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 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 two hours prior to the class start time. Please check your spam folder.
Our demonstration classes are $10 per screen + fees. Our Cook Along classes are $50 per screen + fees. If there are multiple people in one household using one screen, you pay for only one screen.
Each virtual class is approximately 45 - 60 minutes. In our demonstration classes, the chef will demonstrate the dish in approximately 30 minutes, leaving lots of time to answer your questions. In our Cook Along classes, the chef will lead you through about 45 minutes of cooking, leaving lots of time to answer your questions as you cook.
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 by "raising your hand" with the hand reaction functionality in Zoom. Our moderator will unmute you and you can ask your question directly to the chef. We will do our best to get to every question.
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 preparing your ingredients and gathering your cooking utensils. This 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 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.
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 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. Please note that recordings of classes will not be provided to students.
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.
Since our stores remain closed for COVID-19, we unfortunately cannot accept gift cards as form of payment for virtual classes at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.