Instructor: Tess Georgakopoulos
Biography: Tess Georgakopoulos has been cooking since she was roughly six years old -- well over forty years. Born into a Greek family, the art of cooking traditional meals using one's senses rather than recipes and measurements was passed on from one generation to the next. Her father was a trained chef who brought the magic of food to life in another form on the weekends as they cooked elaborate family meals together. Food prepared from the heart, with one's own hands and creativity, was, and continues to be, an expression of love in her home. As a skilled home-cook and baker, Tess enjoys creating original recipes for her family and friends. Sweet, savory, or doughy, she enjoys experimenting and creating in the kitchen daily.
Pressure-cooking with a stovetop cooker has been a part of her culinary repertoire for over twenty-five years. Tess is creating new recipes and reinventing traditional ones using the Instant Pot that is taking her pressure-cooking to another level! She has recently started writing her first cookbook, and has a food blog in the works.
Classes by this instructor
Air Fryer Hype! Copycat KFC and Recipe Ideas for All Ages!
Have you ever wondered what the air fryer hype is all about? Do you want cooking ideas that go beyond fries and frozen processed foods? Dive into the world of air frying in this demonstration and cook-along class! Watch as our online chef makes homemade egg rolls, pizza bites, seasoned potato wedges, and burgers, and cook-along to make copycat KFC chicken! Friday, October 6, 2023, Online Only
Air Fryer Finger Foods
Have you wondered what the air fryer hype is all about? Cook along with Tess as she creates air fryer chicken nuggets and stuffed potato skins! She will also demonstrate how to make air fryer macaroni and cheese balls, mozzarella sticks, and marvelous meatballs! Friday, December 1, 2023, Online Only
Baklava & Spanakopita! Sweet & Savory Mouthwatering Greek Filo Pastries
Baklava is a traditional Greek layered dessert pastry made with filo, chopped nuts, and a few secret ingredients, then bathed in dreamy syrup. Spanakopita, on the other hand, is a Greek savory pastry consisting of delicate sheets of filo pastry wrapped around a filling of spinach, cheese, and other secret ingredients. During this class, Tess will guide you through creating her version of baklava, which she calls Baklava Rolls. Tess will also lead you through the creation of her spanakopita triangles. Tuesday, November 14, 2023, Online Only
Holiday Cookie Bake and Decorate!
Gather your family for this fun online holiday cookie decorating class! Learn the basics for decorating cookies at home with Royal Icing. You will receive an email with recipes for cookies to bake ahead of time so class can focus on decorating. Friday, December 8, 2023, Online Only
Copycat Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls and Hot Cocoa Bombs
Start a new holiday tradition as you learn to create these delicious freshly-baked homemade cinnamon rolls and velvety hot cocoa bombs! You will love these pillowy, warm, gooey rolls topped with a cream cheese frosting. Saturday, December 2, 2023, Online Only
Dim Sum Stuffed Steamed Buns! Chinese BBQ Chicken & Vegetarian Fillings!
Dim Sum is a Chinese or Cantonese meal consisting of small appetizers or finger foods traditionally enjoyed in restaurants. Join Tess for one of her newest classes as she guides you through the step-by-step process of creating two types of Dim Sum Stuffed Steamed Buns using homemade dough that will take you to culinary heights you never knew you could reach. You will make two fillings for the buns -- a gooey Chinese BBQ chicken filling and a savory vegetarian filling. Friday, November 3, 2023, Online Only
East Indian Instant Pot Butter Chicken, Coconut Curried Lentils & Homemade Naan
Cook along with Chef Tess in this action-packed class, making the popular Butter Chicken, Coconut Curried Lentils, and homemade naan bread. Choose one dish for your cook-along and watch a demonstration of the other, or, if you have a second Instant Pot, make both! Experience how these culinary creations are taken to another level using the Instant Pot! Saturday, September 23, 2023, Online Only
Fright Night Delight! Ghoulish Fall Family Fun!
Fall is synonymous with pumpkins, spice, harvest, and ghoulish family fun. Join Tess as she guides you step-by-step through the creation of a unique fall family feast called "Fright Night Delight!" Create pumpkin-shaped pumpkin and potato gnocchi with a cheesy cream sauce, ghoulish intestines (stuffed pastry seasoned meat roll) with a gory cranberry dipping sauce, and pumpkin and spice chocolate chip muffins. Friday, October 13, 2023, Online Only
Focaccia, Stromboli & Calzones!
