Enjoy the communal experience of preparing paella in this hands-on culinary team building experience.
Paella is not only characterized by it's saffron-scented rice and distinct pan, but also by the festivities that surround it. Paella brings people together, and in this team building class, Chef Andy invites your team to come together to experience an authentic paella party.
As a team, you will work together as you learn how to make all of the elements of Spanish paella. Not only will your team hone the skills and techniques necessary to bring paella to life, but also those to craft a decadent flan for dessert.
Guests are welcome to bring wine and beer to enjoy during the class.
BEST TEAM BUILDING EVENT EVER! ...and Chef Andy was the reason it exceeded expectations. If you are looking for a place to get together, have a cocktail/soda, talk and bond as a team, learn some laid back cooking technique, and have an event that the whole group is talking about afterwards, THIS SHOUD BE YOUR CHOICE! We had a group of 13 for a corporate team building event, at the Wicker Park Inn venue (which is also ADORABLE!), a quick 15 min Uber from downtown. Our team did the Spanish Paella menu, but honestly I am not sure the menu choice matters much, as the experience of being there and entertainment/conversation/personality Chef Andy provides makes the whole event. Easy platform for communication, Chef Andy is incredibly responsive, even tailored our menu to dietary needs. 110% recommended.
Cozymeal guest reviews for other experiences with Chef Andy
20 May 2020
We decided to do this live virtual class with chef Andy. We were in 4 households and all of us really enjoyed the class! After the class, Chef Andy agreed to let us stay to visit with each other in a more casual way. The Asian Dumplings were delicious and we will certainly make them again. I highly recommend this activity as a way for families and friends to get together during this time of social distancing!
17 May 2020
Lots of fun, very knowledgeable, great experience!
03 May 2020
Great class! Everything was easy to follow along and the instructor was great. I will definitely be taking the class again !
01 May 2020
The class was fun and Chef Andy showed us cutting techniques and provided great cooking tips in general.
19 Apr 2020
Chef Andy was amazing! Great teacher. I am looking forward to taking my next Chef Andy class.
18 Apr 2020
Chef Andy was great! Gave us great tips to use in our everyday lives in the kitchen.
12 Mar 2020
We loved our sushi class! Chef Andy was fun and engaging and we really learned a lot. We’d highly recommended any of Chef Andy’s courses! It was such a fun and unique night in and we can’t wait to put our new skills to the test.
11 Mar 2020
Chef Andy was great! Really engaging and we learned a lot. We'd love to take another class with him!
20 Feb 2020
Fun, delicious, and learned a new skill! Highly recommend Andy.
19 Feb 2020
Andy provided a great blend of expertise and a laid back attitude to make for a wonderful night with friends. I am still surprised how he taught us to create the flavors with what appeared to be fairly basic ingredients. Highly recommend him for your events.
09 Feb 2020
Andy did an amazing job teaching us the techniques behind Asian cooking! We now have way more confidence tackling Asian style recipes thanks to his class. Highly recommend!!!
08 Feb 2020
Chef Andy was a great teacher while also being extremely personable. It was easy to feel comfortable in the kitchen while working with him. He made having dinner an incredible shared experience to remember.
03 Feb 2020
Went with a group from the office and had a great time. And, delicious food that we made ourselves. Chef Andy was very helpful and a great teacher.
19 Jan 2020
Very fun! Can’t wait to do it again.
14 Jan 2020
Chef Andy was great! He was personable, energetic, patient and overall a good teacher. My girlfriend and I loved the experience and would recommend it to anyone looking try something a little bit different. We will absolutely look to re-hiring him for future events.
07 Jan 2020
Chef Andy made learning to make sushi a lot of fun! He was good at demonstrating how to use the knives properly and then stepped back to observe my grandson using them without interference. But he gave him a ‘phone-a-friend’ option if he needed it! We really enjoyed our class and I highly recommend Chef Andy!!
06 Jan 2020
Chef Andy was awesome, so knowledgable and so personable! This experience was a perfect blend of cooking class, relax, and learn. I would 100% recommend this experience to anyone and I look forward to working with Chef Andy again in the future. Such a fun night!!
