COOKING CLASSES IN MADISON

Chef Joel Olson of Hemmachef offers cooking classes in Madison, Wisconsin, and is also available to teach throughout Wisconsin.

Chef Joel is adept at working with students of all ages and abilities, from children to adults, and making sure that everyone has a fun culinary experience while learning useful skills. His students have ranged from 6 year-olds to senior citizens, and many classes have included a wide age range of students. Chef Joel provides participants with safe, well-organized, fun-filled instruction, and strives to maintain a courteous, fair kitchen environment.

Classes are generally offered for these age groups:

  • Children’s Cooking Classes
    • designed for 8-12 year-olds
  • Teen Cooking Classes
    • designed for 13-17 year-olds
  • Parent-Child Cooking Classes
    • designed for children aged 6+ and their parents, grandparents, or other adult in their lives
  • Adult Cooking Classes
    • designed for individuals 18 and up
      • Please note that classes involving alcohol may be restricted to individuals 21 and up
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  • Summer White Wine & Food Pairings Class
    6:30 pm-9:00 pm
    08/03/2017
    Union South, West Dayton Street, Madison, WI, United States
    Union South, West Dayton Street, Madison, WI, United States

    Why do some food and wine combinations dance gracefully on your palate and others stand around and disagree? Learn the basic characteristics of three major white wine varieties: Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Taste these wines along with examples of sweet, salty, bitter and sour foods, herbs and spices, examining the role of umami in wine and food pairings as well. Food sampled will be vegetarian but not vegan.  1 Meeting.  Location: UW-Union South.  Register here:

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  • Kids Camp: American Culinary Adventure–Day1, 9am–12pm
    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    08/07/2017
    St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States
    St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States

    This intensive 4-Day Camp will allow kids to hone their cooking skills while learning fun, new, delicious menus.  Participants will get to enjoy some classic regional favorites as well as twists on old stand-by’s.  The emphasis is on basic kitchen skills, including food safety and sanitation as well as knife skills.  No prerequisites required, but expect to be challenged!  Location: St. Mark’s.  Camp Cost: $225.

    Monday:  Homemade Chicken Meatballs with Herbed Gravy and Cream Biscuits; Classic Kentucky Burgoo with Cheddar Dumplings; Apple Dumplings with Caramel Sauce.

  • Teen Camp: American Culinary Adventure–Day 1, 1:30–4:30pm
    1:30 pm-4:30 pm
    08/07/2017
    St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States
    St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States

    This intensive 4-Day Camp will allow teens to hone their cooking skills while learning fun, new, delicious menus.  Participants will get to enjoy some classic regional favorites as well as twists on old stand-by’s.  Basic kitchen skills, including food safety and sanitation as well as knife skills will be covered.  No prerequisites required, but expect to be challenged!  Location: St. Mark’s.  Camp Cost: $225.

    Monday:  Homemade Chicken Meatballs with Herbed Gravy and Cream Biscuits; Classic Kentucky Burgoo with Cheddar Dumplings; Apple Dumplings with Caramel Sauce.

  • Adult Summertime Tarts Class (6-8:30pm)
    6:00 pm-8:30 pm
    08/07/2017
    St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States
    St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States

    Learn the basics of classic Pate Brisee and contemporary tart dough and use them to create the following variety of delicious sweet and savory tarts using fresh, seasonal ingredients:  Raspberry and Chocolate Tart; Lemon and Blueberry Tart; Smoked Salmon and Jarlsberg Tart; and Tomato, Zucchini and Basil Tart with fresh Mozzarella.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $60.

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  • Kids Camp: Noodles!–Day 1, 9am–12pm
    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    08/14/2017
    St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States
    St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States

    Each day camp participants will learn and practice unique noodle-making techniques, then use the noodles they make to prepare a variety of savory dishes.  Egg-based Ramen Noodles start the week off as kids learn the basics of making that smooth and tender dough.  Sophisticated Soba Noodles made of buckwheat follow, then Rice Noodles and finally Italian Pasta Dough.  Note: This class is not gluten free.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Camp Cost: $225.

