Teen Culinary Arts Experience
$1,195 per person
Our Teen Experiences are designed to introduce high school kids to the professional side of cooking. In addition to learning many techniques and recipes, students are taught how chefs work in professional kitchens through rigorous hands-on learning. These immersion courses are perfect for any passionate teen cooks who may be considering a future career in food.
What You'll Learn
By the end of the class, you will:
- Be able to execute a wide range of fundamental knife skills
- Understand seasoning and how to work with a variety of fresh ingredients
- Understand general menu planning and how to prep and plan like a pro
- Build a foundation of pro-style kitchen skills for future culinary careers
About This Class
Do you want to go to culinary school one day? Dream of owning your own restaurant or being a private chef? This intense week of professional-style training in culinary arts will lay the foundation for that future.
Our Teen Culinary Arts Experience is designed for high-school students who are ready to ready to roll up their sleeves and learn how to cook with confidence Each day will focus on core fundamentals and a variety of methods and techniques through hands-on learning. As you become more comfortable cooking, you will gain the confidence needed to lay a foundation for what may be your future career. You’ll be exposed to many local ingredients and a wide variety of dishes inspired by Northern California and beyond. The week will be full of pro tips from restaurant kitchens to help you work smarter as you continue to hone your kitchen skills.
Each day you will prepare a multi-course menu centered around a key theme, and twice throughout the week you’ll cook with a notable Bay Area chef as your guest instructor. The week culminates in you and your classmates turning the kitchen into a ‘restaurant’ for your friends and family. With your instructor, you’ll design and execute a menu to serve, showcasing your incredible new skills.
This week is a great companion to our Teen Pastry Arts Experience! This class also makes a great holiday gift.
This class is restricted to high school students only and this policy will be enforced. We recognize there are many talented pre-teen aspiring cooks out there, but this class is not for them (check out our Kids Camps instead). Students must be either enrolled in high school, or be a recently-graduated senior to be eligible for this course.
Day 1: Knife Skills
Day 2: Homemade Stocks, Soups, & Meatballs
Day 3: All Things Veggie
Day 4: Mastering Steak & Chicken
Day 5: Restaurant Day with a Student Planned Menu
- Full meal served in class
- Work in teams
- Five-session series
The average duration of our cooking classes is 4 hours, and they are broken down into three segments: Introductory lecture or demo, hands-on cooking, and eating.
The class will begin with a short discussion or demo from your instructor. After, you can expect to work either on a team or individually to prepare the class menu. As a group, your class will prepare the selected menu in its entirety. In most classes, not every student will make every dish.
Learning happens throughout the class, and your instructor will often call out key techniques as they happen in each recipe.
Most classes conclude by sitting down as a group to eat what you’ve prepared, followed by a discussion of each recipe. You will leave with a copy of the recipe packet and a working knowledge of every dish that was made so you can recreate them at home.
Doors open 15 minutes before the class start time.
You do not need to bring anything with you to class, unless otherwise noted in the class description. The kitchens at SFCS are fully equipped and aprons, recipes, equipment, food and wine are all provided for you.
In most classes, you will be sitting down to eat a complete meal that you have prepared along with your classmates. Since this typically occurs towards the end of the class period, an appetizer or small plate is usually prepared early on in class. However, you’re welcome to additionally have a snack before you arrive or bring one with you.
Please note, for our Baking & Pastry classes, a light meal will be provided for you.
We suggest wearing casual clothing you can easily move around in, and highly recommend wearing comfortable closed-toe shoes. Long hair should be pulled back.
Any cancellation up to two weeks prior to your class start date will be refunded 100%. Cancellations up to 5 days before your class start date will qualify for an online credit to be applied to another class. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations received less than 5 days before your class start date, however, you may always send a friend in your place if you’re unable to attend.
After earning a professional culinary certificate from San Francisco Cooking School, Margie founded Local Flavor, a personal chef company providing small event catering services, in-home cooking classes, and recipe testing & development. When she is not in the kitchen cooking, she can be found with local farmers, ranchers, and fisherman learning about their craft and products or cultivating her backyard vegetable and fruit garden. In addition to teaching cooking classes, Margie also helps in the vegetable garden at the local homeless shelter.