05 Jan 2020
Chef Andy offered a great date night for my girlfriend and I. He was very personable, and made us feel comfortable throughout the evening (even as we messed everything up). Taught not only how to make sushi, but recipes, history, and techniques. Awesome experience and look forward to booking Andy again soon.
04 Jan 2020
Got my family this class for Christmas. It was so much fun, the food, the experience, and of course Andy made our night great.
Would recommend anyone looking for a great cooking experience
30 Dec 2019
Words can’t describe how fun this experience was. Chef Andy was AMAZING & very personable - super nice. My friends and I can’t stop talking about it. I can’t recommend him enough, if you’re on the edge about booking this. THIS IS YOUR SIGN! Worth every dollar.
27 Dec 2019
This class was so much fun. I gave it to my teen son for Christmas and he loved it. We both learned a lot and Andy is just great--passionate about food, friendly, personable and a joy to make sushi with! I highly recommend this experience.
13 Dec 2019
Wow, Andy was amazing! If we could give him 6 stars or more, we would. Andy coordinated the perfect at-home anniversary dinner for my boyfriend and I (Mexican themed!). We made tortillas, tacos, elote, and flan-- plus he accommodated to our allergies when the original menu had shrimp. Andy was kind, on time, fun, and very talented. We learned so many tips and tricks that we'll be using moving forward and overall just had a blast! Thanks Andy :)
03 Dec 2019
Chef Andy was absolutely wonderful, fun, and personable! He made the sushi process easy and understandable for all levels. He really was a wealth of information regarding the sushi making process and other cooking techniques. I highly recommend him!
18 Oct 2019
Chef Andy was fantastic! Personable, fun, informative. We really enjoyed our team building event!! HIGHLY recommend this type of event and Chef Andy if you are looking for a great team experience!!
18 Oct 2019
Chef Andy made everyone feel very comfortable with their cooking skills, or lack off! He is very personable and professional. I highly recommend him, and wouldn't hesitate to use his services again.
05 Oct 2019
Andy was awesome - the sushi was delicious, the class was really helpful, and he was really friendly and professional. It was a really fun night!
16 Sep 2019
Chef Andy was so much fun! Easy to learn from and allowed us to have fun and not take things too seriously. The creamy fettuccini was delicious! Would definitely recommend this for a girls’ night or cool date night activity!
10 Sep 2019
I booked Chef Andy for an anniversary night meal and he made it one to remember. He is extremely knowledgeable and skilled and shared his love for cooking throughout every step of the night. The food tasted great and the 2 hours seemed to speed by. I would 100% recommend Chef Andy and will be booking him again the future!
31 Aug 2019
Chef Andy couldn’t have been more professional, yet relaxed and friendly. It was truly an unforgettable experience and would highly recommend to anyone considering.
24 Aug 2019
Chef Andy is the best. One of the best experiences I’ve ever had cooking. I highly recommend that you choose him as you cook, you will not regret it!!!
22 Aug 2019
Chef Andy and Ryan exceeded all expectations! I took a group of clients that couldn't have been more pleased. We made pasta and salad and from the minute we walked in Chef Andy made everyone feel comfortable. He was very helpful and explained everything we did in a way we could all understand and the end result was a fantastic meal and night. Highest recommendation for Chef Andy's class, I hope to hire him again
14 Jul 2019
What a wonderful experience! We learned a lot - making the flatbread dough, prepping the ingredients, arranging different toppings, and using fresh herbs - even expert slicing techniques! Fun, delicious, and insightful - we had a great time!
30 Jun 2019
I hired Chef Andy as a surprise birthday gift for my husband who likes to cook. Amazing! We learned a lot and the sushi was delicious (we made it!) Andy knows his craft, is super professional and really Fun!
I recommended chef Andy to everyone that is looking for an amazing and unique experience.
11 May 2019
I had booked 'Sushi Adventures' for our anniversary night with Chef Suarez in March 2019. Chef Suarez was communicative and arrived on time. He has a great sense of humor which made us very comfortable with him early on. He walked us through each step of the sushi making process and made it fun and simple. Needless to say that not only sushi turned out great but I also learned great techniques from him. I can never forget the great experience we had. I would recommend this to anyone reading this review.
