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 8-15, but older teens are also welcome in many classes and camps.  Classes just for Teens are listed here.  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.


[NOTE:  For our upcoming Girl Scout Cooking Badge Workshops, please see Other Children’s Culinary Events page.]
10/26 (Fri) — 6:00-8:00pm — Teens and Tweens Make Ramen

No packets of skinny noodles or pouches of MSG in this class. Learn to make the noodle dough from scratch, then roll, stretch and cut the dough into fresh noodles to be boiled and enjoyed with a variety of classic ramen ingredients. Participants will also learn to make the wonderful pork broth, chicken broth and miso ramen. Have a snack before you come then prepare to eat delicious homemade ramen!  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

10/30 (Tues) — 4:00-6:00pm — Kids Halloween Treats

Kids will get to make delightfully disgusting-sounding but delicious-to-eat Halloween goodies in this hands-on class. There will be plenty for in-class consumption as well as some to take home to delight (??) your friends and family. On the menu: Gum and Teeth Treats; Halloween Candy Bark; Black as Night Mints; Pick of the Litter Box (Hand-Rolled Tootsie Rolls); Bloody S’mores; “Ear Wax” Q Tips. Note: Chef Joel suggests that kids have a snack before they come to class.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $45.

11/3 (Sat) — 9:30-11:30am — Kids Make Handmade and Hand Shaped Pasta

Kids love pasta and learning to make their own homemade fresh pasta is inspiring! In this hands-on cooking class, participants will learn the techniques of making Fresh Egg Pasta and rolling it out using a pasta machine. Fresh pasta sheets will then be used to make hand-shaped Farfalle, Garganelli and Maltagliati pasta. Alfredo Sauce and Marinara Sauce will also be prepared in class to taste with the pasta.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

11/3 (Sat) — 12:30-3:30pm — Kids Homestyle Baking

Fun class for kids who love to bake. This class will add to your kids’ baking repertoire with delicious new recipes and techniques for sweet and savory dishes. Participants will make and bake the following (and they will get to take some home to enjoy with friends and family). On the menu: Creamed Chicken with Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits; Homestyle Baked Potato Soup with Fresh Buttery Breadsticks; Sweet Potato and Cranberry Muffins; Aunt Jo’s Caramel Rolls; Apple Cake with Cinnamon crème Chantilly.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $55.

12/1 (Sat) — 1:00-3:30pm — Kid’s Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Kids will learn about cooking with chocolate and will make these scrumptious chocolate eats and treats to try as well as to take some home to share (or not!). On the menu:  Chocolate Layer Cake with Chocolate Frosting; Raspberry and Chocolate Bonbons; Chocolate Chip Mousse; Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie; and Chocolate-Covered Holiday Mint Patties.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

12/15 (Sat) — 1:00-3:30pm — Kid’s Holiday Treats

Kids will spend a Saturday morning learning to make delicious holiday treats. Participants will prepare the following recipes and will have plenty to take home to share (or not!) On the menu: Holiday Red and White Pinwheel Sugar Cookies; “Hot Chocolate” Cookie Mugs; Chocolate Sprinkle Bark; Holiday Gingerbread Wands; Holiday Mint Pearls.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.



Children’s classes are generally tailored for children ages 8-15, but older teens are also 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.


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


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


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

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