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I hope you will enjoy reading about my students fond culinary 5 star experiences!

We used Chef Teena for an event with our clients. She is simply amazing! She taught our group how to make an Indian vegetarian feast, which included some really fun hands-on elements where people were able to get involved. We had more than 20 people participate, and Chef Teena managed our group magnificently. She had a very kind and helpful staff with her, so we didn’t have to worry about anything. I would definitely recommend Chef Teena for anyone who is looking to put on a cooking class!
— Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (San Francisco, CA)
Chef Teena was patient, encouraging, and extremely knowledgeable. Our group ranged from novice to intermediate experience, and everyone learned something new. We had to work together, which added to the team building element of the class, but she also split us into two teams, which added a competitive flavor to the class that our group really enjoyed. Plus the food was absolutely delicious!
— IBM and Co.
1. Teena is amazing. She works with your strengths and enhances the areas in which you should focus on with instruction & patience. 2. Instructor’s awesome! Chance to interact - awesome! Best event ever. Very interactive, informative & inviting. 3. Teena is genuinely nice and caring. 4. Pleasant, friendly, knowledgeable. 5. I didn’t think I liked Indian food until today! This class changes everything:-) 6. Great - knowledgeable & patient!
— IBM and Co.
We were so excited about our cooking class with Chef Teena. Both of us have long been curious about Indian Food but the recipes in our Indian cookbooks were so overwhelming. Teena’s recipes were easy to follow yet the flavors were so intense. Her preparation made everything so simple and we particularly liked how familiar we were with all the spices by the time we left. She also explained how we can make simple substitutions at home when lacking some of the more obscure ingredients. We can’t wait to replicate her recipes at home. Once again, we would highly recommend Teena’s classes!
— Nicole & John (Menlo Park, CA)
Teena is born with “gourmet talent”. Coupled with her great energy and passion on cooking and serving delicious and healthy foods, she is amazing as a teacher, consultant and host. Her expertise on food science gives a whole new perspective on how we should all eat.
— Yvonne (San Carlos, CA)
Teena Arora is terrific! I had the opportunity to work with Teena on the TV show, “Home Chef Showdown.” Even under intense pressure Teena is creative, resourceful and delightful. She can whip up any dish and make it look easy. She is down to earth and just a lot of fun to work with.
— J. Walters, Freelance Producer, ABC 7/KGO-TV (San Francisco, CA)
Teena, met our expectations and more, we really enjoyed the individual attention and tips of cooking as she was showing us how to prepare delicious Mediterranean food. The visual help along with being able to ask questions as I we prepared the meals really helped me become more confident in being able to prepare vegetarian cuisine. From Ms. Teena words “It is all about the prep”. Thank you
— LaShone (Oakland, CA)
22 of us from Reach Analytics (a local Redwood City tech company) held a cooking/dinner party last night with Chef Teena and Chef Tony (and Teena’s Mom, and four other awesome helpers). From the planning, to the pricing, to the training, to the surprises (a prize and dessert too), to the awesome meal we enjoyed was really a great team event. Everyone was ebullient and the accolades are pouring in from the team this morning as well. We’re a very multi-cultural team and I wanted to do a party for them that would honor that and bring us together in an active way. The dinner was Indian, Mediterranean, and Japanese, so that was fitting. Thank you, Chef Teena and Chef Tony for your hard work and love of your craft.
— Reach Analytics
Teena, your chutneys are the best on this side of the Atlantic!
— Malvika (Menlo Park, CA)
I asked Chef Teena for a 1-hour seminar for my customer on substituting salt, fat and sugar in cooking. With that limited description she blew me away. She is professional, well prepared, bursting with ideas. Her presentation was informative, engaging, and entertaining. She is a natural in front of an audience. The simple, but fresh fare was easy to make and delicious! My customer was happy, I am ecstatic!!
Thank you Chef Teena!!
— Laurie (Mountain View, CA)
Teena is a fantastic cooking teacher. She is patient and listens to what the student wants to learn. Teena has a charismatic teaching style that makes cooking fun! My goal was to become a healthier vegetarian and with Teena I learned entire meals from the tantalizing appetizer to the scrumptious dessert while sipping on homemade chai tea and mango lassi. Yum yummy!
Thank you!
— Evelyn (Sunnyvale, CA)
Teena, you know your way around the kitchen, and the Indian cookbook. Your food is amazing. Thanks.
— Dave (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Teena is a very passionate and conscientious chef who puts a lot of thought on how to make easy, nutritious meals as fun and delicious as possible. So much fun!
