Studio City’s newly opened cooking school, Cook L.A., is welcoming, convenient, educational, and fun. The space at Cook L.A. looks like a cross between a home kitchen and a modern commercial kitchen.
All classes are hands-on and taught by professional chef and owner Liz Alexanian, who trained at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City, interned as a recipe tester at Good Housekeeping magazine and worked with the Nutrition Network to help support healthy eating in LAUSD. Bottom line — she knows how to make food taste good and be good for you too.
Cook L.A. offers themed classes that are small enough to give each student a chance to prepare the recipes and learn the skills that can be used at home. “It’s a good place for socializing too,” says Alexanian.
For $75 a class, students spend two to two-and-a-half hours cooking and then enjoying the meal they prepared. All menus have an alcoholic drink that complements the menu. Recent classes include “Middle Eastern Delights” with recipes for humus and seasoned pita chips, Quinoa tabouleh, Israeli tomato cucumber salad, spiced Shrimp and Chicken kebabs, Baklava from scratch and sour cherry or pomegranate spritzers; and “Simply Healthy Cooking” with recipes for crostini with gorgonzola, caramelized onions and fig jam, Moroccan carrot salad with feta, green summer risotto, sunflower seed-crusted wild Cod and glazed chocolate-avocado cupcakes.
Upcoming classes include: Living Gluten Free, Ole Tapas. Gourmet Pizza, Girls Night Out, Middle Eastern, Brunch, Simply Healthy, and Spooky Cookies.
Student Linda Taylor was asked how she liked her Cook L.A. class, she said “It was great and very informative. Loved the cranberry cocktail and the music was great.” After the Simply Healthy class, student Melissa Reskof said the class taught her to use “more complex flavorings and less fat” in her cooking.
There are also classes on Knife Skills and evenings available for private events. Kids’ classes are taught throughout the month. Cook L.A. also hosts kids’ birthday parties where gourmet pizza making and cupcake decorating are always crowd pleasers.
Cook L.A. 10938 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604 818.760.5157 www.cooklaonline.com. Open: by appointment or class schedule. Metered parking on street