Hal’s Kitchen, a cooking school in Sandy Springs, is headed up by Cyndi Sterne, who was bitten by the cooking bug at a young age and turned her passion for cooking into a career. She most recently was Cooking School director at the Marcus Jewish Community Center in Atlanta. After losing her father recently, she decided to open Hal’s Kitchen, naming it after her him, and share her skills with the Atlanta community.
Upon arriving we were treated to some homemade potato chips covered in Gorgonzola cheese as well as some Chorizo sliders topped with a fried egg. Lead instructor, Jess, had whipped these tasty treats up for us. I kept nibbling on the chips, but it was the sliders that really blew me away. So good, I had two.
Hal’s Kitchen features classes for adults, couples, children and even corporate team building. What I noticed during our preview is the mantra that both Cyndi and head chef Jess employ: that you you need to have fun while cooking. In fact, their motto is: “Cooking Experiences Worth Craving.” See a sample listing of some of the cooking classes at Hal’s Kitchen below. Most classes are around $65 per person.
Class Names are fun and original:
Don’t Cry for me Argentina
Other Fish in the Sea
Pho Sure! Vietnamese Classics
How to Please your Mother-In-Law
During our class we made Vietnamese rolls. Most of the ingredients were prepped, so we just assembled on rolled them up. I know it wasn’t the most hands on experience, but the idea was to give us a preview. Looking on their website at some of the descriptions of classes they offer, I saw that many are extremely hands on. Hands on – yes, but intimidating – no. As not much of a cook, I felt totally at ease with Cyndi and Jess. Their enthusiasm is infectious with everyone involved.
The seating, centered around the kitchen and prep area is of course, normal for a cooking school. What is nice is the close interaction with Cyndi and Jess. They make it easy to share thoughts and opinions and invite questions from attendees.
Extras: There’s a section of the store allocated to cooking gadgets, so you can pick those up before or after your cooking lesson. Also, any of the kitchen cabinetry, counters or accessories that you see in the store, can be ordered as well. Just ask!
4969 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30328
Hal’s Kitchen Website