calendar image
 
October 2018
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
14151617
18
#5026 at 10:30 AM
5 SIMPLE WEEKNIGHT MEALS: The French Menu
11 openings available
19
#4918 at 9:30 AM
RUSTIC BREADS: Sourdough Boules, Loaves and Preserves
Waiting List

#4881 at 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: Handmade Pastas
Waiting List

#4964 at 7:00 PM
DINNER IN MANILA: CLASSIC FILIPINO DISHES
7 openings available
20
#4877 at 9:30 AM
SCANDINAVIAN BREADS
7 openings available

#4851 at 10:00 AM
KIDS COOKING: CHINESE TAKEOUT
Waiting List

#4948 at 1:00 PM
CUSTARDS & SOUFFLES
Waiting List

#4850 at 2:00 PM
THAI STREET FOOD
4 openings available

#5167 at 5:00 PM
PRIVATE PARTY

#5095 at 6:30 PM
FRESH PASTA WORKSHOP
Waiting List
21
#4678 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 1: The Basics of Baking
Waiting List

#4927 at 10:00 AM
CAKE & GUMPASTE DECORATING: Mastering Naked Cakes & Animal Figurines
5 openings available

#4707 at 1:00 PM
PRO PASTRY 3: Master Workshops in Pastry and Chocolate

#4935 at 2:30 PM
BAGELS & PRETZELS
5 openings available
22
#4591 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 2: Up Your Baking Game

#4852 at 10:00 AM
COOKING 101 SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes

#5148 at 6:30 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
23
#4528 at 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
Waiting List

#4997 at 7:00 PM
TRADE ROUTE TALKS: Ancient Grains of Mexico
5 openings available
24
#4921 at 9:00 AM
PRIVATE PARTY

#4868 at 10:00 AM
VEGETARIAN COOKING SERIES: 4 Weeks of World Cuisine
6 openings available

#4891 at 6:30 PM
INTRO TO FRENCH MACARONS: The French Method
8 openings available
25
#5022 at 10:00 AM
PRIVATE PARTY

#5168 at 5:00 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
26
#4920 at 10:00 AM
BRIOCHE, BABKA & CHALLAH!
8 openings available

#4943 at 2:00 PM
DONUTS, DOUGHNUTS AND FRITTERS
12 openings available

#4849 at 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: CHINESE DUMPLINGS
Waiting List

#4883 at 7:00 PM
SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN DINNER
4 openings available
27
#4910 at 9:30 AM
KIDS BAKING: Halloween Treats
Waiting List

#5179 at 10:00 AM
KIDS BAKING: Halloween Treats
1 opening available

#5199 at 1:30 PM
PRIVATE PARTY

#5200 at 2:00 PM
KIDS BAKING: Halloween Treats
5 openings available
28
#4678 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 1: The Basics of Baking
Waiting List

#4912 at 10:00 AM
DIY Halloween Candy: Marshmallow Ghosts to Peanut Butter Cups
9 openings available

#4707 at 1:00 PM
PRO PASTRY 3: Master Workshops in Pastry and Chocolate

#5198 at 3:00 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
29
#4591 at 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 2: Up Your Baking Game

#4852 at 10:00 AM
COOKING 101 SERIES: 4 Weeks of Techniques & Recipes

#5162 at 5:00 PM
PRIVATE PARTY

#4995 at 6:30 PM
THE BUSINESS OF FOOD
6 openings available
30
#5180 at 2:00 PM
PRIVATE PARTY

#4528 at 6:00 PM
LEARN TO COOK: A 10-Week Pro Series
Waiting List
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
5026

Thu, Oct 18 2018 @ 10:30 AM
5 SIMPLE WEEKNIGHT MEALS: The French Menu
 

It's time to master menu planning and make dinner effortless and delicious! Chef Clemence will guide you through shopping, menu planning and do-ahead strategies to transform your weeknight cooking.


Roasted Chicken Salad with Haricots Verts and Mustard Vinaigrette

Lentil Soup with Shallots and Greens

Cauliflower Gratin

Soupe au Pistou

Warm Potato Salad with Anchovies

Sweet and Savory Buckwheat Crepes

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

$95.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4918

Fri, Oct 19 2018 @ 9:30 AM
RUSTIC BREADS: Sourdough 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.

