Hi, I'm Denise.

Cooking is my creative outlet—and food is how I connect with others.

I trained as a chef years ago and have been tinkering in the kitchen ever since. I prefer gathering around a kitchen to fine dining—and I’ll take pie over cake anytime. But what I love most is sharing my passion for food.

If you live in Victoria, BC, I hope you’ll join me for a cooking class. If you live elsewhere, I’d love to see you at my upcoming online classes. There’s nothing I enjoy more than instilling confidence in the kitchen, so wherever you are along your cooking journey, let's connect!

Photo: Tobin Smith
Portrait of Denise Marchessault
Photo of Denise leading a cooking class

Cooking Classes & Events

UPCOMING EVENTS
Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022

More Holiday Appetizers and Small Bites

Victoria Public Market
11:00am — 1:00pm

Enjoy a festive cranberry-apple drink as you learn to make holiday appetizers from around the globe.

SOLD OUT
Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022

Book Signing: The Artful Pie Project

Indigo Mayfair Mall: 3147 Douglas St.
12:00pm - 3:00pm

The Artful Pie Project has finally arrived! Please join me and artist/photographer Deb Garlick at Indigo Books. We hope you can drop by and say hello!

FREE EVENT
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022

French Choux Pastry

Victoria Public Market
11:00am — 1:00pm

Learn to make savoury gougères (aka cheese puffs) and decadent cream-filled profiteroles just in time for the holidays.

Photo: Caroline West
SOLD OUT
Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022

Small Group Workshop: The Art of French Choux Pastry

Online Class
10:00am – 11:30am PT

I’ve partnered with Milk Street for an online choux pastry workshop! When you click the link below you’ll be redirected to their website. Prices are in US$ and subject to Milk Street's terms/conditions.

ONLINE CLASS

"Denise has a natural gift for teaching and her classes provide a practical framework for cooking.  I’m more confident in the kitchen and willing the try new recipes, no matter how complex.”

Carolyn Henson, Victoria  

"I really enjoyed your class - it was fun, entertaining and informative. Your knowledge and experience shone through--and your organization was apparent."

Wendy Pratt, Victoria

"Denise, your teaching style is fun and easy to follow! I’m motivated to go home and make everything! Looking forward to attending more classes."

Tricia Barbetta, Victoria

Portrait of Denise Marchessault
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A Message To The Reluctant Cook

Sometimes you’ll scorch the rice or overwork the dough. You might under-cook the fish, over-salt the pasta or curdle the cream. I’ve made all these mistakes and plenty more. But with every blunder, a new lesson unfolds. Knowing what not to do is as important as knowing what to do. If your cooking history is, um, colourful, consider yourself ahead of the curve.

With practice, you’ll learn to trust your senses.

Touch your food.  You’ll feel when the dough is ready or when the meat is perfectly cooked.

Smell your food. Your nose knows if the fish is fresh or funky — or when the garlic’s about to burn.

Listen to the sizzle and sputter.  It’s telling you the if the pan’s the right (or wrong) temperature.

Taste as you cook. You’ll know if the soup needs a pinch of salt or a squeeze of lemon.

Watch your food. It’s always perfect — just before it burns.