The 8 Best Los Angeles Cooking Classes of 2020

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Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), in-person classes may be limited or unavailable. It’s best to call ahead to ensure the availability of classes. For concerns about safety, please consult your primary care physician.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: EATZ

"An ideal choice for beginners or experienced home cooks."

Best for Beginners: Hipcooks

"Basic knife skills and other cooking techniques are included in every class."

Best Date Night: The Gourmandise School

"Its' perfect for a first date or an anniversary."

Best for Experienced Cooks: Food Story

"Food Story offers all Japanese courses, including ramen, bar food, and sushi."

Best for Kids: BLVD Kitchen

"Classes are hands-on and fun for kids and their parents."

Best Group Outing: Cook LA

"Cook LA also offers private events for birthdays, showers, and more."

Best Series: Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom

"You’ll walk away with a head full of knowledge and arms full of new recipes."

Best Vegan: Spork Foods

"You’ll quickly learn that vegan doesn’t have to be boring."

Best Overall: EATZ

EATZ

EATZ

Most people sign up for a cooking class to pick up a few kitchen skills, make some new dishes, eat well, and have fun while doing it. EATZ delivers on all fronts, with a variety of hands-on cooking classes available each week. Choose from classes like "Weeknight Dinners," "One Night in Bangkok (Thai)," or their ever-popular “Whiskey A Go Go,” that features whiskey-centric recipes and, of course, whiskey cocktails. The classes are fun and communal, making them good for friends, couples, or singles.

Upon arrival at the centrally located Hancock Park location, students are greeted with a special appetizer and unlimited free drinks, putting everyone in the cooking class at ease. And while the atmosphere is festive, it’s still educational. Students learn basic knife and cooking skills before helping to prep each dish of the four or five-course meal. Each step is carefully explained, making EATZ an ideal choice for beginners or experienced home cooks looking to expand their repertoire. Like all good cooking classes, there’s a feast at the end, and plenty of leftovers to take home.

Best for Beginners: Hipcooks

Hipcooks

Hipcooks

Thinking of taking a cooking class, but not quite sold on the idea? Try Hipcooks. Often grouped by cuisines like French, Greek, or Argentinian, there’s a new class to pick from almost every night of the week. They even offer harder to find cuisines, like Jamaican, and classes focused on niche dishes like mole. Classes are affordable and can easily booked online, where you can see the instructor, how many people are signed up, what skills are taught, any available dietary restrictions, and a full menu. All classes are great for beginners, with basic knife skills and other cooking techniques included in each session.

While there are three different locations in Los Angeles, as well as one in Orange County, the East Los Angeles location is housed in The Brewery, a hip artist complex with a fun vibe. There are also west side and Woodland Hills locations for easy access no matter what part of town you live in. When class wraps, you’ll be surprised by how much food you made and how great it tastes.

Best Date Night: The Gourmandise School

The Gourmandise School

The Gourmandise School

Located in the heart of Santa Monica, The Gourmandise School offers a dizzying range of classes on a weekly basis. From a technique-based weekly series—ranging from four to 10 weeks-long—to kid and teen classes and one-night intensives, there’s something for every skill level and interest. The school even pairs up with culinary legends like Evan Kleinman, on occasion, for special courses. And while their classes frequently sell out, their most popular offerings are their couples’ night courses. 

Priced per couple, the three-hour class is structured so that each duo works together to prep and make their own dishes. With themes like Romantic Steak Dinner and Handmade Pastas, you’ll spend your night learning new techniques and sharing a meal—perfect for a first date or an anniversary. It’s a nice change of pace from the standard dinner out, and you’ll take home some new culinary skills, too.

The Gourmandise is BYOB, so if you’d like to have some wine with your pasta or dumplings, bring it along. They recommend wearing closed-toed shoes in their commercial kitchen and bringing a container or two for leftovers.

Best for Experienced Cooks: Food Story

Food Story

Food Story

If you’re a pro at whipping up meals at home—and may have even taken a casual cooking class or two—it might be hard to find a class challenging enough to excite you. Why not try a totally different cuisine that uses unique skills and techniques?