Waiting List

$225.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4881

Fri, Oct 19 2018 @ 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: Handmade Pastas
 
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.

Handmade Fettucine with Seasonal Sauce

Tortellini with Housemade Ricotta

Arugula Salad with Pistachio Pesto Dressing

Butterscotch Budino

 

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. 

PRICE IS PER COUPLE

Waiting List

$190.00

Chef John Pitblado

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4964

Fri, Oct 19 2018 @ 7:00 PM
DINNER IN MANILA: CLASSIC FILIPINO DISHES
 
Join Chef Saeng for a three hour excursion into Filipino cuisine and culture. You'll work with classic ingredients (don't worry- he'll tell you where to purchase them)! that will transport you across the Pacific with influences and the islands.

Chicken Adobo

Pan de Sal

Steamed Long Beans

Lumpia

Garlic Fried Rice

Halo Halo

 

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.

This is a vegetarian class.

Ages 16 and up. 

7 openings available

$95.00

Chef Saengthong Douangdara

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4877

Sat, Oct 20 2018 @ 9:30 AM
SCANDINAVIAN BREADS
 

Join Chef John Pitblado for a morning of pastries from his mother's land! You will walk in and make a yeasted dough for perfect rolls and a sweet ring of filled buns. While the dough rises, you will mix, layer and bake a lovely pan of cardamom coffee cake. Once a lovely cream filling has been made, the rolls and buns will be ready to be divided, filled and shaped. You'll proof them while feasting on the fresh-out-of-the-oven coffee cakes, then wash the buns and rolls before their quick trip to the oven.

Kanelbullar (Cinnamon Buns)

Rugbrøt (Danish Seeded Bread)
Cardamom Coffee Cake

Smörgås (open-faced sandwiches)



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

Chef John Pitblado

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4851

Sat, Oct 20 2018 @ 10:00 AM
KIDS COOKING: CHINESE TAKEOUT
 

Grab your Chef's Hat and let us whisk you into a delicious morning 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.

 


Yangzhou Fried Rice

Stir Fry

Classic Almond Cookies
Long Beans with Garlic Sauce

THIS CLASS IS A 2.5 HOUR CLASS

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

$75.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4948

Sat, Oct 20 2018 @ 1:00 PM
CUSTARDS & SOUFFLES
 

Ever dreamt of perfecting tall, cloudy souffles? How about silky, rich custards? This three hour class will teach you all about the science of eggs, steam and tempering eggs as we whisk, whip and pour our way to simple prefection.

Classic Creme Brulee
Butterscotch Budino
Chocolate Souffles

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

Waiting List

$85.00

Pastry Chef Rose Lawrence

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4850

Sat, Oct 20 2018 @ 2:00 PM
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

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!).

4 openings available

$95.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
5167

Sat, Oct 20 2018 @ 5:00 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
5095

Sat, Oct 20 2018 @ 6:30 PM
FRESH PASTA WORKSHOP
 
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.

Handmade Fettucine with Seasonal Sauce

Tortellini with Housemade Ricotta

Arugula Salad with Pistachio Pesto Dressing

Butterscotch Budino

 

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.

This is a vegetarian class.

Ages 16 and up. 

Waiting List

$95.00

Chef Saengthong Douangdara

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4678

Sun, Oct 21 2018 @ 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 1: The Basics of Baking
 

Professional Pastry Program Level 1

This 10-week series is designed for the novice culinary student or home baker looking to learn the basics of the art of baking andpastry. These four-hour classes are taught in a professional environment.  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


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

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
4927

Sun, Oct 21 2018 @ 10:00 AM
CAKE & GUMPASTE DECORATING: Mastering Naked Cakes & Animal Figurines
 

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


You Will Learn:

How to cut cake layers and fill with buttercream
Coloring gumpaste

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

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS

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

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

Ages 16 and up. 

