Laurels
Best Cooking
Teachers in San
Francisco
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 San Francisco, 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.

Chef Joe's Culinary Salon

Chef Joe's Culinary Salon brings years of experience to cooking classes in San Francisco. Fun and welcoming hands-on classes are offered in the chef's culinary studio and include Cooking with Beer, Mediterranean Tapas, Knife Skills, and an entire month of French recipes. Individuals can check out all classes on the school's site and can also request private group classes. The chef/owner has held a number of high-profile chef positions and taught at California Culinary Academy/Cordon Bleu as well.

San Francisco, CA(415) 626-4379

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Cooking with Isaac

Cooking with Isaac offers cooking lessons in Burlingame. Participants can take in-home classes on Essential Skills, Knife Skills, and Dinner Party Planning, and additional services include private chef services and BBQs. The owner/teacher studied at the California Culinary Academy, worked as Chef de partie at Wynn Las Vegas, and is ServSafe Certified, and Cooking with Isaac's website features recipes as well as a link to the chef's YouTube channel.

Burlingame, CA(650) 235-5095

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Crimson Kitchen

Crimson Kitchen offers Indian cooking lessons in San Francisco. Participants can learn both mystical Indian dishes and traditional recipes during a three to four-hour class in a private home, receive a traditional snack upon arrival, sip beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages, and dine on the wonderful Indian meal they prepared. Students can take group or private lessons, and event and party catering is also available.

San Francisco, CA(415) 425-1274

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Culinary Artistas

Culinary Artistas is a cooking school for kids in San Francisco. Children can enjoy creative cooking lessons in a fun and safe environment and learn about healthy eating as well as their community and culture via classes, single and multi-day camps, birthday parties, field trips, and classes at their school as well. Schedules for all offerings can be found on Culinary Artistas' site and include Food Exploration for Preschoolers and Follow the Seasons.

San Francisco, CA(415) 735-5234

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Draeger's Cooking School

Draeger's Cooking School teaches people how to cook in San Mateo. Students can take advantage of courses from various professional chefs such as Gonzalo Guzman: Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen, Annada Rathi: Everyday Cooking With Indian Flavors, and Michael Zimmerman: Elegant Spring Feast, and private special event classes can also be organized. All chef bios can be found on Draeger's website along with a class schedule as well.

San Mateo, CA(650) 685-3704

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Executive Chef Events

Executive Chef Events handles team cooking events in San Francisco and is backed by decades of combined experience. Clients can sign up for hands-on cooking parties as well as culinary competitions via Team Building Cooking Face-offs, Cooking Team Building, and Cooking Classes. Participants benefit from completely customized events, flawless execution, and flexibility and scale, and the company can travel to various local venues as well as out-of-state and around the world.

San Francisco, CA(800) 975-6844

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First Class Cooking

First Class Cooking provides cooking lessons to San Francisco residents. Students can learn in a fun and supportive atmosphere, use only top-quality, local, and seasonal ingredients, and can include first-time cooks to experienced chefs. Premium Partner Classes include Wine Pairing and Enhanced Nutrition Classes: Cooking for Optimum Health, private events are also available, and the school has been featured on SFBG online and other outlets. A full schedule of classes can be found on the site as well.

San Francisco, CA(415) 573-2453

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Gochiso Kitchen

Gochiso Kitchen offers Japanese cooking lessons in San Francisco. Individuals can choose a home-style Japanese cooking class or a sushi making class, and the lessons last one and a half to two hours and can accommodate four to eight people. Custom classes are also available, and dish ideas are listed on Gochiso's site. The owner previously worked in Japan as a restaurant chef and taught at a famous cooking school in Japan as well.

San Francisco, CA(415) 295-5779

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Hands On Gourmet, Inc.

Hands On Gourmet, Inc. brings decades of combined culinary practice to San Francisco cooking students. The group provides private cooking parties and team-building events for 10 to 100 participants, can set up at the client's chosen location, and handles everything from special requests, wine pairings, prepared cooking stations, and cleanup. The company employs a team of over 30 chefs who work in local restaurants, food companies, culinary schools, and as personal chefs.

San Francisco, CA(415) 553-8894

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In The Kitchen Culinary

In The Kitchen Culinary has been a Sausalito cooking school for almost 10 years. Individuals can learn valuable cooking skills via team building, bridal events, private parties, and other workshops and classes for a few people to over 100. Kids classes and birthday parties are also available along with personal/private chef services, and extensive bios for the team's chefs can be reviewed on IKC's site.

