About The Cooking Studio

The Cooking Studio is a place for amateur cooks, corporate teams, kids, couples, and even aspiring bakers to learn, explore, and unleash their inner chef.Led by a great group of chefs, classes are offered for every level of cooking skill.

Date night cooking classes are a favorite with couples looking for an interactive dating experience that ends with a great meal, good wine and lively conversation.

If you’re looking for employee engagement or a team building event where everyone can participate, there is no better way than holding a team cooking competition!

Kids aren’t left out! We have classes and camps too. Baking, cake decorating, basic & advanced culinary skills, and lots of cooking challenges keep the kids engaged while learning their way around in the kitchen.

Why The Cooking Studio?

The 1950s had liberated women from the kitchen.  The modern woman in the 50’s and 60’s proved she was liberated and competent by succeeding in the fast-paced world of work which she accomplished in part by serving her family fast food or something from the freezer isle.  And that had unintended consequences.

Trish O’Neill, owner of The Cooking Studio, with chef’s Marilou Smith (left) and Malini Bartels (right)

Because of that movement many from my generation never learned to cook anything from our Moms or Grandmothers.  In fact we learned to place a high value on processed and fast food. You would be horrified by how many frozen Weight Watchers or Lean Cuisine dinners were taken to work for lunch.  Or how many ‘family sized’ entrees were purchased, defrosted and served to young, busy families.

My kids didn’t learn any cooking skills from me.  In fact there were two generations in my family where no knowledge of cooking was passed on – my parents didn’t teach me and I didn’t teach my kids.  Such a loss.

So now you’re wondering why I think I’m qualified to run a cooking school!?

Here’s why.  I’m living proof that values can change and that palates and cooking skills can be educated.  Since 2008 I have taken over 300 hours of cooking classes.  Classes at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Napa rank high among them, but classes from home cooks in their kitchens have also been fabulous.  And now I know how to cook almost anything. I know what tastes good. I know if it doesn’t taste good that it almost always can be adjusted so that it does. I’ve learned to evaluate wine by observing it carefully, not judge it by it’s price or popularity.

What we will accomplish thru our thoughtful selection of classes and chef-instructors at The Cooking Studio is to get you out of your cooking rut, and introduce you to new skills (if you need them) or use your current skills on a new cuisine that you haven’t yet tried. We believe that food should be exciting and local and fun and delicious and the home-cook should be elevated to the center of our society.  Maybe alongside the farmer.

We had a top-notch instructor, the sample food was incredible, and the atmosphere made it fun. Felt like an outstanding value to me. Highly recommend!

~ Katy Piotrowsk

Award-winning career counselor and author of ‘On The Job’ column for The Coloradoan