Learn to Cook with Chef Joel Olson!

Chef Joel offers great cooking classes and workshops for kids and teens  in Madison, WI.

Class sizes are limited.

Register now!

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

Children of all levels of ability, interest, and experience are welcome in Chef Joel’s cooking classes.  They will learn to cook and develop their love of food and fellowship through fun, hands-on classes and workshops that focus on developing cooking skills that will last a lifetime.

Children’s classes are generally tailored for children ages 8-12, but older children/teens are welcome in many classes and camps.  Younger children (ages 6-8) are welcome in Chef Joel’s Parent-Child Classes.  If you have any questions about whether classes are appropriate for your child, please contact Chef Joel.

Chef Joel has considerable experience working with persons with physical and developmental disabilities.  He feels strongly that all individuals, regardless of ability levels, can successfully participate in culinary classes and he works hard with all students to ensure that they fully participate in each class.

Chef Joel may offer classes on days when Madison (MMSD) schools are off or have early release so your children can learn useful skills while having fun.  Please note the Location for each class.

For information on special culinary events for children, such as Birthday Parties, Scouting events, special celebrations and more click here.

UPCOMING COOKING CLASSES

2/19 (Mon) – 4-6pm – Kids Korean

Get a taste of the Olympics with this Korean inspired menu that is not only easy to prepare but is also Matissuhyo! (Delicious!)  Kids will prepare then dine on Chicken Bulgagi (Korean Grilled Chicken) with Korean Slaw and Bokkeumbap (Korean Fried Rice), and Hotteok (Sweet Korean Pancakes) for dessert.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $45.

2/20 (Tues) – 4:00–6:00pm – Kids Pocket Pies Class

Learn how to make great fun food to eat with your hands!  Pocket pies were the original “bag lunches,” without the bag! – a whole meal you could put in your pocket and take out and eat when you were hungry.  Kids will help to prepare then enjoy the following variety of sweet and savory pies: Salted Caramel Apple Pocket Pies; Honeyed Peach Pocket Pies; Savory Chicken and Vegetable Pocket Pies; and Sausage, Apple and Cheddar Pocket Pies.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $45.

2/24 (Sat) – 9:30am–Noon – Kids “Breakfast All Day” Workshop

Kids will learn not only how to fend for themselves in the morning, but also how to make great breakfasts (or other meals) for the whole family.  They’ll learn the basics of egg preparation and many techniques for preparing delicious meals to eat any time.  On the menu: Individual Cheese Omelets; Soft Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Herbs; Sunny Side Up Baked Eggs with Caramelized Onions and Bacon; Crispy French Toast with Maple Butter; Simply the Best Banana Bread Ever; and Cinnamon Streusel Coffeecake Muffins.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

2/24 (Sat) – 1:00–4:00pm – Kids French Baking Workshop

In this workshop, kids will learn the basics of these classic French doughs– Pâte à Choux, two different tart doughs and French Bread dough–as well as other culinary skills such as learning how long it takes to properly caramelize onions.  Some of each batch will be sent home with each participant to show off their newly found or honed skills!  On the menu: Gougères (Cheesy Poofs); Pissaladierre with Pâte Brisée (French Onion Tart with Classic Flakey Pastry); Ficelles (Mini- Baguettes); Chocolate and Raspberry Tart with Pâte Sablée (Sweet Tart Dough).  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $55.

2/26 ((Mon) – 4-6pm – Kids Vegetarian: Eat your Vegetables, and Love Them Too

Kids, you will love eating your vegetables when you help to prepare these delicious, high flavor and mouthwatering vegetable-based dishes.  On the menu: Thai Spinach Peanut Bites; Sweetcorn and Sweet Potato Burgers with Fresh Milk Buns;  Baked Chickpea and Potato Samosas with Cool Cucumber Dipping Sauce;  Muffin Tin Chili Pots with Cheddar.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $45.

MARCH

3/3 (Sat) – 9-11am; 12-2pm; 3-5pm – Girl Scout Cooking Badge Workshops:  Brownie Snacks Workshops: Keep Calm and Snack On!

