Cooking W/ Chef Dave

Cooking W/ Chef Dave

1 employee
2 years in business

About this pro

I take complicated technique and jargon out of it to show you how restaraunts do (and you can) make great tasting dishes at home without a formal cooking education. My classes are firmly rooted in the basics to form a good foundation for you.

I enjoy showing people how to get the most out of their food in taste and nutrition so that they can enjoy food without spending a lot of money. Also the look on someones face when they eat something they 'dont like' and they realize they have just never had it prepared well.

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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I let them choose a dish and I sepcify with them key goals that they would like to get out of each lesson. I then expand on them.

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

I have worked in hotels, restaurants, private homes and catering as well as with many great chefs. I also attended the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute and regularly teach clients and friends better cooking technique.

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

I have a per hour rate with an extra charge for each person past two as there becomes a lot more information and ground work I have to lay in order to provide a fair amount of attention to each student.

How did you get started teaching?

I got started by doing dinner parties for friends and then being called back to actually show them how to make the dishes I had served them.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with all varities of diet/nutrition and skill level

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I was at a wedding in Mexico recently. The food was traditional and it paired perfectly with the sand, ocean and atmosphere. It really shows how food is a part of the culture. When cooking I like to make things that represent my culture in day to day life. Just like you dress for the job you want, not the job you have. You should cook for the body/life you want, not the one you have.

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

Cooking is like anything, you must practice the lessons you learn to retain them. But if you enjoy it then it won't be any work at all.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What do I eat on a regular basis? What would I like to make on a special occasion? I find these to be the best questions because one is very practical and the most useful for your daily life. The other is something you get to splurge on once in a while for guests and important persons in your life.

Lessons offered

Cooking Classes Knife Skills Classes Italian Cooking Classes Middle Eastern Cooking Classes Pasta Making Classes Baking Classes Asian Cooking Classes