Cooking Class - Comfort Classics

Learn a combination of Italian and French techniques in this class with Chef Tess.

It's the perfect time to learn how to cook with bold flavors and learn the classics — French and Italian fare — at the same time, and Chef Tess is the perfect guide.

This hands-on cooking class begins with a step-by-step lesson on how to properly braise short ribs and purée potatoes for a silky side. Next, learn proper techniques for perfectly sautéed escarole paired with slivered almonds for a nice crunch. Finally, finish your classic Italian and French techniques class with an authentic tiramisu.

Guests are welcome to bring wine and beer to enjoy during the class.

  • Minimum Guests 2
  • Maximum Guests 10
  • Meal Courses 3
  • Event Duration 3 hours
  • Labels Beginner, Date Night, French, Holiday, Italian

Reviews guests left for this experience



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!



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



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.

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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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Flexible booking: Cancel or reschedule this event's reservation for free up to 48 hours before the event.
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