recipe.


Loaded Focaccia

Braised Chickpeas and Grilled Croutons

Butter Bean and Kale Casserole

Sweet Corn Polenta with Braised Greens

Roasted Beet Salad with Pistachio Dressing

 

 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!).

14 openings available

$85.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3598

Tue, Nov 7 2017 @ 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
4164

Wed, Nov 8 2017 @ 9:00 AM
FOLLOW THAT CHEF: with Author & Chef Pascale Beale
 

Have you ever wondered what all those chefs are going to make with all that fresh produce they buy at the Farmers Market?  Here's another chance to follow acclaimed cookbook author Pascale Beale through the famous Santa Monica Farmers Market, meet her favorite farmers and vendors and walk back to Gourmandise to watch a demonstration and sample dishes.  The Follow That Chef classes are are free of charge and require RSVP.  


Menu

TBD

Pascale Beale grew up in England and France surrounded by a family which has always been passionate about food, wine and the arts. She was taught to cook by her French mother and grandmother. After 15 years working in the property and financial markets in California, all the while continuing her quest for good food and culinary knowledge during gastronomic pilgrimages to Europe, she returned to her first passion, cooking. She has, over the past 11 years, written numerous books, articles for local newspapers, and is a regular contributor to the James Beard award winning publication, Edible Santa Barbara.

Her first cookbook A Menu for All Seasons - Spring, was published in 2004. The second book in the series, Summer, was released in early 2008. Autumn followed in October 2009. The fourth season - Winter - was published in March 2011. An entirely new edition of Spring was then published in March 2012. A Menu for All Seasons, the boxed set of the four volumes, is also available. Pascale released Salade: Recipes from The Market Table was released to great acclaim in 2014.  The first edition sold out in only 14 weeks and is now in it's fouth printing. Her most recent book, Les Fruits: Savory and Sweet Recipes From The Market Table was released in January 2016.

​The Pascale's Kitchen Cooking Channel was launched on YouTube in September 2016. New videos showcasing seasonal, Mediterranean and Californian inspired dishes are released every Friday. Her company, Pascale’s Kitchen, brings a range of culinary products, including new herb lines and blended spices, teas and jams, as well as exquisite tableware, to its customers, making cooking pleasurable, delicious and fun.

Meet Chef Beale and our staff at 3rd st. and Arizona, in front of Stefano’s Pizza in the middle of the Santa Monica Farmer's Market at 9am sharp.  This walk will then move on to The Gourmandise School on the third floor of Santa Monica Place for a demo and tasting

 

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 in case there are 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. 

28 openings available

$0.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4107

Wed, Nov 8 2017 @ 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 WEDNESDAY EVENING

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

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.

8 openings available

$525.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3968

Thu, Nov 9 2017 @ 9:00 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
4120

Thu, Nov 9 2017 @ 6:30 PM
CLASSIC SOUTHERN THANKSGIVING DINNER
 
 

Turkey are the trimmings are nice, but we gather around the table for the scrumptious sides. Chef John has dug into his Southern archives to bring you an easy-to-cook Thanksgiving feast infused with Southern charm.


Creole Butter-Basted Turkey Thighs with Gravy

Long-Cooked Green Beans

Classic New Orleans Mac and Cheese

Okra and Tomato Succotash

Cornbread Casserole

Sweet Potato Bars


 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!).

16 openings available

$125.00

Chef John Pitblado

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4024

Fri, Nov 10 2017 @ 9:00 AM
BUTCHERING WORKSHOP: THE WHOLE PIG
 

Join butcher Janet Crandall for an immersive, whole-day window into the world of butchery. You will learn about animal welfare and sustainable practices, break down a side and learn how to separate all the various cuts. Class will include: sausage making, rendering, knife skills, fabrication and a variety of dishes. Each student will participate in the breaking down of the animal and making a variety of dishes, from salads to mains.

Please bring a container with ice to class; each student will bring home a selection of cuts.

THIS IS A 9 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.

