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 have also scheduled these 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:


3/9 (Fri) – 5:30-8pm – Teen Cuisine: All About Pasta

Teens will learn to cook both fresh and dried pasta, as well as a variety of sauces to complement specific shapes. They will make fresh pasta dough by hand, then roll, cut and use it. On the menu: Fettuccine Alfredo (fettuccine with cheese and cream); Orecchiette (‘little ear’ pasta) with Marinara Sauce; Pappardelle (wide ribbon pasta) with Spinach and Ricotta; Three Cheese-Filled Ravioli.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50

3/15 (Thu) – 5:30-8pm – Teen Cuisine: All About Fries

Not just French Fries!  You can make delicious fries out of many things.  In this class, teens will learn the basics of safely frying food and well as tips on how to “Oven Fry.”  Participants will also learn how to make some tasty dipping sauces including a twist on the traditional dipping sauce, ketchup!  On the Menu: Cold Oil-Cooked French Fries with Melted Cheddar and Sweet Red Pepper Ketchup;  Zucchini Fries with Garlic Aioli; “Oven Fried” Sweet Potato Sticks with Bacon Mayonnaise;  Chicken Fries with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

4/20 (Fri) – 5:30-8pm – Teen Cuisine: All About Tacos

Not the drive-through variety but imagine making delicious Homemade Tacos!  Teens will learn to prepare both flour and corn tortillas from scratch, then they will make Homemade Taco Seasoning which will be used to season Garlic Chicken Filling and Vegetarian Black Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Filling.  Two Salsas will also be prepared: Pico De Gallo and Fresh Fruit Salsa, along with a Roasted Corn and Sweet Pepper Side Dish.  Plus plenty of Tasty Taco Fixin’s!  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

5/4 (Fri) – 5:30-8pm – Teen Cuisine: Mexican for Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate the culture and cuisine of Mexico for Cinco de Mayo!  Teens will learn to make these Mexican favorites: Classic Tortilla Soup with Hand Rolled Tortilla Chips and Queso Blanco; Mexican Chopped Vegetable Salad with Honey Lime Dressing; Chicken and Cheese Tostadas with Pico de Gallo; and Cinnamon Churros (Crullers).  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.


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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