Food Story offers all Japanese courses, including ramen, bar food, and sushi, as well as overall intro courses like Japanese Food 101 and Japanese Noodle Making. You’ll learn how to make rich, flavorful broths, knead homemade noodles with your feet, slice raw fish for sashimi, and more. While all classes are suitable for beginners, Food Story offers enough different skills to appeal to a seasoned cook.

The downtown Los Angeles-based space also offers combination tours and classes. One class starts at the local seafood market, where you’ll learn about different fish and how to select them. Afterward, you’ll bring the fresh seafood back to the classroom and prepare several Japanese dishes. Their ramen course is especially popular, covering the time-intensive dish from broth to noodles to meat to toppings. Learning this iconic dish will inspire even the most adept home cook and get them out of their comfort zone.

Best for Kids: BLVD Kitchen

BLVD Kitchen

BLVD Kitchen

Located in Sherman Oaks, BLVD Kitchen is part communal kitchen, part shop, part caterer, and part learning space. The airy storefront offers a number of classes for beginner cooks, with frequent family and kids' cooking classes.

Often themed around holidays like Valentine’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day, two-hour kids classes are hands-on and fun for kids and their parents. One night you and your little one could be molding your own truffles and another you could be making Irish soda bread from scratch. Each ticket for kids classes includes entry for a parent and child, making it an ideal weekend bonding activity. Buy your tickets early, though, since children’s classes often sell out.

Luckily, BLVD Kitchen posts new classes all the time and their themes are always changing. From decadent chocolate desserts to chicken and waffles, there are always sweet and savory menu items on the class schedule. But for anyone with dietary restrictions, BLVD Kitchen is always willing to accommodate. With just one class, your child will fall in love with cooking.

Best Group Outing: Cook LA

Cook LA

Cook LA

Take team building to the next level with a group cooking class. Cook LA offers customized classes with a variety of themes that are sure to bring your workplace closer together. Their most popular option is an Iron Chef challenge, a fun culinary competition where everyone wins. The group is split into two, each with their own chef, and given an hour to complete their dish using mystery ingredients. It’s great for all skill levels, and games and snacks just add to the fun.

Cook LA also offers private events for birthdays, showers, and more. Gather a group of hungry friends and attend a pizza, pasta, or worldwide cuisine class. Kids and teens will love the cupcake wars option—perfect for birthday festivities—with cake and fun provided. There are plenty of ways to customize your party, from an outdoor patio rental to pre-made snacks and goodie bags.

Best Series: Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom

Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom

Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom

If you’re looking to boost your culinary chops over the course of several weeks, let Chef Eric Crowley be your guide. The experienced teacher offers several options for deeper learning, starting with a four-week course on basic cooking that covers knife skills, prep, techniques, and everything else you need to know to get started in the kitchen. You’ll walk away with a head full of knowledge and arms full of new recipes to make at home. Additionally, Chef Crowley offers a four-week baking course, covering the world of pastry from cookies to cakes.

For those looking to dive head-first into professional-style cooking, the Culinary Classroom also features 14-week master chef and 10-week master baker certificate programs. Whether you want to work your way into a professional kitchen or churn out restaurant-worthy meals at home, this course will show you the ropes. Taught in the French-style, you’ll even learn how to write and price recipes. Several of Chef Eric’s past students now work in professional restaurants and as personal chefs and caterers.

Best Vegan: Spork Foods

Spork Foods

Spork Foods

While there are plenty of healthy, vegan restaurant options around LA, it’s easy to get in a slump at home, especially if you’re new to the no-meat, no-dairy, no-egg diet. Spork Foods was founded by two sisters who have been vegan for 20 years and have written two successful cookbooks. They’ve since gathered countless delicious vegan recipes along the way that they want to share. Enroll in a class to learn how to make a menu of three or four vegan dishes and lots of flavorful tips and tricks.

Classes are offered in the West Hollywood space once or twice a month, usually on Saturdays. Themes are constantly in rotation and include vegan sushi and an Italian feast. Sign up for their newsletter to get up-to-the-date class announcements. If you're looking for more of a one-on-one learning experience, book a private class with a date and theme of your choosing. These cooking classes will quickly teach you that vegan doesn’t have to be boring.

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