15 openings available

$350.00

Chef and Butcher Janet Crandall

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4156

Fri, Nov 10 2017 @ 7:00 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: AN EVENING IN HAVANA
 

Join Chef John Pitblado as you travel together through a Cuban culinary experience. You'll learn great braising techniques and how to make the perfect plantains.

Braised Pork Shoulder with Crispy Skin and Mojo Sauce
Chayote Salad
Black Beans and Sofrito and Capers
White Rice
Platanos Maduros
Cuban Flan

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS 


*** Price is per couple

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!).

5 openings available

$190.00

Chef John Pitblado

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4026

Sat, Nov 11 2017 @ 2:30 PM
Hawaiian Surf and Turf
 

Let the smell of pork waft over the ocean breezes as you sear and cook your way through Chef John's Luau menu. It's a great date with friends!

Char Siu (Glazed Pork)
Coconut Lime Fried Shrimp
Pineapple Rice
Homemade Hawaiian Buns
Papaya & Avocado Salad
Passionfruit Ice

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.

5 openings available

$95.00

Chef John Pitblado

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4027

Sat, Nov 11 2017 @ 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: Thai Street Food
 

Forget the food truck! Join Chef May for an exciting take on Thai cooking. Come and experience a culinary adventure while learning great techniques and simple recipes to add to your dinner rotation.

Grilled Pork Skewers with Chili Lime Sauce
Vegetable Pad Thai
Long Beans with Prik King Curry
Coconut Sticky Rice with Seasonal Fruit

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS

**Priced per couple**

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

Ages 21 and up. Classes are BYOB & BYOC (Bring Your Own Container!).

4 openings available

$190.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3802

Sun, Nov 12 2017 @ 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 SUNDAY

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.

Waiting List

$1350.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4029

Sun, Nov 12 2017 @ 2:00 PM
PARENT & CHILD CLASS: The Whole Holiday Meal
 
Hey Kids! Grab your parents and learn how to pull together the perfect holiday meal.

Whole Roasted Turkey Legs
Classic Garlic Smashed Potatoes
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Pumpkin Caramel Budino

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS

*Priced Per Parent and Child*

Thank you for registering!  Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, so 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 7 and up.
Waiting List

$125.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3804

Mon, Nov 13 2017 @ 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 MONDAY 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.

6 openings available

$1350.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4032

Tue, Nov 14 2017 @ 10:00 AM
VEGETARIAN COOKING: One Pot Meals
 

Let's hold the meat but hold on to plant-based proteins and flavor! We're going to create easy, balanced dinners that'll have the office begging you for the recipe.


Sweet Potato Chili with Killer Homemade Cornbread

Risotto with Corn and Mushrooms

Smoky Tomato Soup with Parmsan Crisps

Classic Apple Betty

 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!).

14 openings available

$85.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3598

Tue, Nov 14 2017 @ 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
4107

Wed, Nov 15 2017 @ 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 WEDNESDAY EVENING

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

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.

8 openings available

$525.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3969

Thu, Nov 16 2017 @ 9:00 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
4033

Thu, Nov 16 2017 @ 6:00 PM
CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP: Make Craft Chocolates from Bean to Bar
 

Learn how the bean to bar process works (and make a batch of your own chocolate, from cacao beans to bar) and create perfect craft chocolate and candy bars. A complete education in the science and history of chocolate making will be covered, as well as how to create a craft chocolate operation. You will roast, winnow, grind, conch and learn how to create a small chocolate-making enterprise from home.


Day 1: Roast, Winnow and Grind Cocoa Beans


Day 2: Temper Custom Bars, Create Inclusion Bars and Candy Bars


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.

7 openings available

$375.00

Chocolatier Ruth Kennison

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4034

Fri, Nov 17 2017 @ 10:00 AM
THANKSGIVING SIDES
 

Turkey are the trimmings are nice, but we gather around the table for the scrumptious sides. We will gather and cook up a wide selection of easy to prep, quick to cook and delicious to present side dishes that'll have your friends wishing they'd invited you to their family supper.


Caramelized Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Winter Squash Half Moons with Vanilla Salt and Brown Butter

Honey-Glazed Root Vegetables

Winter Greens Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

Roasted Beets with Salsa Verde

Pumpkin Bundt Cakes with Orange Glaze

 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!).

