French Cooking Class: Classic Bouillabaisse

Learn to cook a delicious French dish at this cooking class.

3 hours Class size 1 to 15     label $135

If you're a fan of fantastic French cuisine and looking for fun things to do in San Francisco, this cooking class could be just for you!

Led by a friendly local chef, James, this workshop is full of detailed demonstrations, guidance, and support. You'll pick up handy tips and tricks from your teacher as you get busy creating a beautiful French bouillabaisse using seafood stock, saffron, classic San Marzano tomatoes, and an abundance of fresh seafood and shellfish.

It doesn't matter if you're new to the world of cooking either. This class is suitable for complete beginners and will help you whip up a mouth-watering three-course meal from scratch. Looking for date night ideas in the San Francisco bay area? Bring along your partner and learn some new culinary skills together for a fantastic alternative to the usual meals.

At the end of your cooking class, you'll get the chance to sit down, relax and enjoy your selection of homecooked food as you socialize with your group.

Sample menu: (subject to change due to seasonality and availability)

  • Spanish olives with anchovies, a selection of artisan cheeses, and acme olive bread.
  • Seasonal green salad.
  • Bouillabaisse with saffron, fennel, tomatoes, thyme, mussels, clams, and rockfish or snapper.
  • La quesada with local berries.

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
What you'll get
  • All ingredients and equipment needed for the class.
What to bring
  • Guests are welcome to bring wine and beer to enjoy during the class.
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 or birthday gift.

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


1373 Masonic Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Your teacher
Cook With James
Cook With James

5.0 (41)

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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Jean Nelson-Rodriguez Dec 2022

I did this class with a couple of girlfriend. The setting was in his house, which was lovely. James is a well traveled chef, which his stories added to the experience. I've been making bouillabaisse for Christmas the last few years and I hadn't found a recipe that seemed restaurant quality. The bouillabaisse James made was delish and I am excited to recreate it at home. Of course he made everything seem so effortless! I highly recommend cooking with James.
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