Cooking school

Cooking School

Take a Maine cooking class! There are multiple ways that you can Join Chef Michael in the Hartstone kitchen. Choose from our popular Chef for the Day package, to group classes, or even private classes.

Classes cover a wide range of topics. These include regional and ethnic cuisines to seasonal and holiday offerings.

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Chef for the Day

Chef for the Day

Be a chef for the day! Join Chef Michael in his Camden, Maine restaurant kitchen for a private one-on-one cooking class. The chef for a day program runs from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and is available with advance reservations. Students will assist Michael in preparations for that evening’s dinner and will also get specialized training on prearranged topics.

The afternoon begins with a review of the evening’s dinner menu and assignment of duties. After a quick tour of the kitchen and orientation, you will work side-by-side with chef preparing dinner. If you have a preference to learn about one of Chef Michael’s recipes or a specific type of cuisine, Michael can work with you in advance to make those arrangements. We recommend you join us for dinner that evening to enjoy the dishes you helped prepare.

Chef For The Day Includes:

  • 4-hour one-on-one instruction
  • Menu of the Day
  • Personalized-Signed copy of Chef Michael’s Cookbook
  • Hartstone Inn apron
  • Food tasting

Course Cost: $350 for first person — add a second person for $50 (second apron included).

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Private Cooking Classes

Do you have a group that would like to have a private cooking class with Chef Michael? Choose from over 25 different courses created by Michael. Or, choose individual recipe items from his cookbooks. Classes require a minimum of 6 students and are available November through May. Cost for the 2 hour private class is $350 for up to 6 participants and $45 per person for additional enrollment, up to a maximum of 12 students.

Call (207) 236-4259 to Reserve >

Hartstone Cooking Classes

Our Maine cooking classes are informative, entertaining, and of course, filled with delicious food. Weekend packages are $357 – $575 and include two nights lodging and enrollment for one in the cooking class. Also included are breakfast each morning, afternoon cookies and tea, and a gourmet candlelit dinner for two.

Additional enrollment into our Maine cooking classes is $45 per person. Classes are held on Saturdays and/or Sundays from 1-3pm. See schedule of classes below for specific class dates and topics. Click on the course topics for detailed descriptions of each class. Call us at (207) 236-4259 to Reserve!

Cooking School - Sicilian Fare
November 7th & 8th
Come to Camden and experience some of Chef Michael's favorite Sicilian specialties.
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Sicilian Fare

Cooking School - A Taste of Provence
December 5th & 6th
Get a sneak peak into some the Provencal dishes that Chef Michael prepares.
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Taste of Provence

Cooking School - Pasta Pleasers
January 9th & 10th, 2021
Learn how to make and prepare pasta in your own kitchen.
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Pasta Pleasers

Cooking School - Cold Weather Comfort Food
January 23rd & 24th, 2021
Late January in Maine begs for comfort food… hearty, filling, and warm in the belly.
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Cold Weather Comfort

Sous Vide Cooking
February 6th & 7th, 2021
This course will introduce you to the equipment, concepts and basic techniques for Sous Vide.
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Sous Vide Cooking

Cooking School - Seafood Frenzy
February 20th & 21st, 2021
Take advantage of the bounty of Maine coast seafood.
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Seafood Frenzy

Cooking School - Spanish Flair
March 6th & 7th, 2021
In this class, Chef Michael will share some of his favorite dishes from Spain.
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Spanish Flair

Cooking School - A Taste of Sicily
March 20th & 21st, 2021
Chef Michael's favorite recipes from the region near Ragusa, in southern Sicily.
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Taste of Sicily

Cooking School - Knife Skills 101
April 10th & 11th, 2021
"Sharpen" your knife skills with this class that highlights different knife techniques.
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Knife Skills 101

Cooking School - Cooking in Provence
May 22nd & 23rd, 2021
Prepare vibrant and mouth-watering cuisine from Provence.
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Cooking in Provence

Cooking School - Mediterranean Appetizers
June 5th & 6th, 2021
In this class, we will be creating appetizers from the Mediterranean region.
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Mediterranean Apps