13 openings available

$85.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4035

Fri, Nov 17 2017 @ 2:00 PM
CARAMEL AND BUTTERSCOTCH DESSERTS
 

Nothing says Holidays like the sweet, complex flavors of caramel and butterscotch. We will cover everything from custards to candies in this three-hour class focused on the science of sugar, from simple granulated sugar to the deep, intoxicating warmth of Muscovado. You will make two desserts (the Pot de Creme and Sticky Toffee Pudding) and three gorgeous edible gifts (the Toffees and Caramel Sauce) along with a few sweet surprises to delight your holiday tables.

Butterscotch Pots de Creme
English Butter Toffees

Our Signature Rye Sticky Toffee Pudding
Salted Caramel Sauce

 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!).

11 openings available

$85.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4033

Fri, Nov 17 2017 @ 6:00 PM
CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP: Make Craft Chocolates from Bean to Bar
 

Learn how the bean to bar process works (and make a batch of your own chocolate, from cacao beans to bar) and create perfect craft chocolate and candy bars. A complete education in the science and history of chocolate making will be covered, as well as how to create a craft chocolate operation. You will roast, winnow, grind, conch and learn how to create a small chocolate-making enterprise from home.


Day 1: Roast, Winnow and Grind Cocoa Beans


Day 2: Temper Custom Bars, Create Inclusion Bars and Candy Bars


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.

7 openings available

$375.00

Chocolatier Ruth Kennison

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4036

Sat, Nov 18 2017 @ 9:30 AM
KIDS COOKING: The Whole Holiday Meal
 

Grab your Chef's Hat and let us whisk you into a delicious morning of cooking!  Your child will learn how to make absolutely everything from scratch, using Farmer's Market ingredients and gain confidence and safety in the kitchen.

These classes are hands on and for children ages 6-12. Bring containers with you to class should there by leftovers.

Braised Turkey Legs
Classic Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Winter Greens Salad
Brown Butter Apple Crisps

THIS IS A 2.5 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.

 

2 openings available

$65.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4037

Sat, Nov 18 2017 @ 2:00 PM
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE:Knife Skills
 

Hone your skills in this most important cooking technique class.  Knowing how to handle and care for your knives the right way will change how you cook.  Great for novice and frequent cooks, this class focuses on proper handling of a knife, making clean cuts, feeling confident with various knives and how to care for them.  Watch, learn and practice your new found skills by putting together a delicious dinner menu!

Asian Chicken Slaw

Quinoa Taboule

Rosemary Roasted Carrots

Country Fried Potatoes

Fresh Fruit Crumble

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

$85.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4038

Sat, Nov 18 2017 @ 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. 



2 openings available

$225.00

Chef John Pitblado

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3802

Sun, Nov 19 2017 @ 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 SUNDAY

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.

Waiting List

$1350.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4039

Sun, Nov 19 2017 @ 2:00 PM
THE WHOLE THANKSGIVING MEAL
 

Join us for three hours of perfecting your holiday cooking, timing and presentation! We'll cover everything from turkey to stuffing and sides and finish with a sweet dessert.


Spatchocked Turkey

Classic Pan Gravy

Whole Wheat Honey Buns (for all those leftovers in the morning)

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Sausage and Sage Stuffing

Brussels Sprouts with Pork Belly and Shallots

Butterscotch Pot de Cremes with Caramel Shards

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, 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 16 and up. 

6 openings available

$125.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4040

Sun, Nov 19 2017 @ 7:00 PM
FAVORITE FALL DESSERTS
 

This year, have your friends make dinner so you can focus on the real buffet- the one with caramel, a touch of pumpking and a lot of sweetness.


Pumpkin Spice Roll Cake

Butterscotch Budino

Honey Cake with Chocolate Glaze

Rose Apple Tartlets

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, 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 16 and up. 

11 openings available

$125.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
3804

Mon, Nov 20 2017 @ 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 MONDAY 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.

