See Class Descriptions for full menus and other information. 


1/24/22 (Mon) – 4:45-6:45pm – Kids Tex-Mex


2/7/22 (Mon) – 4:45-6:45pm – Kids Pasta

2/14/22 (Mon) – 4:45-6:45pm – Kids Valentine Eats & Treats

2/28/22 (Mon) – 4:45-6:45pm – Kids Mardi Gras 


3/7/22 (Mon) – 4:45-6:45pm – Kids Vegetarian

3/26/22 (Sat) – 3:00-5:00pm – Kids Ravioli

(3/28-4/1 – MMSD Spring Break)

3/28-31/22 (Mon-Thu) – 9:30am-12:30pm — Kids Spring Break Camp (4 days): Techniques of French Cuisine

3/28-31/22 (Mon-Thu) – 1:30-4:30pm — Teen Spring Break Camp (4 days): Techniques of French Cuisine

3/28/22 (Mon) – 5:00-8:00pm – Kids/Tweens international Breads

3/30/22 (Wed) – 5:00-7:00pm – Kids Knife Skills

Email Hemmachef@gmail to register.

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


We are hoping to schedule new Girl Scout badge workshops soon!  Please email us with any questions:  Hemmachef@gmail.com

More Information on Girl Scout Workshops HERE


Gift Certificates for cooking classes make great gifts!

Give the gift of a great experience for holidays, birthdays, graduations, or any occasion.


Email hemmachef@gmail.com to register.

Chef Joel encourages children to develop their love of food and fellowship by taking cooking classes.  Children of all levels of ability, interest, and experience are welcome in Chef Joel’s classes.

Children’s classes are generally designed for youth ages 8-12.  However, youth from 8-16 are welcome in “kids” 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 individuals with special needs, including physical and developmental disabilities.  He feels strongly that all individuals can successfully participate in culinary classes and works hard with all students to ensure that they fully participate in each class.

If your child has 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 special culinary events for children, such as birthday parties, scouting events, and more, click here.


Chef Joel offers some classes specifically for Teens or Tweens/Teens.  These cooking classes are appropriate for youth ages 13 – 17 years old (Teen classes) or youth ages 11-16 (Tween/Teen classes).  If you have any questions about whether classes are appropriate for you/your child, please contact Chef Joel at hemmachef@gmail.com.

Chef Joel enjoys working with teens and young adults and would be happy to offer more classes for older youth.  If you would like to arrange a class or private event for a group of teens, please contact Chef Joel: hemmachef@gmail.com.


Children’s cooking classes are generally held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 605 Spruce St., Madison, 53715.

Class 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 the cooking classes.


There should plenty of street parking available.  There is also a small parking lot behind the building, accessible from Hickory Street.


  • Participants must 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.


Parents and/or guardians are not encouraged to stay during children’s cooking classes.  Please contact Chef Joel if you are a parent who feels your child has special needs.


Chef Joel or other Hemmachef representatives may take photographs during class for use in marketing and promotional materials, with parental consent.  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/your child’s 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.


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


Email  Hemmachef@gmail.com to register.


1/24/22 (Mon) – 4:45-6:45pm – Kids Tex-Mex

In this fun, hands-on cooking class, kids will learn to make fresh tortillas from scratch, and will get to enjoy them as well as use them in other dishes.  These yummy Tex-Mex favorites are on the menu:  Handmade Flour Tortillas;  Tortilla Soup with Chicken and Cheddar;  Huevos Rancheros (“ranch eggs”);  and delicious crispy-fried Cinnamon Churros for dessert.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $55.


2/7/22 (Mon) – 4:45-6:45pm – Kids Pasta

Kids love pasta and love to learn to make it themselves.  They’ll spend a fun evening learning lots about pasta and making delicious handmade pastas.  Participants will learn the basics of making egg-based pasta dough from scratch, and will then learn how to roll and cut the dough into a variety of shapes including: Cavatelli (small hollow pasta shells); Orecchietti (small ear-shaped pasta); Pappardelle (large broad flat noodles); Quadrucci (little squares) and Fusilli (corkscrew pasta).  Participants will then learn to make these delicious (and different) sauces to enjoy tasting their pasta with: Agloi e olio (olive oil, garlic and Parmesan) and Carbonara (Bacon, egg and cheese).  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $55.

2/14/22 (Mon) – 4:45-6:45pm – Kids Valentine Eats & Treats

Kids will love to learn to make (and then get to enjoy) a delicious Valentine meal.  Not just sweets, but tasty Valentine-inspired dishes full of heart!  Individual Heart-shaped Pizzas; Romaine Heart Caesar Salad (with eggless dressing); Mini-Apple and Red Hot Cinnamon Dumplings; and Sweetheart Peppermints.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $55.

