Top holiday cooking classes in San Diego

The holidays are a time for friends and family to gather round the dining room table, share stories and enjoy festive home cooked meals. From oven roasted turkey to sausage stuffing and pumpkin pie, good food is the essence of the holiday season.

Feeling anxious about all this kitchen action? There is still time to reinvent your culinary skills and impress your loved ones with a little help from San Diego cooking classes. Many cooking schools are hosting holiday-inspired classes with unique themes for all levels and interests.

Hipcooks

This North Park cooking school provides hands-on cooking classes for novice newbies and seasoned chefs alike. Tasting is encouraged in these classes that include fresh, organic (whenever possible) ingredients, tools and supplies, wine tasting with dinner and a dinner party at the end.

Upcoming classes include Una Noche en Espana - a Tapas Class on Nov. 22, 29 and Dec. 11; One Dish Wonders on Nov. 30, Dec. 17; and J'aime, Paris! on Dec. 17 and 20. Classes are $65 per person.

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Sur la Table - Fashion Valley

From classic recipes to international fare, Sur la Table's hands-on cooking classes teach the proper techniques, overall cooking skills and specific recipes to take home. Classes are taught in an industrial kitchen with a TV and mirror over the stove, so students can all see the action.

Upcoming classes include Holiday Tamales on Nov. 27 and 28; Autumn Pies & Tarts on Dec. 5; Handmade Holiday Chocolates on Dec. 12; and a Stress-Free Holiday Dinner class on Dec. 15. Classes are $69-$79 per person.

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Cozymeal

Cozymeal connects foodies with professional chefs who offer both cooking classes and in-home cooking experiences. At the end of the class, everyone sits at a table and enjoys the dishes they prepared together. Cozymeal locations can take place in a student's home or in a location of the chef's choice.

Upcoming classes include Seasonal SoCal Fare on Nov. 25 and Southern California Winter Cooking on Dec. 6.  Prices vary.

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