South Bay School of Cooking


Your Cooking Success Grows from Our Experience

While some people enjoy cooking and see it as a creative outlet, others see it as a chore to get out of the way. South Bay School of Cooking demonstrates techniques and tips that make prepping effortless; cooking and entertaining becomes recreational and less of a chore.

Unlike other cooking classes where students just sit around and passively observe while looking at an overhead mirror or video, in our classes you roll up your sleeves and feel the dough between your fingers or get busy slicing and dicing, and most of all, have fun while cooking.

South Bay School of Cooking offers hands-on cooking classes for adults and summer camps for kids. We serve residents of Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, El Segundo, Torrance, Palos Verdes and Greater Los Angeles.

Our Classroom

Our Staff

Chef Annette Gallardo
Start with a professional chef who worked in kitchens around greater Los Angeles. Mix in a dash of dancing with verbs as a former restaurant reviewer and founder of South Bay School of Cooking. Combine her international travels to get a passport to a variety of foods, cooking techniques, and wisdom. For the heck of it, add a bit of juggling and prompting an entire class to sing. And there you have it — Chef Annette Gallardo’s dynamic recipe for teaching the art and alchemy of cooking in a fun and entertaining way. Member of the Culinary Historians of Southern California, Pacific Food and Beverage Museum, Women Who Whiskey, and Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC).
David Ames
David Ames is originally from Lima, Peru — one of the top world culinary destinations. He graduated from Culinary School in 2008 and continued with a Hospitality Management program, graduating in 2012. After driving his teachers crazy, he focused on developing his own culinary style around nourishing and tasty dishes influenced with different world cuisines as the globetrotter he is working hotels, restaurants and cruise lines. He now has joined South Bay School of Cooking to be driven crazy by our students with fun classes and to share cooking tips to help everyone turn kitchens into playgrounds!
Gabriela, a young pastry chef from the South Bay, teaches many of our baking classes. Since graduating from Le Cordon Bleu, she has worked at great bakeries including Bottega Louie, Susie Cakes, and Sinner’s and Saints Gluten Free/ Vegan dessertery in Venice Beach. Gabriela hopes to help you master the science of baking and pastries!
Daniela “Danie” Lopez
Danie Lopez is our very own success story: a student a few years ago who loved us so much she became an assistant. She is South Bay School of Cooking’s real “cheerleader”. Danie always helps us deliver a wonderful culinary experience with her winning smile and help around the kitchen.
Mary, our Kitchen Assistant, has been teaching children’s cooking classes for 13 years at St. Lawrence summer camp. She has also art classes to children in Torrance for over 20 years.

Community Involvement

We are proud to be active in our South Bay community. We support Redondo Beach Little League
and are participating members of the North Redondo Beach Business Association.

Community Sponsor: Redondo Beach Little League

Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce

Community Sponsor: North Redondo Beach Business Association

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