All great Italian chefs started somewhere, whether it was in their mother’s kitchen, on the farm, or by the Mediterranean Sea. Italian cooking, which encompasses traditional foods such as pasta, pizza and antipasto, is one which beginner or expert chefs can’t seem to get enough of. The best Italian cooking classes in Los Angeles offer unique experiences with professional chefs, while giving at home chefs the opportunity to build confidence in the kitchen, sharpen skills and to try cooking favorite dishes with traditional Italian ingredients. Check out these five cooking schools that bring Italy to L.A. in three hours or less.
The Gourmandise School
395 Santa Monica Place, Suite 329
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Under the direction of Chef Clemence Gossett, The Gourmandise School is one of L.A.’s most respectable cooking schools. With a passion for desserts, Chef Clemence develops recipes for the school and is known for her personal takes on croquembouche and chocolate chip cookies. The Gourmandise School welcomes anyone with an Italian sweet tooth. Learn to make decadent Italian pastries, create Cannoli shells, layer the perfect Tiramisu with homemade Ladyfingers and make profiteroles. At $95 per person, this Italian desserts class is offered on Monday, May 16, 2016 from 10 a.m to 1 p.m.
1088 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1011
Los Angeles, CA 90024
When you want to get up close and personal with top professional chefs who have worked in some of the world’s top kitchens including Michelin-starred restaurants, Cozymeal is a foodie’s top choice. For incredible gourmet Italian cooking classes, Cozymeal offers a wide range of courses taught by Italian chefs. Connect with private chefs at various kitchens throughout Los Angeles to receive a hands-on experience, learning to hand roll pasta into different styles, prepare traditional and rustic recipes from Sardinia, master the gnocchi, and much more. Classes, which are generally three hours, are available by signing up on the Cozymeal website, ranging from $75 to $125 per person.
Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom
2366 Pelham Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom brings out the chef in anyone. The various courses include making a variety of authentic Italian dishes such as homemade pastas, pizza and specialty desserts. Italian Cuisine is offered with an extensive menu featuring torta salata, fettuccine pasta with carbonnara sauce, chicken cacciatore, breaded pork chops and tiramisu. Pizza Pizazz gives at-home chefs tips on creating a variety of pizzas including proscuitto and mozzarella cheese, grilled vegetables with creme fraiche and tomato sauce and a grilled shrimp and roasted eggplant with bell pepper puree. Learn to make homemade pasta in the pasta and sauces class. You’ll make the dough, roll and cut it (and eventually eat it). Classes are 2 ½ hours, and $95 per person.
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2833 S Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Hipcooks unites cooks of all levels through fun cooking classes, great flavors and exciting menus. At Hipcooks, you’ll learn everything from knife skills and technique to tips on selecting ingredients and various cooking methods. So getting down to business, the Italian cooking class is one of the best at Hipcooks. Seriously, you get all of the skills here. The menu features roasted butternut squash ravioli with a sage butter, dill fettucine and salmon in a cream and vodka sauce, portobello mushroom and spinach rotollo complemented by a red pepper tomato sauce and caramelle with mint, ricotta and lemon. Hipcooks also whets your whistle with a Chardonney. Let the Hipcooks crew know if you are vegetarian and they will certainly accommodate. Classes are $70 per person. Check online for class schedule.
612 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
“An Italian Affair” at EATZ cooking school will transport your taste buds to Italy. Open to all skill levels, EATZ gives its students tricks of the trade and the confidence to go home and whip up these delicious Italian dishes on their own. The class features an extensive menu — learn to make rosemary focaccia bread (from scratch), mussels in white wine and saffron broth, wild mushroom and red wine risotto, and for dessert Cointreau tiramisu served with strawberries. Red and white wine will be served. This class is available for $105 per person on May 12, 2016 from 7 to 10 p.m.