— Fan-Pei (San Francisco, CA)
Teena introduced me to the wonders of healthy Indian cooking. She is very innovative and versatile with ingredients and recipes. She can conjure up a great meal that is delicious and healthful in less than 30 minutes.

She has in-depth knowledge of innumerable Indian spices. Her passion for cooking comes through very strongly in every interaction with her.
— Natasha (Menlo Park, CA)
Thank you for opening our eyes to Indian cuisine. The food is delicious and easy to make - no more guessing about what is what - Thank you.
— J. Viola (San Francisco, CA)
Chef Teena is such a professional in the kitchen. If she’s not on a cooking show one day, I’d be surprised. She made all of her seemingly complex dishes look simple, and showed me how to throw them together with ease while providing some amazing knowledge about Indian cuisine and vegetarian cooking. I learned what a thali was and found out how to quickly cook a gorgeous basmati rice dish in a pressure cooker. Even cooler, Chef Teena makes her own spice blends and spice kits — they’re positively stunning!
— Sydney (San Francisco, CA)
Chef Teena was great! We learned a ton about Indian spices, were hands-on with the cooking and were very full from the delicious, healthy vegetarian food.
— Eric
Teena introduced my friend and me to the wonders of Indian cooking in a fun, easygoing atmosphere. Teena is a joy to be around, and she demystified the use of Indian spices and tamed my fear of the (seemingly) involved cooking procedures. We made five dishes in under four hours with delicious taste treats all along the way. I am now a pressure cooker convert, and I will be getting my curry love on with new found confidence. I highly recommend Teena and expect to take additional classes from her in the near future.
— Ingrid (Oakland, CA)
Teena gives great (and authentic) insights and instruction, I learned a ton!
— Rachel (Menlo Park, CA)
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening with Teena, in her kitchen and at her table. More than just learning a handful of new delicious recipes, we learned a lot about a wide range of ways to use Indian spices. Plus we had a very relaxed time enjoying the tasty results. We heartily recommend spending several hours with Teena. They will be well spent!
— Michael
My girlfriend and I were hoping to learn a little more about Indian spices to make our veggies more interesting and Teena definitely delivered!. Two things we especially enjoyed: 1) She kind of gauged how much we wanted to do things ourselves and wasn’t afraid to step in and help out when she realized we weren’t ninjas and didn’t really care that she was helping and 2) We tried the same dish 6 ways, and each tasted significantly different than the next—it was a very fun way to see how the spices played together. Thanks Teena!
— John
We were looking for a vegetarian cooking class in South Bay or Peninsula area (South of San Francisco) as San Francisco was too far for us and found Chef Teena’s vegetarian Indian cooking class in San Carlos and LOVED it. The food was delicious, she is a great Chef and instructor and our meal in the end was DELICIOUS. I’m already looking forward to my next cooking class.
— Ernestine (Oakland, CA)
We were looking for a healthy cooking class in the Peninsula and booked Chef Teena’s vegetarian Indian cooking class in San Carlos! She is kind, competent, and the food was delicious. I would definitely recommend her again.
— Patrick
Chef Teena is such an amazing chef and instructor. My girlfriend and I booked chef Teena’s vegetarian cooking class in the Peninsula and we had a blast. First of all, she is very approachable and kind and does a great job explaining the steps it takes to prepare the dishes. We loved the food we prepared and also appreciate the fact that we got the recipes to prepare everything again at home.
— Mark
Teena is fun to be with and a true expert on Indian cooking and the health benefits of particular spices. We made five different dishes, each a meal in itself. She was organized, had planned ahead, and was well prepared. I recommend Teena without reservation if you have ever wanted to learn how to cook Indian food.
— Beata (Oakland, CA)
My wife and I had a fantastic private cooking class with Teena. The recipes were delicious, and Teena is an amazing teacher. We strongly recommend taking classes with Teena, and will likely do so again.
— Paul (Mountain View, CA)
Teena was very friendly and fun. Being in the kitchen with Teena and her mom was like cooking with friends. Relaxed and enjoyable.
— Camille (Mountain View, CA)
Taking Teena’s cooking lesson was so much fun! I have always been equally fascinated and intimidated by Indian recipes. They are so delicious but look so complicated! Teena showed me how easy they are to pull together when you simply learn the process and prep prep prep! I am so excited to try them on my own. She made sure that I was literally doing all of the steps myself so that I would have the confidence to go for it in my own kitchen. I loved that she uses healthy, fresh ingredients and also that she taught me so much about her indian spices and about the powers they hold. Thanks again for an awesomely spicy night Teena!
