The Sure Bet: The Gourmandise School
Learn the basics at this Santa Monica institution, where three- to five-hour sessions (starting at $85) tackle fundamentals like knife skills as well as specialty interests such as the ins and outs of diner fare (house-made English muffins, poached eggs). You’ll be auditioning for Chopped before you know it.
Double Down: The Institute of Domestic Technology
This is not your mama’s cooking class—unless your mother knows a lot about nondairy milk crafting, home coffee roasting, or creating the perfect gin and tonic. (To be fair, we don’t know your mother.) Workshops ($95-$195) meet in various locations around the city and run between two and six hours.