Cooking Class - Seasonal 5-Course French Meal

Learn traditional French cooking techniques using the incredible bounty of Californian ingredients.

For this French cooking class, Chef Joel will teach you a variety of traditional French cooking techniques using seasonal local ingredients. Relying on produce and provisions from the area surrounding his home in Fair Play, and calling on his training from the former French Culinary Institute (now known as the International Culinary Center), Chef Joel will teach you how to make high-end, delicious, and beautiful dishes.

The class will be taught at Chef Joel's amazing home in Fair Play, CA, right in the middle of vineyards, pastures, and a Christmas tree farm.

Chef Joel invites guests to bring their own wine to the class, and recommends local wines from the wineries around El Dorado County.

  • Minimum Guests 6
  • Maximum Guests 8
  • Meal Courses 5
  • Event Duration 3 hours

Reviews guests left for other experiences with Chef Joel



04 Jan 2015

Chef Joel's dishes are works of art. His crab timbal was so impressive that I was almost hesitant to try it and ruin the structure. This is such a fun class where you get the chance to practice some great techniques and use some beautiful ingredients like courgette flowers! Chef Joel has some great knowledge and it's wonderful to chat and cook with him.



02 Dec 2014

Chef Joel is an expert host. We showed up at his beautiful house in Fair Play, and got a tour of the property on his tractor -- from the plots of vegetables to the fields of Zinfandel grapes. We then took off in his truck to a few different wineries for free tastings, including a private barrel tasting at one, and I bought a few bottles for friends back home. Back at Chef Joel's he prepared a stunning meal with local and organic produce, fish, and meat, and taught us everything as we went along. It was an incredibly full, fun, and enchanting afternoon. Thanks Chef Joel!

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I am passionate about food and the land from where it comes. I graduated from the French Culinary Institute (now International Culinary Center) in Campbell CA, where I focused on preparing local ingredients in traditional French styles. I continued to pursue this combination of local ingredients with French flair in NYC, London, and now the Bay Area. I also teach at my family home in El Dorado County, where we are surrounded by bountiful produce and incredible wine.

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