If you're tired of recycling the same recipes week after week, try a local cooking class. The Kitchenary offers gourmet cooking classes in Lafayette, LA. A few times a month, you can expand your cooking knowledge with a local chef.
The chefs will prepare a different menu for every class, so you'll always learn something new. We only take up to 25 people per class, so register today to reserve a seat.
We bring in different chefs to teach every session. You'll be learning from local chefs whose meals you can enjoy right here in Lafayette, LA. We feature chefs from:
My background is a little unique. I didn't start out cooking, I started out eating! I remember watching my dad cook squirrel stews over wood stoves in Louisiana or roast potatoes on coals while searing steaks on open mesquite fires in South Texas.
I learned how to cook throwing tailgate parties for LSU football. My freshman year, my cousin Travis handed me our grandfather’s old barbecue utensils at the first tailgate party of the season. “Here freshman,” he said. “You’re in charge of the grill now.”
We'd cook huge cast iron cauldrons of red beans & rice, gumbo or crawfish etouffee. We'd fry boudin balls and hushpuppies in outdoor deep fryers and made our own BBQ pit out of used beer kegs.
Soon after I began dabbling in competitive barbecue and recipe creation, I won a Tailgating Cook-off in 2010 that catapulted my career. The next year, I was cast as one of the top 100 amateur chefs in America on MasterChef, which led to a stint as opening Chef Instructor at the Viking Cooking School Outdoors.
After that, I quit my day job, started working for myself, and never looked back.
Since then I've cooked or judged food on many TV shows. Most notably I finished runner-up on Season 11 of Food Network Star in 2015, wowing judges with my Cajun and deep-fried cuisine.
Now I serve as a chef at pop-up dinners, private events, and cooking demonstrations at conferences, conventions and festivals. I cater huge parties at breweries, wedding rehearsal dinners and receptions, corporate tailgate parties and company holiday parties. In July 2016 I had the honor to cook a dinner at the historic James Beard House in NYC and got invited back to be part of a group dinner with some of my Food Network Star castmates in 2018. I also currently host small, supper club dinners for up to 12 in Baton Rouge. If you'd like to hire me to cook, whether it is at your house for an anniversary party or for a crowd of thousands, please feel free to reach out.
Growing up in south Louisiana, Chris Motto was surrounded by some of the country's best food at an early age. Not a weekend would go by without a BBQ, crawfish boil, fish fry, or Sunday dinners at grandmas. It was then he began to realize the power of good food to bring people together and celebrate life. Not knowing at the time that helping around the kitchen would lead to his future passion and career.
After graduating high school, Motto moved to Baton Rouge to attend Louisiana State University where he would obtain a degree in political science. While in college he worked in several restaurants to finance his continuing education, but didn't stop there. Constantly pushing himself to learn more about food from all of his co-workers and travels, as well as chefs. Hard work does pay off and led him to his current position of Executive Chef of Mansur's on The Boulevard, a Baton Rouge staple and premiere upscale restaurant, where he has worked for the last 10 years.
He continues to enjoy countless hours in the kitchen, using the freshest local ingredients and seafood. He is most proud of his ability to give back to the community and mentor younger chefs, thus furthering his passion for great food and relaying everything he was fortunate enough to learn to others; Not only trying to push them to create great food, but trying to help the city as a whole become a culinary destination. A happy chef makes a good sauce and it is evident that he truly enjoys his career path with success in local cooking competitions, including Slow Food Fall Heat, Baton Rouge Oyster Fest, Gulf Coast Taste Challenge, and multiple Fete Rouge medals.
Chef Motto was recently able to showcase his skill set while competing on Season 18 of Fox's globally viewed Hell's Kitchen. Working under Chef Gordon Ramsay is amongst the top of his achievements. Remaining true to himself, Chef Motto passed on a potential opportunity to relocate to Las Vegas. Choosing to continue what he started in Baton Rouge and share the wealth of knowledge he obtained while working and filming in California. Chef Motto will continue to push himself as well as the great cooks he surrounds himself with and is very excited to see what opportunities the future has in store.
Chef David Abshire, Owner of Grillades & Grit: Catering and Culinary Solutions has been cooking since 1997, and owner of his business since 2017. With a background in Classical French and Italian, Caribbean, Thai, Spanish, Chinese and the staples of this area which are Creole and Cajun, he's run several Casino Kitchens, worked at Prestigious Country Clubs, and few Mom & Pops' upscale restaurants in South Central Louisiana among other venues. All of which were merely the fire that forged his Culinary Metal. His style can be summed up as Southern Hybrid Cooking. He takes Classic dishes, deconstructs them, then reassembles them in Interesting and amazing new ways. He's very well known in the Acadiana area for playing the Culture's hits so to speak, but his passion for Cooking and an Impeccable Dining experience always leave you reeling for more.