Complete all 5 steps of the Brownie Snacks Badge under the guidance of Culinary Instructor/ Professional Chef Joel Olson of Hemmachef.  Discuss snack ingredients and what makes food local and prepare 4 snacks: Vegetarian Vietnamese Summer Rolls; Oatmeal Drop Bars; Raw Mint Chocolate Energy Balls; and Sparkling Apple Cider Crush.  (Nut-free, dairy-free, vegetarian.)  Register by February 26.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $25.

3/5 (Mon) – 2:30-4:30pm – Kids Cake Baking and Decorating Class

Kids love to decorate cakes and this class will allow them to showcase their creativity, as well as learning baking skills.  They will make a classic Roulade from scratch as well as butter cream frosting.  Each child will then assemble and decorate their cake to take home with them.  Basic cake making skills (egg separating, batter folding, and preparing pans for baking) will be covered.  A variety of fun decorations will be provided.   Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $45.

3/9 (Fri) – 5:30-8pm – Teen Cuisine: All About Pasta

Teens will learn to cook both fresh and dried pasta, as well as a variety of sauces to complement specific shapes. They will make fresh pasta dough by hand, then roll, cut and use it. On the menu: Fettucuni Alfredo (fetuccini with cheese and cream); Orecchiette (‘little ear’ pasta) with Marinara Sauce; Pappardelle (wide ribbon pasta) with Spinach and Ricotta; Three Cheese-Filled Ravioli.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

3/12 (Mon) – 2:30-4:30pm – Kids Fries Fest

Not just French Fries!  You can make delicious fries out of many things.  In this class, kids will learn the basics of safely frying food and well as tips on how to “Oven Fry.”  Participants will also learn how to make some tasty dipping sauces including a twist on the traditional dipping sauce, ketchup!  On the Menu: Cold Oil-Cooked French Fries with Melted Cheddar and Sweet Red Pepper Ketchup;  Zucchini Fries with Garlic Aioli; “Oven Fried” Sweet Potato Sticks with Bacon Mayonnaise;  Chicken Fries with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $45.

3/15 (Thu) – 5:30-8pm – Teen Cuisine: All About Fries

Not just French Fries!  You can make delicious fries out of many things.  In this class, teens will learn the basics of safely frying food and well as tips on how to “Oven Fry.”  Participants will also learn how to make some tasty dipping sauces including a twist on the traditional dipping sauce, ketchup!  On the Menu: Cold Oil-Cooked French Fries with Melted Cheddar and Sweet Red Pepper Ketchup;  Zucchini Fries with Garlic Aioli; “Oven Fried” Sweet Potato Sticks with Bacon Mayonnaise;  Chicken Fries with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

3/17 (Sat) – 12:30–3:00pm – Kids St. Patrick’s Day Feast

Whether you’re Irish all-year round or just one day, this is a great way for kids to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!  They’ll prepare a delicious Irish meal to be enjoyed during class.  On the menu:  Irish Soda Crackers with Creamy Irish Potato Soup; Gaelic Chicken (Chicken with Tomatoes and Cream) and Colcannon; and traditional Irish Shortbread.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

3/24 (Sat) – 12:30–3pm – Great British Baking for Kids: II

Fan of Great British Baking?  This class is for you!  Kids will learn to bake some more classic British favorites and enjoy tasting them.  (Great British Baking for Kids: I is not a prerequisite for this class.)  On the menu:  Toad in the Hole (Pork sausages enveloped in a crispy batter);  Priddy Oggies (Pork, Cheese, Apple and Bacon Cornish Pasties);  Kentish Huffkin Rolls (Traditional Flatbread Roll with a Dimpled Top);  Easy Buttery Shortbread Biscuits;  and Chocolate Heavies.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

3/27 & 28 (Tues-Wed) – 10am-1pm – Kids International Foods Mini-Camp (Indian & Thai)

Give the kids and yourself a break this Spring Break!  This mini-camp offers a great way for kids to learn new, really useful skills and also enjoy great meals that incorporate new flavors and foods.  Kids will learn a myriad of Culinary Techniques as they prepare delicious meals in this two day Spring Break edition of International Foods Mini-Camp.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $100.

