Cooking Class: Saffron-infused Prawn Risotto

Learn how to make classic Mediterranean dishes in San Francisco

3 hours Class size 1 to 15     label $135

Experience the flavors of Italy and Spain at this hands-on cooking class in SF. In this beginner-friendly class, you will also create the perfect risotto with Chef James!

A master of Italian cooking with years of experience, Chef James will show you how to cook a meal in his cozy home kitchen which you can easily recreate after the class.

Upon arrival, enjoy a selection of antipasti favorites followed by a fresh salad of seasonal greens. We will then move onto the main dish, a gorgeous saffron-infused gulf prawn risotto, made with Canaroli rice and seasonal vegetables.

We will finish off your Mediterranean feast with a la Quesada, a Spanish cheesecake and flan, paired with local berries, before sitting down to enjoy our amazing creations. You are invited to bring along your own wine or beer to complement your meal.

Please note: Public dates for this class require at least 4 guests to run. In the unlikely event that we don't reach this number, we'll cancel the class; in this case we'll inform you and allow you to get a refund or reschedule, so please watch your email/SMS one day prior to the class.

Knowledge required
Beginners welcome.
What you'll get
Your Mediterranean feast to enjoy.
What to bring
You are welcome to bring your own wine or beer.
Suitable for

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a team building activity, birthday or bachelorette party.

This would also be a nice gift for her, gift for mom, anniversary gift, Father's Day gift or birthday gift.

Cook With James is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.



Exact location is anonymised for privacy. You'll get the specific address after booking.

Your teacher
Cook With James
Cook With James

5.0 (46)

James grew up on a 50 acre horse farm near the Salinas Valley. His great grandfather emigrated from Yugoslavia into the Central Valley and started an apple farm. His grandfather later moved to the very fertile Salinas Valley and started one of the first produce companies. It was called Sun Harvest. My mother raised us mostly on local fruits and vegetables though there was still the occasional cooking “out of a can” given the generation. Canned beets! The one thing we always had was a bowl of fresh fruit, cut up and put into a bowl for us before we went to bed.

James earned a masters in Spanish literature and linguistics through Middlebury College and lived in Spain for two years. He later entered into the technology business and worked at various advertising agencies in San Francisco over a 12 year period. Along the way he started cooking as "therapy" for his corporate day job. CookWithJames was created 15 years ago as an underground supper club. James would prepare multiple course regional Italian and Spanish dinners in his home for guests and friends. James staged at Quince restaurant after they opened in 2004, and has also lived and cooked in both Italy and Spain. After leaving his day job in advertising in 2009 James launched CookWithJames as a full-time business, offering private sit-down dinners as well as cooking class parties for all occasions.

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Rachael King Sep 2022

James was an excellent teacher, incredibly knowledgeable about Italian and Spanish foods. The class was in his beautiful home and he made us feel welcome. If you’re looking for a hands-on class, you might try the pizza class. The saffron risotto with prawns was more of a demo class but it made for an excellent date night as dinner afterwards was delicious! My date said this was the most fun he’d had in ages!

Florence Lockhart Aug 2022

Our evening with Chef James was inspiring. We learnt not only about the art of making risotto ( which was deliscious) but also how to create a fantastic meal for friends with a charcuterie board, a starter, risotto, salad, and dessert, using gorgeous fresh ingredients , from farm to table! Chef James has a tastefully decorated historic home which was spacious and the perfect environment to enjoy our 5 star meal in comfort. Thank you for inspiring us to repeat the experience in our own home and share what we’ve learnt with family and friends Chef James ! Florence and Roger and Wes

Cooking class review by Florence Lockhart - San Francisco
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