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395 Santa Monica Place, Suite 329, Santa Monica CA 90401
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Class/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
3732

Mon, Jun. 12, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
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Thu, Jun. 15, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
PIE CAMP with Evan Kleiman and Clemence Gossett
 

 Spend 4 days making, perfecting, eating, dreaming and baking pies. You'll master crusts, decorative borders, decadent fillings, pillowy meringues and savory bits for four straight days, one pie master after the other. This four-day series includes pie tins, farmers market-fresh ingredients and all the pie knowledge you can get your hands on (just in time to start training for the Pie Contest)!


These classes will be taught by Pie Master Evan Kleiman and pie lover Clemence Gossett.


Day 1: The Science of Pie: Intro to Crust-making and Classic Fruit Pies with Evan
Learn about using different fats, from Straus butter to lard, lattice work and crimping.

Classic Blueberry Pies, Cherry Pies and Strawberry Glazed Pies


Day 2: Custard and Chiffon Pies with Clemence

This class centers on baking crusts blind and making a variety of custard pies with mile-high toppings.

Meyer Lemon Meringue Pie, Chocolate Custard Pie, Chiffon Pies


Day 3: Whole Grain Pies: Spelt, Sonora, Cornmeal with Clemence

Mill locally grown wheat to make a variety of flaky and out-of-this-world crusts.

Lemon Buttermilk Chess Pie on Cornmeal Crust, Peach Pie with Sonora Wheat Crust, Spelt Pocket Pies


Day 4: Savory Pies with Evan

Master the savory pie with everything that's in season. You'll make custards, fillings and meats for a spectacular savory finish.

Vegetable Pot Pies, Meat Pies, Quiches


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. 

0 openings available

$450.00

Chef Evan Kleiman

Class/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
3734

Mon, Jun. 19, 2017 @ 8:30 AM
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Wed, Jun. 21, 2017 @ 8:30 AM
CROISSANT TO KOUIGN AMANN: A 3-Day Series
 

Learn the secrets of homemade Croissants, Brioche, Puff Pastry and Kouign Amann in this intensive, 3-day series. You will discover the secrets of butter and yeast, work by hand and with professional equipment (rolling pins and a laminating machine) and create an impressive array of patisseries using Straus butter and local flours.


Day 1: Preferments and Mother Doughs, Brioche, Sticky Buns


Day 2: Laminating, Puff Pastry, Chausson aux Pommes, Palmiers, Kouign Amann


Day 3: Croissants: Pain au Chocolat, Pain aux Raisins, Ham and Gruyere, Almond Croissant

 

EACH CLASS IS 5 HOURS

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. 

 

 

7 openings available

$650.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

 
Class/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
3707

Mon, Jun. 19, 2017 @ 2:30 PM
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Fri, Jun. 23, 2017 @ 2:30 PM
TEEN PRO CHEF SERIES: Learn to Cook in A Week
 

Do you dream of owning a restaurant or food truck someday? Join Chef John Pitblado for five intense days of working the line! You'll pick up knife skills, plating, how to fry, cook a perfect burger and make every component from scratch.

Day 1: Knife Skills and the Taco Truck

Hone your knife skills while making a menu fit for a taco truck. You'll make a Tomato Mango Salsa, Salsa Verde, Handmade Tortillas, Puff Beef Tacos and Pepitas Polverones.

Day 2: Egg Cookery: The Ultimate Brunch

Break out the griddle- you're making brunch! Learn to fry, poach and scramble your way to diner favorites. You'll make homemade English Muffins, Egg Benedicts with Roasted Asparagus, Hollandaise Sauce, Sour Cream Berry Muffins.

Day 3: Pizza and Doughs

Mangia! Time to toss pizza and make your own cheeses. You'll make a New York style White Pizza, Margherita Pizza, Italian Chopped Salad, Calzones.

Day 4: Fresh Pasta and Sauces

Knead, roll and shape your own Fresh Pasta Dough and master three sauces. You'll make Pappardelle with Tomato, Olives and Caper Sauce, Ravioli with Basil Cream Sauce and a seasonal Pesto.

Day 5: Proteins: The Artisanal Burger

Grind your own meat to create custom burgers! You'll make all your own condiments and learn to cook meat perfectly. Cheese Stuffed Burgers, Homemade Burger Buns, Caramelized Onions, Shoe String Fries, Creamy Coleslaw, Roasted Garlic Aioli, Housemade Ketchup.

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS.
Class is for 12-16 year olds.

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.

0 openings available

$450.00

Chef John Pitblado

Class/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
3704

Mon, Jun. 26, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
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Fri, Jun. 30, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
TEEN BAKING BOOTCAMP: I Want to Build A Bakery
 

Grab your clipboard, hard hat and whisk- we're going to teach your teen how to start their own baking business! This 5-day series is designed to teach your 12-16 year old how to bake, decorate, cost ingredients and market their product. Each day will include a mini Business of Food session, a Q & A with local pastry chefs and a binder filled with a lifetime of great recipes.


