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Cooking Basics


Classes are held at the Covenant Hills Clubhouse - Kitchen

1 Covenant Hills Drive, Ladera Ranch, CA 92694


(4th through 10th grade)   / $160


 Wednesdays:  January 24, 31, and February 7th



In this hands-on 3-week course, kids will learn the basics of cooking and baking, in addition to extensive knife skills.  Our unique, small class size ensures that each child will have the maximum learning opportunity.  Maximum class size is 4-6 students.  (These classes will sell out.)

Week 1: Knife Skills / Healthy Eating

​Mastering the art of cooking starts with knife skills. We will learn and practice the fundamental culinary cuts—slice, dice, mince, julienne and chiffonade.  We’ll learn how proper cutting ensures even cooking and attractive presentations. Kids will learn the importance of healthy eating, and have plenty of hands on practice transforming chopped vegetables and fruits into a variety of sweet and savory recipes, like our kids favorite, vegetable tortellini soup and healthy fruit crepes.


Week 2:  Sauté & Sauces, and Pasta Dough

In today’s class, we’ll cover the three main components of sauces:  intense flavor, complex character and the ability to unify all the elements in a dish. We will share tips for achieving the desired texture and consistency with sauces.  We’ll also learn secrets for working with pasta dough  and discover how simple it is to make pasta  from scratch!  We’ll put our skills to the test by making  homemade marina sauce and each making their very own pasta bowl.

Week 3:  Baking and Sweet Treats!

In this very fun and interactive workshop, we’ll work in pairs to learn the importance of precise measuring, along with proper  ingredient ratios and cooking temperatures.  Our young chefs will have 1 hour to create entirely from scratch, their very own  special surprise sweet treat for everyone to sample and take home to share too.  This is a fun and memorable finale to our 3-week cooking basics series.



above recipes are not guaranteed and may change depending on curriculum.


Class includes all food and cooking equipment, in addition to take home printed recipes.


*All our recipes are peanut and tree-nut free.  We are able to accommodate some (not all) food allergies and intolerances. Please inquire for more information before registering.

Cooking Basics - 4th-10th grade Thursday: Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7 / 3:30-4:45

  • Please let us know if your child has any food allergies

    • Please bring the signed release form to the first day of class.
    • Students must wear closed-toe shoes (safety first!) and hair must be tied back while preparing food. 
    • Please be aware that we do not have before or after care available.  Plan to drop-off no earlier than 15 minutes before class start time and pick-up no later than 15 minutes after the conclusion of class.
    • Though we do not cook with nuts, we can’t guarantee that the facility is 100% nut-free. We are generally able to accommodate students with common allergies and dietary restrictions. Please contact us with specific questions or concerns.
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