Chef Malcolm’s New Cooking School in Napa

Chef Malcolm de Sieyes has opened the Silverado Cooking School in Napa, offering hands-on and demonstration cooking classes featuring farm-fresh ingredients from Chef Malcolm’s own farm, paired with ingredients from the finest local purveyors and world-class wines from Napa Valley.

Wednesdays through Sundays, Chef Malcolm offers regularly scheduled classes and series, while Mondays and Tuesdays are available for private classes and team-building events. Classes in basics as well as ones for accomplished home cooks are ideal for locals and visitors alike.

The basics series, offered on Wednesday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m., provides an in-depth look at the basics of cooking, including knife skills and mise en place, roasting and broiling, sautéing and stir frying, stocks and soups, pastas and more. On Thursday evenings, individual classes from the series are available à la carte.

Stone Tree Farm classes take place Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and also from 4 to 8 p.m. These classes draw on produce from the chef’s farm to focus on seasonal cooking; the dinner classes will feature more complex menus with an emphasis on beer and wine pairings.

A brunch class takes place on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will learn delicious and easy-to-prepare dishes perfect for a simple brunch or a special occasion. The Sunday dinner class from 4 to 7 p.m. focuses on fun, tasty, simple weekday meals. All hands-on classes culminate with students sitting down together to enjoy the meal they’ve just prepared.

Teaming up with Viking Commercial, Electrolux, All-Clad, Le Creuset, Moffat, John Boos Butcher Block and Shun knives, the Silverado Cooking School has created a brand-new, state-of-the-art kitchen for its classes. The kitchen also features a spectacular demonstration range, allowing it to also present guest chef demonstration programs in an intimate, small-group setting.

The Silverado Cooking School invites groups to book private classes for corporate events, birthday parties and workshops. Cooking classes have been shown to be fun, effective team-building events for corporations and other organizations. The courses also make excellent gifts for the holidays and birthdays. Gift certificates are available from Silverado Cooking School and can still be ordered in time for the holidays.

“Some of my fondest memories are of harvesting vegetables from my grandfather’s garden and cooking with him, being in the kitchen with my family and friends, and sitting around a table with people I care about long after the meal is done,” said Chef Malcolm. “I think there is very little else in this world better than a satisfying meal with people I care about, good conversation, and good wine. I started Silverado Cooking School to help busy people remember how satisfying this can be. Simply put, I want people to cook and laugh together. I want strangers to meet in the kitchen and leave as friends. I want people to have more memories of cooking, eating, and the relaxation that can come with it.”

About Malcolm de Sieyes

A professional photographer, EMT, avid sailor and marine mammal stranding coordinator, Malcolm de Sieyes is a graduate of the full-time Professional Culinary Program at Tante Marie’s Cooking School in San Francisco. Chef Malcolm spent a year and a half living and cooking in Paris and Aix-en-Provence, as well as at a number of restaurants in the U.S., most recently, Eve Restaurant in Berkeley. He opened the Silverado Cooking School in October 2012. Chef Malcolm also owns and operates Stone Tree Farm in the Coombsville area of Napa Valley. There, he farms organically grown produce that is delivered into the kitchen daily. Chef Malcolm is currently preparing for the Level II Sommelier Certification Exam through the Master Court of Sommeliers. He also trains and competes as a nationally ranked triathlete.

The Silverado Cooking School is located at 1552 Silverado Trail, Napa. For more information and class registration, call (707) 927-3591, email or visit