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Class/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
3492

Wed, Feb. 8, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
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Wed, Mar. 29, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
LEARN TO COOK 2: Exploring Regional Cuisines
 

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


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

 

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

 

 THIS CLASS MEETS EVERY WEDNESDAY MORNING

For 8 Weeks from 9:30am-1pm

 

Week 1: The Loire Valley

Chicken Fricasse

Vegetable Salad

Tarte Tatin

 

Week 2: Parisian Bistro

Greens with Warm Goat Cheese and Honey

Sole Meuniere

Pomme Dauphinoise (Potatoes)

Gateau au Chocolat

 

Week 3: Emilia-Romagna

Fresh Parpadelle

Bolognese Sauce

Shaved Vegetables and Parmesan

Panna Cotta

 

Week 4: The Lombardi Region

Risotto

Chicken Milanese with Arugula Salad

Pine Nut Torte

 

Week 5: A Taste of India

Chicken Tikka Masala

Sag Paneer

Potato Paratha

Chan Dal


 

Week 6: Mexico!

Enchiladas Verde

Chicken Tinga

Carne Asada

Tacos

Tres Leches Cake

 

Week 7: Southeast Asian

Assorted Curries

Papaya Salad

Pad Thai

Lemongrass Beef & Noodle Salad

Coconut Rice

 

Week 8: Meditteranean

Fatoush Salad

Beet Tahini

Baba Ganoush

Flat Breads with Za'atar

Chicken Slovaki

Baklava

 

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

It's too late to register for this series. The cutoff date was Wed, Feb. 8, 2017.

$1200.00

Chef Carol Cotner Thompson

Class/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
3428

Sun, Mar. 26, 2017 @ 8:30 AM
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Sun, May. 21, 2017 @ 8:30 AM
PRO PASTRY 3: Master Workshops in Pastry and Chocolate
 

Professional Pastry Program Level 3

This 8-week series is designed for the frequent baker or confectioner looking to take classes from professionals in their respective fields.  You will work independently and hands-on in a class with no more than 12 students.
 
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 830AM-130PM

EVERY SUNDAY FOR 8 WEEKS
 

Week 1: Advanced French Macarons.  Build a tower of Macarons worthy of any patisserie window! We will master the Italian Method of making macarons and pair them with a variety of gelees and ganaches.

Week 2: Opera and European Cakes.  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.  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: Brioche and Danish. Oh, butter! Make a stunning Brioche a Tete, a braided loaf and Bostock along with delicious Danish using the skills mastered in the Puff Pastry session.

Week 6: Baguette and Batards.  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. 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 wil conclude with a wrapping and presentation session.

Week 8: Advance 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 chocolats. You will be molding, filling, tempering and dusting your way to chocolate perfection

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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. You can reschedule one of the classes from this series should you miss a date.

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.

It's too late to register for this series. The cutoff date was Sun, Mar. 26, 2017.

$1200.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

Class/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
3563

Mon, Apr. 3, 2017 @ 6:30 PM
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Mon, Apr. 24, 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.

1 opening available

$525.00

Chef Carol Cotner Thompson

 
Class/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
3791

Sat, Apr. 22, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
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Tue, Apr. 25, 2017 @ 6:30 PM
BETTER DAYS: Shop The Farmers Market and Cook Your Meal
 
American kitchens have seen better days. We used to cook and enjoy it. If the TV was on, it was Julia Child in the background, teaching us how to flip an omelet.
 
Now, we marvel at what we can't do. But cooking isn't a spectator sport. It's what bonds us as humans. Somewhere along the way, we stopped cooking. We lost touch with that primal pleasure of feeding each other.
 
The folks at Ol' Skool BBQ and Gourmandise School are proud to bring you Better Days, an experience that goes beyond an interaction with culinary wizards. As part of Better Days, our guests will learn to source, cook and store the ingredients that go into their meals, starting with a morning trip to the farmers market, followed by a mid-day brunch demo, and finishing with a seated dinner a few days later. We'll empower you to bring these same techniques and budgeting skills back to their own kitchens.
 
Better Days. Come get some.

MENU TBD

Sat. April 22 10AM-11AM: Trip to Farmers Market
 
Follow the chef on a guided tour of the Santa Monica Farmers Market, getting the inside scoop on key producers and what to buy from them. Then take a walk up the block to Gourmandise School to cook brunch with the ingredients gathered at the market.
 
3. Tues. April 25 6:30PM-9:30PM:
 
Regroup at Gourmandise a few days later for a homestyle cooking experience revealing how to maximize farmers market purchases, and then relax for dinner.

16 openings available

$85.00

Guest Chef

 
Class/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
3622

Mon, May. 1, 2017 @ 6:00 PM
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Tue, May. 2, 2017 @ 6:00 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
3692

Wed, May. 3, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
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Wed, May. 24, 2017 @ 10:00 AM
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.

12 openings available

$525.00

Chef Carol Cotner Thompson

 
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. 

13 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
THE CROISSANT SERIES: 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. 

 

 

11 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.

10 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.

13 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
to
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.

12 openings available

$525.00

Chef Carol Cotner Thompson

 
Class/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
3760

Sat, Jul. 15, 2017 @ 1:30 PM
to
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.

9 openings available

$375.00

Chocolatier Ruth Kennison

 
Class/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
3702

Mon, Jul. 17, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
to
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.

8 openings available

$1650.00

Pastry Chef Clémence Gossett

 
 
 
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