Class One:  Indian: Potato and Pea Samosas with Cool Yogurt Dip; Chicken Tikka Masala; Chickpea Vindaloo; Tandoori Roti; and Kheer (Rice Pudding with Cardamom and Rosewater).

Class Two:  Thai: Thai Sesame Chicken Meatballs in Lettuce Cups; Tom Yum Soup with Shrimp; Thai Noodles with Flavorful Peanut Sauce; and Thai Fried Bananas.

3/27 (Tues) – 2-4pm – Kids Knife Skills Class

Empower your child to help with the cooking by learning real knife skills/techniques that will stay with them for as long as they cook!  Children are great at chopping, dicing and mincing when they learn the proper techniques and safety guidelines.  Kids will practice cutting a variety of fruits, vegetables, and bread.  They will learn special techniques for cutting onions, carrots, peppers and other vegetables, as well as learning how to paste garlic, mince parsley, and make chiffonade of lettuce.  Sign them up now for this intense hands-on life skills lesson with Chef Joel!  A light meal will be served during class.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $40.

APRIL

4/7 (Sat) – 9-11am; 12-2pm; 3-5pm – Girl Scout Cooking Badge Workshops: Cooking Simple Meals for Juniors Workshops: Take Charge: Cook It Yourself!

Complete all 5 steps of the Junior Simple Meals Badge under the guidance of Culinary Instructor/Professional Chef Joel Olson of Hemmachef.  Discuss how to think like a chef and learn culinary skills while preparing 4 dishes:  Breakfast Burritos featuring perfect Soft Scrambled Eggs; Tomato, Cheese and Lettuce Whole Wheat Butty (Buttery British Sandwich); No Cook Mini-Cheesecake Tartlets; and Composed Taco Salad with Crispy Chips, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Black Beans and Cheese with a Sweet and Savory Salad Dressing.  (Nut-free, vegetarian.)  Register by April 2.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $25.

4/10 (Tues) – 4:00–6:00pm – Kids Dumpling Feast

Kids will work with different wrappers, dough and fillings to make a sumptuous Asian-inspired Dumpling Feast!  On the menu:  Pan-Fried Leek Buns (Shui Jian Bao); Homemade Vegetable Wonton Soup; Chinese Pork and Shrimp Dumplings (Jiao Zi); and Sugar Glazed Strawberry Wontons.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $45.

4/18 (Wed) – 4–6:30pm – Kids Taco Workshop

Not the drive-through variety but imagine making delicious Homemade Tacos!  Participants will learn to prepare both flour and corn tortillas from scratch, then they will make Homemade Taco Seasoning which will be used to season Garlic Chicken Filling and Vegetarian Black Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Filling.  Two Salsas will also be prepared: Pico De Gallo and Fresh Fruit Salsa, along with a Roasted Corn and Sweet Pepper Side Dish.  Plus plenty of Tasty Taco Fixin’s!  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

4/20 (Fri) – 5:30-8pm – Teen Cuisine: All About Tacos

Not the drive-through variety but imagine making delicious Homemade Tacos!  Teens will learn to prepare both flour and corn tortillas from scratch, then they will make Homemade Taco Seasoning which will be used to season Garlic Chicken Filling and Vegetarian Black Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Filling.  Two Salsas will also be prepared: Pico De Gallo and Fresh Fruit Salsa, along with a Roasted Corn and Sweet Pepper Side Dish.  Plus plenty of Tasty Taco Fixin’s!  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

4/21 (Sat) – 9:30am–1:00pm – Kids Kitchen Improv: Cooking without a Recipe Jr.

