San Francisco is filled with amazing dining options, and as a result, it has plenty of excellent cooking classes. There lots of different options, but if you have limited time in San Francisco, you ought to go for one of the best. That way you can bring the taste of San Francisco dining with you wherever you go.
Whether you’re trying to gain some serious culinary skills, or you just want to have an enjoyable evening while picking up some useful tricks for the kitchen, each of the cooking classes featured in this list will offer a great hands-on culinary experience guided by a professional chef instructor. Make your time in San Francisco even more memorable with one of these excellent cooking classes.
Participants make a diverse meal in a relaxed, but educational class that emphasizes having fun while cooking. Classes are taught by professional Bay Area chefs and caterers, many of whom are Michelin-star experienced and strictly vetted by Cozymeal. Professional catering for all types of events is also offered. All of Cozymeal’s experiences are insured and the Cozymeal Escrow System® provides payment protection to customers and chefs.
Consumers as well companies use the service regularly for all their culinary needs, from celebrations with family and friends to team building events to office catering. Some of Cozymeal’s regular customers include Google, Facebook, Apple and Twitter as well as smaller organizations such as local startups and non-profits.
18 Reasons includes a membership plan that includes exclusive privileges, discounts, and more. Even though this school offers a huge variety of different options to attend, most sell out days or even weeks before the event, so sign up early on their website.
The San Francisco Cooking School
Its one day classes include “Cook the Book”, a workshop dedicated to creating a meal using a famous cook book written by one of many gourmet chefs; “Best of the Bay”, classes taught by some of San Francisco’s best chefs who run restaurants such as Mourad and Delfina; “Flavors of India”; and a butchery class with Dave the Butcher. The San Francisco Cooking School is also host to celebrity chef demonstrations, guest chef dinners, and cook book signings.
Kitchen on Fire
Holding a wide range of classes, even the most experienced have a lot to learn from Kitchen on Fire’s highly talented master chefs. They are arranged by category, such as vegetarian or couples classes. Recipes include both ethnic and contemporary cuisine. In addition to hands on cooking classes, Kitchen on Fire also offers cooking demonstrations and guest lectures.
Parties that Cook
- 271 Francisco Street (cross is Stockton Street)
San Francisco, CA 94133
Recipes taught include smoked turkey, goat cheese, arugula and sundried tomato pesto sushi; flank steak and kale Caesar roulades with Parmigiano-Reggiano, and many, many more.
Recipes taught include ethnic and Italian dishes with a variety of contemporary recipes to build a five course meal from scratch. Weekly Date Night sessions offer couples a great opportunity to learn how to complement each other’s cooking skills by working side by side to create gourmet dishes with professional guidance. In addition to hands on cooking classes, Jordan’s Kitchen also offers private chef services and catering, hosts cooking parties, and does team building activities.
Hands on Gourmet
Founder Steven Gibbs says, “The most important thing you should know about our events is that you are not coming here to perform; you are coming here to have fun.” Classes are taught in smaller “cooking groups” where participants move from station to station to learn how each dish is made for the meal. Stations include ‘appetizer’, ‘first course’, ‘main course’, and ‘dessert’. This set up is used for a variety of engaging, collaborative classes that can be registered for directly on their website.
The City Kitchen
Public classes are taught to groups of 14 to 20 strangers who have to work together to prepare a four or five course dinner. Wine can be included or you have the option to bring your own bottle. The City Kitchen also hosts team building activities and offers catering services for events of all sizes.
The Cheese School of San Francisco
The Cheese School of San Francisco was founded in 2006 and features participation from local experts like Juliana Uruburu and Laura Werlin. Monthly classes include cheddar making, mozzarella, ricotta, and even a farm tour of Marin Cheesemakers facility. If you’re a devout cheese lover, you will love seeing and participating in the process of creating fresh, high quality cheese with your hands.
First Class Cooking
Classes are primarily intended for people who want to get into cooking their own food but normally don’t, but advice, tips, and recipes can be useful to anyone who wants to know more about preparing their own meals. Groups typically consist of 8-12 young adults who are eager to make friends. The affordable classes are very hands on and allow participants to learn how to make ethnic or contemporary meals from start to finish in an easy going atmosphere.