Chef to the Pros!

Inger's Fine Foods Cooking School

Chef Inger has been working with professional and elite athletes, celebrities and executives  for over 2 decades, cooking for them as well as instructing on how to cook for themselves. She has developed hundreds of recipes and techniques that can be used to turn the simplest food into delicious meals!

Inger's Fine Foods is a dream come true. Since her first introduction to fine cuisine at Le Panier in Houston, Chef Inger's desire has been to have a cooking school of her own. Inger has worked with the best chefs in the world and has cooked for a very discerning clientele. She is now excited to share her expertise with you!

Please email or call 404-838-8714 to register for classes. 




A Cooking Class Series with Chef Inger Smith 

Wednesday Evenings 6:00-9:00 pm

October 23, 2019

Iconic Ina: The Barefoot Contessa’s Make Ahead Thanksgiving Feast

October 30, 2019

Festive Friendsgiving: Stand Out Side Dishes to Bring to Your Thanksgiving Potluck

November 6, 2019

Christmas Crashers: Amazing Breakfast Recipes for Pajama Party Mornings

November 13, 2019

Cross Culture Cookie Exchange: Holiday Desserts from Around the World

December 4, 2019

New Year-New Mindset: Healthy Hoppin’ John and Other Southern Favorites with a Twist

December 11, 2019 (Make up date)

Get Focused...Meal Prep 20-20: Make Your Life Easier in the New Year

All classes take place in The Teaching Kitchen The Food Bank of NE Georgia, Clayton, Georgia

Cost $300 for 6 Classes 

Please call 404-838-8714 to Register

Class Details

October 23rd: Iconic Ina

Ina Garten of Barefoot Contessa fame is one of every foodie’s favorite teachers. Prior to opening her amazing gourmet takeout shop in the Hamptons, Ina worked in the White House Office of Management and Budget. Her passion and love was always for food and entertaining. This just goes to show how following your dream can lead to a very fulfilling life! “When you cook, everyone shows up and that’s when the fun starts!”

In this class students will learn to prepare some of Ina Garten’s most delicious make ahead Thanksgiving recipes:

Roast Turkey and Gravy with Onion and Sage Baked Farro and Butternut Squash
Leek and Artichoke Bread Pudding
Lemon Ginger Molasses Cake with Whipped Cream

Oct 30th: Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving has special meaning to Chef Inger who was the private chef for our favorite “Friend” Jennifer Anniston while she was here in NE Ga filming Wanderlust. Inger and Jen formed a fun relationship around food and fitness while she was living on Lake Rabun that she is grateful for. While there is no official origin story for Friendsgiving, some might say the hit TV show brought the potluck dinner into the mainstream. Perhaps the concept can be dated back to November 1994, when Friends first season’s Thanksgiving episode aired. Everyone had different reasons for avoiding going home for the holidays so they all decided to share a meal together in Monica’s apartment. However the tradition started, it has gained momentum and friends all across the US gather together every year to celebrate with a wonderful meal!

In this class students will learn how to prepare:

Sweet Potato and Caramelized Onion Mac and Cheese Pomegranate, Pear and Pistacchio Salad Squash Casserole Gremolata
Wild Rice Stuffing with Mushrooms

November 6th: Christmas Crashers

We all love it when family comes for the Holidays. What happens when you have guests that stay a little longer than expected? No problem! Chef Inger has perfect recipes for delicious breakfasts that can be prepared ahead of time or very quickly when you have a hungry bunch early in the morning!

In this class students will learn to prepare:

Inger’s Fine Foods Asparagus and Gruyere Quiche 

Authentic Breakfast Quesadillas Everything Bagel Brunch Casserole
Apple Cranberry Baked Oatmeal

Nov 13: Cookie Exchange

The tradition of baking and sharing Christmas cookies stretches back for centuries with its roots firmly planted in Europe. As people migrated to America, so did their cooking traditions. According to a 1994 issue of McCalls magazine, the earliest account of Christmas cookies in America came from the Dutch in the 1600s. Whether you are sharing cookies with a group of friends, or baking a wonderful dessert for your family holiday table, these recipes are sure to ignite thoughts of our ancestors and how family traditions add richness to our lives.

In this class students will learn to prepare:

Portuguese Pasteis de Nata (Custard Tarts in Pastry) Sand Torte (German Potato Cake)
Italian Sprinkle Cookies (very close to the Chef’s heart) Swiss Zimtsterne (Chocolate Cinnamon Cookies)

Dec 4th: Southern NY

Growing up in Texas, Chef Inger always considered herself a southerner...until she and her husband moved to Georgia. Living in Rabun County for the past 20 years, Inger has learned about traditional “deep” southern cuisine and has incorporated much of it into her healthy meal plans for her clients. Southern dishes are enjoyed year-round, but failing to include the most symbolic on New Year's Day is considered bad luck by some.

In this class students will learn to cook up good luck foods including:

Hoppin’ John Spicy Collard Greens Cornbread with a Kick Roast Turkey Salad

Dec 11: Meal Prep 20-20

Since 1988, Chef Inger has been teaching clients, customers and friends the value of planning ahead and prepping meals in order to stay fit. Beginning with her prepared meal company, Smart Meals, in Houston decades ago, Inger has been teaching how to organize, shop for, prep and cook meals in advance to make life easier, but more importantly to make sure you are getting the most nutrient dense food possible. We all have busy lives and even though taking time out of your schedule to make meals in advance seems counter-intuitive, it really makes day to day activities much more relaxing.

In this class students will learn how to organize and plan ahead, as well as the following recipes:

Mason Jar Salads (a variety)
Bento Box Salmon, Quinoa and Asparagus Coconut Mango Chicken with Rice and Black Beans Easy Shopping and Prep Lists

Upcoming Classes Beginning January 2020

Cooking for Your Athlete

As a parent of a young athlete, and private chef to many professionals, Chef Inger knows how to make performance meals taste like comfort food.  Come learn how to cook for (or better yet, WITH) the athlete in your family and create nutrient dense recipes that help them be the best they can be.

Healthy Mind-Healthy Body

Think about it...we all need to learn more about foods that help our brains work better. Believe it or not, nutrition plays a big part in mental acuity and cognition. In this class, Chef Inger will share recipes using ingredients that enhance memory, mood and brain function.

No More "Franken-Food"

Vegan food is all the rage, and rightly so...going plant based is a great option for many people.  However some of the products on the market claiming to be good for you are really created in a lab instead of a kitchen. In this class, Chef Inger will share recipes and techniques for preparing hearty vegan dishes made from REAL ingredients. Meatless Mondays will never be the same.

The Preventative Pantry

Cancer, Parkinsons, MS, Diabetes...most of us have had experience with one or more of these conditions, either personally or in our family. In this class, Chef Inger will teach how to create and cook from a pantry full of ingredients that are highly nutritious. Eating properly is key to staying healthy and having good quality ingredients at your disposal makes it much easier!

Cold Weather Soups and Stews

Our culture is fast paced and we all want to "grab a quick bite".  The good news is that Winter is the perfect time to make a big pot of soup  or a satisfying stew and Chef Inger is a pro at creating these nourishing dishes quickly and easily.  Learn how to be a "Slow Foodie" in an Instapot world!

Juice, Cleanse, Energize

Does the word "cleanse" scare you? Like many of us, the idea of Juicing either makes you jump for joy or run and hide. For the past 8 years, Chef Inger has been juicing fruit and vegetables for her clients to give them more energy, quality nutrition and just great flavor. In this class, you will learn how to blend different juices, make smoothies and even make muffins with the pulp!