Laurels
Best Cooking
Teachers in Los
Angeles
2017

Why These Cooking Teachers?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored cooking teachers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best cooking teachers in Los Angeles, CA.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Academy of Culinary Education

Run by chef and educator Cecilia De Castro, Academy of Culinary Education employs distinguished instructors to provide students an education for recreational cooking as well as professional training for a career in the food industry. Based in Woodland Hills, each class provides an intimate setting. Classes they offer include single classes, professional baking, fundamentals of cooking and baking, pre-teen and teen summer programs, professional baking, professional cooking, and more.

Woodland Hills, CA(818) 887-2433

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Belly Food Style

Owned by Nicole Kruzick and founded in 2004, Belly Food Style is a Los Angeles and Toronto-based food stylist company. A professional food stylist for film, TV, and other forms of media, Nicole focuses on creating beautiful food art for a variety of platforms. She also offers cooking classes that focus on creating beautiful and delicious meals with tested recipes, all the needed tools, and a how-to knowledge for cooking from start to finish. Class options include private and group cooking classes, private hands-on cooking classes, and a Farmer’s Market Tour and Cooking Class.

Venice, CA(323) 304-5878

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Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom

A top-notch culinary school, Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom focuses on hands-on experience and a technical education for each student. Founded in 2003 by owner and instructor Chef Eric Jacques Crowley, the school serves the West Los Angeles and surrounding areas. He focuses on creating a warm and patient environment for each student for enjoyment in the process of mastering the culinary skills they work on conquering. The school provides recreational classes, team building events, 4-week cooking series, and professional programs.

Los Angeles, CA(310) 470-2640

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Cooking for Luv

Owned by Stephanie Goldfinger and founded in 2012, Cooking for Luv specializes in teaching take-out enthusiasts how to cook a homemade meal for loved ones. Stephanie has worked with a variety of big names for teaching corporate classes and appeared on Food network’s Food Truck Face Off. Stephanie focuses on creating hearty vegetarian dishes, providing a modern twist on traditional comfort foods, and a wide knowledge of specialized, raw, vegan, and gluten-free diets. They offer cooking classes for groups, couples, and private parties. Other services Stephanie offers include food writing, personal chef services, small event catering, corporate wellness, recipe and menu services, on-camera talent, and more.

Venice, CA(310) 266-4225

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Cooking with Corralez

Lance Corralez specializes in putting his own unique spin on the culinary arts, and Cooking with Corralez reflects that style without compromising the passion of cooking or on the quality of the food. A native Angelino and self-taught chef, Corralez brings over 28 years of experience to the kitchen and offers private home delivered meals and a range of private classes for all ages. One-on-one attention is the focus of each class and can take place at each client’s home or in a small group setting.

Studio City, CA(310) 508-7873

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EATZ

Offering personal cooking classes in a dinner party environment, EATZ focuses on teaching students the art of cooking from the very first step to the last taste. They keep class sizes small so that each student receives hands-on experience and can also eat every item. All classes include a pre-made appetizer, a five-course meal, wine pairings or cocktails made from scratch, fresh and seasonal ingredients, fun recipes, and culinary tips. Owner Niki Tehranchi opened EATZ after practicing law for several years and left to follow her passion for cooking at culinary school. Now, she shared her love of cooking with each student and encourages her students to experiment.

Los Angeles, CA(323) 935-3289

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Foodstory

Owned by Yoko, Foodstory is a way to pass on her mother and grandmother’s authentic culinary skills. Based in Los Angeles, everything is created from scratch and classes are usually encouraged to start with sushi lessons for proper knowledge-base of Japanese cuisine. The classes focus on providing trustworthy food education based on Japanese cuisine and elevating the standards of Japanese cuisine in the United States by creating well-informed customers. They offer seafood market tours and cooking lessons, ramen run-downs, a culinary tour of Japan, team building classes, private parties, Japanese cooking 101, and more.

Los Angeles, CA(310) 853-3663

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Great Taste

For over ten years, Great Taste focuses on staying the freshest chef service in the South Bay and Southern California areas. Owner and CEO Chef Cherryl is a Sri Lankan-born Southern California native, a celebrity chef, and a personal chef who has traveled the world extensively in search of innovative and fresh ideas. In addition to catering with a full staff, the team at Great Taste offers private cooking lessons, corporate party services, group cooking classes, home parties, and more. Great Taste offers special deals online or by direct calls.

Marina Del Rey, CA(310) 465-7623

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House Call Chef

House Call Chef is a home service that specializes in shopping, cooking, and serving food by special arrangement while all clients have to do is provide the kitchen and the pans. Chef Don Dutcher serves the Greater Los Angeles and surrounding areas and holds over 30 years of experience cooking and has a variety of experience with different cuisines and styles of cooking. Don Dutcher also offers recreational cooking classes, private cooking classes, in-home cooking courses, in-home culinary arts classes, and more. Other services he provides include cooking for events and parties, personal lifestyle chef services, cooking lesson parties, recipe help, and more.

