Prepare a Southwestern spread on the grill in this four-course team building experience.
Learn how to grill like a pro and hone those knife skills alongside your team in this hands-on Southwest-style grilling class curated by Chef Danushka.
Start off with a Southwestern salad of corn, tomatoes, black beans and a creamy avocado dressing. Then, choose between a cilantro and lime marinated skirt steak or honey and chipotle chicken that you'll grill alongside your team and serve with Southwest rice. End with dark chocolate brownies or tres leches cake for dessert.
Guests are welcome to bring wine and beer to enjoy during the class.
Cozymeal guest reviews for other experiences with Chef Danushka
20 Sep 2021
You walk into Chef Danushka's beautiful home and are greeted with a chill atmosphere. She already has the food settings ready and the food laid out. After introductions and house rules, you start cooking the course menu. We did the Sweet and Savory Thai Cuisine. You get hands-on experience and learn some neat tips & tricks along the way. Chef Danushka makes you feel comfortable even if you have no idea what you are doing and is quite funny. She has a good balance of professionalism and entertainment -- I would recommend. Can't wait to try another class!
17 Sep 2021
Chef Danushka offered an excellent training course for my daughter and me. She was patient and informative, the dishes in our meal were straight-forward, uncomplicated but also delicious, well planned and complimentary. Chef Danushka did a great job of prepping before our arrival so the training and meal proceeded smoothly from course to course. She had us do the hands on work while coaching and offering suggestions to improve our technique. I would definitely return for another session.
08 Aug 2021
Chef Danushka showed us an unforgettable night consisting of delicious food, conversation, and a lot of laughs. Danushka is an amazingly talented chef, instructor, host, and entertainer- she went above and beyond, and I’m looking forward to booking her again soon.
19 Apr 2021
Chef Danushka is one of a kind! Love her personality, approach, and direction. We learned the RIGHT way do everything from prep to consuming some great food. Highly recommend any class she teaches.
21 Mar 2021
Great experience, loved the host!
04 Mar 2021
Would give Chef Danushka more stars if I could!!
I booked a private cooking experience with Chef Danushka last weekend with five of my close friends. None of us were quite sure what to expect or how formal the arrangement was going to be. We brought plenty of wine and were prepared to make it a memorable night. From the moment we arrived, we were brought into the Chef's adorable, clean home with a beautiful kitchen, perfectly arranged for us to gather comfortably with a great view of all cooking instructions. The Chef is hilarious and made all of us feel at ease while still giving us lighthearted banter that made sure we were all involved and engaged. The food was one of the best meals I've had in awhile (and I'm not even typically a pork eater) and the experience overall was one of the highlights of the last few months. Thank you, Chef! Looking forward to booking with you again!
25 Feb 2021
I liked the chef’s direct and down to earth style of communication. I learned a lot of useful tips from the risotto class that I could use in every type of cooking. My husband also had a great time. Thank you!
20 Feb 2021
Danushka is amazing—I honestly cannot recommend a class with her highly enough! My boyfriend gave me this class for Christmas and it was one of the best gifts I've ever been given. We got KNIFE SKILLS AND LIFE SKILLS that I won't soon forget.
Danushka respects you enough to treat you seriously in the kitchen and makes sure you'll leave not only knowing a couple of new (delicious) recipes, but also tricks and tips that you'll use any time you're in the kitchen. From the importance of a salt cellar to the best way to cook moist, flavorful chicken to the secret recipe for the brownies you've had in your life—everything is fun to make, delicious to eat and will leave you with lessons you'll use for years to come.
Have fun and bon appétit!
11 Feb 2021
Danushka is an absolute blast. My fiancé and I loved her. She’s so spunky and we will be booking her again in the near future ?
11 Feb 2021
This class was so much fun! I got the opportunity to cook and try food that was way out of my realm. I love trying new things and this was the way to do it! The class is taught well and I laughed plenty. Definitely worth it.
11 Feb 2021
Holy cow, what can I say! Danushka was a fantastic teacher and comedian. Her approach of explaining, demoing, and then make us do it was the right approach to ensure we were learning the techniques and not just getting a glancing understanding of them. Couple that with the laid back atmosphere, the unabashed humor, and the really great recipes, and it all added up to a fantastic date night. Don't be a dimwit. Sign up. Spend an evening with her. You'll thank me later.