— Arielle (Blueboard in San Francisco)
Chef Teena was an amazing host for our teambuilding event. Prior to the event she was very communicative and flexible to our needs. Once we got there, she quickly connected with the group and allowed us to work together with her support and direction. Everyone had a phenomenal experience and the food was fantastic!
— Abbott Medical Optics
1. FUN-EST team building class ever! The food was fantastic. Our team worked hard to prepare the food TOGETHER! It kept us engaged & interested. 2. Made everyone participate, it was great. Super fun!!! Thank you so much. 3. Love that you pitched in where needed but let us do most of the cooking & instruction. Thank you so much! We had an amazing time! 4. It was really fun in the class. Everyone gets to work together. 5. Made us feel like we can actually cook! 6. Chef Teena is very relaxed & easy going. Allowed us to have fun while keeping on task. Thank you so much!
— Abbott Medical Optics
I’m a professional chef working in San Francisco, I’ve been taking recurring classes with Teena independently to further educate myself in Indian Cookery. I’ve learned a bunch from Teena since starting class and I would highly recommend taking her classes whether you’re an experienced cook or brand new to the kitchen. The pacing of the class is always perfect and the food is all delicious!
— Avish (San Francisco, CA)
This class was a birthday gift from my children. What a great way to spend my birthday!
— Karen (San Francisco, CA)
We took my mother-in-law for her birthday and had a great time. We learned a lot and the food was delicious! Teen did a great job.
— Casey (San Francisco, CA)
Chef Teena has an inexhaustible passion for Indian food. Every recipe was crafted with love and precision. My partner and I recommend her classes to anyone wanting to learn about the secrets & flavors of the cuisine of India. We thank you for the wonderful experience!
— Tara (Menlo Park, CA)
The Indian Specialties class was both an educational and delicious experience. Chef Teena was very accommodating with our specific taste preferences and adjusted accordingly. Additionally, we learned about more than a handful of spices and its uses in Indian cuisine. I would definitely recommend to family and friends!
— Osric (San Francisco, CA)
My first cooking class and I am hooked. It’s great to see how easy it is to bring amazing flavor to dishes.
— Dan (Belmont, CA)
Teena has an amazing personality, very friendly and willing to help. I loved how interactive the class and interactive the teaching was. Keep it up! Thank you for making this special for Dan and I!
— Jonnie (San Francisco, CA)
Great interactive class - appreciated the recipes on hand & step by step instructor instructions!
— Tiyasha (Santa Clara, CA)
Chef Teena is a fantastic instructor, and her enthusiasm and passion for Indian cuisine comes through. She breaks down the components, spices, and teaches you technique that you can’t learn from a book.
I really enjoyed the class, and feel more confident cooking South Indian dishes going forward.
— Wendy (Sausalito, CA)
This was a great experience! Chef Teena was very personable and fun to work with and learn from. The food we prepared was delicious. Such a fun date night!
— Jen (Los Altos, CA)
We loved the class! Chef Teena was a great teacher — so friendly and encouraging. The food was delicious and we can’t wait to try the recipes again at home. Great location too — fun to use such new high quality cooking equipment. All together a wonderful experience. Highly recommend!
— Rachel (Berkeley)
Had a wonderful Indian street-food class yesterday with Chef Teena. The class was hands on and I loved learning authentic Indian cooking techniques. Teena answered all of my questions so kindly, creating an enjoyable environment to learn in. The space she uses is amazing — by far the most professionally set-up cooking class I’ve attended! Would love to attend another class.
— Sam (Berkeley)
My sister and I purchased Chef Teena’s Indian Vegetarian cooking class as a holiday present for our mom! We all enjoy Indian food, but hadn’t cooked it ourselves before. Chef Teena taught us how to make several easy and tasty dishes in an engaging way. We liked that the class was so hands-on and that these are actually recipes we could replicate ourselves at home without taking too much time or requiring unusual ingredients. All in all, we had a great time and would love to take another class with Chef Teena!
— Julie (San Francisco)
I had a great time with Chef Teena. Her teaching is clear, the food is delicious and her kitchen space is heaven. Thank you!
