Cooking Class: Conquer Risotto and Refined Italian Eats

In this hands-on cooking class, Chef Maria will teach you how to prepare classic Italian dishes with a gourmet twist. Begin with a hearty Italian salad of crisp romaine lettuce with cured meats, briny olives and fresh tomatoes. For the centerpiece of the meal, the chef will guide you as you craft a rich and creamy chicken risotto with caramelized pears accompanied by sautéed asparagus with Parmesan. For dessert, learn how to make a traditional Italian panna cotta.


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Classic Italian Salad

With salami, tomatoes, chickpeas, romaine, olives, peppers and mozzarella


Chicken Risotto and Caramelized Pears

With Arborio rice, Parmesan, sugar and red wine


Sautéed Asparagus

With Parmesan cheese


Panna Cotta

With milk, sugar, gelatin, whipped cream and vanilla extract

  • Minimum Guests 2
  • Maximum Guests 10
  • Event Duration 2.5 hours
  • Activity Level
  • LabelsCouples, Group, Gourmet, Date Night, Italian, Holiday

Guest reviews for Chef Maria

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Nicole W.

24 Mar 2022

Chef Maria is an executive chef native to Bolivia. She has been a culinary business owner who is experienced in private events and catering. She has worked in Spain as well and is exceptional in Mediterranean cuisine.

$ 95 Per person

all-inclusive: 2.5-hour class, meal and taxes.


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Combing her Bolivian heritage with the lessons learned from training in Spain, Chef Maria brings international flair to her cooking style. She has worked in roles across the industry from instructor to business owner and executive chef. From teaching sushi classes to running her own catering business, Chef Maria loves to share her culinary knowledge and experience with a specialty in healthy cooking.

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