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.
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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.
UPCOMING COOKING CLASSES and MINI-CAMPS for KIDS/TWEENS/TEENS[NOTE: For Girl Scout Cooking Badge Workshops, please see Other Children’s Culinary Events page.]
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.
12/4 (Tues) — 4:30-6:30pm — 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 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 but Chef Joel recommends participants have a snack before class. Location: St. Mark’s. Class Cost: $40.
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.
12/26 & 12/27 (Wed & Thu) — 10am-1pm — Classic French Cooking Mini-Camp
Give the kids and yourself a break this Holiday Break! Kids will learn a myriad of French techniques as they prepare a meal for them to enjoy each day in this two day Holiday edition of Classic French Cooking Mini-Camp. Day One: Le Tourin Gascon à la Tomate (Tomato Soup Gascon-Style); Handmade Baguettes with Beurre Maître d’Hôtel (maître d’hôtel compound butter); Blanquette de Poulet (Chicken and Vegetable Stew); Pomme Purée (Mashed Potatoes); and Sable Breton (French Butter Cookies). Day Two: Flamiche aux Poireaux (Leek and Onion Pie from the Picardy region of France); Pain de Campagne (French Country Loaf) with Simple Garlic Confit; Boulettes de Porc with Caramelized Onion Sauce; Riz au Fromage (Rice with Cheese); and Le Mille-feuille for dessert. Location: St. Mark’s. Class Cost: $100.
GENERAL CLASS INFORMATION
COOKING CLASS PARTICIPANTS:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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