Joni Sare, cooking instructor

Cooking Mastery Program — a cooking school for home cooks

Build your confidence
& your culinary muscles

A Cooking School for Home Cooks: Cooking Mastery Program


Build your confidence
& your culinary muscles

Frustrated with your own cooking?

Want to be more efficient in the kitchen and make delicious food?  

Did you spend $300 on groceries and not know what to cook?

Cook with me —

A Personal Trainer
for Your Kitchen

You have nothing to lose, and many ways to gain and flex your gustatory and culinary capabilities.

After you complete this program you will:

  • Have a functioning kitchen
  • 2-week meal plan
  • Create delicious meals
  • Know how to fix a dish
  • Know how to alter a recipe
  • Cook without a recipe



A Cooking Program for Home Cooks
who want to cook easy, simple and sometimes gourmet meals.

Customized to match your goals, schedule and budget.

Step 1

Start Here
Assessment and Consultation

Step 2

Set Up
Kitchen & Equipment

• Step 1

Step 3

Meal Planning & Shopping Lists

• Step 1

• Step 2

Step 4

Learn to Cook
3 Customized Cooking Classes

• Step 1

• Step 2
• Step 3


Become a Cook
10 cooking classes to establish your own cooking system

Includes all:
• Step 1
• Step 2
• Step 3
• Step 4

Also includes:
• Unlimited access to teaching videos
• Text message support when your shopping and cooking.
• Check-ins to help you stay on track.
• Other????
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Step 1: Assessment and Consultation

First of all, we will establish what type of cook you are and what foods you eat. We will use these tools:

• Two assessment tests: these are online tests, easy to follow and the results are immediate.

• Food Likes & Dislikes form: this is a form I created to get to know your palate, diet and knowledge of food. 

• Questions include: 

  • Do you want simple fast-cooked meals? Or do you prefer hearty and robust meals?
  • How much of your food intake will be plant-based (vegan) or vegetarian.
  • What is your lifestyle — work, exercise, community.

Step 2: Kitchen & Equipment

The environment around you will make or break the changes you are hoping for. We will set up your kitchen so that it suits you and your style of cooking. 


I recommend organizing every drawer, every cupboard, and the entire counter. Move out what doesn’t belong. Make room for items that are needed.


The equipment and tools need to match what you want to accomplish. As we organize your kitchen, we’ll check off the items you have and mark the ones you need. 


Once the kitchen is set up, your attention will be to keep it organized and clean. We can modify my shortcuts for you and your kitchen.


Step 3: Meal Planning & Shopping Lists

First things first — make a plan. A menu plan template is a very helpful guide to use. How do you fill it in? I’ve got you covered with a comprehensive list of food items. Not only the type of food is important, but also the cooking method. In order to buy the right type of meat and produce you’ll need to know how it’ll be cooked — with a slow cooker? in a skillet? in the oven? From here, you can make the shopping list.


  1. Much like a professional athletes —visioning the moves means success.
  2. Take the vision to reality. 

What are the benefits of making a menu plan?

  • Less stress: making fewer decisions while you’re in action.
  • Efficiency: having all you need to complete the meal.
  • Less waste: buying the right amount, avoiding impulse purchases.
  • Enjoyment: attaining a goal, being successful.
  • Variety: choosing different foods for each day of the week.
  • Healthier: creating a schedule that is in sync with your health goals.
  • Cheaper: using coupons, buying local and seasonal, and eating in more often.
Store tours and farmer’s market tours are incredibly beneficial. Watch how a chef selects items, navigates the aisles and takes advantage of the sales.

Create your meal plan based on the food you know that is available. These days there are many ways to shop:
  • Grocery store
  • Warehouse (Costco)
  • Delivery services (Good Eggs, InstaCart, etc)
  • CSA — Community Supported Agriculture, find a farm near you to ship food to you each week.
  • CSF — Community Supported Fish, find a fishery near you to ship seafood to you each week.
  • Farmer’s markets
  • Specialty stores

Step 4: Three Cooking Classes

We will be side-by-side chefs. The 3 classes can be online or at home. We can go through all the steps — from washing to cooking. You’ll have as much detail as you want. More info here about the classes.



Reach a new comfort level in the kitchen with the Cooking Mastery Program.

This is your opportunity to hit a home run. We’ve established your cooking style, set up your kitchen, made meal plans and cooked 3 meals together. The next step? Become a cook:

Increase your family favorites.

Reduce food waste.

Taste what’s missing and know how to fix it.

Make a delicious meal under 10 minutes.

Be comfortable making a gourmet dish. 

Know how to alter a recipe.

Cook by muscle memory.

Headline here about the video classes

At this point, it’s all about repetition with cooking methods. More text here. I’ll be available for Q&A whenever you need guidance: with menu planning, shopping and when you’re in the kitchen.
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