Online Cooking Class: Paella From the Pantry

In this online cooking class, you'll learn a deceptively simple recipe for a savory Spanish favorite, guided by Chef James.

Paella is a versatile Spanish dish featuring rice loaded with shellfish and other seafood, sausage, chicken and fresh vegetables. In this virtual cooking class, Chef James will show you how to pull together his simple, authentic version using ingredients from your pantry! You’ll choose your favorite protein and use saffron, green beans, lemon and rice to create a satisfying paella, and you’ll learn how to create a garlic aioli from scratch.


Spanish Paella 

With your choice of protein, saffron, green beans, lemon and rice

Garlic Aioli 

With eggs, oil, salt, and vinegar or lemon juice

Every class is fully interactive.
Chef demonstrates each step and assists you as you perform each step.
Ask questions and have the chef check your progress.
  • Recipes Recipes are sent in your booking confirmation.
  • Ingredients Ingredients can be adapted for dietary restrictions or lack of availability.
  • Technology Connect with the chef using Zoom on your computer, tablet or mobile device.
  • Class Participation Chime in with questions through audio or chat. Use of video is optional.
  • Class Minimum 4 devices
  • Class Maximum 20 devices
  • Event Duration 75 minutes
  • LabelsGourmet, Beginner, Date Night, Fun, Spanish


Good extra virgin olive oil, ideally from Spain
Pimenton dulce or picante (sweet or hot, smoked Spanish paprika)
Bilbao Spanish chorizo sausages or any good smoked pork sausage
Tomato passata or canned crushed tomatoes
Carton of good quality store-bought chicken broth or vegetable broth
Saffron threads
Romano or green beans, or English peas
Jar of piquillo peppers
Bomba Spanish rice from Valencia
Sunflower oil, safflower oil or vegetable oil
Garlic cloves
Lemon juice or Sherry vinegar

Kitchen Equipment

Paella pan 13 inches to 14 inches in diameter, or similar size cast iron pan
Stove with gas
Electric or induction burner
Pot for holding and heating broth
Stirring spoon
Immersion blender, regular blender or food processor

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25 Apr 2021

Appreciated Chef James' help - would certainly book another class.

Classpop! Guest Reviews for other experiences with Chef James

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20 Jan 2024

Chef James is a culinary virtuoso, particularly skilled in crafting mouthwatering pasta dishes and the most delicious mushrooms you'll find in San Francisco. His ability to source fresh, local ingredients from the farmers market is truly impressive. I highly recommend experiencing his culinary magic for an unforgettable dining adventure.

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22 Apr 2023

What a great experience with Chef James!! Really enjoyed his expertise and learned so much about making a great Napoli Pizza dough.

$ 39 Per device

75-minute class hosted on Zoom. Tax included.

This class does not have any dates.

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Chef James
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Cooking is an obvious passion for Chef James; he loves few things more than throwing dinner parties and creating exciting dishes for his guests. He offers an array of culinary services, including cooking class parties, private dinners and catered events, featuring Italian- and Spanish-inspired dishes that use the highest quality locally grown and artisan ingredients.

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