2/28/22 (Mon) – 4:45-6:45pm – Kids Mardi Gras

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:  Zippy Pork Pattie Po’Boys (delicious sandwiches with hand-made pork sausages fried until golden brown on French bread with Creole mayonnaise, shredded lettuce and tomatoes); Chicken  Gumbo (classic Cajun stew full of onions, bell peppers, celery and chicken); and for dessert, delicious homemade Beignets, the classic French-style doughnuts from New Orleans.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $55.


3/7/22 (Mon) – 4:45-6:45pm – Kids International Vegetarian

In this fun, hands-on class, kids will learn to make and then enjoy these delicious international vegetarian dishes:  Vegetable Tikka Masala with Rice (Indian); Okonomiyaki (savory pancakes that are a popular street food from Osaka, Japan); Flammkuchen (scrumptious onion Alsatian “pizza” from South Germany and the Alsace region of France); and for dessert, Norwegian sugar cookies.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $55.

3/26/22 (Sat) – 3:00-5:00pm – Kids Ravioli

Ravioli is fun to make and delicious to eat, and learning to make their own fresh homemade ravioli could even inspire kids to cook for the whole family!  Kids will learn the techniques to make Fresh Homemade Egg Pasta dough and will then roll the dough out using a pasta machine.  The fresh pasta sheets will be used to make these delicious types of ravioli: Three Cheese ravioli; Italian Sausage and Bell Pepper Ravioli; and Spinach and Asiago ravioli.  Fresh homemade Alfredo Sauce and Marinara Sauce will also be prepared in class to taste with the pasta.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $55.

(NOTE: 3/28-4/1 = MMSD Spring Break)

3/28-31/22 (Mon-Thu) – 9:30am-12:30pm — Kids Spring Break Camp (4 days): 

Techniques of French Cuisine

In this intensive hands-on camp, participants will focus on developing classic French culinary techniques that will enable them to cook any food well, ranging from sautéing and knife skills (chop, mince, dice, chiffonade, julienne, etc.) to French baking skills.  Kids will hone their culinary skills under the guidance of professional chef/highly-experienced culinary instructor Chef Joel while learning fun, new, delicious classic French recipes.  Participants of all skill levels are welcome (no prerequisites required), but should come expecting to be challenged and prepared to take their cooking up a notch!  Ages 8-12.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Camp Cost: $255 per session.

  • Monday:  Oeufs à la Tripe (Eggs with Onion sauce); Pommes Miette (Sautéed potato cubes); Marmite Dieppoise (Fish soup with cream and onions); Petites Gateaux de Carottes (Little carrot custards); Classic French Bread; Pains de la Mecque (Mecca Buns).
  • Tuesday:  Salade Nicoise (Nicoise Salad); Poulet Sauté aux Herbes de Provence (Chicken Sautéed with Herbs and Garlic); Riz à la Bernoise (Rice with mirepoix and ham); Biscottes (French Biscotti).
  • Wednesday:  Crème de Celeri (Cream of celery soup); Bifteck Haché à la Lyonnaise (Beef Patties with Onions and Herbs); Pommes de Terre Duchesse (Baked Mashed potatoes with egg); Ficelle (Bread); Toasts Aux Pommes Meringuées (Toasted apple meringues).
  • Thursday:  Quiche Lorraine (Ham and cheese quiche); Petite Poule au Blanc (Chicken with crème Fraiche); Salade de Pommes de Terre à L’Huile (French Potato Salad with Oil and Vinegar); Concombres Sautés (Sautéed Cucumbers); French Lemon Tart.

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $255.

3/28/22 (Mon) – 5:00-8:00pm – Kids/Tweens international Breads

If your child loves baking and especially bread-making, this class is for them!  Participants will practice basic baking techniques–measuring, stirring, kneading, proofing and working with yeast.  Then they will prepare a variety of tasty breads of different types from different cultures/countries to enjoy in class, and they’ll get to take some home with them, too.  On the menu:  Grisini (Italian breadsticks); Classic Welsh Cakes; Pandabono (Columbian cheese bread); Pampushky (Ukrainian garlic bread); and Japanese An Pan (filled sweet rolls).  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $65.

3/30/22 (Wed) – 5:00-7:00pm – Kids Knife Skills

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 breads with classic 8” chef knives under the guidance of Chef Joel.  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 greens.  Sign them up now for this intense hands-on life skills lesson!  A light meal will be served during class.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

Please email us with any questions:  Hemmachef@gmail.com


We are hoping to schedule more Girl Scout badge workshops soon!

Please email us with any questions:  Hemmachef@gmail.com

More Information on all Girl Scout Workshops HERE