11 May 2019
Chef Andy was friendly, knowledge and the class was fun and informative. Would definitely recommend and is a good alternative to a typical sushi night out!
08 May 2019
We had an amazing time with Chef Andy for my husband's birthday! He was so knowledgeable and we all learned a lot plus the food was delicious! We want to do many more classes with him!
06 May 2019
Chef Andy was awesome! We had the best time cooking with him. He was prompt, professional and so skilled. We will absolutely be booking him again!
26 Apr 2019
Used Cozymeal & Chef Andy for my boyfriend's birthday dinner. I thought it would be a fun and unique experience - even more so than the usual cooking class with a bunch of other people. I can honestly say that it exceeded my expectations! We had an amazing time learning and cooking with Chef Andy. He taught us some simple tricks for presentation and knife skills as well as cleaning and using our cast iron skillet correctly. The price is comparable to going to an upscale restaurant, however the experience is one you definitely won't forget. I HIGHLY recommend this for a date night, special occasion, family get together, or girls night. My boyfriend told me this was one of the best birthday gifts he's ever received. I will definitely be using them again and I've already told all my friends about Cozymeal!
18 Mar 2019
Chef Andy was great! We had him come to our house for the Chinese Takeout experience and learned how to make potstickers, fried rice, and kiwi pineapple smoothies. He was a great instructor who ensured we learned how to do each technique properly and the food turned out amazing!
14 Mar 2019
I had a wonderful experience with Chef Andy! I purchased the Pasta Dough Principals as a birthday gift for my boyfriend and it turned out be such an awesome experience! Chef Andy was prepared with everything we needed to make our delicious meal and taught us great skills that we (hopefully) won't forget! But, what my boyfriend and I loved most about cooking with Chef Andy were the conversations we had that made it seem like we weren't cooking with a chef we paid, but just cooking with a friend!
03 Feb 2019
Our Pasta Dough Principles class with Chef Andy was wonderful! Chose this as a birthday surprise experience for my boyfriend and it was a very memorable night. Chef Andy and his girlfriend / assistant arrived right on time and were fun and informative. He was truly professional, and learning how to make pasta in our own kitchen with our own tools made us feel confident that we could do it on our own. Loved not only the recipes at hand but additional cooking tips as we went, and that they left our kitchen as clean as they found it. The food was INCREDIBLE. Recommending to friends!
21 Jan 2019
I am 50 years old and learned for the first time how to hold a chopping knife correctly, very informative, very friendly, enjoyed his knowledge and his company, will be taking more cooking classes
19 Jan 2019
Chef Andy was wonderful! I bought a sushi making class for my mom’s birthday and she loved it. He was incredibly knowledgeable, fun, and a great teacher. Would highly recommend him for any class!
04 Jan 2019
Chef Andy was awesome!!! He came on time, ready to teach us with a great personality，very friendly and down to earth! He taught us so many great tips and tricks, I wish we took this class a long time ago! The class was so much fun with a relaxed, social vibe! The steak and chimichurri was delicious!!! Chef Andy was also really great in contacting me beforehand, and responding to my messages/ questions promptly. I am very happy we took his class - my husband had a great birthday!!! :) We definitely will refer this to our friends and take more classes in the future! Thanks again!!
21 Dec 2018
Chef Andy was great to work with and we really enjoyed learning how to make sushi from him. We was really personable and he made this a really fun and interactive experience.
27 Nov 2018
I brought in Chef Andy for the "Sushi Adventures" class as surprise for my mom's birthday and couldn't have asked for more! He was incredibly patient and helped to customize the experience for all of our favorite types of sushi dishes. He also really took the time to explain why certain techniques are important for the preparation of each dish and allowed us to walk away with a lot more knowledge regarding sushi and cooking in general (along with a ton of leftovers). He created a super relaxed environment while still making sure everything was delicious and fun. We even got to use blowtorch to add some finesse to the dishes. My mom and the rest of our family were so thrilled and had the best time cooking with him!