    Monday: Ramen Noodles:  Kids will make Ramen noodles, then will make slowly simmered broths, with luscious roast pork and eggs cooked to perfection.  Also on the menu:  Roasted Chicken Ramen; Peanut Butter Ramen Salad; Miso Ramen; Meatball Ramen with Sticky Orange and Soy Sauce.

  • Teen Camp: Noodles! – Day 1, 1:30–4:30pm
    1:30 pm-4:30 pm
    08/14/2017
    St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States
    St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States

    Each day camp participants will learn and practice unique noodle-making techniques, then use the noodles they make to prepare a variety of savory dishes.  Egg-based Ramen Noodles start the week off as kids learn the basics of making that smooth and tender dough.  Sophisticated Soba Noodles made of buckwheat follow, then Rice Noodles and finally Italian Pasta Dough.  Note: This class is not gluten free.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Camp Cost: $225.

    Monday: Ramen Noodles:  Teens will make Ramen noodles, then will make slowly simmered broths, with luscious roast pork and eggs cooked to perfection.  Also on the menu:  Roasted Chicken Ramen; Peanut Butter Ramen Salad; Miso Ramen; Meatball Ramen with Sticky Orange and Soy Sauce.

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  • Kids Camp: Noodles!–Day 2, 9am–12pm
    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    08/15/2017
    St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States
    St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States

    Tuesday: Soba Noodles:  Sesame Soba Noodles; Silky Soba Noodles with Spicy Sesame Sauce; Crispy Soba Noodle Pancakes with Barbecued Chicken and Vegetables; Nori Rolls with Salmon and Soba.

  • Teen Camp: Noodles!–Day 2, 1:30–4:30pm
    1:30 pm-4:30 pm
    08/15/2017
    St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States
    St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States

    Tuesday: Soba Noodles:  Sesame Soba Noodles; Silky Soba Noodles with Spicy Sesame Sauce; Crispy Soba Noodle Pancakes with Barbecued Chicken and Vegetables; Nori Rolls with Salmon and Soba.

  • Kids Summer Rolls Workshop (5:30-8:00pm)
    5:30 pm-8:00 pm
    08/15/2017
    St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States
    St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States

    Summer rolls are delicious and nutritious.  Fresh, not fried; filled with fragrant fresh herbs, rice vermicelli and protein; then wrapped in Vietnamese rice paper and served with dipping sauces, summer rolls are fun to make and great to eat.  Kids will learn techniques to make a variety of Summer Rolls including Classic Vietnamese Summer Rolls; Korean BBQ Beef Summer Rolls; Shredded Pork Summer Rolls; and Chicken and Broccoli Summer Rolls, as well as Peanut Dipping Sauce; Mirin Soy Sauce; and Nuac Cham Dipping Sauce.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

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  • Kids Camp: Noodles!–Day 3, 9am–12pm
    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    08/16/2017
    St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States
    St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States

    Wednesday: Rice Noodles:  Thai Rice Noodles with Chicken and Broccoli; Pork and Vegetable Pho; Pad Thai; Cambodian Rice Noodle with Shrimp and Peas.

  • Teen Camp: Noodles!–Day 3, 1:30–4:30pm
    1:30 pm-4:30 pm
    08/16/2017
    St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States
    St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States

    Wednesday: Rice Noodles:  Thai Rice Noodles with Chicken and Broccoli; Pork and Vegetable Pho; Pad Thai; Cambodian Rice Noodle with Shrimp and Peas.

  • Kids Summer Baking Workshop (5:30-8:00pm)
    5:30 pm-8:00 pm
    08/16/2017
    St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States
    St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States

    Fun class for kids who love to bake.  We’ll heat up the kitchen for baked treats so you don’t have to heat up yours.  This class will add to your kids’ baking repertoire with delicious new recipes and techniques for sweet and savory bakes.  Participants will make and bake the following dishes (and they will get to take some home to enjoy with friends and family).  On the menu:  Lemon Galettes; Coconut Macaroons; Caramel Rolls; Apple Turnovers; Potato and Cheese Biscuits; and Twice Baked Potatoes with Ham and Cheddar.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

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