Chef Joel enjoys teaching teens and would be happy to offer more classes for this age group.  If you would like to arrange a class for a group of teens, please contact Chef Joel:


Teens are welcome in most children’s cooking classes.  We also schedule classes specifically for teens.  And teens are always welcome to schedule private cooking classes for special events or just for fun!  For more information and to register for classes, email:

[NOTE:  For our Girl Scout Cadette 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.


Teen cooking classes are designed for youth ages 13-17.  If you have any questions about which classes are appropriate for your child, please contact Chef Joel.


Register by emailing Chef Joel at: 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 PO Box 5643, Madison, WI, 53705-5643.


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


Hemmachef teen cooking classes are held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 605 Spruce St., Madison, 53715.


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