Chef Joel offers classes for adults at several different locations in Madison, including St Mark’s Lutheran Church, vomVASS’s DelecTable; and Orange Tree Imports.  Current classes are listed below by Venue.  Please review registration information for each class carefully.



See CLASS DESCRIPTIONS for full menus and additional information about our cooking classes for adults.

3/7 (Tues) – 6-8:30pm – Adult Taste of New Orleans
Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $80.

3/17 (Fri) – 6-8:30pm – St. Patrick’s Day Gourmet Irish Feast
Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $80.

4/3 (Mon) – 6:30-9pm – Adult Sushi: Thinking Outside the Roll   (VO)
Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $80.

4/6 (Thu) – 6-8:30pm – Adult Bao Buns   (VO)
Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $80.

4/24 (Mon) – 6:30-8:30pm – Adult Knife Skills   (V)
Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $70.

Class descriptions and full menus coming soon!

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

NOTE:  Class dates/times and menus may be subject to change.  Registered participants will be notified ahead of time if any changes do occur.


At Orange Tree Imports Cooking School:

3/20/23 (Monday) – 6:00-8:00pm — Think Spring: Soups and Sandwiches

At vomFASS’s DelecTable:

Many of Chef Joel’s classes at DelecTable are currently Sold-Out, but more new classes are coming soon.

Please check their website to register.

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.)  If you have questions about registering for a specific class, please contact Chef Joel at Hemmachef@gmail.com.

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.


HEMMACHEF CLASSES (at St. Mark’s) – Email hemmachef@gmail.com to register.

3/7 (Tues) – 6-8:30pm – Adult Taste of New Orleans

Enjoy the exciting tastes of New Orleans at Mardi Gras!  Participants will learn to make and then get to enjoy delicious classic New Orleans dishes, including learning the technique to make a classic “roux” – which is the key to good Gumbo!  On the menu:  Shrimp and Roasted Vegetable Po’Boys (delicious New Orleans-style sandwiches featuring fresh-made bread and Cajun sauce); Chicken & Sausage Gumbo (classic Creole stew full of onions, bell peppers, celery, chicken and delicious Andouille sausage); Creole Rice; and for dessert individual Mini-King Cake Muffins with Mardi Gras Sprinkles. Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $80.

3/17 (Fri) – 6-8:30pm – St. Patrick’s Day Gourmet Irish Feast

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by learning how to make a delicious Irish feast with Chef Joel that features traditional flavors and some innovative twists!  On the menu: Creamy Fresh-Smoked Salmon and Potato Soup with Crispy Leeks; Irish Soda and Cheddar Scones; Crispy Roasted Chicken with Irish Whiskey Sauce; Boxti (crunchy potato pancakes with a luxurious creamy center); Roasted Carrots with Honey and Stout Glaze; and for dessert, a delicious Irish Cream Cake with Chocolate Sauce.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $80.

4/3 (Mon) – 6:30-9pm – Adult Sushi: Thinking Outside the Roll   (VO)

While most people associate “Sushi” with raw fish, it is actually a way of preparing rice served with a variety of fillings and toppings.  In this class, we will make delicious, unique sushi rolls, featuring not only traditional Japanese flavors, but also fun innovative flavors.  Class will start with the basics of preparing Shari rice, which is essential for any type of sushi (as “sushi” refers to the rice).  Then while the rice cooks, participants will help to prepare the fillings and toppings, then finish the rice and begin the fun part: rolling and forming sushi.  On the menu:  Roasted Sweet Potato and Baby Kale Roll;  Spicy Tuna Roll;  Wisconsin Cheddar and Apple Roll;  Silky Roasted Bell Pepper Nigiri;  Soy-Glazed Portobello Mushroom Nigiri;  plus Miso Soup, as well as the customary sushi accompaniments of pickled ginger (gari), wasabi, and soy sauce.  To cap off the feast, we will make scrumptious Green Tea Cookies for dessert.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $80.

4/6 (Thu) – 6-8:30pm – Adult Bao Buns   (VO)

Description coming soon!  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $80.

4/24 (Mon) – 6:30-8:30pm – Adult Knife Skills   (V)

Take this very popular and informative class to learn and practice safe knife skills/ techniques that help take the chore out of cooking.  Techniques include: dicing onions, carrots and other vegetables; pasting garlic; peeling and cutting fruit; and making chiffonades of leafy herbs and greens; as well trimming meat and boning a chicken, if desired.  Knife selection, sharpening and care will also be covered.  Bring your own knives or use ours.  A light meal will be served at the end of class.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $70.

Email hemmachef@gmail.com to register.

More classes for spring 2023 coming soon!

FOR VEGETARIANS:  Classes been designated according to their appropriateness for vegetarians:

  • the class is vegetarian  (V)
  • meat is optional; can easily be left out of menu items(s)  (VO)
  • a vegetarian option can be substituted for the meat in recipe(s)  (VS)


At Orange Tree Imports Cooking School:

3/20/23 (Monday) – 6:00-8:00pm — Think Spring: Soups and Sandwiches

At vomFASS’s DelecTable:

More new classes coming soon.  Please check their website to register.

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 food safety and disease 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.