Anaheim, CA(714) 496-8014

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New School of Cooking

A private institution that specializes in providing professional diplomas to chefs, New School of Cooking is based in Culver City and serves the surrounding areas of the Greater Los Angeles area. Founded in 2000, the company offers culinary art classes that include pro level courses, private classes, seasonally based classes, basic cooking classes, basic baking classes, baking and pastry arts, and more. They also offer filming options as scheduling allows, kitchen rentals, private events, and menu development services for caterers, startups, and personal chefs. They are approved by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

Culver City, CA(310) 842-9702

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Organic Gourmet™

Founded in 1999, Organic Gourmet™ is owned and operated by Melissa Ward, a Southern California native that now serves Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and the surrounding areas. Focusing on a philosophy that expresses an intuitive take on cooking based on years of research and hands-on experience, Melissa provides healing food menus, nutritional consultations, organic catering, and healthy cooking classes. Melissa’s cooking classes focus on generating ideas, profiling ingredients, and teaching techniques for confidence in the kitchen. Classes range from group lessons to private classes. Melissa is a published writer and is certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants.

Santa Monica, CA(310) 403-3323

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South Bay School of Cooking

Based in Redondo Beach, South Bay School of Cooking is a hands-on cooking school that specializes in recreational classes. Chef Annette Gallardo founded the school in 2003 after cooking in and around the Greater Los Angeles area for over a dozen years. The company offers classes for adults, a kid’s summer camp, corporate team building, and a range of hands-on classes from basics to Global Gastronomy. They hold awards that include the Manhattan Beach Women in Business Woman of the Year and the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year.

Redondo Beach, CA(310) 350-3772

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Spork Foods

A gourmet vegan food company based in West Hollywood and founded in 2007, Spork Foods is owned and operated by sisters Heather Bell and Jenny Engel. Their cuisine focuses on seasonal, local, and organic ingredients. Both Heather and Jenny offer cooking demonstrations for parties, festivals, corporations, and schools. The company provides organic vegan classes, region-based classes, gluten-free classes, seasonal and holiday classes, food styling and photography classes, and more. They also offer vegan menu and recipe development, as well as TV representation and video content for vegan non-profits and food companies. Heather and Jenny are Chef Ambassadors for Setton Farms and Follow Your Heart®.

West Hollywood, CA(323) 512-5544

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SunCafe

Featuring a plant-based and dairy-free menu, SunCafe is a Studio City-based restaurant with made-to-order dishes focusing on using only the freshest ingredients. Owned by Ron Russell and Rebecca Smith, they offer living food cooking classes on Saturday mornings. Class topics range and may include dinner party, appetizers, Mexican cuisine, raw snacks, holiday dishes, decadent desserts, and more. They hold awards from OpenTable that include Diner’s Choice 2015, Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Best Ambiance, and Best Overall Restaurant.

Studio City, CA(818) 927-4100

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The Cooking Coach 101

The only cooking school in Los Angeles that is exclusively dedicated to in-home private cooking lessons, The Cooking Coach 101 specializes in one-on-one classes in areas that home cooks need the most help. The company was founded in 2010 by Professional Home Chef Beth Hirsch, who teaches the classes and starts from the beginning stages, entertainment coverage, and works toward a professional level lesson. Each lesson includes a complimentary pantry and kitchen evaluation to help build a foundation for every client’s kitchen.

Los Angeles, CA(323) 215-5615

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The Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories

Born out of a kitchen in Venice, CA, by Chef Clemence Gossett, The Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories offers hands-on cooking classes for beginners all the way to professionals using locally sourced ingredients. Now located in Santa Monica, their mission is to educate people on how to make delicious treats and meals from sustainable and locally sourced ingredients while having fun. Since being founded in 2002, they provide recreational classes, specialty and technique classes, baking classes, cooking classes, private parties, food workshops, special events, and more.

Santa Monica, CA(310) 656-8800

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Un-Curry

Serving delicious and regional Indian food to the Los Angeles area since 2007, Un-Curry focuses on shattering myths and stereotypes of Indian cuisine while serving regional dishes that educate and reflect the history and diversity of India. Founder Kaumudi Marathe is a journalist turned chef that was born in India and connects to her roots by creating delicious cuisine. Classes range from individual and group settings and levels of skill and include Spices 101, exploring the Indian Kitchen, Lentil Life, Californian-Indian, Indian Tea Party, and more. Their pop-up restaurant is the first Indian restaurant of its kind in Los Angeles and is located in Glendale.

Glendale, CA(818) 271-7018

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Urban Kitchen

A recreational cooking school, Urban Kitchen is located in South Pasadena and serves the Greater Los Angeles area. They focus on drawing people together to create, savor, and learn how to make delicious meals with fresh ingredients and hands-on experience. Owner and Chef Instructor Michelle founded the school in 2013 and is classically trained at Le Cordon Bleu, which allows her to share industry techniques and tips for home cooking.

South Pasadena, CA(626) 403-5633

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