Day 1: Breakfast Pastries. Classic Muffins, Bran Muffins, Scones, Coffee Cake, Biscuits

Day 2: Cream Puffs and Custards. Cream Puffs, Ice Cream, Pastry Cream, Butterscotch Pot de Creme, Chocolate Glaze

Day 3: Pies. All-butter Pie Crust, Peach Pie, Blueberry Pies, Lattice Work.

Day 4: Cakes and Cupcakes: Devil's Food Cake, Lemon Meringue Chiffon Cake, Chocolate Mousse Frosting, Classic Buttercream.

Day 5: French Macarons: Classic Vanilla Macarons, Pistachio Macarons, Milk Chocolate Ganache, Salted Caramel.


THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS.
Class is for 12-16 year olds.

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.

5 openings available

$450.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

 
Class/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
3710

Mon, Jul. 10, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
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Wed, Jul. 12, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
ARTISANAL BREAD AND CHEESEMAKING SERIES
 

Join us for three intensive days of mixing, shaping, proofing and baking as we uncover the secrets of wild yeast! You'll master the shaping of everything from a traditional Boule to Baguette and Batard, make your own starter (and take some of ours home), create custom loaves and ratios. You will make fresh and molded cheeses using Organic Pastures milk and cream, from Ricotta to Burrata and Chevres. Please bring containers with you to class for starter and extra dough. We will provide proofing baskets and lames for scoring.


We will be using Sonora Wheat grown in Central California (by Fat Uncle Farms), Red Fife (from Grist and Toll) and Hazelnuts from Freddy Guys. Our dairy is sourced from Organic Pastures


Day 1: Sourdough Starter, Preferments and Poolishes, The Science of Bread, Homemade Cheeses


Day 2: Mixing doughs, Baguette and Batards, Doughnuts (yes)!, Molding Cheeses


Day 3: Shaping, Proofing, Scoring, Baking!

 


Should you book all 4 of this summer's Series, please use code ProPastry3Code at checkout to save 10%.

 

THIS IS A 4.5 HOUR CLASS

 

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 16 and up.

 

9 openings available

$650.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

 
Class/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
3705

Mon, Jul. 10, 2017 @ 6:30 PM
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Mon, Jul. 31, 2017 @ 6:30 PM
KITCHEN BASICS 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; 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). Kale Salad, California Chopped Salad, Roasted Tomato Soup, French Onion Soup.

Day 2: Meat and Poultry: Learn to break down chicken and source a variety of meats while making 4 complete dinners. Moroccan Braised Chicken with Orange Scented Couscous and Sweet Potatoes, Grainy Mustard Crispy Chicken Breasts, Apple Sage Pork Tenderloin with Sherry Au Jus, Smoky Tri-tip with Salsa Verde and Roasted Broccoli.

Day 3: Fish and Shellfish: It's time to get over your fear of fish!  Learn to work with a variety of seafood and how quickly you can put dinner together with the right fish.  Slow-roasted Salmon with Fennel and Rosemary, Grilled Shrimp Greek Salad, Brown Butter Sole with Crispy Capers and Perfect Roasted Potatoes.

Day 4: Grains, Pastas and Legumes: Grains don't need to take a backseat.  You're going to pack a protein and flavor punch with a variety of sauces.  Curry Quinoa with Baby Spinach and Beluga Lentils, Spaghetti Puttanesca, Cuban Black Beans with Brown Rice and Lime Chipotle Crema.

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 Carol Cotner Thompson

 
Class/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
3760

Sat, Jul. 15, 2017 @ 1:30 PM
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Sun, Jul. 16, 2017 @ 1:30 PM
CHOCOLATE WORKSHOP: Craft Chocolates from the Bean to the 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.

8 openings available

$375.00

Chocolatier Ruth Kennison

 
Class/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
3702

Mon, Jul. 17, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
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Fri, Jul. 28, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
Pro Pastry Summer Intensive (Pro Pastry 1 & 2)
 

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


This 2 week intensive a condensed version of Pro Pastry Level 1 and Pro Pastry Level 2

Day 1: Introduction to Basic Techniques and Cookies, Brownies and Bars
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.

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

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 Poundcake; Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

Day 3: Egg-based Desserts
Learn how eggs coagulate, expand and thicken to create a variety of desserts and textures.

Creme Brulee, Butterscotch Pot de Creme, Chocolate Mousse, Cheese Souffle

Day 4: Pate a 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 5: Seasonal Fruit Desserts and Cheesecakes
You’ll learn proper techniques for mascerating, reducing and pureeing to make a quick Coulis and seasonal desserts. 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.

Cobblers, Upside Down Cake;Homemade Graham; Classic Cream Cheese Cheesecake.

Day 6: Tarts
Perfect the buttery crispness of a tender tart crust and pair it with a smooth, classic pastry cream and seasonal favorites.

Tart crust, Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream, Meyer Lemon Curd, Brunt Meringue, Fresh Berry Tarts.

Day 7: Pies
Tackle the flaky wonder of pies! You’ll make a variety of seasonal fruit pies.

