Fun Cooking Parties Sizzle in Downtown St. Pete

Fun Cooking Parties Sizzle in Downtown St. Pete

Laugh & Learn While Cooking & Imbibing

There’s a new fun foodie activity in St. Pete, and it’s called The Chef’s Hat.

Is it a cooking class, or is it a party?



Chefs Hat Events June 2023

Hailing from Chicago, The Chef’s Hat is now open for business in downtown St. Petersburg.


Lori and I went to the inaugural event on June 3rd, French Country Cooking.

At first it reminded me a little of my cooking classes in high school where there was a big room with a bunch of people learning, cooking, having fun, and helping each other … except we weren’t allowed to drink in high school. (I won’t mention what we did do before class though.)

The Chef’s Hat has two-to-four monthly (except Aug & Dec) themed cooking classes / events where adults socialize, learn different culinary skills, enjoy adult beverages, and at the end, you get to eat what you made. You will be guided all along the way by Chef Ivan Jeanblanc and his culinary team.

Ivan Jeanblanc and his team present the grand opening of The Chef’s Hat, a French themed group cooking event held at Openhouse in St Petersburg.

You get to use the best quality knives and cookware, and use a real commercial kitchen. How cool is that?

It all takes place in a new event space in downtown St. Pete called Open House. It’s in the original old Ricky P’s spot at 1113 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33705, right next to Intermezzo Coffee.

Open House 1113 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

First, we learned how to shuck oysters. (We still have both hands and all ten fingers. Yay!) To accompany the oysters, we had Radishes with Salt and Butter. I never knew there was a use for radishes besides slicing them and putting into a salad. Let me tell you, radishes with salt & butter are the snack of the gods. We washed down the oysters and radishes with Champagne.

Jennifer Ferris-Peterson Takes an Oyster Shucking Lesson from Chef Ivan
Radishes with Salt & Butter are so delicious. Who knew?
The good stuff

Next, we moved to stations to create the rest of the menu—Mushrooms with Eggs en Cocotte, Grilled Duck Breasts with Peaches, Fava Beans Piquant, and Cherry & Peach Papillotes. The entire time, we sampled wines from the Medoc Region.

Individual Work Station for Prep
All of the work stations lined up
That’s how you do it!
Making the Mushrooms with Eggs en Cocotte
Chef supervising Jennifer Ferris-Peterson Grilling Chicken
The Final Product – It was Delicious!

(All Photos by Dermot Tatlow courtesy of The Chef’s Hat)

See all of the photos on our Facebook Page.

In case you can’t tell from the photos, everyone had a great time, and we can’t wait to do it again.

One of the July events is already sold out, but you can still get tickets for:

Florida Feast
July 8, 2018, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
1113 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

From the website:
Let’s start with Shrimp Deviled Eggs.  Think Jimmy Buffet and No Shoes Nation. We will continue with a Florida brunch theme. Grouper Eggs Benedict is a new treat you will enjoy making and eating.  You’ll learn the secrets to Shrimp and Andouille Sausage with Grits—a dish you’ll make over and over again for your friends and family.  Other fun recipes you’ll try include Cast Iron Skillet Crab Cakes followed by a Florida Trifle for dessert. You’ll also have a chance to enjoy some Florida cocktail recipes, along with local craft beer and wine.

Get tickets for the Florida Feast here.

Upcoming cooking party events: (Tickets are limited. Dates & times subject to change.)

7/15 – Florida Brunch Cuisine – SOLD OUT
9/13 – Poblano Affair
9/20 – Florida Seafood Fest
9/23 – Hash Tag This
9/30 – Appetizer Extravaganza
10/11 – Cooking with and Tasting Beer
10/25-26 – Mexican Hacienda (2 days)
11/6 – Holiday Appetizers

Here’s a video of the French Country Cooking Event

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A Chef's Hat offers themed cooking events / parties in downtown St. Petersburg, FL.

DISCLAIMER: Kevin, Lori, Abby, Haley, Lindsey & Mahika do not dine anonymously (this would be impossible) and we sometimes get free food (though never expected). However, we dine with the locals and we support our own. You will always get honesty in a respectful manner. We do not include any large national or regional chains in our ratings and reviews. We focus on independent locally owned eateries exclusively.

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