Please note that we do not offer refunds but honor a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to reschedule your reservation. If you cancel before 48 hours, you will receive a credit for the amount you paid in your account. We are a reservation-based school, and our classes require purchasing of ingredients for our classes ahead of time based on our class attendance.

Given the current COVID-19 crisis, we have been required by the state of California to shut down until May 15. This has put a considerable strain on our employees and our operation. During this crisis, if you request a refund for a class you have purchased, we will honor your request. However, as a small business, we humbly ask you to consider receiving a credit in your account for any future class rather than a refund.  We hope you and your loved ones are well, and are looking forward to getting back in the kitchen with you soon!

Our Gift Certificates can be purchased in any amount and do not expire. Each certificate has a redemption code on the front which can be redeemed on our calendar. Gift certificates can be purchased and delivered online or you can have them sent by mail to your recipient and can also be purchased over the phone. Gift certificates are only available for recreational classes or series and cannot be redeemed for private events or in-store merchandise. For more info on Gift Certificates, click here.

Our cooking and baking classes are 3 hours long and focus on learning classic techniques in a warm and inviting kitchen. We offer some 4 to 6 hour workshops and series. Please visit our Class Calendar for our complete schedule.

All classes are “hands-on”, unless otherwise stated.  In our Series Courses, each student works individually.  In most all other classes, students are paired up with typically one other student.

We are located in downtown Santa Monica, CA on the 3rd floor of the Santa Monica Place Shopping Center at the end of Third Street Promenade, between Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s.  Also steps away from the Arclight Cinemas.

The Santa Monica Place Shopping Center has 2 Parking Garages. Parking Garage 7 and 8 are run by the City of Santa Monica, so we aren’t able to validate. You can either enter Parking Garage 7 on Broadway & 3rd or and Parking Garage 8 off Colorado.

All you need to bring is your appetite! Please wear closed-toed shoes for safety and avoid wearing perfume. We encourage you to bring your a container or two with you to class in case you have any extras.

We also sell a variety of sizes of reusable containers you may purchase in our shop. Each student gets 10% off of our shop the day of their class.  All students over 21 years of age may bring their own beer or wine.  

Yes! We specialize in Private Parties. You can celebrate a birthday for an adult or child, or have your next team-building event at The Gourmandise School. Just contact [email protected].

Yes! We hand you a printout of recipes for you in class and have pens ready for you to follow along and take notes. You will also receive the recipes via email after class.

No, our kids classes are just for kids. Our seasoned Staff Instructor and Kitchen Assistants are well-equipped to handle the kiddos. Parents just drop off their kids and can enjoy shopping or dining at Santa Monica Place, or even take in a movie at the Arclight Cinema right next door!

Most of our classes are 3 hours long. Some of our workshops or specialty classes may last 4 or 6 hours. Our Series Courses are also usually about 3 hours, once a week for 4, 8 or 10 weeks.

If you have a food allergy, please notify the school when you book your class by emailing the Receptionist. The Gourmandise School classes use common foods and ingredients in our classes including shellfish, seafood, fruits and vegetables, nuts, meats, spices, wheat flours, etc. – not all ingredients will be listed in the course description. When a student makes us aware that they have an allergy, we will make the instructor and kitchen staff aware and modify the ingredients for the individual. We are unable to remove that specific ingredient relating to one student’s allergy from the class entirely.

For Private Parties, we will remove any ingredients or foods for the class or event upon request.

The Gourmandise School kitchen does contain nuts.