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Cooking Class - Healthy Mexican Feast
Cooking Class - Healthy Mexican Feast
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Learn how to create a flavorful and bright Mexican feast with Chef Tess.
In this hands-on cooking class, Chef Tess will impart her culinary wisdom as she guides you through handcrafting a gourmet four-course Mexican menu.
You'll learn useful techniques for prepping ingredients and pairing flavors during the class, beginning with a fresh roasted corn gazpacho, as well as a mild chipotle tostada salad. Next, Chef Tess will teach you how to create a simple yet flavorfully complex chicken mole served with fragrant spiced quinoa, and a lovely coconut milk flan for dessert.
Guests are welcome to bring wine and beer to enjoy during the class.
Roasted Corn Gazpacho
Ancho chile and avocado cream
Mild Chipotle Tostada Salad
Grilled zucchini and cotijja cheese
Over roasted garlic and cilantro quinoa
Made with coconut milk
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Please mention this in the message field when you submit your booking request.
- Minimum Guests 2
- Maximum Guests 10
- Meal Courses 4
- Event Duration 3 hours
- Labels Beginner, Gluten Free, Healthy, Mexican, Spanish
Cozymeal guest reviews for this experience
09 May 2022
This cooking lesson was a lot of fun and learning! Tess covered so much! Part cultural, part technics, we learned about the different kind of peppers being used in Mexico, the aromatics going into molé and how to process them. We also learned how to debone a chicken, how to build flavors as you saute veggies, etc, etc. All that in a relaxed atmosphere and beautiful home. I would definitely recommend it!
07 May 2022
Super fun and laid backed! Nice environment and a good place to learn!
30 Jan 2022
First experience on cozy meal and a great one at that
24 Sep 2018
Chef Tess did a great job with our group. Everyone got involved in cooking and we all learned a bunch. Many of us want to do more classes with Chef Tess specifically! Amazing experience... and the chicken mole was bomb diggity!
28 Aug 2018
Chef Tess was amazing! Very personable and relatable - great conversation and super friendly! She walked us through each step, but yet still "cooking on the fly" which personally, we love (I never follow recipes). Everything turned out wonderful and I am greatly looking forward to testing my hand at some of these recipes. Excited to book another soon!
13 May 2017
We had an awesome time, not only did we enjoy a delicious meal, we learned some great techniques. She made us feel really comfortable. Definitely will take another class with her
09 Jun 2016
Chef Tess was completely prepared and prepared an amazing healthy Mexican dinner for five. She included my teenage niece and nephew in the preparation and was very patient in teaching them technique and flavoring. It was a most memorable, relaxed and tasty family-style gourmet dinner. She is very modest about her extensive experience with some of the best chefs in the United States. It was an unbelievable treat to have her in our home.
Cozymeal guest reviews for other experiences with Chef Tess
18 Feb 2022
Tess is a delightful person and first-rate instructor. We learned a lot about making Thai food from the core fundamentals to how to shop for good ingredients. We also got to discuss how different cuisines from around the world are made in comparison. Her breadth of knowledge is awesome. Can't wait to take another class from her and/or see her comedy!
08 Feb 2022
We had a good experience with Chef Tess. She was entertaining as well as knowledgeable and a good teacher. The class was hands on for everyone in the group, and the food was good. We learned useful techniques and nuances to everyday cooking tasks in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Recommended.
29 Jan 2022
Chef Tess is hands down one of the coolest people I’ve ever met. Between her deep and worldly knowledge of cuisine, to her open and hilarious demeanor, she truly made our first couples cooking class an experience to remember! Will definitely be back- and will be going to one of her comedy shows soon!! Do yourself a favor and book with her!!
08 Jan 2022
My husband booked a lesson with Chef Tess for he and I as a Christmas gift. We had such an amazing time learning how to braise meat and use our cooking tools properly. Chef Tess entertained us with humor and delightful anecdotes of her culinary past. We laughed throughout the coarse and learned valuable tricks of the trade. I am already looking forward to booking another session very soon as everything turned out delicious. The cherry on top was the fun dessert. Thank you for the wonderful and unforgettable experience!
