Upcoming Classes & Demos

I have been teaching cooking classes for home cooks of all levels for many years, and it is the part of my job that gives me the most joy. I really enjoy taking the mystery out of cooking and showing people that you don’t have to be a snobby-know-it all-chef to make amazing meals at home. Whether you are cooking for your family or for a larger crowd, I truly believe on Chef Gusto’s (from the Pixar’s Ratatouille) motto: “Anyone can cook”

I also believe that anyone can find joy in preparing meals, you just need a little technical knowledge (where I come in) and a bit of heart (where you come in). Please join me in any of these cooking classes, or all of them,  I promise we’ll have fun and learn together, and oh yea! we’ll stuff our bellies too!

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All of these cooking classes are being held at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. They have great facilities and offer special discounts for members.

Basic Cooking Techniques

This series of classes covers the basic techniques from knife cuts and their proper names to sauces and their uses. Create a béchamel sauce from scratch and turn it into the perfect mac & cheese, sauté vegetables and turn that into a stir fry, and learn the steps of braising to create a scrumptious sherry mushroom chicken stew. Sign up for one or take the series to get all the basic skills

Class Date Time
Knife Skills 02-02-2018 10:00am – 1:00 pm
Sauces 02-09-2018 10:00am – 1:00pm
Sauteing & Braising 02-16-2018 10:00am – 1:00pm

Southamerican Tamales

Taste the unique and exotic flavors that derive from South American countries as you explore more versions of these tasty little packages. Learn to make Argentinian humitas, made with delicious fresh corn and cheese, and Ecuadorian hayacas, filled with chicken and sofrito and wrapped in banana leaves. Prepare masa and fillings from scratch, then practice the art of the wrap!

Class Date Time
Southamerican Tamales 02-10-2018 10:00am – 1:00pm

Date Night Dinner

Ditch dinner reservations and create an impressive menu for you and your special someone! From appetizer to luscious dessert, love will be the theme for this magical class.

Class Date Time
Date Night Dinner 02-06-2018 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Southern Comfort Food

Ring the flavors of the South into your kitchen with ingredients that are bold and flavorful! There’s no counting calories when it comes to southern comfort, from the most luscious mac ‘n’ cheese to finger licking bourbon glazed ribs with collard greens. Watch Chef Mata prepare these down home favorites then take your recipes and make it at home.

Class Date Time
Southern Comfort 02-22-2018 6:30pm – 8:30pm

The Latin Kitchen 1

Explore South American culture and experience the bold flavors and techniques of Latin cuisine in this hands-on workshop. We will make arepas from scratch, learn how to use sauces that create a Latin party in your mouth, and prepare fresh masa.

Class Date Time
Latin Kitchen 1 02-24-2018 10:00am – 1:00pm

The Latin Kitchen 2

Continue exploring the bold flavors of South American culture through this hands-on workshop. We will make arroz con pollo, Cuban black bean soup and fried plantain tostones with delicious cotija cilantro crema.

Class Date Time
Latin Kitchen 2 03-10-2018 10:00am – 1:00pm

Fish 101

If you have always been intimidated by cooking fish, fear no more. Chef Mata will demonstrate how to grill, pan sear, poach and more! Learn tips on selecting fish and how to purchase, store, and properly cook your fresh catch from the sea.

Class Date Time
Fish 101 03-02-2018 10:00am – 1:00pm

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