5 openings available

$125.00

Pastry Chef Steph Chen

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4707

Sun, Oct 21 2018 @ 1:00 PM
PRO PASTRY 3: Master Workshops in Pastry and Chocolate
 

Professional Pastry Program Level 3
 
These 8 workshops are crafted to teach you how to produce restaurant and bakery-quality pastries and confections with a focus on the plating and presentation of the finished products. 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 1:00PM-6:00PM

 

EVERY SUNDAY FOR 8 WEEKS
 

 

Week 1: ADVANCED FRENCH MACARONS.  Build a tower of Macarons worthy of any patisserie window and a macarons cake filled with diplomat cream and raspberry gelee.

 

Week 2: OPERA CAKE AND TORTES.  Master the impossibly even layers of genoise and buttercream for a stunning Opera cake and create a stunning Dobos torte, complete with caramel shards.

 

Week 3: ADVANCED CAKE DECORATING.  Learn to make a traditional stacked wedding or special event cake. Your instructor will teach you basic Fondant and Buttercream techniques as well as gum paste flowers as you bring you own design to life.

 

Week 4: PUFF PASTRY WORKSHOP.  This introduction to laminated doughs will have you shunning the store variety! You will learn to make a mother dough, laminate and make a variety of products, from Napoleons to Palmiers and Vol au Vents.

 

Week 5: ENTREMETS. Create beautiful individual desserts, from Gateau St. Honore to Tarte Tropezienne.

 

Week 6: SOURDOUGH BREADS.  Grab your bicycle and beret- you're going to delve deep into bread! We will work with both sourdough starter and commercial yeast as you mix, knead, shape, proof and bake these gorgeous and delicious loaves.

 

Week 7: CARAMELS AND CONFECTIONS. Perfect the sweet simplicity that is a salted caramel. Each caramel and confection you create, from Apple Cider Caramels to Chocolate Caramels and Honeycomb, will feature a different base recipe for you to take and infuse with your own variations. This class will conclude with a wrapping and presentation session.

 

Week 8: ADVANCED CHOCOLATES: You've learned to temper and you're ready to go beyond barks and bars! It's time to make filled bon bons, impressive dipped truffles and infused chocolates. You will be molding, filling, tempering and dusting your way to chocolate perfection.


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.

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.

 

3 openings available

$1200.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4935

Sun, Oct 21 2018 @ 2:30 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
Homemade Spreads

 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!).

5 openings available

$85.00

Pastry Chef Rose Lawrence

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4591

Mon, Oct 22 2018 @ 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 2: Up Your Baking Game
 

This 10-week series is designed for the beginner or intermediate culinary student or baking enthusiast looking to improve on the basics of baking and pastry. These four-hour classes are taught in a professional environment. 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.

4 openings available

$1350.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4852

Mon, Oct 22 2018 @ 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 MONDAY 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.

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

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.

7 openings available

$625.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
5148

Mon, Oct 22 2018 @ 6:30 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
 

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

$0.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4528

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

 Take your cooking to the next level with this 10-week, technique-based series that will teach you to begin cooking intuitively. Your chef instructor will provide a comprehensive lecture and demonstration of one or more dishes, followed by the hands-on portion of cooking class to master techniques. Each student will work at their own station to maximize their learning experience.


Chef May Hennman has been teaching people how to cook for 20 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.

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

Seasonal Salads

 

Week 2: STOCKS/BROTHS/SOUPS

Tomato Bisque

Mushroom Velouté

Minestrone

 

Week 3: DAIRY/EGGS

Seasonal Frittata

Fresh Ricotta

Eggs Benedict

 

Week 4: SAUCES 

Romesco Sauce

Béchamel Sauce

Pan Sauce 

Macaroni & Cheese

Steak Diane

 

Week 5: VEGETABLES

Roasted Cauliflower with Salsa Verde

Braised Peppers 

Beer Battered Onion Rings

Mushroom Toasts

Roasted Beet Salad

 

Week 6: PASTA/POLENTA/GNOCCHI

Spaghetti All’amatriciani

Classic Potato Gnocchi with Pesto 

Polenta with Spicy Sausage and Braised Fennel

 

WEEK 7: Whole Grains/Legumes

Roasted Garlic Hummus/Seasonal Crudité

Curry Quinoa with Beluga Lentils

Sicilian Farro

Black Bean Turkey Chili

 

WEEK 8: Chicken

Za’atar Chicken Breast with Tomato Cucumber Salad

Crispy Fried Chicken Legs

Chicken Meatballs

 

