Join sushi extraordinaire Chef Zach for an impressively advanced and completely unforgettable sushi-making experience.
In this hands-on class with Chef Zach, you will learn a variety of authentic and advanced Japanese sushi-making techniques that artfully blend modernity with the time-honored traditions of sushi making.
Chef Zach will begin by teaching on fish selection, safe handling, and the knife skills to break down a whole fish. You can also look forward to getting creative with fun and tasty garnishes for your uramaki inside out rolls, nigiri, and sashimi platters, as well as learning how to prepare a creamy green tea crème brûlée for dessert.
Guests are welcome to bring wine and beer to enjoy during the class.
I took my husband to the Next Level Sushi Class with Chef Zach and left feeling a bit disappointed. I will preface this with the fact that I’ve done many cooking classes so I’m comparing this experience to previous life ones.
While we did learn a few things, there were many ways this class fell short.
Intros. The Chef did not introduce himself or care to get to know anyone in the class. He mentioned it had been a long week… maybe that’s why he seemed apathetic.
Description. The class description did not match the experience. While the description noted we’d be learning to garnish and create sauces for the sushi, none of that was done. This was essentially Chef Zach’s 101 sushi class repackaged and sold at a higher price - we paid $20/person more to eat crème brûlée at the end. Even that would have been okay if we had learned to make the Green Tea crème brûlée, as the description insinuated. Instead, he passed around pre-made vanilla crème brûlée.
Location. Nobody in the class knew we’d be outside for this class and none of us were prepared with proper outerwear. It was freezing. A note from the Chef letting us know this was an outdoor location would have made a big difference.
I would not participate in another class by Chef Zach. I was disappointed in the experience but grateful my husband found it enjoyable.
27 Nov 2021
I surprised my boyfriend with this class and the experience was unparalleled. This was our first class with Chef Zach and it won’t be the last by far. The experience was beyond what I could’ve imagined. Zachs instruction was amazing but dare I say the sushi was better! And he made sure we had plenty of it to eat. We left as two very full, very happy customers and 50/10 would recommend to our friends… and we already have! We can’t wait for round two
12 Jul 2019
Chef Zach is amazing to work with. He is very friendly and down to earth. He is a master at preparing sushi. It was all so delicious, to say the very least. His rolls are very fresh with unique combinations, I can not wait to go back for more!! Amazing sushi Chef Zach!!
Cozymeal guest reviews for other experiences with Chef Zach
02 May 2022
The class was great! I learned a lot and I will definitely be taking Chef Zach's more advanced class!
04 Apr 2022
Awesome night. Learned a lot and food was delicious.
03 Apr 2022
Chef Zach was amazing he went over what we were making and made the class fun. He was funny and very knowledgeable about sushi. I liked that what he demonstrated and made he gave us to eat the food.
24 Feb 2022
Thanks for the great time!
14 Feb 2022
He was knowledgeable and it was a fun class
13 Feb 2022
Food was good, but class could have been better for what we paid. Did not learn much, wanted to learn more about the types of fish and sushi making philosophy from a pro etc but there wasn’t much of an educational component. Seemed a bit unorganized and unsanitary
30 Jan 2022
Had a great time. Chef Zach was a great teacher and he made it fun too. The sushi was also great
20 Dec 2021
Everything was delicious!
30 Nov 2021
Was awesome had a blast!
25 Nov 2021
Very fun night with Chef Zach! Highly recommend :)
08 Nov 2021
What a cool, fun night! I loved how Zach was knowledgeable, and helpful with his information, but was also laid back and an overall good time. All of the couples there had a bunch of laughs and we really got to learn the basics of sushi making. We’d love to come back!
24 Aug 2021
Chef Zach did a great job! He made everyone feel comfortable and at ease learning something new.
13 Mar 2021
Started late and disorganized, but was an excellent class once we got going. Zach was fun to chat with and a great teacher. The sushi was delicious and we were stuffed by the end. We’d definitely take another class from him.
09 Mar 2021
This has to be by far one of my favorite cooking classes! Chef Zach was very easy going, made the class so much fun! Sushi ? was delicious! Can wait to do it again in the future! Thank you highly recommended to do it with a group of friends! ?
19 Feb 2021
Chef Zach, was amazing! It was our first time trying this cooking class and we had so much fun! Chef Zach, was very warm and welcoming! We had fun learning how to make sushi and would definitely recommend taking this class!
12 Feb 2021
We had a great time today! Great food and great conversation! Thank you again.
27 Oct 2020
All of the courses were fantastic! My husbands 40th birthday dinner was truly the best. Our guests had a really great time too. Highly recommend Chef Zach!
12 Sep 2020
Very professional, very knowledgeable, and very entertaining. I have done a few meals with cozy meals and so far Chef Zach has been the best.
10 Sep 2020
Great course! Zach was an amazing teacher and we had a blast hanging out with him. We’d definitely recommend this to all our friends!
08 Mar 2020
Had a fantastic time in Zach’s class, where he walked us through making three sushi courses in a very beginner-friendly fashion.
I took the class during a vacation and would recommend this to anyone visiting the San Diego area.
07 Mar 2020
Omg. We loved it! I surprised my friend for his birthday and we highly enjoyed it. We made a few different style rolls and they were fresh and delicious. I was very full and got to bring my own alcohol. Zach was an excellent teacher and host. I will definitely be be using him for my birthday as well as going to his restuarant regularly. Thanks again Zach!
24 Feb 2020
It was fun and Chef Zach makes some really tasty dishes.
17 Feb 2020
The experience was great. I just feel like it was over priced. The experience called for two hours 6-8pm. We didn’t start until 640 and then finished at 740ish. I believe the price should be more around $50. Chef Zach was great however and the food was good.
25 Jan 2020
Went with a small group and it was really great!
18 Jan 2020
Incredible food and service. Rush to enjoy his delectable meal!
After graduating from the Art Institute of California with a degree in culinary arts, Chef Zach relocated to Park City, Utah where he found his niche as a sushi chef. Chef Zach also started his own catering company, which quickly gained popularity after catering parties for the Sundance Film Festival’s many events. Now, Chef Zach is back in San Diego, and the chef and owner of a successful sushi, poke, and fish taco restaurant.