Learn to Cook with Chef Joel Olson!

Chef Joel offers great cooking classes and workshops for kids and teens  in Madison, WI.

Class sizes are limited.

Register now!

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

Fun, hands-on cooking classes for children and youth of all levels of ability, interest, and experience!  Chef Joel welcomes all kids who are interested in learning to cook or improve their cooking skills and develop their love of food and fellowship through fun, hands-on classes and workshops that focus on developing real culinary skills that will last a lifetime.  Kids do the cooking and all are challenged in Chef Joel’s classes!

Children’s classes are generally tailored for children ages 8-15, but older teens are also welcome in many classes and camps.  Classes just for Teens are listed here.  Younger children (under 8 years old) are welcome in Chef Joel’s Parent-Child Classes.  If you have any questions about whether classes are appropriate for your child, please contact Chef Joel.

Chef Joel has considerable experience working with people with physical disabilities and developmental/learning challenges.  He feels strongly that all individuals, regardless of ability levels, can successfully participate in culinary classes and he works hard with all students to ensure that they fully participate in each class.

Chef Joel may offer classes on days when Madison (MMSD) schools are off or have early release so your children can learn useful skills while having fun.  Please note the Location for each class.

For information on special culinary events for children, such as Birthday Parties, Scouting events, special celebrations and more click here.  (2019 Summer Camps are also listed below.)

UPCOMING COOKING CLASSES and MINI-CAMPS for KIDS/TWEENS/TEENS

4/20 (Sat) — 1:00-3:30pm – Kids Tarts

Kids will learn to make delicious sweet and savory tarts and have a chance to work with different doughs: Phyllo Dough, Puff Pastry, and Chef Joel’s favorite Tart Dough.  They will get to sample their tasty tarts in class plus take some home.  On the menu:  Roasted Tomato and Mozzarella Tarts; Sweet Onion and Cheddar Tarts; Chocolate and Cherry Tartlets; and Banana and Caramel Tarts.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

4/23 (Tues) — 4:00-6:00pm – 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.

5/3 (Fri) — 5:30-8:00pm – “National Hoagie Day Celebration”: Tweens and Teens Make Hoagies

Hoagies, Heroes or Subs–call them what you want, but there is nothing like a great big sandwich!  Tweens and teens will celebrate National Hoagie Day deliciously in this fun class.  They will begin by making the dough for the bread that will be used to make hoagies.  While the dough is rising and baking, they’ll help to prepare the ingredients for a hoagie bar that they will use to assemble hoagies to wrap and enjoy!  Hoagie options include: Oven Roasted Vegetable, Parmesan and Pesto Hoagies; Goat Cheese, Cucumber and Tomato Hoagies; Turkey Meatball, Mozzarella and Marinara Hoagies; and Tuscan-style Chicken, Peppers, Onion and Swiss Hoagies.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

5/4 (Sat) — 9:30am-12:00pm – Kids Pasta Workshop

Kids will learn the techniques of making their own homemade fresh pasta from scratch and will get to enjoy the fruits of their labor in class as well as take some home to share.  Kids will make egg pasta dough for several different types of pasta.  They will learn to use a pasta machine to roll the dough out and cut it to make Angel Hair and Fettuccine and then will make pasta sheets for variety of flat pastas, including Farfalle and Maltagliati.  Alfredo Sauce and Marinara Sauce will also be prepared in class to taste with the pasta.  Participants will be able to bring home the uncooked pasta they have made.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

5/4 (Sat) — 1:00-3:30pm – Kids Great International Vegetarian Dishes – 2

Are you a vegetarian (or thinking about becoming vegetarian) who wants to learn to cook more great veggie dishes?  These vegetarian recipes are for international delicious dishes that you’ll want to make again and again.  Participants will learn to make these recipes under Chef Joel’s guidance and then get to enjoy them:  Fasolada (Greek white bean and vegetable soup);  Paella de Verduras (Spanish vegetable Paella);  Flamkuchen (Alsation pizza);  Ghraybeh (Middle Eastern shortbread butter cookies).  (Note:  Chef Joel can make the entrees vegan upon request.)  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

5/11 (Sat) — 1:00-3:00pm – 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.

5/28 (Tues) — 4:00-6:30pm – Kids Sushi Workshop

In this hands-on cooking class, participants will learn to make Japanese classics and some new Wisconsin twists.  Kids 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; and the Wisconsin Roll (including Cheddar cheese!).  Also on the menu: Dora Yaki (Sweet Pancakes with Sweet Bean Paste) for dessert.  Location: St. Mark’s.  Class Cost: $50.

2019 SUMMER CAMPS FOR KIDS/TWEENS/TEENS:

Chef Joel will be offering summer camps the following weeks this summer:

6/17-20 – Techniques of French Cuisine  (AM/PM)
6/24-27 – International Baking and Breads  (AM/PM)
7/15-18 – International Street Foods  (AM/PM)
7/29-8/1 – Noodles!  (AM/PM)
8/5-8/8 – Mastering World Cuisines  (AM/PM)
8/12-15 – Mastering French Techniques  (AM/PM)

 

GENERAL CLASS INFORMATION

COOKING CLASS PARTICIPANTS:

Children’s classes are generally tailored for children ages 8-15, but older teens are also welcome in many classes and camps.  Younger children (under 8 years old) are welcome in Chef Joel’s Parent-Child Classes.  If you have any questions about whether classes are appropriate for your child, please contact Chef Joel.

CLASS REGISTRATION:  

Register by emailing Chef Joel at: hemmachef@gmail.com 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 P.O. Box 5643, Madison, WI  53705-5643.

CLASS COSTS:  

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

CLASS LOCATION:

Classes are held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 605 Spruce St., Madison, 53715.

CHEF JOEL OLSON:

For more information about Chef Joel click here or email: hemmachef@gmail.com

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