WEEK 9: Meat

Braised Hoisin Short Ribs with Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

Seared Filets with Reduction Sauce and Pommes Frites

Pork Milanese with Arugula Salad

 

WEEK 10: Fish 

Ginger Salmon with Cucumber Salad

Almond-Crusted White Fish 

Crab Cakes with Remoulade

Smokey Shrimp Tacos

 ------------

This series take place at our state-of-the-art kitchen at the Santa Monica Place Mall.  We are located on the third floor next to The Curious Palate and Arclight movie theatres. There is plenty of parking on level 4 of the parking structures 7 or 8. Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and close-toed shoes and avoid heavy perfumes and colognes.  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 May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4997

Tue, Oct 23 2018 @ 7:00 PM
TRADE ROUTE TALKS: Ancient Grains of Mexico
 

Join Maite Gomez-Rejon for a series of monthly discussions about agricultture, trade and how our taste for foods have changed the landscape of our world. Students are greeted with a topical appetizer and, after the conversation, participate in the hands-on cooking of a dish which uses the theme of the day as the main attraction.


THEME:

Discover the loaded symbolism of maize and amaranth, two of the most important Native American grains. You will meet the pre-Colonial plant and the religious symbols associated with it, from its repression and a means of social control post-conquest mean to today's packaged flours.

MENU:

Memelas with black beans and queso cotija

Alegrias - amaranth, raisin, and pumpkin seed bars



* Please refrain from wearing colognes, perfume or scented lotions before class *


Maite's Bio:


Maite Gomez-Rejón has a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Grande Diplome from the French Culinary Institute in New York City. Since 1995 Maite has worked in the education departments of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and the J. Paul Getty Museum and has worked as a private chef and caterer. In 2007 Maite founded ArtBites, art and culinary history combined with hands-on cooking instruction which she teaches at museums and cultural centers across the country. Maite has been a guest on the Today Show, featured in Food & Wine magazine, and interviewed on KCRWs Good Food and NPRs Splendid Table. She is a contributor to Life & Thyme, Eaten Magazine, and other publications. Her essay, "Mexico's Early Cookbooks," is forthcoming in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History.

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 16 and up

 

5 openings available

$45.00

Chef & Historian Maite Gomez-Rejon

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4921

Wed, Oct 24 2018 @ 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
4868

Wed, Oct 24 2018 @ 10:00 AM
VEGETARIAN COOKING SERIES: 4 Weeks of World Cuisine
 

Join acclaimed Chef Taji Marie for a four-week intensive cooking series focused on plant-based meals. Chef Taji will weave in classic cooking techniques with her vast collection of recipes curated from her world travels to give you a varied rotation of easy-to-make meals. Each week will focus on a different cuisine and how to stock your pantry accordingly.


Week 1: Japanese Cuisine

Congee with Shitake & Greens

Weeknight Vegetable Ramen with 6-Minute Egg

Ginger Cauliflower Gyoza

Soba Noodle Bowl with Terriyaki Carrots & Furikake

Matcha-Vanilla Bean Chia Pudding


Week 2: Middle Eastern Cuisine

Falafel on Whole Grain Pita with Quick Pickled Veggies 

Hummus with Charred Eggplant & Preserved Lemon

Roasted Cabbage with Aleppo Yogurt 

Green Rice Bowl with Sumac Carrots

Moroccan Crepes with Honeyed Cashew Cream & Satsumas


Week 3: Indian Cuisine

Chickpea & Butternut Squash Tikka Masala

Turmeric Rice with Jeweled Roast Root Vegetables

Creamy Vegan Saag with Three Greens

Whole Grain Samosas with Mint Chutney

Carrot & Lentil Dal with Fried Ginger

Mini Chia-Spiced Banana Breads


Week 4: Mexican Cuisine

Chard & Goat Cheese Tacos with Fresh Tortillas

Winter Vegetable Pasole with Lime Avocado Crema & Pepitas

Black Bean & Greens Tamales with Tomatillo Salsa

Mushroom Mole Enchiladas with Pickled Cabbage

Cinnamon Whole Grain Donut Muffins with Chocolate Dipping Sauce

Jamaica Iced Tea

 

 

 

 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!).