6 openings available

$1350.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4042

Tue, Nov 21 2017 @ 10:00 AM
STICKY BUNS & CINNAMON ROLLS
 

Start with a basic Yeast Dough, and create enough pastries to fill a morning bakery!  We will mix, knead, roll and shape our way to the most delicious quick-rise yeast breads you've ever had.

Basic Yeast Dough

Sticky Buns with Caramel Sauce

Cinnamon Buns with Vanilla Bean and Cream Cheese Glaze

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, 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 16 and up. 

15 openings available

$85.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4043

Wed, Nov 22 2017 @ 9:30 AM
6TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING BAKE & TAKE PIE CLASS
 

Join us for one of our favorite traditions! You will come in and bake two full-sized pies, ready to wow your guests at the center of your Thanksgiving table.

We will begin our pie making class with a pie science discussion and crust demonstration. You'll then make your own pie crust, and while it rests in the fridge, start peeling apples and making the pumpkin custard for your fillings. Once the crust is well-rested and your fillings are ready, you'll learn the secret to rolling out a perfect pie circle, how to make both single-crust and lattice topped pies and master crimping! Once the pies are sealed, crimped and decorated, we'll brush our little pies them with a touch of milk, sprinkle them with sugar and bake them until they're golden delicious.

Best Flaky All-Butter Crust
All-American, Mile-High Apple Pie
Pumpkin Pies with Pecan Brittle

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.

12 openings available

$125.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4044

Sat, Nov 25 2017 @ 10:00 AM
COUPLES BRUNCH: The Diner Classics
 

Book with your BFF or sweetie for three hours of perfecting the poached egg, and marveling in homemade english muffins. Assemble for the best eggs benny you'll devour before you event start on mimosas.

Housemade English Muffins
Poached Eggs and Hollandaise Sauce
Pan-Roasted Market Vegetables
Seasonal Jam

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.

 

7 openings available

$170.00

Chef John Pitblado

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4046

Sat, Nov 25 2017 @ 2:00 PM
KIDS COOKING: Pizza!
 

Grab your Chef's Hat and let us whisk you into a delicious afternoon of culinary camp!  Your child will learn how to make absolutely everything from scratch, using Farmer's Market ingredients and gain confidence and safety in the kitchen. Each class can be purchased individually.

These classes are hands on and for children ages 6-12. Bring containers with you to class should there by leftovers.

Classic Neapolitan Pizza Dough
Homemade Ricotta Cheese
Tomato Sauce
Garlic Knots

THIS IS A 2.5 HOUR CLASS

 

Our classes are held in commercial kitchens, and we provide everything you need.  Classes are "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.

4 openings available

$65.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4047

Sun, Nov 26 2017 @ 9:30 AM
DONUTS, DOUGHNUTS AND FRITTERS
 

Behold the wonder of pillowy, glazed and powdered donuts!  Join us for four hours of sinful indulgence as we mix, fry, fill and dunk donuts of all kinds. You'll walk in and make our classic Yeasted Brioche Doughnut Dough, and while it rises, we'll turn our attention to our famous Apple Fritters. You'll fry up the fritters and dunk them in a Apple Cider Glaze, then work on our custom fillings for the doughnuts (Boston Cream, anyone)? After a quick break, you'll roll out and cut out your yeasted doughnuts, cut out donut holes and work the remaining dough into twists. We'll let these doughnuts rise one last time as we heat the oil back up and mix together our chocolate, strawberry and maple glazes, ready for dipping and filling! YES!

Yeast-risen Doughnuts
Apple Fritters
Boston Cream Doughnuts
Vanilla Pastry Cream
Classic Glaze
Chocolate Glazed Doughnuts
Maple glazed doughnuts
 

THIS IS A 3.5 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, 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 16 and up. 

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

11 openings available

$125.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4048

Sun, Nov 26 2017 @ 2:00 PM
POT PIES
 

Dust off the aprons and break out the tins- it's time to shake out your fear of making pie crust from scratch! Learn to blind bake, make decorative borders and lattice work and create some new family favorites with two of our best-loved recipes.

