Cooking With Lori

Cooking With Lori

5.0 (5)
1 employee
4 years in business

About this pro

Hello. My name is Lori Watkins. Cooking is my passion!  I loved watching my mom cook as a child. I have had 2 cookbooks published and enjoy cooking for small crowds. I used to own and operate my own catering company. I often cook for my church.  I get such joy out of cooking. I love it when I'm able to help a person or group of people achieve their goal in learning.  It's also a lot of fun!

You can also host a cooking lesson as an event!

Mainly, I enjoy people eating and enjoying my food.  The looks on their faces and the silence from enjoying my food!

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Millbrae, CA 94030
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5 Reviews


  • Harold Cunningham

    Lori is very thorough in her instructions and her passion for cooking great food is equaled by her passion to teach others to do the same. She has a very warm and friendly personality which makes the learning experience very enjoyable. And everything she cooks is amazing!

  • Alyssa Cunningham

    Lori was friendly and patient, which is important considering I don't know how to cook much! She thoroughly explained each step in a way that made it easy for me to follow along. Great experience!

  • Deomen L

    OMG we made a southern dish that made me think my granny made it!!! It’s in her cookbook. She was very professional and got to my house on time with the food.

  • Lottie Baker

    She came to my home and made ME feel comfortable!!! Lol. It was just me so it didn’t take long to cook the food so we sat and talked and I felt like I knew her for years already. We cooked fried chicken!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Over the telephone we can discuss the menu, how many people (students) and who will do the shopping.  I prefer the student do the shopping that way they don't have to reimburse me for the food. It can be discussed, however.  I charge $200/lesson for up to 4 students.  We will determine a date, time and get ready to have fun, learn and eat!

I prefer to give lessons at the students home.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Have taken a few lessons but mainly experience from cooking for years and owning my catering company.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Minimum of $200 for up to 4 students ( not including food ) for 3 hours.  After that a flat rate of $50 is added to the $200. Add $30/ person beyond 4 people. 

How did you get started teaching?

People having tasted my food and reading my cookbooks wanted to learn from me.

What types of students have you worked with?

Adults and a few students that are autistic.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I was asked to give a cooking lesson at a home with a beautiful pool and backyard. There was a beautiful outdoor kitchen. I gave lessons to 6 adults. The weather was perfect. We made pan seared fresh Salmon steaks with a lemon caper cream sauce, Whipped Potatoes and steamed Asparagus. We had Raymond's Sourdough Bread with the meal. The setting was awesome, the students were having adult beverages and there was a lot of laughing and competing going on. So much fun!!

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Come hungry!

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