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Hands-On Healthy Cooking Classes For Kids, Teens, and Adults in the Bay Area and Beyond

Michelle, Healthy Chef + Family Nutrition Expert, is the owner of Together In The Kitchen where she teaches kids, teens, and adults how to cook wholesome and delicious food. Michelle’s classes are interactive, hands-on, and a lot of fun for both beginners and the experienced cook. She uses only real foods in her easy and simple recipes, and encourages children to explore new flavors and tastes in a non-judgmental environment. 

Michelle teaches and consults in private homes throughout the Bay Area and beyond, as well as in schools, universities, and corporations including Stanford, Lucille Packard, Sur La Table, Palo Alto Schools, Los Altos and Menlo Circus Country Clubs, Facebook, and Survey Monkey.

Cooking Together In The Kitchen is a meaningful way to connect with friends and family for celebrations, birthday parties, a girls night-in (with a glass of wine in hand!),  a graduation present, or team building! Perhaps it’s a “just because” private lesson for you and your friends looking to add healthy recipes to the current family dinnertime repertoire. Learn kitchen techniques that make cooking easier, discover healthy grocery store products, demo the latest new cooking tools, and solutions for feeding your picky family!  When we’re done cooking, everyone sits down together to enjoy the culinary creations!

All menus are seasonal and can be customized. In Michelle’s hands-on classes everyone gets their own cutting board and a knife to use during class. Michelle shops for all of the groceries herself offering the best organic ingredients and the freshest produce. And, at the end of class, you are left with a clean kitchen! Michelle will accommodate most food allergies and diet preferences — many of her recipes can be made gluten-free, dairy optional, or refined sugar-free. 

Kids Cooking
Michelle offers fun, hands-on cooking classes for kids of all ages — offering opportunities for both the new chef and the more experienced chef! Kids will learn to season food, prep ingredients, follow recipes, create their own recipes, and read food labels. Michelle will teach students how to work at the stovetop and oven, handle knives and kitchen tools with confidence, and practice food safety skills.

These classes are a fantastic opportunity to inspire picky eaters to try new food. Michelle has many years of experience teaching cooking to children of all ages and specializes  in encouraging kids to explore new flavors and tastes in a non-judgemental environment. Kids are more likely to eat new foods they have learned to cook themselves.

During class we make appetizers, main courses, snacks, and desserts. We experiment with sweet + savory ingredients, seasonal fruits + vegetables, and spices + flavors from around the globe. Best of all, at the end of each class, kids sit down together to eat their culinary creations! 

Michelle brings cutting boards, knives and other fun cooking tools appropriate for children of all ages! She shops for all of the groceries herself to ensure quality organic ingredients and fresh produce. Michelle will accommodate most food allergies and diet preferences — many of her recipes can be made gluten-free, dairy optional, or refined sugar-free. 

  • Private, Small Group, Larger Party
  • After School Classes
  • Birthday Parties
  • Summer + Holiday Camps
  • Farmer’s Market Field Trips
  • Playdates
  • Homeschool Curriculum

Teen Cooking
Whether you teen is new to cooking, looking to learn recipes beyond pasta and scrambled eggs, or soon to be living on their own for the first time Michelle’s hands-on classes are perfect!

With a focus on the most essential cooking skills, teens will learn to create simple and delicious meals, snacks, and desserts. As we cook together, Michelle will teach teens how to season food, prep ingredients, and follow recipes. Teens will learn how to handle knives and other kitchen tools with confidence, and practice food safety skills. 

Michelle will provide tips for kitchen success, teach cooking terminology, and essential cooking tools,  Best of all, at the end of each class, we’ll sit down to enjoy our culinary creations! Michelle brings cutting boards, knives and other fun cooking tools for the teens to try out. She shops for all of the groceries herself to ensure quality organic ingredients and fresh produce. Michelle will accommodate most food allergies and diet preferences — many of her recipes can be made gluten-free, dairy optional, or refined sugar-free. 

