Whether you are recently divorced and needing to cook for yourself for the first time or someone who just came back from a trip around the world and wants to integrate more flavors into their cooking, this class is for you!

In the LA-area? Register now: tinyurl.com/LAVC-REG

***I am also planning on doing a virtual version of this workshop. Please email me to be put on the list.***

  • Unleash your creativity by learning to cook without recipes, or as I call it “Intuitive Cooking.”
  • Learn the basics of bringing flavors together and cooking to your taste and your budget.
  • My #1 tip to help you live a happier, healthier and wealthier life is to cook from scratch 90% of the time, and I’ll explain why in my class.
About Intuitive Cooking: In the 1990s, CalTech noticed an issue with its new crop of engineers: they didn’t know how to make the mental leap from theory to practice unlike their 1960’s predecessors, who had grown up “playing” and taking apart radios and telephones. What was discovered is that childhood hands-on play is a good indicator of future creativity.This insight into “play” has informed my Intuitive Cooking Workshops completely.
About me: Growing up with a Chinese/Hawaiian mother and a Mexican/European father in health-conscious and diverse Los Angeles, I have learned to infuse the flavors of all of the cultures I’ve been exposed to in a healthy and flavorful way.  I am a completely self-taught cook who began “playing” in the kitchen at a very young age. I started cooking more earnestly when I was 7-years-old because of a family misfortune that required me to step-up. About a decade-ago, I invented a gazpacho mix that was sold in gourmet food stores throughout California at at pop-up events at Williams-Sonoma. My family eats out fewer than 4-times a month, and everything else is cooked from scratch.
What I’ve learned over the years is that many people would like to cook from scratch more, but they lack the knowledge that one procures through experimentation, “hands-on play”, that allows you to cook without recipes. My workshop aims to fix this and teach people the mental thought process of cooking without recipes that will allow you to cook to your tastes and your budget. That will allow you to eat something at a friend’s house, or out of a package or from a restaurant and recreate it in your own kitchen!

Come cook with me at Valley College this spring on Sunday 1/29, 3/12 or 4/2. Pick a date! Workshop is from 2-5pm. You can observe and eat or you can cook with me and take a full meal home with you! Register now: tinyurl.com/LAVC-REG

Here’s what students are saying:

Thank you for the excellent cooking class today. I had much fun and really learned a lot. I’ll definitely remember to nix the rosemary next time for my soup and I’ll also have to give kale another try. I am looking forward to your book coming out.” -David Y.

We had so much fun! Alegre is inspiring and entertaining and the food is delicious. Can’t wait to take the classes!” Jeanne L.

Great class for someone who hates to cook!” Judi B.