Flaky Pie Crust, Crumble Topping, Seasonal Fruit Pies, Lattice and Pie Decorative Work.

Day 8: Petit Fours
Small bites make big impressions, and attention to finishing details are key.

Orange Blossom Madeleines, Classic Petit Fours with a Chocolate Mirrored Glaze, Lacey Tuile Cookies and Brown Butter Financiers.

Day 9: Cake Baking
Learn the difference between High-Ratio and Sponge cakes. Cakes made in class will be reserved for decorating the following day.

Classic Yellow Cake, Devil’s Food, Genoise, Italian Buttercream.

Day 10: Cake Decorating
Learn the difference between High-Ratio and Sponge cakes. Cakes will be baked, cut, filled and frosted in class. Cutting even layers, masking cakes, piping, decorating.

THIS CLASS IS 5 HOURS A DAY

MEETS MONDAY-FRIDAY FOR 2 WEEKS

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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 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 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

$1650.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

 
Class/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
3816

Mon, Jul. 31, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
to
Fri, Aug. 4, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
TEEN PRO CHEF SERIES: Learn to Cook in A Week
 

Do you dream of owning a restaurant or food truck someday? Join Chef John Pitblado for five intense days of working the line! You'll pick up knife skills, plating, how to fry, cook a perfect burger and make every component from scratch.

Day 1: Knife Skills and the Taco Truck

Hone your knife skills while making a menu fit for a taco truck. You'll make a Tomato Mango Salsa, Salsa Verde, Handmade Tortillas, Puff Beef Tacos and Pepitas Polverones.

Day 2: Egg Cookery: The Ultimate Brunch

Break out the griddle- you're making brunch! Learn to fry, poach and scramble your way to diner favorites. You'll make homemade English Muffins, Egg Benedicts with Roasted Asparagus, Hollandaise Sauce, Sour Cream Berry Muffins.

Day 3: Pizza and Doughs

Mangia! Time to toss pizza and make your own cheeses. You'll make a New York style White Pizza, Margherita Pizza, Italian Chopped Salad, Calzones.

Day 4: Fresh Pasta and Sauces

Knead, roll and shape your own Fresh Pasta Dough and master three sauces. You'll make Pappardelle with Tomato, Olives and Caper Sauce, Ravioli with Basil Cream Sauce and a seasonal Pesto.

Day 5: Proteins: The Artisanal Burger

Grind your own meat to create custom burgers! You'll make all your own condiments and learn to cook meat perfectly. Cheese Stuffed Burgers, Homemade Burger Buns, Caramelized Onions, Shoe String Fries, Creamy Coleslaw, Roasted Garlic Aioli, Housemade Ketchup.

THIS IS A 3 HOUR CLASS.
Class is for 12-16 year olds.

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.

6 openings available

$450.00

Chef John Pitblado

 
Class/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
3819

Tue, Aug. 8, 2017 @ 6:30 PM
to
Tue, Aug. 29, 2017 @ 6:30 PM
KITCHEN BASICS 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; 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). Kale Salad, California Chopped Salad, Roasted Tomato Soup, French Onion Soup.

Day 2: Meat and Poultry: Learn to break down chicken and source a variety of meats while making 4 complete dinners. Moroccan Braised Chicken with Orange Scented Couscous and Sweet Potatoes, Grainy Mustard Crispy Chicken Breasts, Apple Sage Pork Tenderloin with Sherry Au Jus, Smoky Tri-tip with Salsa Verde and Roasted Broccoli.

Day 3: Fish and Shellfish: It's time to get over your fear of fish!  Learn to work with a variety of seafood and how quickly you can put dinner together with the right fish.  Slow-roasted Salmon with Fennel and Rosemary, Grilled Shrimp Greek Salad, Brown Butter Sole with Crispy Capers and Perfect Roasted Potatoes.

Day 4: Grains, Pastas and Legumes: Grains don't need to take a backseat.  You're going to pack a protein and flavor punch with a variety of sauces.  Curry Quinoa with Baby Spinach and Beluga Lentils, Spaghetti Puttanesca, Cuban Black Beans with Brown Rice and Lime Chipotle Crema.

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.

11 openings available

$525.00

Chef Carol Cotner Thompson

 
Class/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
3802

Sun, Sep. 10, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
to
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.

11 openings available

$1350.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

 
Class/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
3804

Mon, Sep. 11, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
to
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 6PM-10PM

EVERY TUESDAY 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.

11 openings available

$1350.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

 
Class/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
3805

Mon, Sep. 11, 2017 @ 6:00 PM
to
Mon, Nov. 13, 2017 @ 6:00 PM
PRO PASTRY SERIES 1: The Basics of Baking
 

Professional Pastry Program Level 1

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

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

 THIS CLASS MEETS EVERY MONDAY

For 10 WEEKS FROM 6pm-10pm

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.

12 openings available

$1350.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

 
Class/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
3598

Tue, Sep. 12, 2017 @ 6:00 PM
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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 MONDAY 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.

11 openings available

$1400.00

Chef Carol Cotner Thompson

 
 
 
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