Frequently Asked Questions

How long do birthday parties last and what do they include?
Parties are 90 minute hands-on celebrations. Parties are not academic events at JCS they are a time for you and your guests to have fun and be creative in the kitchen. Our chefs prepare pre-portioned ingredients prior to the party and have them ready for you and your guests. Parties for 11 and under focus more on assembly and decorations and typically guests will not use heat in preparation.
What is the format of your classes?
We offer two different formats; Hands On and Demonstration. Majority of our classes are two hours in duration. You will be given a tasting size portion of all the dishes prepared during the demonstration style class. We will also provide you with recipes for all the menu items. Hands On: These are full participation classes. Students take part in practicing techniques and preparing the menu items. We limit these classes to 12 participants. Demonstration: Designed as an observation class, participants watch while chefs explain and show recipe preparation and cooking techniques. Class is limited to 15 people.
Do the prices for parties include paper goods for serving food?
Yes, paper goods for serving the items that your guests make are included in the price point, however if you are bringing additional items for guests to eat you will need to supply your own paper goods for those items.
Is there an age limit?
Kid's classes are limited to children between the ages of 7 to 11. Our teen classes range in age between 12 to 17 and adult classes are for persons 18 years and older. Family Classes are typically based upon ages 7 and up unless otherwise noted.
I have two children under the age of 6, do I need two adults to attend as well?
No, one parent is required for every two children under the age of 6.
Can I/ Do I need to bring decorations to decorate the center for a birthday?
You may bring whatever decorations you think you might want. JCS does not provide themed decorations. We will provide you with paper goods, table clothes and plastic utensils for your party.
Are parents required to attend birthday parties with children?
No, unless your guests are under the age of 6. If your guests are over 7 we encourage you to only have birthday guests and not their parents as it can be distracting for the party goers.
Where do I find the specific dates and times of multiple session classes or camps?
You can check our Calendar, or check out the upcoming events section on our homepage.
How do I book a birthday party?
Parties can be requested and booked via phone at (650) 898 8742 or via PayPal on our birthdays page. A non-refundable deposit for the 10 guest minimum is required to book all parties.
What is required to book a birthday party?
To book a birthday you must pay for the minimum (10) at time of booking. You will have 10 days before the event to finalize your head count. DO NOT OVER ESTIMATE HEAD COUNT as Junior Chef Stars does not refund for guest cancellations or no shows.
How do I register for a Class?
Registering is easy. You can view our schedule online or check out the upcoming events section on our homepage. To register for a class, click on the class that you are interested in, and reserve your spot via PayPal or give us a call at (650) 898 8742 to speak with one of our friendly representatives and reserve your space.
What should I wear?
For all Hands-On, Kids and Teen classes, we ask that you wear comfortable, casual clothing and closed-toed/rubber soled shoes and preferably have any long hair tied back.
What is your cancellation policy for classes?
We understand that unanticipated events happen occasionally in everyone’s life. Business meetings, family functions, car problems, and illness are just a few reasons why one might consider canceling an appointment. In our desire to be effective and fair to all of our clients and out of consideration for our Chefs/ Staff time, we have adopted the following policies: • 48 hour advance notice is required when cancelling a spot in one of our classes or camps. This allows the opportunity for someone else to use this space. • If you are unable to give us 48 hours advance notice you will be charged the full amount of your scheduled class or camp. No-shows Anyone who either forgets or consciously chooses to forgo their class or camp for whatever reason will be considered a “no-show”. They will be charged for their missed class or camp and future service will be denied until payment is made.