See CLASS DESCRIPTIONS for full menus and other information. 

NOTE:  Register now for our great culinary SUMMER CAMPS!  More Information Here.

6/30 (Thu) – 5-7pm – K/Tw/T Summer Sweets 
7/5 (Tue) – 5-7pm – K/Tw/T Pizza Parlor   
8/2 (Tue) – 5-7pm – K/Tw/T Knife Skills  
8/8 (Mon) – 5-7pm – K/Tw/T French Vegetarian 
8/11 (Thu) – 5-7:30pm – K/Tw/T French Baking

Email Hemmachef@gmail to register.

NOTE TO VEGETARIANS:  The following classes would be appropriate for vegetarians because:

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

6/30 (Thu) – 5-7pm – Summer Sweets    V
7/5 (Tue) – 5-7pm – Pizza Parlor    VO
8/2 (Tue) – 5-7pm – Knife Skills    V
8/8 (Mon) – 5-7pm – French Vegetarian    V
8/11 (Thu) – 5-7:30pm – French Baking    VO

Email Hemmachef@gmail to register.


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


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


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 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.


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.

6/30 (Thu) – 5-7pm – Kids/Tween/Teen Summer Sweets    V

Participants will make, bake, and get to take home a variety of delicious treats to share with special friends or family (or not!).  On the menu: Fresh Berry Fools; Summertime Pastel Cream Cheese Mints; Coconut Cream Tarts with Pretzel Crust; Homemade Tootsie Rolls; No-Bake Raspberry Cheese Cakes with Graham Cracker Crust.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $55.

7/5 (Tue) – 5-7pm – Kids/Tween/Teen Pizza Parlor    VO

Kids will start by making classic pizza dough.  Then they will set homemade tomato sauce to simmering and prep toppings/fillings to make and bake personal pizzas from scratch.  Ingredients to be used include a variety of sautéed vegetables and cheeses, pepperoni, and homemade Italian sausage.  For dessert, kids will get to make delicious, homemade “Pop Tarts”!  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $55.

8/2 (Tue) – 5-7pm – Kids/Tween/Teen Knife Skills    V

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.

8/8 (Mon) – 5-7pm – Kids/Tween/Teen French Vegetarian    V

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $55.  Full menus and additional details coming soon!

8/11 (Thu) – 5-7:30pm – Kids/Tween/Teen French Baking    VO

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $60.  Full menus and additional details coming soon!

Register now for these great culinary SUMMER CAMPS! 


6/20-23 – Techniques of French Cuisine  (AM/PM)
6/27-30 – International Street Food  (AM/PM)
7/5-6 – International Cuisines: Asian & Mexican (AM, 2-day camp)
7/5-6 – International Cuisines: Ukrainian & Filipino (PM, 2-day camp)
8/1-4 –  Noodles!  (AM/PM)
8/8-11 – Mastering French Techniques  (AM/PM)
Location: St. Mark’s. 
All Camps are 4-day camps (Mon-Thurs), except where noted.
AM camp sessions are 9:30am–12:30pm.   
PM camp sessions are 1:30–4:30pm.
Camp Cost: $265 per participant per session (4-day camps), $135 pp (2-day camps).
More Information Here.

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