6 openings available

$525.00

Chef Taji Marie

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4891

Wed, Oct 24 2018 @ 6:30 PM
INTRO TO FRENCH MACARONS: The French Method
 

Whisk yourself into a Paris patisserie as you learn to whip, fold and pipe your way to Macaron perfection. We will begin the class with a demonstration and then break out to make two different flavors of shells using the French method. Once your batter is ready, you'll learn how pipe like a pro. We will let the macarons rest before baking and jump right into our fillings! Our macarons will be sandwiched with three different fillings, from an infused milk chocolate ganache to a creamy classic sea salt caramel.

Vanilla Bean Macarons

Green Tea (Matcha) Macarons

Milk and Dark Chocolate Ganaches

Salted Caramel Cream Filling

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.

This is a vegetarian class.

Ages 16 and up. Classes are BYOB.

8 openings available

$95.00

Chef John Pitblado

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
5022

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

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

$0.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
5168

Thu, Oct 25 2018 @ 5:00 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
4920

Fri, Oct 26 2018 @ 10:00 AM
BRIOCHE, BABKA & CHALLAH!
 

Butter, butter, butter, bread, chocolate and more butter. We're mixing, kneading and shaping a variety of stunning breads, from braids to twists and the classic French Brioche a Tete. This class includes fresh milling of flour, a sweet and easy lesson on the science of yeast, gluten and shaping. Be sure to bring a reusable bag to bring home your stunning loaves!

Chocolate Babka
Butter Brioche
Bostock (take your brioche a step further with a slather of frangipane).
Classic Braided Challah

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.

8 openings available

$125.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4943

Fri, Oct 26 2018 @ 2:00 PM
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!).

12 openings available

$125.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4849

Fri, Oct 26 2018 @ 6:30 PM
COUPLES NIGHT: 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.

PRICE IS PER COUPLE

Waiting List

$190.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4883

Fri, Oct 26 2018 @ 7:00 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!).

4 openings available

$95.00

Chef John Pitblado

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4910

Sat, Oct 27 2018 @ 9:30 AM
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

$75.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
5179

Sat, Oct 27 2018 @ 10:00 AM
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.

1 opening available

$75.00

Pastry Chef Rose Lawrence

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
5199

Sat, Oct 27 2018 @ 1:30 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
5200

Sat, Oct 27 2018 @ 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.

5 openings available

$75.00

Pastry Chef Rose Lawrence

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4678

Sun, Oct 28 2018 @ 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 1: The Basics of Baking
 

Professional Pastry Program Level 1

This 10-week series is designed for the novice culinary student or home baker looking to learn the basics of the art of baking andpastry. These four-hour classes are taught in a professional environment.  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


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

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
4912

Sun, Oct 28 2018 @ 10:00 AM
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 Brittle
Apple Cider Caramels
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
Caramel Apples

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 & BYOC (Bring Your Own Container!).

9 openings available

$95.00

Chocolatier Ruth Kennison

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4707

Sun, Oct 28 2018 @ 1:00 PM
PRO PASTRY 3: Master Workshops in Pastry and Chocolate
 

Professional Pastry Program Level 3
 
These 8 workshops are crafted to teach you how to produce restaurant and bakery-quality pastries and confections with a focus on the plating and presentation of the finished products. 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 1:00PM-6:00PM

 

EVERY SUNDAY FOR 8 WEEKS
 

 

Week 1: ADVANCED FRENCH MACARONS.  Build a tower of Macarons worthy of any patisserie window and a macarons cake filled with diplomat cream and raspberry gelee.

 

Week 2: OPERA CAKE AND TORTES.  Master the impossibly even layers of genoise and buttercream for a stunning Opera cake and create a stunning Dobos torte, complete with caramel shards.

 

Week 3: ADVANCED CAKE DECORATING.  Learn to make a traditional stacked wedding or special event cake. Your instructor will teach you basic Fondant and Buttercream techniques as well as gum paste flowers as you bring you own design to life.

 

Week 4: PUFF PASTRY WORKSHOP.  This introduction to laminated doughs will have you shunning the store variety! You will learn to make a mother dough, laminate and make a variety of products, from Napoleons to Palmiers and Vol au Vents.

