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


Covid Policy

All students must show proof of vaccine before entering school and will be required to wear a mask unless eating/drinking.

We understand and respect that lifestyle decisions during Covid are an individual choice. If you test positive for Covid while the class is in session, you will be asked to send a friend in your place until you have a negative test. Classes will not be rescheduled, credited or cancelled. Once the class session starts the class is non-refundable. This was our policy pre-Covid and continues to be our policy today. We hope you find this policy acceptable and understand that this policy is required for a small school like SFCS to operate and open our kitchens for great food experiences.

What is the format of a typical cooking class?

The average duration of our current cooking classes is 4 hours, which is predominately hands-on work. You will be standing for the majority of class, cooking at your work station as your instructor demonstrates techniques and walks around providing individual feedback. Most of the time you’ll be working with a partner or small group on a few different recipes.

When should I arrive for my class?

Doors will open 10 minutes prior to class starting and we will begin promptly on time. Students will be asked to queue up outside the door of the school to have their vaccine cards checked the first week of class (these will only need to be checked once).

What do I need to bring with me to class?

Please arrive at the school with your own mask on. New, disposable masks are available should you need to replace yours while in class.

Wear comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes (remember, you’ll be on your feet cooking). The kitchens at SFCS are fully equipped with everything else you need, including clean aprons.

Do I need to eat before class?

You will sit down with your classmates to eat what you’ve all prepared, along with some wine. We do suggest you have a small snack before class as dinner does happen towards the end of each session.

What should I wear to class?

Wear casual clothing you can easily move around in, and comfortable close-toed shoes. Long hair must be pulled back and masks are required while in the building.

More FAQ

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. 


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