Chef Joel offers classes for adults at several different locations in Madison, including St Mark’s Lutheran Church, vomVASS’s DelecTable; Orange Tree Imports, and UW-Madison’s Wheelhouse Studios at Union South and Memorial Union.  Some of these venues are still not offering in-person cooking classes due to Covid-19.  We will update this page as more classes are scheduled.  Current classes are listed below by Venue.  Please review registration information for each class carefully.



6/3 (Fri) – 5-7:30pm –Tastes of Italy 
6/6 (Mon) – 6-8pm – Knife Skills
6/13 (Mon) – 5:30-8pm – Japanese Vegetarian
6/15 (Wed) – 5:30-8pm – Summer Entertaining
6/21 (Tue) – 5:30-8pm –Ramen
6/27 (Mon) – 5:30-8pm – Grain Bowls
8/1 (Mon) – 5:30-7:30pm – Knife Skills
8/3 (Wed) – 5:30-8pm –Pasta
8/4 (Thu) – 5:30-8pm – International Noodles
8/9 (Tue) – 5:30-8pm – French Vegetarian

All Hemmachef adult classes will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church605 Spruce St., Madison, 53715.


5/25/22 (Wednesday) – 6:00-8:30pm –  Roman Holiday @vomFASS’s DelecTable    (This class is almost Sold Out)

6/1/22 (Wednesday) – 6:00-8:30pm – My Thai (Vegetarian) @vomFASS’s DelecTable    (Sorry, this class is Sold Out)

6/5/22 (Sunday) – 2:00 pm-4:30 pm – Dim Sum @vomFASS’s DelecTable    (Sorry, this class is Sold Out)

6/7/22 (Tuesday) – 6:00-8:30pm –Tacos and Tequila @vomFASS’s DelecTable

6/26/22 (Sunday) – 2:00 pm-4:30 pm –  Island Brunch @vomFASS’s DelecTable

Participants for adult classes must be 18 years old.
(For classes where alcohol is served, participants may be required to be 21+.  Please see registration requirements for each venue.)

Class Descriptions for many adult classes may be found on the websites for class venues–please click on the links for full menus and other information. 

For private lessons or other questions, please email: Hemmachef@gmail.com.


Chef Joel helps Good Cooks become Great!

Cooking classes are a great way to enhance your culinary skills, add great new recipes to your repertoire, and try new ingredients that you may not be familiar with — all in a fun, social, encouraging environment.  Whether you are a beginner who needs to learn how to make more than cereal for dinner or an experienced cook who wants to learn some new skills, ingredients or cuisines, Chef Joel has great culinary classes for you.

Chef Joel loves to inspire people to cook more, especially with great local Wisconsin ingredients.  He is a proud Wisconsin native and enjoys incorporating local meats, cheeses and beverages (and more) in his recipes.  He has worked in almost every professional cheffing venue but most enjoys sharing his love of food and cooking through teaching culinary skills.  He approaches teaching as entertainment and uses his sense of humor and passion for cooking to inspire and actively involve all of his students.  He is skilled at working with individuals of all levels of ability, interest, and experience — in both large and small groups.  He feels strongly that all individuals can successfully participate in culinary classes and works hard with all participants to ensure that they fully participate in each class.  If you (or anyone in your party) have special needs, please let us know ahead of time so that Chef Joel can make sure to accommodate them.

Class sizes are limited.

Email now to reserve a spot:  hemmachef@gmail.com


For information on private special culinary events for any occasion, contact Chef Joel at hemmachef@gmail.com.


vomFASS’s DelecTable3248 University Ave, Madison, WI 53705
Class List Here

University of Wisconsin’s Wheelhouse Studios
Class Location: Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706
Class List Here

Orange Tree Imports1721 Monroe St, Madison, WI 53711
Class List Here

State Line Distillery1413 Northern Ct, Madison, WI 53703
State Line Website

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church – 605 Spruce St., Madison, 53715.

Class at St. Mark’s are held in the kitchen, which is in the basement.  Please enter the building from the north side entrance (from Spruce Street), by the playground.  There will be a sign on the door for cooking classes.  There should plenty of street parking available.  There is also a small parking lot behind the building, accessible from Hickory Street.


  • Participants are strongly encouraged to wear a facial mask for Covid-19 prevention.
  • Long Hair should be pulled back or put in a ponytail.
  • Participants must wear close-toed shoes.
  • Short-sleeved shirts are recommended.
  • Hemmachef will provide aprons and towels to use during the class.


