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:

[NOTE:  For our upcoming Girl Scout Cadette Cooking Badge Workshops, please see Other Children’s Culinary Events page.]

9/22 (Sat) — 9:30am-12pm — Kid’s Fall Pies and Tarts  

Kids will learn to make delicious sweet and savory tarts and have a chance to work with different doughs: Pâte Brisée, Pâte Sablée, and Chef Joel’s favorite Tart Dough.  They will get to sample their tarts in class plus take home some of each.  On the menu: Tomato, Zucchini and Mozzarella Tarts; Potato and Cheddar Tarts; Caramelized Apple and Cranberry Tarts; and Chocolate Tarts with Strawberry Crème Chantilly.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

9/22 (Sat) — 1:00-3:30pm — Kids International Breads

If your child loves baking and especially bread-making, this class is for them!  Kids will practice basic baking techniques–measuring, stirring, kneading, proofing and working with yeast.  Then they will prepare a variety of tasty breads of different types from different cultures/countries to enjoy in class.  They’ll get to take some home with them, too!  On the menu:  English Muffins; Irish Soda Crackers; Japanese Hokkaido Milk Bread; Italian Focaccia; Middle Eastern Khobz Flatbread.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

9/24 (Mon) — 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.

9/28 (Fri) –6:00-8:00pm — Tweens and Teens Indian Dinner

Learn to cook some spicy (but not too!), sweet, delicious Indian vegetarian favorites to enjoy now and impress your friends with later! Teens and tweens will do all the cooking in this hands-on class – practicing culinary skills while making the following: Spicy Sweet Potato Samosas; Chana Masala (Onion, Tomato and Chickpea Stew); Dal Makhani (Lentils cooked with butter); Pulao (Indian Rice Pilaf); Punjabi-Style Carrot Pudding (Gajar ka Halwa).  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

9/29 (Sat) — 9:00am-12:30pm — Cooking Manners and Etiquette Workshop

Chef Joel has been teaching this highly popular, effective and ever evolving etiquette class for over twenty years. It is designed for kids ages 10-15.  Students will prepare a variety of foods for a four course meal while discussing the concepts and rules of manners and etiquette.  They will help to serve the food restaurant-style and then sit and enjoy the rewards of their labor.  While they dine and share, their dining etiquette will be critiqued by Chef Joel in a fun and productive manner.  Recipes and handouts will be presented at the end of class.   Topics:  Common Courtesy; Manners and Etiquette 101; Guest and Host.   On the Menu:  Bread and Butter Basket; Vegetarian Minestrone Soup; Garden Salad; Turkey Meatballs with Fresh Tomato Sauce and Noodles; Scandinavian Sugar Cookie Napoleons with crème Chantilly and Fruit.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $60.

9/29 (Sat) — 1:30-4:00pm — Kids Bake: “Wrapped in Dough”

Fun class for kids who love to bake and work with dough. This class will add to your kids’ baking repertoire with delicious new recipes and techniques for savory and sweet 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: Chef Joel’s Favorite Tart Dough; Tomato and Bacon Turnovers; Phyllo Cheese Packets; Mini-Baked Corn Dogs; and Apple Wellingtons.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

10/1 (Mon) — 4:30-6:30pm — Kids Japanese: Sushi, Soba and Sweets

In this hands-on cooking class, participants will learn to make several Japanese favorites. They will learn to roll sushi and make the following rolls (which are vegetarian with a cooked fish option – no raw fish in this class!): Cucumber Roll; Roasted Sweet Potato Roll; Spicy Tuna Roll; Wisconsin Roll (including Cheddar cheese!). Also on the menu: Soba (Buckwheat) Noodles and Asian-Style Vegetable Stirfry, and Dora Yaki (Sweet Pancakes with Sweet Bean Paste) for dessert.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $45.

10/26 (Fri) — 6:00-8:00pm — Teens and Tweens Make Ramen

No packets of skinny noodles or pouches of MSG in this class. Learn to make the noodle dough from scratch, then roll, stretch and cut the dough into fresh noodles to be boiled and enjoyed with a variety of classic ramen ingredients. Participants will also learn to make the wonderful pork broth, chicken broth and miso ramen. Have a snack before you come then prepare to eat delicious homemade ramen!  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

10/30 (Tues) — 4:00-6:00pm — Kids Halloween Treats

Kids will get to make delightfully disgusting-sounding but delicious-to-eat Halloween goodies in this hands-on class. There will be plenty for in-class consumption as well as some to take home to delight (??) your friends and family. On the menu: Gum and Teeth Treats; Halloween Candy Bark; Black as Night Mints; Pick of the Litter Box (Hand-Rolled Tootsie Rolls); Bloody S’mores; “Ear Wax” Q Tips. Note: Chef Joel suggests that kids have a snack before they come to class.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $45.

11/3 (Sat) — 9:30-11:30am — Kids Make Handmade and Hand Shaped Pasta

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.

11/3 (Sat) — 12:30-3:30pm — Kids Homestyle Baking

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.

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.

12/15 (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.


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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