Chef Joel Olson of Hemmachef offers cooking classes in Madison, Wisconsin, and is also available to teach throughout Wisconsin.  Chef Joel offers private classes and special culinary events and can make your corporate or private event a delicious and memorable one!

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:

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  • 03

    9:30 am-11:30 am
    St Mark's Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States
    St Mark's Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States

    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.

  • 03

    12:30 pm-3:30 pm
    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. 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.

  • 04

    5:30 pm-8:00 pm

    Another great cooking class offering an amazing chance to “go behind the scenes” at Smoky’s, learn some great culinary skills, and enjoy an incredible meal that you helped to prepare under the guidance of nationally-known culinary instructor/professional chef Joel Olson of Hemmachef.  This class features one of America’s favorite foods:  Bacon.  Come prepared to participate and once you’re ready to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor, you will get to enjoy and compare three different Cabernets with your delicious meal.  Location: Smoky’s Club.  Class Cost: $85 per person.

    1st Course:  Sweet Potato, Scallop and Bacon Napoleons with Brie and Herbs

    A wonderful stack of sautéed sweet potato slices, caramelized scallops, crisp bacon, herbs and melted Brie.

    2nd Course:  Open-faced Bacon and Beef Wellingtons with Cabernet Sauce, Bacon Studded Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans with Butter, Bacon and Shallots

    Golden puff pastry topped with slices of beef tenderloin, caramelized mushrooms and bacon, and a velvety Cabernet reduction.  Served with Heavenly mashed potatoes made even more celestial with bacon and Blanched Green Beans dressed with butter, bacon and shallots.

    3rd Course:  Double Chocolate Brownies with Caramel Sauce and Crème Chantilly

    Rich Gooey brownies made even more so with luscious caramel sauce and cool whipped cream.

  • 07

    6:30 pm-9:00 pm
    UW-Madison, Madison, WI, United States, Union South
    UW-Madison, Madison, WI, United States, Union South

    Add a new dish or two to enjoy with your favorites at almost any holiday table. Learn to make Zucchini and Tomato Gratin with Basil Parmesan Crust; Crushed Potatoes with Butter, Shallots and Rosemary; Orzo with Gorgonzola Walnut Sauce; Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Bell Peppers, Goat Cheese and Spinach; Candied Brussel Sprouts and Bacon; Rice Pilaf with Mixed Mushrooms and Herbs.  Register Here

  • 10

    9:00 am-11:00 am
    St Mark's Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States
    St Mark's Lutheran Church, Spruce Street, Madison, WI, United States

    Complete all 5 steps of the Cadette New Cuisines Badge under the guidance of Culinary Instructor/Professional Chef Joel Olson of Hemmachef. Discuss the myriad of culinary traditions and options available to an adventurous cook and learn culinary skills while preparing 4 dishes: Vietnamese Summer Rolls; Vegetable Muffuletta Sandwiches; Fresh Fruit Vintage Smoothies; and Homemade Macaroni and Cheese. Participants will then “share their dishes on a Culinary Tour” by creating a buffet of the dishes to be enjoyed by all of the participants. (NOTE: All dishes are Nut-free and Vegetarian; most are Dairy-free.) Register by November 5. Location: St. Mark’s. Class Cost: $25.



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