03 Jan 2022
My daughter and I really enjoyed the Thai class. Tess was fun to learn from and gave us some basic cooking tips that were very helpful!
30 Dec 2021
Chef Tess invited us to her beautiful home, and made us all feel welcome right away. She was flexible with our team showing up at varying times, and gave us all time to chat and catch up. She was hilarious, entertaining, and informative. The food was fun to make and was just as delicious. I learned a whole lot about the foods going into my meal and would absolutely do this again with Chef Tess! If you are even considering booking, go ahead and do it - it was a wonderful experience!
28 Dec 2021
Really fun and educational hands on cooking class for friends and family , highly recommend
22 Dec 2021
What a fun time! Chef Tess was terrific - organized, knowledgeable, outgoing. There were seven of us butterflies to heard, and she pulled it off with aplomb. Everyone learned so much and had a great time doing it. The meal we prepared was plentiful and delicious, and every single expectation was exceeded. There will definitely be another booking real soon.
14 Dec 2021
The evening with Chef Tess was amazing! 8 adults, 2 children, and she didn’t flinch at the pandemonium! She was very helpful with her teaching techniques as we created a five star dinner. This experience is one the family will talk about for many years to come! Thanks Chef Tess
09 Dec 2021
Absolutely incredible evening. Tess has a huge personality and her teaching was easy to follow and we have lots of take aways to use in our everyday cooking. Tess is 5 stars all the way.
11 Nov 2021
Amazing experience! Chef Tess was a riot to cook with, my team said every team event now requires Chef Tess to come with us. We will definitely be back and look forward to next time!
13 Dec 2019
Both me and my wife had an excellent time cooking with Chef Tess. She is inviting, funny, warm, and knowledgeable. The food we were guided to prepare was amazing... so many layers of flavor. Although we took a Thai class, I do believe Chef Tess's techniques and people skills would make any class she teaches fun and delicious. I would recommend Chef Tess to anyone looking for these things. Congratulations and best wishes with the pregnancy!
12 Oct 2019
What a wonderful meal! Tess is the best! She's funny and she teaches you why you're doing what you're doing with each recipe! So confident that I'll be able to try these recipes at home!
05 Aug 2019
Tess was absolutely wonderful. Not only did we really enjoy her teaching but the food was AMAZING. We will definitely be hosting a dinner party soon with this amazing menu. Highly recommend! Thanks Tess!
19 Apr 2019
Good food, good company! What a fun night and I learned a lot! I can make my own gnocchi now! Thanks Chef Tess!
17 Feb 2019
Really fun date. Thank you chef Tess for being so entertaining and teaching us a whole lot!
29 Sep 2018
Chef Tess was an amazing instructor, host, and entertainer and the food was delicious. We had great time and highly recommend taking a class with her.
26 Sep 2018
Chef Tess was amazing. The food was delicious and learned so much from her. Learned how to make Gnocchi and Meat bolognese from scratch. Hands on class. Boyfriend and I had a blast. Can’t wait to book another cooking class with her! A definite must do.
10 Sep 2018
Chef Tess Was Amazing she was so cool at explaining everything very informative information made it fun for everyone I took my girlfriend who came from South Korea to her first cooking class in LA chef Tess made it super comfortable made us laugh the whole time with her impressions and her dog Bowie is adorable , really food experience from the cooking class I left feeling full satasfied with my experience and a little sad it had to end time flew by when your surrounded by a good instructor and group ! I would definetly recomend her thanks chef Tess !!
09 Sep 2018
We had an amazing experience!!! Chef Tess welcomed us into her home with incredible hospitality and a warm and inviting personality, Not to mention she is SO FUN to not only learn from but to just hang out with. She also offered lots of practical insights and tips on the colonary arts taken from her own funny experiences, which was super entertaining and didn’t even feel like learning:) .Getting to meet new people from different places and backgrounds and work together to make a glorious feast was also really cool and created a sense of teamwork! Would highly recommend this to any couple looking to expand their skills and meet awesome people! Especially Tess!
