Chef Joel offers some classes specifically for Teens or Tweens/Teens.  These cooking classes are appropriate for youth ages 13-17 years old (Teen classes) and youth ages 11-17 (Tween/Teen classes).  If you have any questions about whether classes are appropriate for you/your child, please contact Chef Joel at hemmachef@gmail.com.

Chef Joel enjoys working with teens and young adults and would be happy to offer more classes for older youth.  If you would like to arrange a class or private event for a group of teens, please contact Chef Joel: hemmachef@gmail.com.


Classes specifically for Teens or Teens/Tweens:

9/27 (Fri) – 5:30-7:30pm – Teens/Tweens Sushi

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

10/4 (Fri) – 5:30-7:30pm – Teens/Tweens Noodles

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

11/1 (Fri) – 5:30-7:30pm – Teen Pasta Party

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

11/8 (Fri) – 5:30-7:30pm – Teen/Tween Vegetarian Feast

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

12/6 (Fri) – 4:30-6:30pm – Teen Chocolates

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

12/20 (Fri) – 5:00-8:00pm – Teen/Tween Holiday Breads

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $55.

Teens are also very welcome in all of the following Kids classes:

See Class Descriptions for full menus and other information. 

9/21 (Sat) – 9:30am-12:00pm – Kids Fall Sweets and Treats

9/21 (Sat) – 1:00-3:00pm – Kids Cook Dinner: Southern Fried Chicken Dinner

9/23 (Mon) – 4:00-6:00pm – Kids Knife Skills

9/24 (Tues) – 4:00-6:00pm – Kids Sushi

9/28 (Sat) – 9:30am-12:00pm – Kids Chocolates and Caramels

9/28 (Sat) – 1:00-3:00pm – Kids Cook Dinner: Italian Spaghetti Night

9/30 (Mon) – 4:00-6:00pm – Homemade Cheese and Crackers for Kids

10/3 (Thurs) – 4:00-6:00pm – Kids Noodles

10/5 (Sat) – 12:30-3:30pm – Kids Fall Baking

10/7 (Mon) – 4:00-6:00pm – Kids Burgers and Beignets

11/11 (Mon) – 4:00-6:00pm – Kids Ravioli

11/16 (Sat) – 12:30-3:00pm – Kids Pies and Tarts

11/18 (Mon) – 4:00-6:00pm – Kids Japanese: Sushi, Soba and Sweets

11/25 (Mon) – 4:00-6:00pm – Kids Knife Skills

11/29 (Fri) – 2:30-5:30pm – Kids Bake

12/7 (Sat) – 12:30-3:00pm – Kids Chocolates

12/21 (Sat) – 12:30-3:00pm – Kids Holiday Treats

12/30 (Mon) – 10:30am-1:00pm – Let’s Brunch for Kids

1/2/2020 (Thu) – 10:30am-1:30pm – Kids French Baking

1/2 & 1/3/2020 (Thu & Fri) –2:30-4:30pm — Cooking, Manners & Etiquette Mini-Course: 2 Sessions


Email Hemmachef@gmail to register.

Chef Joel encourages teens to develop their love of food and fellowship by taking cooking classes.  Youth of all levels of ability, interest, and experience from 8-16 years old are welcome in Chef Joel’s “Kids” cooking classes.  If you have any questions about whether classes are appropriate for your son or daughter, please contact Chef Joel.

Chef Joel has considerable experience working with individuals with special needs, including physical and developmental disabilities.  He feels strongly that all individuals can successfully participate in culinary classes and works hard with all students to ensure that they fully participate in each class.  If your teen has special needs, please let us know ahead of time so that Chef Joel can make sure to accommodate them.

Class sizes are limited.

Email now to reserve a spot:  hemmachef@gmail.com


For information on special culinary events for teens, such as birthday parties, graduation events, and more, please email Chef Joel at Hemmachef@gmail.com.


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

Class are held in the kitchen, which is in the basement.  Please enter the building from the north side entrance (from Spruce Street), by the playground.  There will be a sign on the door for the cooking classes.


There should plenty of street parking available.  There is also a small parking lot behind the building, accessible from Hickory Street.


Participants must wear close-toed shoes.
Long Hair should be pulled back or put in a ponytail.
Hemmachef will provide aprons and towels to use during the class.


All equipment, foods, and materials necessary to complete the recipes are provided by Chef Joel.


Please inform Chef Joel of any of the following:

  •         Food allergies or restrictions, such as celiac disease, lactose-intolerance, etc.
  •         Special Physical Needs
  •         Special Educational Needs


Participants are expected to behave with civility and respect for the Chef, the other participants, the equipment, and the food.


Parents and/or guardians are not encouraged to stay during teen cooking classes.  Please contact Chef Joel if you are a parent who feels your teen has special needs.


Chef Joel or other Hemmachef representatives may take photographs during class for use in marketing and promotional materials, with parental consent.  No names or other personal information will be included in these photographs.


Please inform Chef Joel as soon as possible if you will not be able to attend.  Your full class payment will be refunded up to 5 business days prior to the date of the class.  If you cancel after this time you will not receive a refund. You may have someone attend in your/your child’s place, however.

If Chef Joel must cancel for any reason, every effort will be made to reschedule the class, and if you cannot attend at the new time, you will receive a full refund.


Class will conducted unless City of Madison buses are not running due to inclement weather.


Email  Hemmachef@gmail.com to register.

9/27 (Fri) – 5:30-7:30pm – Teens/Tweens Sushi

Sushi is a blast for teens and tweens to make, and it’s not just raw fish; it’s a way of preparing healthy food.  (In this class, no raw fish will be used.)  Participants will learn to prepare dashi (seaweed stock) for Miso Soup, along with learning sushi techniques and ingredients.  They will then learn how to make Shari rice and how to prepare several kinds of Sushi Maki.  On the menu: Classic Miso Soup; California Rolls; Wisconsin Rolls; Spicy Tuna Rolls; and more.  Participants will also prepare Sesame cookies for dessert.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

10/4 (Fri) – 5:30-7:30pm – Teens/Tweens Noodles       

Noodles for breakfast?  Noodles for Dessert?   Yes!!!  You’ve got to try it to believe it!  Teens and tweens will work together to prepare and then get to eat these fun and delicious noodle dishes:  Noodle Cakes with Bacon and Herbed Scrambled Eggs; Shanghai Noodle Salad with Sweet Peppers and Scallions; Hand-Made Chocolate Pasta with Vanilla Cream and Fruit.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

11/1 (Fri) – 5:30-7:30pm – Teen Pasta Party

Teens love pasta and learning to make their own homemade fresh pasta could inspire them to cook for the whole family – or at least make dinner for themselves.  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 their choice of several different hand-shaped pastas: Farfalle (bowtie-shaped), Orecchiette (ear-shaped), Garganelli (tube-shaped) and Maltagliati (“poorly cut”) pastas.  Alfredo Sauce and Marinara Sauce will also be prepared in class to taste with the pasta.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

11/8 (Fri) – 5:30-7:30pm – Teen/Tween Vegetarian Feast

“Vegetarian Pancakes” – Participants will learn to make and then enjoy these delicious and fun international dishes that are all flat as pancakes!  On the menu:  Crispy Noodle Cakes with Ratatouille; Brown Rice and Scallion Pancakes with Creamy Tomato Sauce; and Lentil and Spinach Cakes with Yogurt and Cucumber Sauce.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

Full descriptions and menus for all classes coming soon!

12/6 (Fri) – 4:30-6:30pm – Teen Chocolates

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

12/20 (Fri) – 5:00-8:00pm – Teen/Tween Holiday Breads

Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $55.