Embracing El Nino: Cooking Classes in Orange County

It’s raining…it’s pouring. What is there to do when you live in the Golden State and it starts to rain? Californians often don’t know what to do with themselves when it starts to come down outside! Jumpstart your New Year’s resolution and either learn to cook or embrace some new recipes with Cooking Classes! Check out the list of kitchens offering classes to the public.

Note that most classes include dinner that YOU cooked, and some include wine or the option to buy wine.

TSpoons (San Juan Capistrano) 

Offering seasonal cooking classes for singles and individuals, TSpoons is located in San Juan Capistrano. For more advanced chefs, knife skills classes are offered monthly.

Average class cost: $70 per person

Fullerton Arboretum (Fullerton)


The Fullerton Arboretum is a beautiful botanical garden located on the campus of California State University, Fullerton. Offering seasonal cooking classes by chefs Jonathan and Johnathan, the emphasis is on fresh food picked from your garden! Cooking classes are offered in the spring/summer, so stay tuned and check out their website for more info!

Average class cost: $60 per person

Sur La Table (Newport Beach or Costa Mesa)


Offering every kind of class from Desserts to Seafood, Sur La Table is a retail store located in both Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. Classes are offered nearly every day for the voracious cook. Find your closest location here.

Average class cost: $79 per person

Hipcooks (Santa Ana)


With a variety of different classes offered, Hipcooks showcases different types of food and drinks such as Greek, pasta, cocktails, Cajun, and French food. All classes are 3 hours long and cost $70 per person.

Average class cost: $70 per person

La Cuisine Culinary Arts (Costa Mesa)


Located in the Macy’s Home Store in Costa Mesa, La Cuisine offers classes for the most basic cook to practically-chefs. Learn about food and wine pairing, knife skills, or focus on just sauces. Click the link above to see the whole calendar.

Average class cost: $85 or $175 per couple

Can’t afford to spend a couple hundred dollars on cooking classes? Check out these alternatives, which are both running Groupon deals at the moment.

Get Cooking 101 (Irvine)


Offering classes for kids, teens, and adults; Get Cooking 101 has a location on Jamboree Road in Irvine but is opening a new location on January 8th, 2016 at Barbeque’s Galore in Irvine. Upcoming classes include grilled salmon, T-bone steak, chicken schnitzel, blue cheese cheeseburgers, and more.

GROUPON DEAL: Currently you can purchase a cooking class for 2 for just $65, or $110 for 4 people, or 2 kid/teen classes for $39. This deal can end at any time so don’t wait!

Everyone Eats (Costa Mesa)

Become a Master Chef at Everyone Eats! Chef Stephanie teaches these classes at the Hood Kitchen in Costa Mesa. Upcoming classes include Mexican food and Valentines’ Day meals.

GROUPON DEAL:  Cooking class for 1 ($49), 2, ($95), or 4 ($189)

Average class cost: $60-$110 per person

So there you have it, hungry people. Make the most of your New Year’s resolutions and learn how to cook, even if it’s just that one special meal you always brag about! Tell us about your cooking class experience below!



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