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Overview & Topics

This 4-hour workshop is the best way to master your favorite cooking skill. You’re guided by a professional chef and, through hands-on activities and instruction, you learn how to do the following:

  • Work with masa harina
  • Work with corn husks and banana leaves to build tamales.
  • Braise and apply moist heat cooking methods to proteins.
  • Make a variety of tamales, sweet/savory
  • Learn authentic red and green sauce to pair with tamales.

Please let us know of any dietary restrictions we should be aware of before the first day of class.

What to Wear
For safety reasons, please wear pants, close-toed shoes with rubber soles, no long dangling jewelry, and have long hair either tied back or covered.

What to Bring
We’ve got you covered! You just bring you, and we’ll handle aprons, towels, tools, recipes, pens, and the rest.

We understand that “life happens”, and that you may not be able to make it to class. See our cancellation policy here.

This course is held at 17231 17th St B Tustin, CA 92780.


Beef Tamale | wrapped in traditional corn husk and stuffed with braised beef short rib and guajillo chile sauce.

Chicken Tamale | wrapped in traditional corn husk and stuffed with shredded chicken breast and salsa verde.

Vegetarian Tamale | wrapped in banana leaf and filled with Mexican corn, squash, Oaxaca cheese, and salsa verde



Ray L.
Nov 8, 2021

Ray L.
Nov 8, 2021

Completed the Holiday bootcamp this past week and I really enjoyed the two-day bootcamp. The food we cooked was delicious and being able to cook in a kitchen with the proper tools was great. The intructor, Chef James, was also pleasant and helpful too.

I would definitely find more classes to learn from here!!

Betty H.
Feb 2,2021

Betty H.
Dec 18, 2020

Took a sample dessert cooking class here. Super nice staff. The facility was new and clean. We got to bake a bit and eat our creations. Really fun. I would return here to take more classes.
In another life, I would be a pastry chef. ha.

Melanie R.
May 25, 2021

Melanie R.
May 25, 2021

Culinary Lab not only prepares you for cooking/pastry, it can also prepare you to work IN the industry with its Apprenticeship Program or prepare you to run your own buisness with its Entrepreneurship Program! I have learned so much valuable information from both programs, but the Entreprenurship Program has made me feel like my dream to own/run a reataurant is more acheivable. Currently the program is one day every other week, for five hours. There is no “fluff”, just valuable information, making my trips from San Diego well worth it. Having gone through its Culinary, Apprenticeship, and Entrepreneurship programs, I can confidently say that this school is built to make sure you succeed! And with 0% financing, why would you choose another school?

Ronnie F.
Mar 21, 2021

Ronnie F.
Mar 21, 2021

This is my 5th class with CulinaryLab Cooking School. We did the French Macaron class, and it was so much fun. We learned Caramel, Ganache and Italian Macaron Method, and now I see why they are so expensive when you purchase them at the bakery. Lovely company, Chef Natalie is always available for help during the class, and the other students all had fun. Thanks again, and I will be back.

Janet S.
Nov 14, 2020

Janet S.
Nov 14, 2020

I absolutely loved my home cooking class. The chef was thorough with the instructions and process. I gain so much knowledge about how to prepare meats and vegetables. I learned how to make sauces, cut and cook fish and so many other things. The best thing is the confidence I gained in my own kitchen. Loved, loved loved it. Already signed up for more classes.

Skill Level

Students of all skill levels will be able to keep up in this class. Beginners will quickly gain new skills and seasoned cooks will refine existing skills while also building new ones.

This is perfect for those who:

  • Want to learn or improve a specific culinary skill.
  • Enjoy cooking but don’t have time for extensive training.
  • Are comfortable working independently and prefer a hands-on approach to learning.


Learn from the best!

Elizabeth Trevino

Culinary Chef Instructor

Tanit Parnprome

Culinary Chef Instructor

Richard Lee

Culinary Chef Instructor

Natalie galvan

Pastry Chef Instructor

Jacqueline Martinez

Pastry Chef Instructor

“The teachers are phenomenal! Each one not only give you lessons in cooking but also in life. They all genuinely want you to succeed in your career. Even after graduating they still keep in touch and help whenever they can.”

“Love these people, to them you’re not just a student, they treat everyone with love and support and they want nothing but to help you succeed and reach your goals.“

“I was so impressed with the Chef Instructors, the facility, the method of teaching and the over all course itself.“

“All of the staff at the school are extremely professional and kind at the same time. It is amazing how much you learn from the staff, they continually focus on making sure the students are the focus.“

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

We understand that “life happens”, and that you may not be able to make it to class. Below is our cancellation policy:

  • Cancellations more than 30 days out: Class credit or refund (refunds will be processed within 15 days of request)
  • Cancelations 8-30 days out: Class credit
  • Cancellations 7 days or less: We are unable to offer a class credit for any reason, but you can send a friend in your place

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Tamales Workshop

For anyone wanting to learn a specific culinary skill.
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or form 12.50/mo

Make-up classes available, pending availability

Taught by professional chefs

Bring home what you cook in class

Set up & clean up done for you