Teen Culinary Arts Experience

$1,195 per person

Our Teen Experiences are 5-consecutive day sessions and 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.  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


What is the format of a typical cooking class?

Virtual: The average duration of our virtual cooking classes is 1 1/2 hours. Attendees will be cooking simultaneously with the instructor using items from the ingredients list provided at the point of registration. The instructor will share Pro tips and techniques while answering questions from the audience via Chat. The class will conclude with a Q&A session for any remaining questions and attendees can enjoy the food they’ve cooked, or save it to eat later based on instructor’s direction.

Note that spots purchased for a virtual class can be enjoyed by you or anyone else in your kitchen. However, the link you will receive to log into the class is unique so if you want your friends in other locations to join you, they too will need to purchase a spot.

In-Person: The average duration of our in-person 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. 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.


When should I arrive for my class?

Virtual: Attendees should log onto the webinar provided about 5 minutes before the start time. Virtual classes start promptly on time.

Please note: You must complete an additional registration link to enter the class on the scheduled date. The link will be sent to you via email one day before class.

In-Person: Doors open 15 minutes before the class start time.

What do I need to bring with me to class?

Virtual: You will be given a list of ingredients and necessary equipment at the point of registration. We’ve made a conscious effort to include common ingredients and equipment that are accessible to everyone while offering suggestions for substitutions where they may apply.

In-Person: 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. 

Do I need to eat before class?

Virtual: You will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor at the end of class but feel free to snack while you follow along or pour yourself a glass of wine.

In-Person: 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.

What should I wear to class?

Virtual: 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.

In-Person: Same as above. 

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Cancellation Policy

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.
Please note: Cancellation requests made the day of class are not eligible for a refund or credit, no exceptions. 
View our full cancellation policy