10 Feb 2021
The atmosphere was amazing and the food was delicious. Chef Danushka provided a welcoming space filled with fantastic teaching, laughter, and the perfect company for date night.
22 Jan 2021
This class is wonderful. The Thai food is healthy and delicious. Everyone participates in the class, cooking various parts of the meal. We eat as we go. Everything is tasty, delicious and very replicatable - you can make it at home! Chef Danushka is a wealth of knowledge, answering questions as you go and giving you tips along the way (how to hold a knife, how to chop cilantro, how to chop ginger, etc). I was in a group of 4 and we had a lot of fun, ate well, and learned a ton.
09 Jan 2021
This class was a great cooking experience. Chef Danushka made sure to explain things thoroughly and make us feel at home. We will definitely be back to another cooking class with her.
05 Dec 2020
Chef Danushka is very engaging and makes you feel at home.
03 Dec 2020
I highly recommend taking this experience! Chef Danushka is witty and engaging. She's a great host and cooking instructor. I walked away with some new knife skills! The food was amazing. I cannot wait to make my own risotto and pan of nutella brownies!! My hubby and I look forward to future classes!!
09 Nov 2020
We enjoyed our meal with chef danushka! The flavors were amazing and the chicken was explosive. Would highly recommend her to others!
08 Oct 2020
Entertaining and educational, would go again!
04 Oct 2020
We had an awesome time with Danushka! The cooking was a lot of fun and the food was delicious. Highly recommend!
26 Sep 2020
Kasidy and I had a fun time with Danushka! The food was excellent and it was a fun experience! Would highly recommend!
23 Sep 2020
My husband and I booked this cooking class for our honeymoon! We had such an amazing experience. Our meal was delicious (I’m so excited that we learned how to make amazing risotto!) and we we learned some great techniques. We 100% recommend an evening cooking with Chef Danushka.
14 Sep 2020
If you’re looking for a fun experience, attend Chef Danushka’s cooking class! She’s a terrific host, and the class itself was one to remember! You’ll be amazed at how easy you’ll be able to make the recipes, and she keeps you entertained while doing so!
28 Aug 2020
We had a great experience cooking with Chef Danushka! We cooked a three-course Southern meal, and it was delicious! We ended up pretty full after eating the pork chops, but we couldn't say no to the fruit crisp. Chef Danushka was funny and taught us a bunch of tricks in the kitchen. Thanks for having us! We recommend this experience.
18 May 2020
Great experience my girlfriend and I had a blast. We will definitely be back to cook with Chef Danushka
18 May 2020
I got this experience as a birthday gift for my boyfriend. Chef Danushka taught us to make a great Italian dinner. Our favorite part was the delicious Nutella brownies. It was also my first time making risotto. She broke down the steps and made it seem super easy. Overall, it was a great time. She’s funny and makes the experience enjoyable. I would recommend her to anyone!
16 Mar 2020
Chef Danuska was very knowledgeable and patient no matter your experience level. Wonderful cooking environment.
What a great class for cooks and noncooks. The food was delicious, the chef's commentary and lessons were enjoyable and educational, and the spacious kitchen had ample room for all of us to prepare the dishes simultaneously.
27 Feb 2020
77th review! We had a lot of fun cooking Asian cuisine with Danushka. Very hands on class with lots of good cooking fundamentals. Looking forward to booking another lesson soon.
27 Feb 2020
Danushka is a force of nature and in complete control of her environment. She's hilarious and utterly competent. The evening is part comedy show, part cooking show and a complete blast. I highly recommend.
20 Feb 2020
Chef Danushka laid our scene in fair Verona, with a main course of cheese ravioli, fresh-roll’d pasta we cut and pinched into a meal, at her candid instruction. She tolerated no mutiny, or hands unclean, but in the three hours’ traffic of her kitchen, we laughed through our misadventures and buried all strife. Highly recommended. Great for date night.
14 Feb 2020
Danushka is simply amazing. Her home is gorgeous, her personality is infectious, and the food was fabulous. I can't wait to book another class with her and bring our friends!