  • Private, Small Group, Larger Party
  • After School Classes
  • Birthday Parties
  • Graduation Gifts
  • Leadership Groups + Team Building
  • University Programs

Family Cooking
Michelle’s hands-on Family Cooking Classes are very popular! Parents and kids cook side-by-side, creating simple-to-prepare and awesome-to-eat healthy food. While cooking, Michelle encourages children to sample a wide variety of new tastes and flavors in a non-judgemental environment all while having fun! Parents will take away lots of family friendly meal ideas as well as learn strategies for picky eaters and the best recipes for cooking together with their kids at home! 

After we cook together, we eat our culinary creations! Family cooking classes are an incredible ways for families to connect without devices and distraction. 

  • Family Celebrations + Birthday Parties
  • Playdates
  • Weekend Activities

Adult Cooking
Cooking Together In The Kitchen is a meaningful way to connect with friends and family for celebrations, birthday parties, girls night-in (cooking with a glass of wine in hand!), and team building! Or perhaps a private lesson for you and your friends looking to add more healthy recipes to the family dinnertime repertoire. 

In her hands-on classes Michelle teaches you (with glass of wine in hand if you desire!) to prepare delicious, simple and healthy dishes easy enough for a weeknight meal yet perfect for your next dinner party. 

Learn kitchen techniques that make cooking easier, discover healthy grocery store products, demo the latest new cooking tools, and solutions for feeding your picky family!  When we’re done cooking, everyone sits down together to enjoy the culinary creations!

All menus are seasonal and can be customized. In Michelle’s hands-on classes everyone gets their own cutting board and a knife to use during class. Michelle shops for all of the groceries herself ensuring you get the best organic ingredients and the freshest produce. At the end of class, you are left with a clean kitchen! Michelle will accommodate most food allergies and diet preferences — many of her recipes can be made gluten-free, dairy optional, or refined sugar-free. 

  • Private, Small Group, Larger Party
  • Family Celebrations
  • Birthdays
  • Girls Night-In
  • Team Building for Corporations 
  • Board Meetings

From The Farmer’s Market To The Table Dinner Party
Michelle Cooks For You — the most relaxing dinner party you’ve ever hosted! 

First, Michelle will help you design a family style menu — including a scrumptious dessert — that centers around what’s seasonal that day at the Farmer’s Market. 

Then, Michelle does all of the shopping just before your party selecting the freshest organic ingredients from the Farmer’s Market (plus a few unique fruits or vegetables maybe you’ve never tried before!). She’ll arrive at your home to cook dinner real-time in your kitchen while you and your guests enjoy homemade appetizers and signature cocktails. Relax and enjoy every moment at your own party! Plus, Michelle and her team leave your kitchen spic and span which means no staying up late cleaning up after the guests have left or waking up to a dirty kitchen! 

Testimonials

“Yet again, you created an absolutely wonderful evening! It is an absolute delight working and cooking with you. You have a unique blend of culinary expertise combined with such a welcoming ease and joy that is infectious to the whole group” You are remarkable recipe for fun with excellent food”

“Hosting cooking parties with Chef Michelle is an absolute delight. She has a knack for helping sort out the planning details, creating a mouth-watering menu your guests can’t wait to try, sourcing fresh seasonal top-quality ingredients, and ensuring the evening goes smoothly while you and your guests learn expert cooking tips, savor the scrumptious results, and have a wonderful time. Oh and she’ll leave your space absolutely spic and span and sparkling when the party winds down. This was my third super successful party with Chef Michelle, and I’m already planning the next!”

“I was at your class few weeks ago and loved every second of it. Pre-kids I loved cooking, but post-kids I hate it. 🙂 You inspired me to go home and cook the best salmon we’ve had in ages.”

“Michelle organized and executed such such a warm, fun, and interactive cooking class and birthday dinner for my mom.  My whole family, both children and adults, had a great time cooking together and the food was beautiful, healthy, and tasted amazing.  We can’t wait to cook again with Michelle and highly recommend her cooking classes and services to all of our friends.”

“Dinner was AMAZING…you were such a hit…thank you so much for all that you did and for making the night so easy for me. I had so much fun. That dessert was the best dessert I’ve ever had”

 

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