Orange County features a wide variety of cooking classes for individuals, groups, families, and kids ready to hone their culinary techniques. From one-off, recipe based classes for cooks seeking to gain a specific focus to technique and skill courses designed to improve overall confidence and expertise, Orange County boasts home chef cooking classes for everyone.

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Le Gourmet Culinary
541 W Chapman Avenue
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 888-5029

Le Gourmet Culinary, located in Old Towne Orange, features daily cooking classes, while weekends often feature multiple classes per day. Started as a kitchen design & remodeling company in 1992, Le Gourmet Culinary has been a teaching kitchen under the tutelage of Chefs Eda Martin and Mitchell Frieder since 2016. Community classes are offered in the state-of-the-art showroom kitchen to cooks of all experiences. The small class sizes (up to 12 people) ensure hands-on attention to all.

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31770 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA, 92675
(949) 218-5218

Hands-on cooking classes are offered for individuals, groups, and teams at Tspoons in San Juan Capistrano. Daily classes are offered for children, adults, and teens, often taught by featured guest Chefs, including cooking themes such as Sushi 101, Pastry & Baking Workshops, Date Night in Paris, Weekend Dinners for the Family, Parent & Me Cooking, and more. A 5-week Cooking Fundamentals Course and Essential Knife Skills course are helpful to home cooks looking to refine their skills.

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Sur la Table
3333 Bear Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 241-0118

The popular, Seattle-based culinary chain, Sur La Table, boasts a Costa Mesa location with a wealth of weekly class offerings for every type of home chef; virtual classes are even available. Beginners to experts are taught hands-on skills and cooking techniques by passionate instructors in themed cooking and skill classes available for budding chefs of every age. Courses vary from general to specific including Kid’s Knife Skills, K-Town Korean Kitchen, Everyday Vegetarian and more. Classes are even offered for specific kitchen tools, such as the Kitchenaid stand mixer.

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Culinary Lab
17231 17th St B
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 486-4406

Culinary Lab, located it Tustin, isn’t for the casual cook. But for budding home cooks interested in a foundational level of culinary education, Culinary Lab’s Beginner Culinary Series Class, a 12-week program, is the perfect “culinary school for the home cook.” Students enrolled in the program receive access to the same chef instructors and professional equipment that enrolled culinary students get, and students leave with techniques, skills, and confidence that is unsurpassed compared to one-off recipe-based classes.

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Lil’ Chef School
15435 Jeffrey Road, #132
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 679-8390

One of the OC’s only kid-focused culinary schools, Lil’ Chef School provides a fantastic environment for kids of all ages (starting at just 3!) to hone their culinary techniques and confidence in the kitchen. In addition to weekly classes on a variety of cooking themes, the school also offers cooking events, parties, birthday celebrations, and summer camps for kids who love to cook. Parent’s Night Out classes offer moms and dads an evening off while kids are boosting their skills.

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In the Kitchen With Gram & Ma’am
Ladera Ranch, CA

In the Kitchen With Gram & Ma’am is a new, quarterly cooking class (their 2018 schedule will ramp up to weekly this fall) taught by mother and daughter duo Tina and Haley from their stunning Ladera Ranch home. Classes are themed on everyday, family-friendly recipes for the home cook, with emphasis on hosting and entertaining. Their gorgeous, state-of-the-art kitchen has been featured in magazines and online features, while their classes are equally as fun, educational, and creative.

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