12 Feb 2020
Chef Danushka's "Elegant and Season Italian" menu was delicious. My partner and I decided to try something new for date night and the cooking class was great change of pace. We made homemade croutons which was an absolute game changer, delicious squash risotto, herb chicken, and the best Nutella brownies I've ever had. We'd definitely recommend learning with her as her teaching style is very student friendly and easy going. The night went smoothly and we only have good things to say about this experience.
05 Feb 2020
I would do it again
05 Feb 2020
Learned a lot and had a great meal. Hope to join Chelsea Danushka again for another lesson soon.
04 Feb 2020
I expected to have a good time, but Chef Danushka exceeded my expectations. She does a great job of getting everyone involved in the class. She also made sure a guy like me who considers it an accomplishment not to burn spaghetti made dishes I never imagine. Chef Danushka is very engaging, knowledgeable, has a great sense of humor, and everyone had a fantastic time. I highly recommend her class!
26 Jan 2020
Chef Danushka was amazing! She was incredibly patient and brought levity to the fears we all had in the kitchen.
Not only that, but she made sure we were all safe by showing us proper knife cutting techniques. The Raviolis were amazing and the atmosphere was perfect.
Her mixture of humor and seriousness made us feel welcome and safe.
-we will be back!
04 Jan 2020
We had a great evening at Chef Danushka’s lovely home. We made a delicious meal and learned many useful tips we will use at home. Fun date night out. Highly recommend!
03 Jan 2020
I found this cooking class to be both useful and fun. Chef Danushka had a hilariously dry sense of humor that kept me laughing the whole time. She has some awesome experience (cooking for “the rock”) and practical advice for all levels. Bring wine and an open mind.
03 Jan 2020
I learned so much from Chef Danushka in my class with her from knife skills to seasoning and more. Could not recommend her more!!!
21 Dec 2019
We had such a great time making Asian cuisine with Danushka! She was so patient in showing us the basics of food prep and even small things like holding a knife! We loved the tempora bananas with chocolate for dessert!! She even had her Christmas tree out which made the experience more festive and intimate! We will definitely be coming back!! And we would recommend her highly to any of our friends!
11 Dec 2019
We had a great time with Chef Danushka. She was amazing and accommodated my gluten allergy. Dinner was absolutely delicious in addition to her being a great teacher. We will definitely do it again!
07 Dec 2019
We had a great time making the Viva La Franc meal with Chef Danushka. The meal was fabulous but the chef had a personality that was a little off-putting at first. Throughout the night she warmed up and our team loved bonding over such a unique experience.
25 Nov 2019
great simple recipes and fun environment
16 Nov 2019
Danushka was awesome!! Loved cooking with her and learning from her. She was very personable and funny. Definitely recommend and will be back for another class :)
15 Nov 2019
The review from my client is all positive, the group liked Chef Danushka a lot and loved the food. They had a great team experience!
Thank Kathryn (ATPI Events)
20 Oct 2019
My boyfriend and I absolutely LOVED the class, the menu, and chef Danushka. She was trusting, funny and relaxed. We loved that her menu was meticulously thought through and creative. She taught us the skills and gave us the confidence to think outside the box and cook new dishes at home. Thank you so much chef!
17 Sep 2019
We had a great time with Danushka. She gave us some great kitchen tips and, of course, a delicious dinner.
15 Sep 2019
Chef Danushka was amazing. We had a lot of fun making and eating the dishes. Our Team really enjoyed this experience. She was very kind and funny.
14 Aug 2019
AMAZING experience! Everyone loved the class and the interaction with Chef Danushka. We cooked a delicious 3 course meal from scratch that included a salad, fresh pasta with a meat sauce that was out of this world and dessert. We all loved every piece of this meal. Amazing cooking experience with an exceptional Chef. Definitely highly recommended!
08 Aug 2019
Chef Danushka is amazing. She taught us so much that I’m able to take home and apply to all different kinds of meals. She made sure we got lots of hands on time but was very involved to make sure we knew what we were doing. She was very clean and organized and stayed clean and organized as we went along.
We were so star struck meeting her after watching her so much on the food network but she made us feel so comfortable and welcomed.
We will definitely be taking more classes from her in the future.
23 Jul 2019
My 11yo daughter and I had a fantastic time bonding as we learned incredibly valuable skills from Danushka (e.g. we had no idea how to hold a knife!). I’m a little scared that now that we know how, we’ll be tempura frying everything from here on out! Thanks for a fantastic mother daughter date!
