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Father-Daughter team share joy of cooking at Katie’s Cooking School in Encino

Posted By Karen Young On December 2, 2009 @ 12:19 am In Activities,Cooking Classes/Supper Clubs,Family,Featured,Food,My Daily Find,spotlight | 1 Comment

carole rosner90BY CAROLE ROSNER

Father and daughter team, Jeff and Katie London, wanted their business to be a mixture of things they love–cooking, kids and education. After much research and planning, Katie’s Cooking School opened its doors in February 2009 with a goal to teach young chefs much more than how to crack a few eggs.

Cooking skills combine with educational enrichment to make Katie's Cooking School unique.

Cooking skills combine with educational enrichment to make Katie's Cooking School unique.

This 2400-square foot culinary school in Encino offers daily cooking classes for children of all ages. Katie’s Cooking School has a huge variety of courses often themed around the time of year—December classes include “Homemade Gifts” (with recipes for cranberry pecan muffin mix and gingerbread cookie dough) and January classes include “Cream Soup Mix” (with recipes for cream of potato soup and cream of broccoli soup).

These educational enrichment classes give students more information than just basic knife skills. There are discussions about where ingredients come from (geography), how to measure the ingredients (math), how to read the words in the recipes (vocabulary) and how the ingredients work together (science). The recipes are not the usual kid-fare either. Recipes are kid-friendly yet sophisticated with dishes like broccoli almondine, brie en croute and French onion soup. “Our classes give the kids confidence to go home and cook themselves,” Katie said.

Father-daughter team Katie and Jeff London share a love of cooking, kids and education. Photo: Carole Rosner

Father-daughter team Katie and Jeff London share a love of cooking, kids and education. Photo: Carole Rosner

Younger kids’ classes are taught “Mommy and Me” style where a parent or caregiver stays and cooks with the child. School age kids have their pick of afternoon classes Monday to Friday.

Starting December 21 there will be a three week winter mini-camp with recipes that tie into themes like “Holidays around the World” and “At the Ski Lodge.” Katie’s Cooking School also hosts Parent’s Night Out events during the month with cooking, crafts and movies.

Birthday parties are unique and super fun at Katie’s Cooking School. Besides a “make your own pizza party,” kids can enjoy a “make your own pasta (from scratch) party”, a Mexican Fiesta party or any other theme they’d like. Cupcake decorating is included and guests leave the party with lots of food knowledge as well as great recipes.

Brian Rebak like the Baked Alaska that his daughter Rosie brought home from a class this summer so much, that he recently hosted a 10th birthday party for her at Katie’s Cooking School, “Every one of the kids had a blast! The teachers did a wonderful job with the students and the recipes are great.” And Rosie’s take? “We made chocolate sticky bread and watched a movie at Parent’s Night Out…it was fun!”

Tools, gear, and garb are for sale in the 2500 square foot facility.

Tools, gear, rare cookbooks and pint-sized garb are for sale in the 2400 square foot facility.

There are unique culinary tools for sale at Katie’s Cooking School too—hard to find smaller sized chef jackets and hats, all types of cookbooks (including rare titles and ones just for kids), kitchenware and other fun gift ideas. Jeff and Katie have lots of great ideas in development including adult cooking classes taught by local chefs and basic cooking skills for college bound teens.

As Katie says, “If you like to eat, learn how to cook!”

Katie’s Cooking School 16733 Ventura Blvd Encino, CA 91436-1705 (818) 377-6200 www.katiescookingschool.com Open: Daily, classes are at various times Free parking in lot

Carole Rosner is a native Valley Girl who has lived in Studio City for the past 11 years. She is a strong supporter of her local public schools and an active volunteer in her neighborhood. Some of her favorite things to do in Studio City are to celebrate 4th of July at CBS Radford, walk along Ventura Blvd. and browse through the racks at Crossroads Trading Company.

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