Where to Take Cooking Classes
Maybe you grew up in the kitchen, with a parent or grandparent who instilled a love of cooking in you at a young age. Or maybe you grew up on take-out and canned goods and never really learned the basics in the kitchen. No matter if you are comfortable in the kitchen or frequently burn toast, taking a cooking class is fun for people of all skill levels!
There are lots of wonderful places to take cooking classes in San Diego, and plenty of online cooking classes if you’d rather learn from the comfort of your own kitchen.
Reasons to Take a Cooking Class
- Expand your skills by learning a cooking style you’ve never done before
- Get info and tips from an expert on cooking a different type of dish or cuisine
- Hands-on learning with instructor supervision lets you get immediate feedback and tips
- Be able to ask questions and get answers in person
- It’s a bonding experience — take your parents, your child, best friend, or a date to a cooking class to create a memorable experience
- Meet new people — even if your class is online over Zoom, you may enjoy talking to like-minded people during the class
- The investment in the class will pay off when you begin eating out less and cooking at home more
Where to Take Cooking Classes Online and in San Diego
4048 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104 / currently only online
While Hipcooks has a North Park location for in-person cooking classes and events, due to the pandemic all their classes are currently online only. However, that’s not a bad thing, as their list of online cooking classes is extensive! They’ve got classes covering everything from knife skills, brunch, chocolate lava cakes, and more! Invite a friend or family member from out of town to join you online for a class to do something unique and special together.
Wine Vault & Bistro, 3731 India St, San Diego, CA 92103 / currently only online
Pre-Covid, San Diego clean-eating chef Katie Farina hosted demonstration-based cooking classes where students would eat delicious vegan items while they watched how she prepared them. Her in-person classes are on hold for the moment, but she has several classes you can purchase through her website and watch on-demand. Try “Junk Food Made Healthy & Vegan” where you’ll whip up a cauliflower “Chick Fil-A” sandwich copycat that will make you happy about eating vegetables.
7441 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037, by appointment only
Specializing in events like children’s cooking parties, birthdays, team building events, and celebrations, Harvard Cookin’ Girl offers thoughtfully-planned cooking experiences. Owner Bibi Kasrai’s mission is “to introduce you to authentic food in an intimate social setting that mirrors the warmth and lively ambiance of your grandmother’s kitchen.” One-on-one and small group classes with Bibi are also available.
Fashion Valley Mall, 7007 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108
Sur la Table in Fashion Valley is hosting in-person classes as of writing, but be sure to check with them in case that changes. If your chopping skills could use some help, take their knives skills class — it’s helpful to have someone show you the proper way to hold a knife and techniques for making easy work of things like onions and tomatoes. Kids 14+ are welcome, and this is a great way to build their cooking confidence.
Throughout San Diego and Online
Cozymeal’s concept is to offer a “culinary experience” both in person and online. Classes are taught by chefs from an array of culinary backgrounds and specialities. Cooking classes are hosted both online or you can attend an in-person event at the chef’s location. You can even book an event at your own home, and a chef will come and teach a class for you and your friends — a fun and unique idea for birthday or anniversary parties!
Private events and live online classes
Local chef Jason Roehm has been a cooking instructor, personal chef and private event caterer. With a master’s degree in Education, he has more than 20 years of teaching experience, working with adults, teens and kids alike. His classes include “knife techniques, organizational skills, hands-on cooking and a live discussion designed to teach new flavor combinations.” Check out his website for an upcoming online class!
454543 Via Gaviota, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091
Teaching kids how to cook is a great way for them to learn to be creative and independent. Junior Chef sets up their classes like a game to help them get invested in the cooking process. Their schedule is tentative right now due to COVID-19, but check back when the time is right to get your little one into a chef’s hat!