22 Jul 2019
What a fun birthday lunch for my husband! Chef Danushka has helpful cooking tips for cooks of all experience levels, and the menu we chose (Italian Dinner Party) was delicious. Highly recommended!
14 Jul 2019
What a wonderful way to visit Austin!! It was a delicious and fabulous experience!! I was so full the rest of the day!! Loved it D!! She rocks
05 Jul 2019
Chef Danushka is a great chef and teacher! Asian exploration was truly a delightful adventure, and fit our vegetarian diet. We cooked and tasted many ingredients for the first-time. By the time we left, we knew we wanted to cook those meals again. Thanks to Chef Danushka we learned how to do it! We also had a fun time talking about general life experiences. I would recommend this to any group looking for a fun, bonding event!
03 Jul 2019
Chef Danushkas class was amazing. Loved every minute and every bite of it. If you expect to watch her do all the work you are mistaken as this course is very hands on but dont fret about making mistakes as shes there to help! Looking forward to taking more classes with her.
29 Jun 2019
So awesome!! Chef Danushka was personable, prepared, and thoughtful for our evening cooking class. She made each family member feel comfortable and had something for everyone to do. The food was outstanding and cooking tips so helpful. In addition, by the end of the evening, we felt like we made a new friend! Thanks, Chef Danushka!
21 Jun 2019
We loved our class with Chef Danushka earlier this year! The food was amazing - we made a delicious salad, wonderful chicken and brownies!
17 Jun 2019
We had a great time at the Seasonal Asian fare class! Chef Danushka made the experience both fun and informative so we learned quite a bit and the food was so good! Would definitely take a class with her again :)
14 Jun 2019
Our team of 7 really enjoyed themselves during our afternoon team build with Chef Danushka. Everyone in our team got involved in preparing the French dishes and of course in eating the delightful food. Chef Danushka was kind enough to cater for those with different dietary requirements (both vegan and vegetarian). Several people in the team were so impressed that they're planning to have additional classes with Chef Danushka with their significant others. Highly recommended.
14 May 2019
Chef Danushka is amazing!
This was a part of an elaborate proposal plan. Chef went above and beyond to make the event grand. She is very knowledgeable and constantly tries to provide her culinary wisdom to her students. She is a wonderful person to hangout with. We didn’t even realize when time flew by. I would highly recommend this class for everyone!
Thanks Danushka for making this extra special for us ☺️
10 May 2019
Great class! We had lots of fun and learned so much!
27 Apr 2019
Chef Danushka’s class met all of our expectations and more. So much fun! We learned and laughed so much! I totally recommend Chef Danushka! Can’t wait to sign up for another class.
11 Mar 2019
We had a great time with Chef Danushka! The food we cooked was great and we’re definitely going to be using the techniques we learned. Highly recommended!
10 Mar 2019
Wonderful evening at Chef Danushka’s home! Very clean and well thought out class. Enjoyed learning and spending time with friends and family while eating fantastic ravioli! Thanks Chef!
09 Mar 2019
This was an amazing experience. I had the best time with my partner and the other couple that attended. Chef Danushka was fun and I loved her sense of humor. Though fun I could tell she was experienced and she had a teaching style that was receptive to her audience. Her home was immaculate and I didn’t doubt once we arrived that we would have a great time. Thank you again Chef Danushka I look forward to doing this again.
13 Feb 2019
Chef Danushka was awesome. The class was by far the best cooking class that I have ever taken. It was all very hands on and relaxed. Really enjoyed the time and will definitely be attending classes with her going forward!
11 Feb 2019
The dishes were approachable and delicious. Chef Danushka has direct communication and humor. The cooking environment is beautiful. I feel confident to cook meat, now. I surprised my girlfriend, who likes learning new meals, with this event. She and I loved it. Chef Danushka even prepared a birthday letter for her. The chef can also performs large events very well. Professional and entertaining.
11 Feb 2019
Danushka was funny and she gave us a ton of knowledge about how to navigate a kitchen, I would highly recommend and would love to come back again!