01 Jul 2018
Awesome evening, educational and fun. Will definitely book Chef Tess for our next special occasion, she rocks!
28 Jun 2018
Chef Tess was awesome! I booked this class as a birthday gift experience for our dad, and we had such a great night. I will definitely make her delicious, healthy recipes again. We learned some new cooking tips while enjoying great conversation and stories with Chef Tess. She has learned some great techniques from working at European restaurants, which we loved learning about. Thank you so much! We'll definitely keep her in mind for our next special occasion event.
26 Sep 2017
My coworkers and I had an absolute blast! Chef Tess is a great chef and entertainer. We even asked if she had other classes that she teaches, we would love to have her teach us again. I have learned so much about food and preparation, the gnocchi were delicious, the appetizers we made were incredible. Even Tess' kitchen is as so homey and complimented the Italian meal experience. I would highly recommend Tess and this gnocchi making experience to my friends and family. And will be trying to make gnocchi with my husband at home :)
12 Sep 2017
Chef Tess was great. The food was delicious. It was a fun night! Chef Tess was funny and informative. She has a lot of cooking experience and had stories about working in hectic kitchens. She had some great advice when it came to cooking and the meals we made was delicious! We highly recommend chef Tess.
11 Sep 2017
Fun, informative evening, learning how to cook healthy French dishes ending in a scrumcios meal. Chef Tess is a brilliant, personable artist with a bright future!
20 Aug 2017
My daughter and I had the most wonderful experience with Chef Tess. She is an amazing chef and instructor! We had the best time with her! We enjoyed learning how to make gnocchi and have successfully made it on our own since our lesson. I would definitely recommend Chef Tess to all of my friends and family. She's amazing!
23 Jun 2017
Chef Tess was really fun! We arrived a little late but she did her best to accommodate us with the shortened time and still was able to cook everything! Delicious food, explained the steps and how it differed from traditional French cooking and made it an overall great experience.
03 Jun 2017
We had a wonderful time! The food was amazing.
24 May 2017
I purchased time with Chef Tess as a Mother's Day present for my wife. Myself, my wife and our 14 year old daughter all went to her home in Los Gatos. Pros: Chef Tess is very personable, knowledgeable and patient with newbies. She explained everything she was doing and why she was doing it. The food was fantastic and it felt great knowing we had a hand in making the food so delicious. We even came home and purchased our first whole chicken and broke it down expertly a couple days later thanks to the instructions of Chef Tess. Cons: The kitchen was VERY small for 5 guests plus the chef. Through no fault of Chef Tess, it happened to be one of the hottest days of the year, and unfortunately the home had no AC. I thought the knives were dull and could have used some sharpening, but that might be on purpose so us newbies don't chop off a finger. :) The dessert didn't come together, again due to the hot weather and challenges associated with it being one of the hottest days of the year. Overall I highly recommend Chef Tess though and have given 5 stars to this experience.
22 May 2017
Wonderful experience - thank you, Chef!
01 May 2017
Great experience !! We all learned so much and had fun doing it. Tess and her husband were very knowledgeable - our group had all levels of expertise and we all left with new techniques to try. We had a BD party the next day and made 15 individual pizzas and everyone raved about how great they tasted-Thanks Chef Tess
27 Apr 2017
Cheff Tess was amazing! Definitely recommend her class.... She's awesome! Can't wait to take another one of her classes.
20 Apr 2017
I loved this class. Tess shows a level of mastery and experience in her class that I have not seen anywhere else. Her knowledge about cooking is not jot deep, it is filled with passion. She has amazing stories to tell at the table.
10 Apr 2017
Chef Tess was so much fun! She is an amazing cook and keeps you entertained all night long with her jokes. We had such a great meal and such a wonderful experience!