— Beverly (Los Altos Hills)
Chef Teena is absolutely phenomenal. I took my girlfriend on a date to one of her cooking classes, and we had a blast! Not only were the dishes delicious, but they were simple to make as well! Chef Teena did a great job of instructing us on how to cook each item, and we were able to follow her instructions very well, even though we both have very little cooking experience. The end result was a mouth watering dinner that left us stuffed! I definitely recommend her to anybody who is new or experienced with cooking to take a class taught by her. The food that you will learn to cook in this class will impress everyone you cook it for, and it wont take a long time to prepare! i can definitely say that we will take another class from her!
— Cody (San Francisco)
We had a great time with Chef Teena. We learned about the various indian spices, how to use them, healthy alternatives, and even cooking techniques! The food was delicious and the space was really nice.
— Amar (San Francisco)
Our team was THRILLED with Chef Teena and the food that they prepared. They came in to work this morning raving about the whole event and were really happy. Thank you so much for taking care of our folks and giving them such a great team building event. If we could get an email of the recipes that would be great - I think several people forgot to take them but would love to have a copy so they can remake the dishes at home.
— Ayasdi
My partner and I decided to take Chef Teena’s class as a fun date and we had such an amazing time! Teena was very helpful and knowledgeable of Indian cuisine. She also had a fun personality that made the class much more enjoyable. the commercial kitchen we were in was top notch and quite fancy! Overall, I had an amazing time and learned a lot from her cooking class!
— Ravi (San Francisco)
My husband and I had an outstanding experience at Chef Teena’s naan pizza making class. She is a patient and helpful teacher and gave us some great tips and tricks that we will use regularly outside of making Indian food. The food was delicious and we loved the location of the class. She and her assistant Bridget did a great deal of prep for us in advance and washed all the dishes for us, so we only focused on cooking or eating the entire time. We plan to come back for another class soon
— Lauren (SF Bay Area)
I had a great time learning how to cook with Chef Teena. She has a fun and out going personality, which made the entire experience awesome. I would totally go back and learn how to make another delicious dish.
— Peter (SF Bay Area)
My husband and I took our very first cooking class with Chef Teena, with an interest in learning to prepare a classic Indian vegetarian meal. We highly recommend the experience. Our senses were awakened, we delighted in the hands-on process of cooking together, and we walked away inspired. We plan to pick out ingredients today to prepare our menu again this week. It was a pleasure to cook with and learn from Chef Teena. We hope to enjoy her lively, engaging instruction again.
— Kathleen (Berkeley, CA)
I really enjoyed the class. Chef Teena explained the details of the recipes well. The class was very hands on, so it made for a better learning experience. The recipes covered in this class are healthy and delicious.
— Denise (Stockton, CA)
I recently yelped cooking classes for our work team building event and found Explore Culinary Arts. I reached out to a few people, but Chef Teena was so great in her response time, which made me feel excited to work with her. She was able to accommodate our team of 24, which a lot of other places weren’t. Chef Teena provided us with several menu options to choose from and even said we could provide her something we were interested in if not on the options she provided. Very accommodating. Our group decided to go with an all Indian Cuisine, which appeased to both the vegetarians and non-vegetarians. She requested a 10% deposit prior to the event, which was very reasonable and payment options were very easy to work with. When we arrived at the location yesterday, it was beautiful. She had 2 tables set up for the group with wine glasses ready for us and the kitchen we cooked in was top of the line. It’s inside Atherton Appliance, which is a show room of high-end cooking appliances. Because we were such a big group, she hired a few assistants to help her as well as a special guest Chris, who showed us how to make Naan bread and Chicken Tikka. She started out with a nice ice breaker and then we were divided into several groups in stations around the kitchen. Some made chutney, some made naan, some made chicken tikka, and others made a chickpea dish. Everything was clean and fun to work in. Once we all finished, we sat down to feast on our labor. Chef Teena and her assistants all brought out beautiful plates of our meal that we prepared and served us. She provided water too. You are able to bring your own beer & wine to enjoy during the event, which we did. After we had our nice lunch, we all gathered around the wood fire oven to watch a demonstration of flambeing bananas, which was cool. We were provided with a chai tea and our dessert which consisted of a pear cake and bananas foster. Another cool thing is that Chef Teena hired someone to take photos of our entire team during the day. I haven’t seen the photos yet, but they are coming. It’s nice that we have something to help remember the fun day we had. Overall, it was an amazing day. The team loved it and it brought us all together to do something so fun. We will definitely come back to Chef Teena in the future. I would highly recommend going to her for your team building events. You will not be disappointed. A big thank you to Chef Teena and her team.
— Intuit