07 Feb 2019
Danushka, Thanks so much for welcoming us into your home. The team had a great time, everyone learned quite a bit, and the food was great! Would definitely recommend Danushka for a group looking to cook together.
29 Jan 2019
Great experience! I plan on doing this again!
20 Jan 2019
Had a wonderful time with Chef Danushka! We will definitely be back. The food was....AMAZING!!! Highly recommend!
19 Jan 2019
I cannot recommend Danushka's lessons enough. My boyfriend and I were a bit apprehensive about joining four people we didn't know for the evening, but we had an absolute blast. Danushka guided us through each course, gave us all a chance to get involved, with helpful kitchen tips and colorful commentary throughout. She was a genuine delight and we left excited to keep cooking.
And the food was 5 stars! First, she taught us to make our own vinaigrette -- life changing. Next, we learned how to prepare butternut squash risotto before making chicken with parsley butter. And we ended with Nutella brownies, which are somehow even better they sound.
Already browsing for a return visit!
07 Jan 2019
Learned some great basic skills and an easy, delicious meal to make.
06 Jan 2019
We had a blast at Chef Danushka's cooking class! We learned some tips and tricks around the kitchen and the food was delicious. I highly recommend the Asian meal but we can't wait to try out some of her other options next time we are visiting Austin. Thanks, Chef!
05 Jan 2019
Danushka is a witty, accommodating, knowledgeable, interesting, and totally amazing chef! We enjoyed our evening in her home, as well as an incredible meal.
21 Dec 2018
Our evening with Chef Danushka was wonderful! She kept us busy and taught us so much. The food was absolutely amazing. I would highly recommend Chef Danushka.
17 Dec 2018
She is great
14 Dec 2018
We had an awesome experience and enjoyed some amazing food! Would definitely do it again!!
Thank you Danushka
12 Dec 2018
Chef Danushka was great! She had a great attitude and an even better menu. My girlfriend and I had an awesome time and learned a bunch of new things as well. To top it all off, her music playlist was on point!
09 Dec 2018
It was a great experience!
06 Dec 2018
My team and I throughly enjoyed our time with Chef Danushka. She was fun, the food was delicious, and we all learned something about knife skills, fish preparations, and each other. I highly recommend this event to teams looking to get to know each other in a safe, collaborative environment.
01 Dec 2018
Danushka really knows her stuff, we can definitely use everything we learned, and it was a great, fun time. Blasted right through our expectations.
24 Oct 2018
The experience with Chef Danushka was incredible. She is extremely thorough and thoughtful and I would highly recommend her to anyone interested :)
13 Oct 2018
Our experience with Danushka was great. She was funny and personable. We learned a few new tricks that we can apply to our everyday cooking. Definitely recommended!
14 Sep 2018
Chef Danushka was such an incredible host! Her passion for food and her love of sharing her knowledge was amazing. She answered all our questions, even when we may have asked a few different times and was very patient. She even would show us what was meant by demonstration when we couldn't picture what someone was saying, ha! The food was amazing and I am so excited to try out some of the recipes at home! Thank you for creating a team experience that was one for the record books!
08 Sep 2018
My wife and I had an amazing evening with Chef Danushka!! She was fun, engaging and a great instructor...especially for us novice one's in the kitchen :) We would highly recommend booking as a couple, group of friends or corporate/team evening out. We will definitely do this again.
Thanks!! - Michael and Belinda
06 Sep 2018
It was mine and my husbands 3 year anniversary I thought it’s about time for him to learn how to cook. I didn’t think he would like it but let’s just say we left there full and he thanked me. He had such a great time and now he thinks he is a good cook. Thank you Chef Danushka for such a great experience.
04 Sep 2018
Let me tell ya'll - what could have been a terrible experience turned out to be more than I could've imagined. I'll try to keep the story short, but I had originally booked a travelling chef as a surprise for my boyfriend's birthday. The day before, I got a strange, sexist comment from the chef. Perplexed, I checked his reviews again (previously all 5's) to see a 1 star from the night before. It was very detailed about how unprofessional and disappointing the evening was. Freaking out, I reached out to the Cozymeal team for guidance at about 8pm. By 9:30pm I had been reached out to twice by phone by Heather with the 24 hour support team and received nothing but the best customer service. She understood my concerns and connected us last minute with Chef Danushka. I got several more emails from Heather checking in and making sure everything was set up.
