Frequently Asked Questions ~ FAQs
Where is PREP located?
We are located in Seal Beach, California, in the Shops at Rossmoor, at 12207 Seal Beach Blvd, Seal Beach CA 90740. Directions. Other businesses in the Shops at Rossmoor include Peet's Coffee, Ann Taylor Loft, Chico's and Joseph A Banks.
What happens at a PREP Cooking Class?
Our experienced chef/instructors begin the class with a brief introduction, discussing the recipes and specifics and often giving a knife skills demonstration. Class participants then break into teams and the teams make the recipes on the menu under the guidance and assistance of our chef/instructors. Work tables are then cleared and the tables are set for dining. Participants and chefs sit down and enjoy one serving of all the recipes made in class. Our classes are fun and casual but we strive to provide a high level of culinary instruction throughout the class.
All fees paid will be refunded in full for changes and cancellations made four (4) days or more before the class date or seven (7) days before the class date for Professional Series Classes, . For cancellations made three (3) days or fewer before the class date, the full class fee will be charged, PREP will retain a 30% "cost-of-goods" fee and participants will receive a Cooking Class voucher for that balance that can be applied toward a future class . No refunds, exchanges or vouchers will be given to cancellations made on the day of the class without exception. A no call or no show will result in a loss of class fee. In the event we cancel a class a full refund will be given. Please see our full cancellation policy.
Will I eat at the class?
All of our classes include a serving of all of the foods prepared by the chef and class participants, served on china with flatware and glassware. We use only the freshest ingredients possible in our classes, no prepared, preserved or frozen ingredients. We often shop at the farmers markets for our produce and buy ingredients as close to the class date as possible. Our meats, fish and poultry are always fresh and the dairy products we use are hormone and preservative free and often organic.
Who teaches the classes?
Professionally trained chefs teach our adult classes and we can proudly say that PREP has one of the best chef rosters of any cooking school in Southern California. Our excellent chefs have a wide range of experience and teaching methods. Please see Our Chefs for chef bios. For our kids classes and kids summer cooking camps, highly experienced members of our staff teach our children's classes at which we generally have no less than 1 staffer for every 4 kids.
How long are the classes and what is the cost per class?
Our classes generally run from 2 1/2 to 3 hours. The cost per class varies but most of our adult classes are each priced at $89 per person.
Do I need to bring or wear anything?
We provide nearly everything you need including ingredients, tools, utensils, recipes, etc. We do suggest aprons however aprons are not required and we do not provide aprons although we have a large selection of fabulous aprons for purchase. We suggest closed toe shoes and ask that long hair be wrangled.
What about wine?
We sell wine at PREP and have an excellent selection of boutique California wines available starting at $12.99 per bottle or $6.00 per glass. If you want to bring your own wine, there is a $13 per bottle corkage fee.
What skill level are the classes? Do I need to be an experienced cook?
Most of the participants in our classes are at a beginner to intermediate skill level. Our classes are designed to accommodate all levels of participation, there are no performance requirements, no intimidation. Students are encouraged and guided to participate at their own comfort level. Our professional chefs and excellent class assistants are always close by to provide one-on-one guidance, demonstration of techniques, problem solving and helpful advice regarding regiment to or improvisation of recipes for best results.
How far in advance do I need to reserve a space in a class?
Reservations for classes can be made at anytime. However, class size is limited and many classes fill up quickly.
How many people are in a class?
We limit our hands-on, full participation classes to 18 people, lecture classes to 24 people (However, Private Parties have different class limits). Our 800-square ft kitchen and class area allows plenty of room to work, cook and move about. Our elegant and very functional space includes four convection ovens, a commercial oven, a six burner range, commercial range, warming drawers, refrigerator, beverage cooler, wine steward. Our clean up and dishwashing area is completely separate from the class space, dirty tools and dishes are regularly whisked away by our efficient and friendly staff.
Will I get the recipes made in the class?
All students receive printed recipes of the dishes prepared in the class. Menus, recipes and chefs are subject to change due to availability or other factors without notice.
Will I take food home from the class?
Every student will get a serving of every recipe made in the class, to eat during the class. Our classes are designed for on-site consumption of the foods prepared, students do not take food home. The exceptions to this are pastry and baking classes.
Can I arrange a private class at PREP?
Our kitchen, classroom and chefs are available for private functions, parties, corporate and community events. Click here for information on our Private Events including Private Parties, Company Parties and Corporate Team Building Events or call for more details or call us at 562-430-1217.
Can I use a PREP gift certificate for cooking classes?
PREP Gift Certificates can be used for anything in our store including cooking classes and retail merchandise. If you have a gift certificate and would like to reserve a space in a class, please call us at 562-430-1217. Class coupons and charitable contributions can only be used for cooking classes.