Kids should be prepared to take their cooking to the next level without having to worry about getting “Chopped” in this fun, challenging workshop.  Instead of complaining, “There is Nothing to Eat!,” kids will learn to recognize that there is usually plenty to eat, it will just take a some thought, effort and a little time.  After a quick overview of flavor profiling and general cooking principles, participants will team up in small groups and come up with a plan to cook a variety of dishes using the ingredients on hand.  Each participant will get to make something they have come up with.  Options will include vegetarian and gluten-free items.  (Other dietary concerns will be considered upon request.)  The class will emphasize practicing safe knife skill and kitchen skills while keeping workspaces clean and organized.  This is not a class for beginning cooks.  Participants should have the ability to read and understand recipes and think in terms of what should be started first when preparing a meal.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $60.

4/21 (Sat) – 2:00–4:30pm – Kids French Bistro

These French Bistro recipes are easy to prepare, much like the home-style cooking served in most French bistros. On the menu: Soupe à l’Oignon Gratinée (French Onion Soup Gratinee); Parmesan Cream Crackers; Bistro Roasted Chicken with Roasted Garlic and Pommes Frites; Tarte Tatin.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

4/24 (Tues) – 4:00–6:00pm – Kids Pasta Class

Make Tuesday night Pasta Night!  Kids will learn the techniques of making Fresh Egg Pasta and then rolling it out using a pasta machine.  Fresh pasta sheets will then be used to make cheese raviolis as well as Angel Hair and Fettuccine Pastas.  Alfredo Sauce and Marinara Sauce will also be prepared in class to taste with the pasta.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $45.

4/28 (Sat) – 12:30–3:30pm – Kids Tarts Workshop

Kids will learn to make a variety of delicious sweet and savory tarts and have a chance to work with Phyllo Dough, Puff Pastry, as well as Chef Joel’s favorite Tart Dough.  They will get to sample them in class plus take home some of each.  On the menu:  Phyllo Leek and Cream Tarts; Caramelized Onion Tart with Parmesan; and Lemon Tart with Strawberry Sauce.   Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $55.

MAY

5/4 (Fri) – 5:30-8pm – Teen Cuisine: Mexican for Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate the culture and cuisine of Mexico for Cinco de Mayo!  Teens will learn to make these Mexican favorites: Classic Tortilla Soup with Hand Rolled Tortilla Chips and Queso Blanco; Mexican Chopped Vegetable Salad with Honey Lime Dressing; Chicken and Cheese Tostadas with Picco de Gallo; and Cinnamon Churros (Crullers).  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

5/5/18 (Sat) –- 12:30–2:30am – Kids “Cinco de Mayo” Fiesta

Celebrate the culture and cuisine of Mexico for Cinco de Mayo! Kids will learn to make these Mexican favorites: Classic Tortilla Soup with Hand Rolled Tortilla Chips and Queso Blanco; Mexican Chopped Vegetable Salad with Honey Lime Dressing; Chicken and Cheese Tostadas with Pico de Gallo; Cinnamon Churros (Crullers).  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

5/12 (Sat) – 9:30am–12:30pm – Great British Baking for Kids: III

Kids will learn to bake more classic British favorites and enjoy tasting them.  (Great British Baking for Kids: I and II are not prerequisites for this class.)  On the menu:  Shepard’s Pie; Irish Soda Crackers; Sausage Rolls; Cornish Farings (Ginger Biscuits); and Treacle Tart.   Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

 

CLASS PARTICIPANTS:

Children’s classes are generally tailored for children ages 8-12, but older children/teens are welcome in many classes and camps.  Younger children (ages 6-8) are welcome in Chef Joel’s Parent-Child Classes.  If you have any questions about whether classes are appropriate for your child, please contact Chef Joel.

CLASS REGISTRATION:  

Register by emailing Chef Joel at: hemmachef@gmail.com 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 P.O. Box 5643, Madison, WI  53705-5643.

CLASS COSTS:  

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

CLASS LOCATION:

Classes are held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 605 Spruce St., Madison, 53715.

CHEF JOEL OLSON:

For more information about Chef Joel click here or email: hemmachef@gmail.com

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