Chat of Unusual Touch conducts both hands-on and demonstration cooking lessons in a variety of subjects as an individual workshop or a series of classes. All classes can be organized to fit your needs and budget both in a rental facility and in the privacy of your own home.

Cooking Classes
Chat of Unusual Touch offers regular cooking classes in a variety of subjects in different communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and occasionally in selected institutions on the east coast. The classes emphasize fun, cooking, learning, and enjoying a fine feast in a supportive and friendly environment.
(see Costs of Classes, Dates, Subjects and Locations below)

Special Training & Special Skill
Chat of Unusual Touch offers customized, hands-on classes for employees of restaurants, hotels, private clubs or schools in order to gain new, special skills. Classes such as Fruit & Vegetable Carving and Sushi & Kaiseki add necessary skills to your organization’s culinary repertoire. Learn to create elegant banquet displays and diversify your food’s flavors and presentations. Classes can be arranged to fit the organizational needs of your employees, busy schedules, and locations. Past clients include Pacific Union of San Francisco, Mother Club of Diablo, Ladies of Echibana, etc. Contact Chat directly for more information and cost.

Costs of Cooking Classes
Cost for a full meal is between $45 and $70 including an $8-$12 food fee for a hands-on cooking workshop. Evening classes are usually held on weekdays and last 3 hours from 6:30 PM-9:30 PM. Morning classes are usually scheduled Thursday through Sunday and last 3-4 hours between 10:00 AM-02:00 PM. A series of classes, once a week, costs between $125 and $165 including a $40-$60 food fee for 4 weeks and 6 weeks respectively. The class is conducted in a well-equipped kitchen with all the necessary cooking tools and eating utensils. Clean-up by participants may be required after class; although, in some cases, two or three assistants may facilitate cleaning.

Locations and Dates of Classes

Piedmont Adult School www.piedmontadultschool.org
Ramekins Sonoma Valley Culinary School www.ramekins.com
Sur La Table www.surlatable.com
Walnut Creek Recreation www.walnutcreekrec.org
Kitchen On Fire www.kitchenonfire.com
ITK Culinary www.itkculinary.com
Other US Locations and Dates See updated announcements

Cooking Lessons

Cooking Thai-Thai
The first Thai means freedom, as in the spirit of Thai people who freely express their creativity through their culinary art. The second Thai means Thai food and style. The Thai style of cooking and eating are the main subject of this hands-on, full meal cooking class. We will explore the uses of exotic herbs and spices such as galangal, kaffir lime, and lemongrass and taste the tropical flavors of tamarind, coconut, and various curries. We will learn basic Thai cooking and further apply it in preparing selected popular Thai dishes. After the meal, we can share friendly criticism over our tastes and techniques. Let’s make a Thai connoisseur out of you.

Southeast Asian Cuisine
Southeast Asian cuisine is a new and hot theme in our ever- changing culinary scene. With the recent opening of Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), and Laos, an influx of taste awaits your challenge. Additionally, who can forget your favorite dishes from Thailand, Indonesia and India? In this hands-on, full meal cooking class, each popular dish will represent its country at our dinner table. Let’s catch up with this dynamic trend of flavors.

Fusion Cuisine with an Asian Flair
It’s a five-course meal and it’s your creation. We will cook sumptuous dishes with various flavors, ingredients, and techniques borrowed from French and Asian cuisine. We will mix and match fresh local ingredients to create our own healthy and delicious meal. We will experience new combinations of taste and flavor from opposite continents. Let’s try new and multicultural tastes and ways to prepare and present our food.

Sushi and Kaiseki (Japanese Food Art)
Healthy, delicious, and artful, these are just three ways to describe this kind of Japanese eating. In this hands-on, full meal cooking class, we will learn basic cooking and techniques of sushi. Then we will use our creativity to achieve kaiseki, which is Japanese food art and presentation. We will cook, cut, roll, and decorate our food to achieve the beauty of simplicity. Let’s experience this stimulating and delicious feast.

Asian Vegetarian Cuisine
You don’t have to be on diet if you’re a vegetarian. You don’t have to choose between a cow and a chicken. And if you think Asian food is healthy, let’s try Asian Vegetarian. In this hands-on full meal cooking class, each team will prepare a popular Asian dish with a modification to make a meat-free delicious meal. We will explore new flavors by borrowing exotic herbs and spices from all over Asia. Vegetarian food can be so refreshing, tasty and colorful.

Fruit and Vegetable Carving
Learn the amazing Asian art of carving fruit and vegetables. We will learn the rudiments of using a carving knife and transform fruits and vegetables into intricate works of art to decorate your platters and table. The class begins with an introduction to the basic skills of using a carving knife and then introduces carving tools. We will learn how to carve various kinds of flowers and animals out of fruits and vegetables to adorn your food offerings From this basic skill, you will go on to create your own works of art.

Dim Sum and Asian Light Meal
Let’s make various snacks and appetizers for our teatime. We will have hands-on preparation of popular Asian snacks from all cuisines such as dumplings, meatballs and satays. Let’s catch up with this fun way to snack.

Hors D'oeuvres and Appetizers
Take them as hors d’oeuvres, a snack or a meal; take them as entertainment, artworks, or plain munchies. Take them hot or cold, sweet or savory; take them and enjoy them anywhere. Discover many easy ways to create a variety of light meals, such as canapés, minipies, and puff pastries. In addition to cooking, we will shape, paste, roll, and decorate our food into delicious culinary artworks.