Chef Joel offers fun and effective classes for adults of all levels of expertise, interest and ability.  Whether you are a beginning cook or an experienced “foodie,” Chef Joel has classes to meet your needs.

Chef Joel offers classes at several different venues in Madison.  Please note the location and registration information for each class.

6/29/17 (Thur) – 6:30 – 9:00pm – Adult Knife Skills Workshop

This popular and informative class helps you learn and practice the techniques that help take the chore out of cooking, plus impress your friends!  Techniques include: de-boning a chicken; dicing onions, carrots, peppers, celery, and other vegetables; pasting garlic; and cutting a selection of fruits.  Knife selection, sharpening, and care will also be covered.  Bring your own knives or use ours.  A light meal will be prepared for class participants.  Location: UW-Union South.  Register here.

8/3/17 (Thur) – 6:30 – 9:00pm – Summer White Wine & Food Pairings

Why do some food and wine combinations dance gracefully on your palate and others stand around and disagree? Learn the basic characteristics of three major white wine varieties: Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Taste these wines along with examples of sweet, salty, bitter and sour foods, herbs and spices, examining the role of umami in wine and food pairings as well.  Location: UW-Union South.  Register here.


Adult classes are generally for individuals ages 18 and over.  Adult classes involving wine or alcohol may be restricted to those ages 21 and over.  If you have questions about any classes, please contact Chef Joel.


For adult classes not held at Union South, please register by emailing Chef Joel at: to reserve a spot.  Class sizes are limited.  Once you receive confirmation that space is available, please send a check made payable to Chef Joel Olson to PO Box 5643, Madison, WI, 53705-5643.

For classes held at UW’s Union South, please register at:  Wheelhouse Mini-Course Registration


Class costs are listed.  Class costs include recipe packets to take home and all foods, equipment, and materials necessary to complete the recipes.


Adult classes are held at two locations:

St. Mark’s:  Some Adult classes will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 605 Spruce St., Madison, 53715.

Union South:  Some Adult classes are held at the through the University of Wisconsin’s Wheelhouse Studios at Union South, 1308 W Dayton Street.   For these classes, please register at:  Wheelhouse Mini-Course Registration


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