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January 30, 2009updated Feb 08, 2013

Chef James Boyce Introduces Classes At Montage Laguna Beach

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

LAGUNA BEACH, CALIF – Add fresh new dishes to your home cooking repertoire with the help of an expert: Executive Chef James Boyce, celebrated for his ever-changing California-influenced French cuisine at Studio, will offer intimate three-course cooking lessons at Montage Laguna Beach.

WHAT: Hands-on cooking classes limited to 10 participants and devoted to a special seasonal topic selected by the award-winning Chef Boyce to do justice to the market’s freshest ingredients

WHY: An opportunity to enhance your at-home entertaining with the secrets of a master chef

WHEN: Every Saturday in April and November, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the kitchen of Studio, the resort’s signature restaurant. April classes will focus on spring flavors, while November’s Saturday classes will prepare home cooks for holiday entertaining:
• April 4: First of Spring’s Flavors
• April 11: Vegetarian Delights
• April 18: Fish Three Ways
• April 25: Grilling Poultry & Vegetables
• November 7: Three-course Thanksgiving Dinner
• November 14: Christmas Canapés
• November 21: Alternative Holiday Dining
• November 28: New Years Day Brunch

HOW: Saturday Cooking Classes
Cooking classes, limited to 10 participants, will be held Saturdays in April and November in the spacious, residential-style Studio kitchen from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The cost of $500 per person per class includes a monogrammed chef’s coat, all recipes, the hands-on cooking class and a three-course meal accompanied by wine and/or non-alcoholic beverages. For more information and to reserve, please call Julie Wagaman, 949-715-6033.

Weekend Stay with Saturday Class: Consider Offering “The Secrets of Studio” as a Valentine’s Gift
To combine a class with a weekend stay, request the James Boyce Cooking Class Package. You’ll enjoy the cooking class, ocean view accommodations on Friday and Saturday, and daily breakfast. Pricing begins at $1,835 for one or $2,380 for two persons, exclusive of taxes. To reserve, please call 949-715-6000. To present this special weekend experience as the ultimate gift, simply confirm the reservation with the purchase of a Montage Gift Card.

WHERE: Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 866-271-6953

AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS: Chef Boyce can discuss using fresh seasonal ingredients to create flavorful, healthy dishes that are well-suited to comfortably elegant home entertaining. He can also address how a master chef can effectively present professional cooking techniques for home cooks with a variety of skill levels.

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