Culinary School, Reimagined

Come enter our LAB! CulinaryLab Cooking School immerses students in an experiential, modern, hands-on education for all levels of cooks— aspiring chefs, serious home cooks and industry professionals alike.
It’s where food and science come to play.


Culinary School

Check out our pro programs for aspiring chefs who want to pursue a career in culinary arts.



We’ve partnered with top restaurants in the industry, so you get the real-world experience you need.


Pastry School

Take a look at our pro pastry programs for those who want to be pastry chefs or bakers.


Home Cook Classes

You’ll take your skills to the next level by enrolling in culinary school for the home cook.

Culinary school

We believe our programs are unlike any culinary school curriculum out there. How so? We’re glad you asked.

  • Boring textbooks are replaced with tech-savvy video driven learning
  • No lectures that drag—we’re all about hands-on teaching
  • Apprenticeship programs at top local restaurants
  • Added value perks like guest chef instructors and engaging field trips

So you can go ahead and forget those other schools you may be looking at. We’ll take it from here.

Pastry school

So you’ve got a sweet tooth and are ready to take your love for baking, and eating, desserts to the next level? We’ve got you covered.

  • No yawn-worthy lectures here—you’ll get flour on your hands immediately
  • Toss aside the baking textbooks and bring on the tech-based learning
  • Apprenticeship programs at top local bakeries
  • Added value perks like guest chef instructors and engaging field trips

Come perfect your baking skills with our modern approach to education. Soon, you’ll be able to flex those newfound pastry muscles for all to see.

Home Cook courses

Maybe you’re not quite ready to leave your day job, but want to attend culinary school for the HOME cook? Then come join us for one of our foundational-focused series classes!

  • Understand how food works and how different ingredients interact
  • Learn from the same experienced chef instructors as our pro students
  • Work on the same professional grade equipment as our pro students
  • Gain tangible useful skills you’ll be able to implement immediately

If you want to drink some wine, follow a recipe, and casually cook some food, we’re not the school for you. But, if you are ready to beef up your cooking chops and become a master in your own kitchen, you’ve arrived at the right place.

About us

We are CulinaryLab—a LAB where we geek out over our mutual love of cooking and food, and support our students with making their wildest dreams come true. We have turned the traditional model of culinary school on its head, and reinvented culinary education to match up with the modern-day food industry.

Through our contemporary hands-on approach to teaching, small class sizes led by top-notch chef instructors, and immersive apprenticeships, our students are well-equipped to hit the ground running to pursue their juiciest goals.

So roll up your sleeves, slap on that apron, and let’s get COOKING!

Meet The Crew


Ryan Wagner
Founder / Chef Director

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Mike Backouris
Chef Instructor

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Colleen Johnson
Pastry Chef Instructor

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Matt Roman
Chef Instructor

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Viola Vue
Kitchen Manager

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Felipe Manzo
Kitchen Technician

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Jim Desmond
Kitchen Assistant

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Dan Baquerizo
Kitchen Assistant

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Lisa Wagner
Director of Student Engagement

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Sarah Harrison
Director of Admissions

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Sarah Harris
Office Coordinator

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Kaylee Duff
Event Specialist

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Tyler Appel
Digital Marketing Coordinator

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