Now that I've raved about Cozymeal's amazing customer service, let me tell you: book Chef Danushka. She welcomed us into her lovely home and had a custom birthday card ready for my boyfriend. She had everything prepped and got us cooking right away. We bombarded her with questions and she gave us nothing but patient and useful tips. Everything flowed smoothly and we took breaks to eat the courses while others cooked. The food was perfect for a beginner and not to mention INSANELY good. Also, as an even nicer touch, she put a candle in the brownie at the end for my boyfriend's birthday. At the end, she wrote down a list of suggestions of kitchen supplies to get as my boyfriend will be moving soon. My boyfriend cannot stop talking about how amazing the experience was and wants Cozymeal to add a custom tip option because he thinks she deserves so much more than we gave her.
Cozymeal, Chef Danushka - thank you for your flexibility, care, and professionalism. You gave us a night we'll never forget.
21 Aug 2018
We enjoyed ourselves so much! Thank you for opening your home to us. Having everyone take a part in preparing a delicious yet simple meal was awesome and learned some new techniques throughout the evening. I'm hoping we'll be able to do this again another time we're in Austin! Thanks again Chef for a great evening we're still talking about!
20 Aug 2018
Chef Danushka curated a flavor rich menu with fresh ingredients, complimented by herbs grown in her own garden.
We spent a laughter filled evening preparing gourmet food with an absolutely charming host.
Thank you, Chef!
19 Aug 2018
Our time with Chef Daushka was a great team building experience. The food was amazing!
05 Aug 2018
We attended the Vive la France cooking class as a company party/team building event. There were 13 of us and Chef Danushka did a great job keeping the whole group engaged and on track. She quickly learned everyone’s names and included everyone in the lesson and conversation. The class was well organized, fun and most importantly, the food was delicious. Chef Danushka took extra time to make sure everyone’s questions were answered and she shared a lot of neat tips and tricks. I would definitely book with her again. Great experience!
30 Jul 2018
I thought Chef Danushka was great. It was intimate and relaxed and those Nutella brownies were just amazing!
26 Jul 2018
Great evening. Chef was prepared and easy to talk to. Food was lined up and ready when we arrived. Would do it again.
18 Jul 2018
I apologize for not being able to make it. For the second time
14 Jul 2018
We enjoyed our time with Danushka, she is warm and thorough. Her recipes tingled our tastebuds and gave repeatable principles for the future. I recommend you try the porkchop and polenta menu option (as I sit in food coma)! She entertained and educated. My wife and I recommend her whole heartedly!
11 Jul 2018
Great class and great menu!!
11 Jul 2018
Great meal. Taught useful techniques.
19 Jun 2018
The Microsoft team was extremely impressed with Chef Danushka ability to control the group, teach with fun and allow us to enjoy a delicious lunch. We will be back. Thank you
31 May 2018
Chef Danushka was amazing! We immediately felt welcome and comfortable. She tailored the course to our wants, allowing us to be as hands on or hands off as we wanted. Since we came to cook, she let us do everything. Danushka was able to teach us so much without making us feel like we were in a class. Under her guidance, we were able to prepare a delicious 3 course Italian meal, learn the tools and techniques to prepare fine cuisine ourselves, and have an absolute blast doing it!
16 May 2018
Local, fresh, in-season. These are just a few words to describe the ingredients in Chef Danushka's kitchen, and it shows in her meals. Always in search of a new challenge, Chef Danushka offers customization options in her menus to provide the best-suited class for all.
Guest reviews for Chef Danushka
13 May 2018
What an incredible chef! A fantastic, fun, and organized teacher. We learned a tremendous amount and the food was delicious. Highly recommended!
10 May 2018
OMG! I've watched Danushka compete on the Food Network and have now had the pleasure of her teaching me to cook in person! What a great night for our group!
After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu, Chef Danushka’s culinary career quickly rose to prominence. An experienced culinary instructor and highly sought after private chef, she has worked for celebrities and high net worth clients across the U.S. Chef Danushka was a contestant on "Chopped" and "Cutthroat Kitchen," a finalist on "Comeback Kitchen" and "Next Food Network Star," and is the winner of Food Network’s "24 Hour Restaurant Battle."