Arlene has over 3 decades logged behind the stove to assist you in creating a delicious meal for you and your guests.

  • If you have a choice that is not listed on the menu, we can work on recipes that you would like to learn. Specialties include Cajun, Thai, Italian, French, Australian and Moroccan.

  • No experience is required for my classes, just a yearn to learn something new in the kitchen!

  • I will guide you and your guests through the process of planning to serving the dishes with technique demonstrations and tips along the way.

  • Your home kitchen is the ideal space to learn and stretch your culinary skills. You will be able to practice with your equipment and ingredients at your leisure after the class.

  • Choose from one-on-one instruction, or group classes that include friends and family.

Pricing is based on the amount of people and is a flat fee. For menus and pricing. contact me at 218-269-7979 or at coco.arlene@gmail.comPricing is comparable to a nice dinner out or a cooking class at a popular cooking school.

1-2 people

  • 2-hour class   

  • You will learn a complete menu from Appetizers to Desserts. Four courses will be prepared.

  • We can also prepare some do ahead meals for the week which is perfect for the busy family. 3-5 people

  • 2 ½ hour class

  • You will learn a complete menu from Appetizers to desserts. We will prepare five courses.

  • We can focus on technique, special skills like butchering or tailor the class to fit your needs.

5-12 people

  • 2 ½ to 3-hour class

  • You will learn a complete menu from Appetizers to Desserts. Five courses will be prepared

  • Beverage pairing suggestions are also included. We can also recommend mocktail or non- alcoholic pairings.

  • All private classes include a menu consultation via email or phone. Recipes, a detailed shopping list, a complete meal and instruction. Students are responsible for shopping.

  • We can tailor any menu to fit your needs.

  • Chef Coco is available for shopping for a nominal fee, if preferred.

12 people or more

  • We LOVE large groups and welcome them. We will customize your class to fit your needs and can provide an iron chef style competition format if wanted.

How the class works:

I will arrive 1 hour ahead of the time that guests arrive. I will set up the kitchen with a station for each recipe. All the ingredients will be arranged according to the recipes and your friends will arrive ready to have fun. There will be a short overview of the menu and I will point out important skills, tips and techniques along the way.

Many students take a series of classes to improve their cooking techniques, which makes entertaining a breeze in the kitchen. Ask us about team building classes, we can find a location and supply all the ingredients and equipment.


About Chef Coco

My private cooking classes are offered in Minneapolis/St. Paul and Duluth, Minnesota. Teaching cooking classes is my passion and I have been featured on television in Duluth offering recipes that are inspired by nature's bounty. I am the author of Cajun Cooking, Making it Easy (Wordware press 1997) A certified culinary professional who has worked in the culinary world as a chef and caterer for over three decades. My vast experience has taken me to over 19 countries where I have traveled and studied the food ways of numerous cuisines. I have portfolio career in the food world and I never stop learning new techniques to teach my students.

I have been a restaurant owner/chef, micro food manufacturer and currently a full time culinary instructor. I have also been the past president of the Minnesota chapter of Les Dames d’ Escoffier, past board member of the Arrowhead Professional Chefs Association, a member of the Minnesota State Department of Health Advisory Committee and a member of Women Who Really Cook.



Sample Class Menus

Louisiana Cajun French – Let the Good Times Roll!

BBQ Shrimp New Orleans Style- no grill needed

Acadian Gumbo- the state soup that cooks with Jazz!

Muffuletta Salad

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya- Louisiana version of Paella

Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce


Thai Favorites

Fresh Shrimp Spring Rolls with Sweet Chili Sauce

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Spicy Red Beef Curry

Som Tom- Green Papaya Salad with Lime Dressing

Classic Pad Thai


Viva Italia!

Tuscan Salsa Bruschetta

Wild Mushroom Risotto with Truffle Oil

Spinach Gnudi pillows with sage butter sauce

 Chicken under a brick

Raspberry Tiramisu