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Cooking (and Eating) Well “Mangia Bene!” (Ongoing Class)

There are 5 “food groups” for teens: BBQ, Sushi, Pizza, Tacos, and Pasta. Making crazy good food is my passion. It's also a great way to learn to be organized, follow directions, do a little math, and about hospitality.
Mike Hatcher
376 total reviews for this teacher
New class
45 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does an "Ongoing" course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Next on Wed, Jan 4, 2023

Meets Once per week
9:00 – 9:45 AM
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Class Experience

1.	Build good kitchen skills from safety to knowing your way around equipment and tools.
2.	Learn to find, store, and follow good recipes.
3.	Start a “love of cooking (and eating) great food.”
4.	One of my good friends is an amazing musician. If he can listen to a song, then he can play it on his guitar and sing it. In the same way, restaurants serve a purpose to find great ideas and then, “if you can taste it, then you can figure out how to make it.”
5.	Cooking well is about planning, organizing, and critical thinking – so it’s all done at the same time, tastes great, and is hot. Cold food is no fun – unless it’s ice cream.
6.	You actually start cooking in the rotation at home.
I was a professional chef when I was 20 years old for a very nice restaurant in Pasadena, CA. I've been a foodie for most of my life. I love hosting dinner parties for 8-20j people, parties for 100, and have cooked for events of up to 200+ people. Many of my close friends are also guys who cook. Some of these have been executive chefs for some serious restaurants. I've been in many small group settings with the guys doing all the cooking and the ladies chatting away and enjoying the great food. Every year I try to learn something new - and look for ethnic "little sweet grandmas" who have been cooking these dishes for years. My love for cooking started when I was about 10 years old. I love instilling the love for making great food and then serving and spoiling those we love. "Mangia bene!"
The homework is to cook what we discuss in class. I request that pictures be taken and posted in the Classroom showing the process and happy customers.
 1 file available upon enrollment
Shopping ingredients are all listed in the Student Syllabus.
45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Mike Hatcher
Lives in the United States
I'm passionate about teaching and instilling the "love of learning!"
376 total reviews
635 completed classes

About Me

I've been teaching here on Outschool for a year (May 2020) now. It has been my pleasure to teach more than 1100 students here this last year. I find that a dialog with parents is very helpful for encouraging success for students.

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