Welcome to Hemmachef – Dynamic, Classic Cooking Classes and Culinary Events

Hemmachef offers cooking classes and culinary events and education for:

  • All ages – children, youth, adults, and parents & children
  • All levels of ability, interest, and experience
  • All kinds of events – from corporate recognition and team-building events, professional events, and culinary presentations to children’s birthday parties, cultural celebrations and in-home dinner parties
  • A wide spectrum of culinary topics, from wine pairings, sushi and wild game to grilling, donuts, and pasta-making
  • For any size group – small to very large

Chef Joel Olson

Chef Joel Olson of Hemmachef is a Madison-based, nationally-recognized culinary instructor with 25 years of experience teaching culinary skills to children, youth, and adults.

Chef Joel Olson

Chef / Owner, Hemmachef

Chef Joel teaches at many different venues, including the University of Wisconsin’s Memorial Union, vomFASS’s DelecTable, and Orange Tree Imports in Madison, WI and the McLean Community Center in the Washington, DC area.  He approaches teaching as entertainment and uses his sense of humor and passion for cooking to inspire and actively involve his students of all levels of ability, interest, and experience.

Chef Joel enjoys sharing his culinary expertise through presentations and media appearances.  He appears regularly on Channel 27’s Wake Up Wisconsin show, and has appeared on WPR’s Larry Meiller Show, WISC-TV, and at other venues.  Chef Joel’s classes and epic culinary events have been featured in The Wisconsin State Journal, The Isthmus, Madison Magazine, The Capital Times, and more.   This WSJ article features his annual Wild Game Feed, where he combines his love of hunting and fishing and his classical culinary training by preparing an incredible range of gourmet dishes with wild game and fish.

Chef Joel is a proud Wisconsin native who loves incorporating local food in his recipes, especially local meats, cheeses and beverages.  He has worked in almost every professional cheffing venue but most enjoys sharing his love of food and cooking through teaching culinary skills.

Chef Joel is experienced in leading large and small groups and is available for events ranging from corporate team-building, professional events, and culinary presentations to children’s birthday parties and in-home dinner parties.  He can be reached at hemmachef@gmail.com.


  • Madison, WI

  • Washington, DC Metro Area

  • Other WI and Midwest Locations

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