 

Week 5: ENTREMETS. Create beautiful individual desserts, from Gateau St. Honore to Tarte Tropezienne.

 

Week 6: SOURDOUGH BREADS.  Grab your bicycle and beret- you're going to delve deep into bread! We will work with both sourdough starter and commercial yeast as you mix, knead, shape, proof and bake these gorgeous and delicious loaves.

 

Week 7: CARAMELS AND CONFECTIONS. Perfect the sweet simplicity that is a salted caramel. Each caramel and confection you create, from Apple Cider Caramels to Chocolate Caramels and Honeycomb, will feature a different base recipe for you to take and infuse with your own variations. This class will conclude with a wrapping and presentation session.

 

Week 8: ADVANCED CHOCOLATES: You've learned to temper and you're ready to go beyond barks and bars! It's time to make filled bon bons, impressive dipped truffles and infused chocolates. You will be molding, filling, tempering and dusting your way to chocolate perfection.


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.

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.

 

3 openings available

$1200.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
5198

Sun, Oct 28 2018 @ 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
4591

Mon, Oct 29 2018 @ 9:00 AM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 2: Up Your Baking Game
 

This 10-week series is designed for the beginner or intermediate culinary student or baking enthusiast looking to improve on the basics of baking and pastry. These four-hour classes are taught in a professional environment. 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.

4 openings available

$1350.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4852

Mon, Oct 29 2018 @ 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 MONDAY 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.

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

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.

7 openings available

$625.00

Chef May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
5162

Mon, Oct 29 2018 @ 5:00 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
4995

Mon, Oct 29 2018 @ 6:30 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

Homemade Food Operations Act
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.

6 openings available

$200.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Santa Monica Place

 
Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
5180

Tue, Oct 30 2018 @ 2:00 PM
PRIVATE PARTY
 

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

$0.00

Guest Chef

Santa Monica Place

Class/Date Description Openings / Price / Location
4528

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

 Take your cooking to the next level with this 10-week, technique-based series that will teach you to begin cooking intuitively. Your chef instructor will provide a comprehensive lecture and demonstration of one or more dishes, followed by the hands-on portion of cooking class to master techniques. Each student will work at their own station to maximize their learning experience.


Chef May Hennman has been teaching people how to cook for 20 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.

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

Seasonal Salads

 

Week 2: STOCKS/BROTHS/SOUPS

Tomato Bisque

Mushroom Velouté

Minestrone

 

Week 3: DAIRY/EGGS

Seasonal Frittata

Fresh Ricotta

Eggs Benedict

 

Week 4: SAUCES 

Romesco Sauce

Béchamel Sauce

Pan Sauce 

Macaroni & Cheese

Steak Diane

 

Week 5: VEGETABLES

Roasted Cauliflower with Salsa Verde

Braised Peppers 

Beer Battered Onion Rings

Mushroom Toasts

Roasted Beet Salad

 

Week 6: PASTA/POLENTA/GNOCCHI

Spaghetti All’amatriciani

Classic Potato Gnocchi with Pesto 

Polenta with Spicy Sausage and Braised Fennel

 

WEEK 7: Whole Grains/Legumes

Roasted Garlic Hummus/Seasonal Crudité

Curry Quinoa with Beluga Lentils

Sicilian Farro

Black Bean Turkey Chili

 

WEEK 8: Chicken

Za’atar Chicken Breast with Tomato Cucumber Salad

Crispy Fried Chicken Legs

Chicken Meatballs

 

WEEK 9: Meat

Braised Hoisin Short Ribs with Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

Seared Filets with Reduction Sauce and Pommes Frites

Pork Milanese with Arugula Salad

 

WEEK 10: Fish 

Ginger Salmon with Cucumber Salad

Almond-Crusted White Fish 

Crab Cakes with Remoulade

Smokey Shrimp Tacos

 ------------

This series take place at our state-of-the-art kitchen at the Santa Monica Place Mall.  We are located on the third floor next to The Curious Palate and Arclight movie theatres. There is plenty of parking on level 4 of the parking structures 7 or 8. Please arrive on time in comfortable attire and close-toed shoes and avoid heavy perfumes and colognes.  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 May Hennemann

Santa Monica Place