We will begin our pie making class with a pie science discussion and crust demonstration. You'll then make your own pie crust (we'll have butter, lard and duck fat for you to choose from and mix and match), and while it rests in the fridge, start chopping our vegetables, roasting our chicken and making pan sauces. Once the crust is well-rested and our fillings are ready, you'll learn the secret to rolling out a perfect pie circle, make a double-crust pie and master crimping! Once the pies are sealed, crimped and decorated, we'll brush our little pies them with a touch of milk and bake them until they're golden delicious.

Best Flaky All-Butter (and/or lard) Crust
Vegetable Pot Pies
Chicken Pot Pies

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.

14 openings available

$95.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4049

Sun, Nov 26 2017 @ 6:30 PM
FALL PASTAS & HEARTY SAUCES
 

Mangia! We're going to spend three hours learning how to make pasta from scratch and sauces sure to become a staple in your home, wether you're working with handmade or store-bought noodles. You'll make a classic egg yolk dough, then walk over to our mill to grind some wheat berries into stone-ground flour for a whole wheat pasta. We'll make our sauces while the dough rests, then roll the pasta into long strands, ready to cut by hand.

Don't have a pasta machine at home? Worry not! We'll teach you how to hand-roll the pasta dough with a rolling pin, work with a hand-crank machine and master the KitchenAid attachment.

Whole Wheat Tagliatelle with Short Ribs, Hazelnuts and Radicchio
Fettucine with Brown Butter and Sage

Fettucine with Oven-Roasted Tomatoes and Housemade Ricotta

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS  

AGES 16 AND UP

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
4050

Mon, Nov 27 2017 @ 10:00 AM
CUSTARDS & MERINGUES
 

Let's uncover the secrets to make rich, luxurious custards and light-as-air meringues. You will learn the science behind eggs, temper yolks to make silky creme brulee and pot de creme, whisk and whip egg whites into pillowy meringues, ready to be piped and baked and paired with decadent pastry creams and fresh berries.

Classic Creme Brulee
Butterscotch Budino

Pavlova with Passionfruit Curd
Baked Alaska

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. 

15 openings available

$85.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4106

Mon, Nov 27 2017 @ 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.

12 openings available

$525.00

Chef Carol Cotner Thompson

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4051

Tue, Nov 28 2017 @ 10:00 AM
VEGETARIAN COOKING: French Dinners
 

Let's hold the meat but hold on to plant-based proteins and flavor! We're going to create easy, balanced dinners that'll have the office begging you for the recipe.


Vegetarian Cassoulet

Savory Tarts

Fennel Gratin

Braised Greens

Butter Lettuce Salad with Pistachio Dressing

Tarte Tatin

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, 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 16 and up. 

12 openings available

$85.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4052

Tue, Nov 28 2017 @ 6:30 PM
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE:Knife Skills
 

Hone your skills in this most important cooking technique class.  Knowing how to handle and care for your knives the right way will change how you cook.  Great for novice and frequent cooks, this class focuses on proper handling of a knife, making clean cuts, feeling confident with various knives and how to care for them.  Watch, learn and practice your new found skills by putting together a delicious dinner menu!

Asian Chicken Slaw

Quinoa Taboule

Rosemary Roasted Carrots

Country Fried Potatoes

Fresh Fruit Crumble

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. 

14 openings available

$85.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4053

Wed, Nov 29 2017 @ 6:30 PM
SPECIALTY PIZZA WORKSHOP
 

It's time to rig your oven, get two great sauces under your belt and master fantastic toppings (including homemade burrata). You'll leave knowing how to toss pizza dough in the air. 

Classic Thin-Crust Pizza Dough and Garlic Knots
Whole Grain Pizza Dough
Pizza Bianca
Shallot Confit and Mixed Mushroom Pizza

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS

PRICE IS PER COUPLE

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

This is a vegetarian class.


Ages 21 and up. Classes are BYOB & BYOC (Bring Your Own Container!).

15 openings available

$95.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4054

Thu, Nov 30 2017 @ 9:30 AM
RUSTIC BREADS: Boules, Loaves and Preserves