Let’s Get Cookin’: Classic Cooking Academy in Scottsdale, Arizona


Recently I went to a cooking class at Classic Cooking Academy in Scottsdale. Classic Cooking Academy is located at 10411 E McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255.

My husband, Matt, and I received a Groupon as a gift for Christmas from my parents, and finally were able to use it. They had been booked up since the new year. We called ahead to make our reservations and they told us what the menu would be for that evening. Mini baked brie and pear in Phyllo dough, Caesar salad, flank steak au poivre with green bean bundles and roasted potatoes, and last but certainly not least, creme brulee.

Classic Cooking Academy
10411 E. McDowell Mountain Ranch Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85255

We were so excited! When we arrived, we checked in and were asked if we would like a beverage. They had local wines and beer; how could we say no. So, we both settled on a glass of Merlot. Once everyone arrived, Chef Joe Cambria began going over basic rules as well as our menu and the process for each item.

There were about 26 people in attendance, and it was a collaborative cooking class. Meaning, we all worked together to cook and prepare the items that we would all eat. Chef Joe Cambria went over each station and the proper way to cut, dice, season and cook each item. As we began working on each menu item, Chef Joe and his assistants/staff walked around to make sure everything was being done properly. It was an absolute blast! I would love a huge kitchen like this one day so we can host all sorts of dinner parties. Once the meal was prepared, a few of us stayed behind to learn how to properly dish up the plates and served the class. We sat down, enjoyed another glass of wine with our freshly prepared meal and couldn’t believe how delicious everything turned out.

Classic Cooking Academy offers loads of different cooking classes that I hope to sign up for soon. I am most excited about preparing this meal in the future. I was able to take the menu with the recipes home and I will most definitely be preparing this meal for our friends in the future very soon.  If you could take a cooking class and learn a new recipe, what type of class would you like to take?
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Leah Theodosis

I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. I have always considered myself a foodie, but in my adult life my palate has truly matured. I went from a “ketchup only” girl, to a “let’s see how THIS tastes girl…” My husband and I love to try new restaurants and with the ever evolving culinary world in Phoenix, we can always find somewhere new to go. Whether it’s a taco shop, the newest burger place or even a local winery, we are up for the culinary adventure that Arizona has started offering us desert dwellers. My husband and I own a small company; Tremaine Ranch. We are a staging, design & furniture rental company that specializes in all things unique. We offer custom built furniture, event styling & staging, as well as run a private estate in Chandler, Arizona where we host private events and weddings. With a recognizable aesthetic and a keen eye for design, my creative direction and styling has created what Tremaine Ranch is most recognized for. Throwing parties and events has always played a huge part of my life. Whether it was planning a circus themed birthday party or just inviting friends over for a Greek themed dinner party, no detail goes unnoticed. Not only do I spend time planning inspiration photoshoots or dinners to throw at their ranch, I also run a lifestyle blog with my husband featuring our own favorites in the world of style, DIY, travel, recipes and entertaining at Tremaine Ranch. I am thrilled to be a part of the Girls on Food blog and can’t wait to share with you all what Phoenix, Arizona has to offer. Cheers!