All equipment, foods, and materials necessary to complete the recipes are provided by Chef Joel.


Please inform Chef Joel of any of the following:

  •         Food allergies or restrictions, such as lactose-intolerance or celiac disease
  •         Special Physical Needs
  •         Special Educational Needs


Participants are expected to behave with civility and respect for the Chef, the other participants, the equipment, and the food.


Chef Joel or other Hemmachef representatives may take photographs during class for use in marketing and promotional materials.  No names or other personal information will be included in these photographs.


Please inform Chef Joel as soon as possible if you will not be able to attend.  Your full class payment will be refunded up to 5 business days prior to the date of the class.  If you cancel after this time you will not receive a refund. You may have someone attend in your place, however.

If Chef Joel must cancel for any reason, every effort will be made to reschedule the class, and if you cannot attend at the new time, you will receive a full refund.


Hemmachef classes will conducted unless City of Madison buses are not running due to inclement weather.




6/3/22 (Fri) – 5-7:30pm – Tastes of Italy   (VS)

Enjoy learning to make these fabulous Italian favorites on a beautiful Friday summer evening with Chef Joel.  Your taste buds will be in heaven (or in Italy!)  On the menu:  Su Mazzamurru (individual Sardinian bread and tomato “lasagnas” served with wilted spring greens); Tacchino Tonnato with Lemon and Rosemary Risotto; (Piedmontese- style sliced, oven-roasted turkey breast with tuna caper sauce and perfectly-cooked risotto);  and luscious Tiramisu (a popular treat from Umbria) for dessert.  Ask us about our Bring Your Own Adult Beverage Policy (BYOAB)!  Location: St. Mark’s.   Class Cost: $75.

6/6/22 (Mon) – 6-8pm – Adult Knife Skills  (V)

This popular and informative hands-on class helps you learn and practice the techniques that help take the chore out of cooking, plus impress your friends!  Participants will learn special techniques for deboning a chicken; cutting and dicing onions, carrots, peppers and other vegetables, as well as learning how to paste garlic, mince parsley, and make chiffonade of greens.  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: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $60.

6/13 (Mon) – 5:30-8pm – Japanese Vegetarian  (V)

Full menu coming soon!

6/15 (Wed) – 5:30-8pm – Summer Entertaining  (VO)

Full menu coming soon!

6/21 (Tues) – 5:30-8pm – Adult Ramen   (VO)

No packets of skinny noodles or pouches of MSG in this class!   Participants will learn to make ramen noodle dough from scratch, then roll, stretch and cut the dough into fresh noodles.   They will also learn to make the wonderful pork broth, chicken broth and miso broth that are standard choices for ramen.    Then they will set up a ramen feast with the broths, freshly-simmered homemade noodles and a variety of classic ramen garnishes to enjoy.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $65.

Full menus and additional details coming soon!

6/27 (Mon) – 5:30-8pm – Grain Bowls  (V)

8/1 (Mon) – 5:30-7:30pm – Knife Skills  (V)

8/3 (Wed) – 5:30-8pm –Pasta  (V)

8/4 (Thu) – 5:30-8pm – International Noodles  (VO)

8/9 (Tue) – 5:30-8pm – French Vegetarian  (V)

Full menus and additional details coming soon!

NOTE TO VEGETARIANS:  Classes above are denoted with the following, indicating their appropriateness for vegetarians:

  • vegetarian (V)
  • meat is optional; can easily be left out of options (VO)
  • a vegetarian option can be substituted for the meat in recipes (VS)


5/25/22 (Wednesday) – 6:00-8:30pm –  Roman Holiday @vomFASS’s DelecTable    (This class is almost Sold Out)

6/1/22 (Wednesday) – 6:00-8:30pm – My Thai (Vegetarian) @vomFASS’s DelecTable    (Sorry, this class is Sold Out)

6/5/22 (Sunday) – 2:00 pm-4:30 pm – Dim Sum @vomFASS’s DelecTable    (Sorry, this class is Sold Out)

6/7/22 (Tuesday) – 6:00-8:30pm –Tacos and Tequila @vomFASS’s DelecTable

6/26/22 (Sunday) – 2:00 pm-4:30 pm –  Island Brunch @vomFASS’s DelecTable

We hope to be able to teach classes at all venues again soon.

For private lessons or other questions, please email: Hemmachef@gmail.com