Basic Needs

Cooking Classes

Section 1

Chef Jess

FRESH-ARC Cooking Classes with Chef Jess!

This 1.3-unit seminar will teach you the basics of cooking! Applicants must be able to attend all 5 seminars and write one 2-page reflection paper to pass this course. Apply here

Classes will take place Tuesdays from 6-8PM at the Anteater Recreation Center (ARC) on: 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, and 5/15

Application Closes: 4/5 at 5PM

Meet Chef Jess!

Born in Madison Wisconsin and raised on the island of Taiwan, Jessica VanRoo brings not only knowledge but a passion for international cuisine. While traveling throughout Asia, Jessica has picked up flavors and techniques that reflect culture and tradition.Today, Jessica is the Director of Culinary Programs at the University Of California Irvine, where she teaches culinary classes to students, staff and other corporate clients. She is also part of the Orange County School of Arts Culinary program, getting high school students ready for a career in the culinary arts. Another niche that Jessica carries in her back pocket is her ability to teach children. From being able to show a four-year-old how to correctly hold and use a knife, to making pasta from scratch, Jessica prides herself on her ability to connect with children on an instructional level. Jessica is also spearheading the discussion of food on the UCI campus through “Conversation Kitchen,” as well as Illuminations “Cooking with the Professors,” programs. When it comes to food, there is nobody more eager to teach, showcase, and share her knowledge with the rest of the world. Jessica VanRoo’s passion for the culinary arts and nutrition are unrivaled, and her versatility in the cooking world gives her a skill set that is second to none!