Dive into the world of unique rolled and stuffed pizzas and marvelous focaccia bread in this virtual cook-along class. Learn how to make your own homemade focaccia bread, a wonderful rolled pizza called stromboli, and the stuffed pizzas we know as calzones. Saturday, September 30, 2023, Online Only
Freezer Meal Bootcamp! Instant Pot or Any Pot Make-Ahead Freezer Meals
Have dinner ready in no time on a busy day! This virtual Instant Pot demonstration-style class gives you the option to prepare Cheesy Stuffed Shells for your freezer along with Chef Tess! Learn the foundations of preparing nourishing make-ahead meals that will go straight from your freezer to your Instant Pot and include a variety of protein, vegetable, and starch ingredients. Saturday, October 14, 2023, Online Only
Bake-and-Build Gingerbread House! Family Fun Bake-Along
Start a new holiday tradition and create lifelong family memories by baking homemade gingerbread and constructing your own gingerbread house! During this class, you will create the gingerbread for the house and whip up a batch of stiff Royal Icing to hold it all together! Friday, December 15, 2023, Online Only
Mediterranean Chicken Gyro Meal!
Experience the flavors of the Mediterranean in the comfort of your own home in this cook-along class. Learn to create a full-flavored, mouthwatering taste of Greece from a descendant of the Spartans who has been cooking Mediterranean cuisine for over 45 years! Your menu includes a Greek Chicken Gyro (made indoors), Tzatziki, Greek Oven-Roasted Lemon Potatoes, homemade pita bread, drizzle dressing, and Greek salad dressing. Saturday, November 18, 2023, Online Only
Perfect your pierogies during this virtual cook-along class! Start with homemade dough and filling that will make your taste buds dance for joy! You'll also discover how to freeze these little dumplings and store them for a rainy day. Friday, November 10, 2023, Online Only
Escape to the Mediterranean! Cook-Along
Escape to the Mediterranean with the flavors of Greece while you cook along with Tess from the comfort of your own kitchen. Create a classic full-flavored Greek meal with your family, significant other, or friends for a special evening enjoying a taste of Greece! Tuesday, October 24, 2023, Online Only
Instant Pot 101 -- LIVE
Demystify the electric pressure cooker/multi-cooker called the Instant Pot during a virtual class! Learn the foundations of cooking and care, and how to make a few amazingly satisfying dishes in the Instant Pot. This class is a combination of demonstration and cook-along. Cook along with Tess as she creates a Creamy Cheesy Tuscan Chicken with Penne pasta dish. Saturday, September 16, 2023, Online Only
Jamaican Meat Hand Pies!
Learn how to make Jamaican pastries that will take your culinary repertoire to another level! Jamaican Meat Hand-Pies consist of ground meat filling seasoned with the warm, savory spices and flavors of Jamaica and baked inside a tender, flaky golden pastry. Follow along with Tess in one of her newest classes as she guides you through creating these golden pockets of goodness from scratch. Saturday, November 4, 2023, Online Only
Kolache! Texan Savory and European Sweet
Have you ever experienced the joy of having a Texan kolache? A Texan kolache is a wonderfully fluffy, extra-large, mildly sweet, baked doughnut stuffed with a choice of sausage and other fillings such as cheese. Sweet kolache are a wonderful light cookie traditionally made in European countries around the winter holidays that are filled with preserves and dusted with confectioners sugar. Learn how to make these delicious delicacies during this cook-along class. Friday, November 17, 2023, Online Only
Pizza! Pizza! Pizza Party! Loaded Baked Potato Pizza, Detroit-Style Pizza & Pizza Monkey Bread
The pizza world is fantastic, wonderful, and as wild as your imagination! Join this fun-filled cook-along class as Tess guides you through the creation of 3 exceptionally interesting and altogether marvelous pizza creations. During class, you can cook along as Tess provides step-by-step instructions to create Loaded Baked Potato Pizza, the ever-popular Detroit-Style Pizza, a sensational Monkey Bread Pizza, and Tess' personal pizza sauce. Saturday, November 11, 2023, Online Only
Pretzel Crust Pizza & Pretzel Knots with Beer Cheese Dip!
Two of the most-craved food items in North America are pizza and soft pretzels! Learn how to satisfy both cravings at once by joining Tess as she guides you through her step-by-step process of creating her Specialty Gourmet Pretzel Crust Pizza! You'll also have the pleasure of learning to prepare her homemade pizza sauce, soft pretzel knots, and a velvety beer-cheese dip! Friday, October 27, 2023, Online Only
Swedish Meatballs & Hand-Pulled Noodles!
Have you ever wondered what Swedish meatballs are or how to make them? Create a memorable holiday meal with Tess as she guides you through making the most delicious Swedish meatballs, seasoned to perfection and bathed in a savory-velvety cream sauce. Then serve them over your own hand-pulled noodles! Follow along as Tess leads you step-by-step through her recipes while sharing her secrets for making everything about this meal from scratch! Saturday, December 9, 2023, Online Only