Cooking Instruction

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Confident Cooking for Enlightened Eating

Join Jenna in the kitchen for custom, private cooking instruction. She takes the mystery out of home cooking and teaches you the “hows” and “whys” behind the recipes for consistent, reliable results and meals you can make with confidence. Her hands-on, individualized, skill and knowledge-based approach to cooking instruction make preparing homemade meals comfortable and accessible—and fun!—for everyone from the novice to the seasoned home cook.

Food doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated to be good for you and taste good, but it tastes better when you feel confident in the process and proud of the product!

  • New to cooking or looking to build your kitchen skills?
  • Unsure about tasting or cooking with a new ingredient?
  • Worried about what you can eat when a new diagnosis means your diet needs to change?
  • Looking for a tune up of your weekly recipe rotation and new ideas and resources to choose from?

Jenna can help you! As a culinary nutritionist and registered dietitian, Jenna combines her two areas of expertise—cooking and evidence-based nutrition science—to teach you how to meal plan, shop for ingredients, and confidently create the delicious and healthy meals you want to serve and enjoy.

Custom Private Cooking Instruction Offerings

Custom cooking instruction is just that—a program designed just for you, your family, or your group of friends based on your interests, goals, and skill level. Classes are created following a brief consultation with the client and take into account all dietary restrictions, food allergies, therapeutic diet needs, and nutrition goals.

Cooking instruction is available in our White Plains, NY kitchen or in your location within Westchester, Fairfield, or neighboring counties. Sessions can be “stand-alone” events, part of a series to build skills and knowledge, or a component of nutrition counseling sessions.

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Individualized Cooking Instruction

Individual custom cooking classes allow you to focus in on particular skills, work towards a goal, or can be used to illustrate concepts from nutrition counseling sessions. This format is particularly helpful for new cooks and for individuals or families who want to work on changing their diets or expanding their food choices at home for general wellness, weight management, or for managing a chronic health condition. Find out more about our culinary nutrition services.

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Group Cooking Instruction

Private classes can be a fun and instructive activity for a couple or family looking to make dietary changes, expand their culinary and nutrition knowledge and skill base, plan better meals, and take greater control of what they serve and eat at home.


Culinary Nutrition

Nutrition counseling alone can help you to understand the basics of dietary change, but cooking new recipes and tasting new foods really helps to hit the message home and make your transitions easier and more enjoyable. Nutrition Counseling and hands-on cooking classes can be combined and customized to help you meet your health and nutrition goals.

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Who Can Benefit?

  • Adults who feel anxious and overwhelmed by the thought of planning and preparing a meal, many of whom lack even the most basic kitchen skills
  • People who are comfortable in the kitchen but want to broaden their knowledge by trying out new ingredients and techniques
  • Individuals, parents, and families working on expanding their menu repertoires and addressing meal planning and management issues to support:
    • “picky” eating
    • food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances
    • weight management and healthier lifestyles
    • planning and cooking for specific medical and health concerns, including diabetes, celiac, auto-immune disorders, GI issues and low-FODMAP, high blood pressure and heart health, and eating disorder recovery

Below is a sample of the classes we have offered previously. Contact us to discuss tailoring a session(s) for you.

Basic Cooking Skills

-Knife skills, sauté skills, roasting, grilling, baking and more.

Foundations of Healthy Cooking

-Peek in the Pantry, Supermarket Tours, Top (Kitchen) Gear

Cooking for special diets

-Diabetes, celiac, allergies, auto-immune disorders, GI issues and low-FODMAP, cardiovascular health and eating disorder recovery

Ingredient-focused, Cultural or Seasonal Eating

-Vegetable Variations, Farmers Market Fresh, Mediterranean Cooking, Flavors of the Middle East, Egg-ceptional Eggs, Whole Grain Baking

Menu-driven themes

-30-Minute Meals, Healthy Vegetarian/Vegan Basics, Healthy Family Favorites, Better Breakfasts, Heart-Healthy Cooking

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What Our Clients Have to Say

Jenna worked with me on allergy-friendly recipes for my kids and helped me become more confident in the kitchen. The new recipes and ingredients have been a big hit with my whole family, and I feel more comfortable experimenting with new meal ideas. Even my old recipes are coming out better and taking less time to prepare than they used to.

Heidi G., Hastings-on-Hudson

Jenna’s knowledge of cooking goes beyond teaching these skills to a more comprehensive understanding of the science behind the cooking techniques and ingredient combinations. Her classes have provided me with more confidence in the kitchen, a more diverse cooking “toolkit”, and many tasty and easy recipes to cook.

-Karen B., Ardsley


Classes are generally 90 minutes to 2 hours long. Pricing includes all materials for the session and can vary depending on ingredient costs. Two-hour classes taught in our kitchen start at $300 for up to two participants, while sessions in client homes start at $400.  90-minute sessions start at $250 and $350, respectively. Additional participants are $75 each. Package pricing is available for multiple session packages and for family sessions. Gift certificates are available.

Cook Learn Live’s services may be reimbursable through NYS OPWDD Self-Direction for eligible participants. Please contact your program supervisor or caseworker for more information.

Special pricing is available for community and non-profit groups. Please contact us directly  to discuss pricing for children’s and teens’ programs, non-profit groups, and corporate events. We can work with your group’s budget to design a program that best meets your needs.

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