01 Apr 2017
Amazing! Made my wife and I feel very comfortable! Chef Tess was a great teacher with patience and knowledge! Everything turned out absolutely delicious from appetizers to dessert! We didn't know gnocchi could be some simple and so delicious! Highly recommend Chef Tess!!
01 Mar 2017
Our cooking class with Tess was excellent. She's a real artist. I learned 20 new things about cooking while immersed in a very pleasant cooking experience. I would highly recommend her class.
21 Feb 2017
Thank you Chef Tess, food was great and we learned a ton! Deglaze, deglaze!
17 Feb 2017
Chef Tess was an extraordinary teacher and dynamic personality. We all felt engaged, learned some new things, and enjoyed each other's company. I highly recommend a private lesson with Chef Tess. Note: Tipped in-person
09 Feb 2017
Chef Tess was amazing! We learned how to make four very tasty dishes and were happily entertained the entire time. Great hospitality and an awesome, patient teacher!
19 Jan 2017
Chef Tess is AWESOME--we had her in our home in SF for a cooking class with my husband and I. She's respectful, funny and accommodates to your level of skill of cooking. She's an easy conversationalist and a great teacher. Booking through Cozymeal is not so awesome, but if you are willing to stick with it to finally book the event you want than it's worthwhile and ask for Chef Tess!
09 Jan 2017
We had a great time in Chef Tess' kitchen. We made the Paella dish, which was challenging for our group, but Tess made sure I came out great.
15 Nov 2016
Chef Tess is absolutely amazing. From her flexibility in scheduling to her casual but information lacked teaching style. The class was one of the most fun evenings me and my wife have had in a very long time . I would recommend any of her cooking classes as a perfect date night treat for any couple . She made us feel welcome and a part of her family, and treated us as such. Three cheers for Chef Tess we can't wait to schedule another great session with you.
28 Oct 2016
Our family had an amazing experience with Chef Tess! She came to our home and expertly taught us how to make gnocchi and the other items on the menu while entertaining us with her grace and wit. We learned some great cooking tips while working hands in in the kitchen together and we all enjoyed ourselves immensely. Lots of laughter and fun--and good food! This was a birthday gift for my foodie husband and he was super excited! Have to say - great experience all around.
05 Oct 2016
We truly loved Chef Tess. We ordered her catering services (full-service/chef-attended) where she prepared a delicious Oxtail ragut alongside a bruschetta appetizer, a refreshing salad and a very tasty dessert. With every dish, she would give us a short introduction which made the experience even more special - like a chef's table. I give her 5 stars for service, food, and presentation.
07 Aug 2016
I signed up for this class with my mom for mothers day. We have done cooking classes in the past but this was our first cozy meal class. The experience was awesome. We made pizza outside and was able to collect fresh herbs from the garden. Chef Tess was really nice and we learned some tips for making pizza in the future. The atmosphere was relaxed and perfect. We would sign up again.
25 Jun 2016
Great teaching, short cuts and no measuring, Cook to taste, correcting seasonings along the way, under a shady grape arbor with a gentle breeze blowing! What could be more fun or more delicious!
04 Apr 2016
Tess was awesome with the kids, they cooked a delicious meal (I managed to score 2 cookie for myself...). The kids really enjoyed themselves and they even learned a thing or two. Highly recommend.
10 Mar 2016
Chef Tess is as talented with food as she is charming and funny. She made everything seem really approachable, and it was great to ask her questions about techniques and ingredients (without feeling silly). I couldn't stop eating the pizza! Her tomato-chile jam with burrata was also incredibly delicious.
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Meet your chef
Classically trained under world-class chefs like Mario Batali, Mattahias Froeshcel and Wylie Dufresne, Chef Tess is equipped in a range of techniques and cuisines from molecular gastronomy to rustic Italian. After years in the restaurant industry and achieving second place on the Food Network’s "Chopped," Chef Tess decided to focus on her passion for teaching people how to cook simple and satisfying food. She's also been part of "Good Mythical Morning," a talk show series on YouTube.
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