13 Sep 2018
We had a great experience with Chef Andy and his assistant. From the booking process to the actual class everything was very professional. Chef Andy arrived on time and ready to start with everything we needed to cook our meal . We loved actually being able to utilize our own kitchen and learn tips and tricks along the way to make our space the most efficient. Chef Andy was extremely knowledgable as well, he took the time to answer any questions and just made sure we were learning and having fun. I have taken quite a few cooking classes at different places around the city and have to say that this class was one of the best with lots of hands on and one on one attention. My husband enjoyed the class as well and we all shared quite a few laughs especially when Chef Andy called out my husband on using his favorite kitchen utensil ( a rice spatula --which he uses for cooking EVERYTHING). Thank you Chef Andy for helping me break that bad habit. HAHA!! Thank you also to your sweet assistant. We definitely will be looking forward to taking more classes with you.
11 Jul 2018
We had a great evening with Chef Andy making pasta from scratch (which required his excellent instruction) and enjoying the resulting meal—all while conversing on every topic imaginable. He had everything well organized and adapted to our smallish kitchen without difficulty. Thanks again for a wonderful time...
11 Jul 2018
Great class! I learned how to make pasta and, other helpful kitchen and cooking tips!
11 May 2018
Omg!!! Just amazing. He was very patient and respectful. He was full of wonderful tips and helped us create the best date night of our 17 year marriage. Thank you chef Andy. We will see you soon!!!
10 Apr 2018
Booked the Flatbread Galore class and learned a lot with Chef Andy. He was very accommodating and is a wealth of knowledge about cooking techniques and tips. I found him very professional even though the set up was informal in our home. The class was both interesting and fun. Would definitely book another class with Chef Andy.
27 Mar 2018
Chef Andy was wonderful, he really went above and beyond. He was patient and accommodating amidst distractions in our home. We had the best time and learned so much, I can’t wait to make pasta from scratch on my own!
11 Mar 2018
I surprised my boyfriend with a private cooking class for the two of us with Chef Andy. He came to our place for the Argentinian steak night meal. Everything was great - the food, experience, and Chef Andy. I would highly recommend this. Andy was knowledgeable, fun, and professional. It’s an entertaining and different thing to do.
05 Mar 2018
Chef Andy and his sous chef Adrianna made the whole experience informative and great fun. We would recommend them to anyone and are already discussing our next culinary adventure. We would be thrilled to have them back.
07 Jul 2017
Does the thought of making maki rolls and nigiri at home excite you? What about the secrets to a beautiful flan? Chef Andy makes it all fun and easy to learn! Full of energy as well as knowledgeable about food--this young chef will teach you how to turn an ordinary strawberry into a cool rose for garnishes, and even educate you on edible flowers and fresh herbs [he actually grows them at home!]. If you're looking for a fun evening, you don't want to miss this class.
Guest reviews for Chef Andy
18 May 2017
Andy was exceptional!!! We asked him to develop an appetizer party for me and a few friends. He picked 4 appetizers and divided us in groups of 2. He demonstrated a demo on each appetizer and guided everyone through the whole process. I would highly recommend Andy for any cooking parties or cooking classes. We are definitely booking him from now on. Best experienced I have had. We learned a lot about other food as well. He was very knowledgeable about different types of food and techniques. I am going to take a pasta class with him for sure. He is well rounded In the food industry and a great chef instructor.
18 Feb 2017
I took a cooking class when I lived in the United States in November. I am currently in Germany and still in contact with Chef Andy Suarez. I seriously LOVED his class. He was very professional. His nice personality made it easy for us to follow his instructions. Me and my few friends had a lot of fun learning new methods and dishes. Aside from his professional attitude. Andy made every single one feel special and like a real chef. I will definitely take another cooking class soon! HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!!
25 Nov 2016
Andy was an amazing instructor. Not only was he super attentive, he was also very patient. He explained to us in detail how flavors work when spices are blended with certain type of foods. If I have any questions about a recipe , Andy is there for me to help. Andy is amazing! I highly recommend any of his classes. He is trained in multiple cuisines and techniques.
A graduate of the Illinois Institute of Art, Chef Andy's expertise in food styling and plating is sure to boost your presentation skills in the kitchen. With years of experience as a culinary instructor and food blogger, Chef Andy is well versed in a wide-range of cuisine from sushi to classic European cuisine and even a touch of molecular gastronomy. His enthusiasm for sharing kitchen secrets and tips will leave you hungry to learn more.