At your scheduled class time, you will enter a virtual classroom via the Zoom link provided. The chef will guide you step-by-step through a recipe, answering questions along the way with the help of our moderator.
Our Virtual Demonstration classes are a fun opportunity to watch your chef in action. During class, your chef will teach you how to prepare the dishes while you observe and take notes. Our Zoom moderator will make sure your questions submitted through the chat option are answered during or after class. The recipe packet will be provided upon registration. Please note that some recipe steps may be prepared ahead due to the length of the class.
Our Virtual Cook Along classes will have you and your chef cooking together in real time. We’ll provide you with the recipe packet and equipment list upon registration, so you’re prepared to get cooking, and when it’s over you’ll have dinner on the table! Our Zoom moderator will make sure your questions are answered live by the chef either during or after class.
We use Zoom for all of our virtual classes. It's a fairly intuitive platform, but we recommend getting familiar with Zoom's functionality before joining the class. You’ll need an internet connection and the ability to stream audio and video to participate. A link, meeting ID number and password to use to join the Zoom session will be included in the email sent at least two hours prior to the class start time.
If you are having trouble accessing the meeting, please see Zoom's support video and article. Keep in mind that while we use the Zoom platform, we are not a support team for Zoom.
The recipes for each class will be provided upon registration in your confirmation email. If you are taking a Cook Along class, an equipment list will also be provided so that you can be prepared to cook during the class.
Our emails are generated automatically from our online registration system. Order confirmation emails with the recipes will come from Virtual Class at The Chopping Block. You will receive this at the time you place the order. Emails with the login information and recipes for your class will come from The Chopping Block Lincoln Square. You will receive this email at least two hours prior to the class start time. Please check your spam folder, and add "thechoppingblock.com" to your list of safe senders in your email provider.
Our demonstration classes are $20 per screen + fees. Our Cook Along classes are $50 per screen + fees. Our 2-hour intensive, workshop classes are $75 per screen + fees. Prices of classes are subject to change based on subject matter and length of class. If there are multiple people in one household using one screen, you should pay for only one screen.
Our virtual classes range in length from 45 minutes to two hours, depending on subject matter and type of class. In each type of class, our chef answers all of your questions throughout the class.
Please ask as many questions as you would like via the chat function within Zoom in all classes. During our Cook Along classes, you have the opportunity to ask the chef questions yourself. Our moderator will indicate when you can unmute yourself, and you can ask your question directly to the chef. We will do our best to get to every question possible during the class.
Yes, since our classes are priced per screen, feel free to include your family and children in your household in any one of our classes, especially the classes geared for families. Children should always be supervised by an adult while cooking.
You will receive a confirmation email from Virtual Class at The Chopping Block following your purchase. Within this e-mail, you’ll find the link to download Zoom and recipes for your class.
If you are taking a demonstration class, you simply watch the chef, ask questions and take notes so you can prepare the dish on your own later.
If you are taking a Cook Along class, we recommend getting organized by measuring out your ingredients and gathering your equipment. Most knife skills will be done together in class, but your recipe packet will contain specific instructions for each class. You are always welcomed to do more prep ahead of time if you feel that will help you during the class. Organization will allow you to easily access all necessary ingredients and materials during the class to best cook along with your chef. Being prepared will result in a more enjoyable experience!
We know you are cooking with what you have at home and therefore may need to make substitutions. You may ask the chef about substitutions or dietary restrictions during the class via the chat functionality.
To access your class, you will be sent a Zoom meeting link to the email address you provided when purchasing your class, along with a meeting ID and password. That email will be sent at least two hours to the start of the class. By clicking on the link, you will automatically be prompted to open Zoom and join the class. Everyone is encouraged to join the class 5-10 minutes early to ensure that you have a good connection with Zoom. Please note that upon joining you will be directed to the waiting room until the class begins. If you do not receive the email with login instructions at least 2 hours prior to the start of class, please email email@example.com so we can support you.
You will not need to register for an account to join. Simply click to “Join the meeting” via in the email sent two hours before the class start time. You will be prompted to download and install the Zoom app so we recommend doing this prior to class. Once downloaded, open the Zoom program you will need to give Zoom access to your computer/phone microphone and camera. When you are ready to join the class select “Join with Video” and “Join Audio” buttons in the bottom left corner of the Zoom application.
All virtual class sales are final. We do not offer refunds or credits.
The Chopping Block has the right to record all virtual cooking classes for future use on our website and other applications. If you do not wish to be recorded, we recommend you turn your camera off during the class. A link to the class recording will be provided via email the day following the class and will expire in 7 days. If you wish to watch the recording, we recommend doing so within a week.
When you enter the class, please provide your order number from the confirmation email you received when you registered for class in the chat panel so that we can reference our class roster for payment. Your unique number will be in blue in the email, but an example looks like this: #W3J9H3N25.
Yes, you can! Please note that gift card payments for all classes must be processed manually at this time. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for a class at Lincoln Square using a gift card, and our staff will take care of you!
While our stores are closed due to the COVID-19 crisis, our phone access is extremely limited. If you have questions, we recommend you email email@example.com.
Absolutely! We offer one-on-one virtual instruction with our professional chefs to cover specifically what you are interested in learning about cooking or baking. Learn more about our private virtual classes.
Unfortunately we do, but we do our absolute best to avoid this. All of our classes may be subject to cancellation or rescheduling. If this happens, we’ll let you know, refund your class as well as your 10% service fee, and get you into another class asap.
We would love to book a private cooking experience for your group! Learn more about our virtual private cooking events.