Sausalito, CA(415) 331-8766

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Jordan’s Kitchen

Jordan’s Kitchen has been teaching people how to cook in San Francisco since 2008. The school offers weekly public cooking classes, private group lessons, and corporate team building classes, and kids' cooking camps and private birthday parties are also available. The founder seeks to show people the joy of cooking and eating together, has experienced culinary traditions all over the world, and also offers private catering.

San Francisco, CA(415) 872-9160

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Junior Chef Stars

Junior Chef Stars has been a kids' and teens' cooking school in Pacifica since 2002. The group uses cooking lessons to improve socialization, team building, and self confidence as well as provide a knowledge of needed kitchen skills and nutrition. A schedule of classes at local schools is available on Junior Chef Stars' site, and the team also offers seasonal camps, birthday parties, special events, and field trips. All instructors are ServSafe and/or CPR & First Aid Certified.

Pacifica, CA(650) 898-8742

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Kitchen on Fire

Kitchen on Fire has been teaching cooking classes in Berkeley since 2005. The school focuses on enabling people to cook healthy, delicious meals for themselves via private cooking parties and team building, an award-winning 12 Week Basics of Cooking Series, and other hands-on classes such as A Night in Paris and Asian Vegetarian Cooking. Kitchen on Fire also offers fine catering for up to 150 guests as well as buffet meals and box lunches.

Berkeley, CA(510) 548-2665

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Mama Thai Cooking Club

Mama Thai Cooking Club is a Thai cooking school in San Francisco. The group promotes healthy weight and well-being via flavorful Thai dishes using locally-sourced organic, non-GMO meat and produce. Services include various hands-on lessons at the club, private parties and team building events, and private in-home classes. The owner is a certified health coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is a Certified National Registry Of Food Safety Professional as well.

San Francisco, CA(415) 572-3001

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MealThymes

MealThymes teaches people how to cook in San Francisco. Cooking demonstrations and lessons with numerous themes from Homemade Pasta to Seafood Secrets are available for corporate team building and a variety of personal events, and the chef is a gluten-free expert as well. The chef studied in France and Italy, is a Certified Sommelier, participated in First Lady Michelle Obama's Chef's Move to Schools launch, and offers personal chef/private catering services as well.

San Francisco, CA(888) 314-3423

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Parties That Cook

Parties That Cook has been offering cooking lessons in San Francisco since 1999. The mobile culinary school specializes in corporate team building events, private cooking parties, and San Francisco cooking classes at various local venues and can handle groups of 15 to 350. The founder is a graduate of Tante Marie’s Cooking School and promotes interactive cooking as a way to connect, foster relationships, and improve teamwork, and the school was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle.

San Francisco, CA(415) 441-3595

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Paulding & Company

Paulding & Company brings a lifetime of culinary experience to Emeryville clients. Cooking classes range from group cooking lessons and interactive wedding rehearsal dinners to corporate team building events and private parties, and catering is also available. The mother-daughter business is a Certified Women's Business Enterprise, has been featured in the American Express Open Forum, and runs kids' classes as well through Cook!, which has twice won "Best of" from Parent's Press.

Emeryville, CA(510) 594-1104

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The Cheese School of San Francisco

The Cheese School of San Francisco has been providing cooking lessons in San Francisco since 2006. Individuals can sign up for hands-on cheesemaking classes, cheese and wine pairing lessons, classes focused on cheeses from different countries, and numerous other options including a Three-Day Intensive Cheese Education Program. Instructors are also available for private parties and corporate events, and customized menus feature local meat and produce as well as hand-crafted cheeses

San Francisco, CA(415) 346-7530

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The City Kitchen

The City Kitchen teaches people how to cook in the San Francisco area. The "boutique culinary event company and food blog" features custom and public cooking classes as well as team building events focused on learning kitchen skills while having fun, and catering services are also available. The City Kitchen also consults with clients on recipe development and testing, product marketing, food industry events, and food styling and photography.

San Francisco, CA(415) 912-9802

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Yummy Thai Cooking

Yummy Thai Cooking provides coking classes in Belmont. The school is owned by a native of Thailand who teaches people how to master traditional Thai dishes via private or group lessons as well as four-week courses, and catering services are also available. The chef can also guide people on where to find Thai ingredients and grows many specialty herbs in her own organic garden as well.

Belmont, CA(650) 492-5328

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