Dave Nelson is a local chef and teacher with a wide range of knowledge and skills- he is an Industry lifer with over thirty years in hotel and restaurant kitchens across America. Moving into teaching, Chef Dave spent another decade in professional kitchen classrooms driving aspiring chefs through their paces.

Chef Dave can’t seem to stop talking about food and he has an absolute passion for sharing the simple “nuts and bolts” of kitchen technique with the world. Chef Dave developed Industry Cooking Classes to provide a taste of the professional culinary experience to home cooks, food fans and anybody that just wants to get out and switch things up!

Dave Nelson’s day job is teaching Culinary Arts in a local correctional facility. When not cooking or talking about food, Chef Dave spends his time dining on simple, honest dishes that reflect the cultures, cuisines and ingredients of Sacramento, CA. One of the world’s great culinary destinations.  



Raise your hand if you already know how to follow a recipe!

Chef Dave Nelson started “Industry” in response to a disconnect between cooking on TV  “reality” shows and how pros cooks crank it out every day in kitchens across America. Industry courses present honest, nuts and bolts cooking skills designed to fundamentally change how you eat, cook and look at food! 

Industry courses are designed as small collections covering a variety of culinary disciplines, but individual Industry courses can also stand alone to fit your tastes and lifestyle. You may even want to take certain classes more than once for a new perspective as the seasons change. 


Learn: Approach food as a chef does.

Evolve: Cook beyond mere recipes.

Value: Most classes under $50. Many priced at $30.

Short: 2 Hour lecture-demo classes.

Easy: Kick back and enjoy the show!

Simple: Industry gives you the tools (and a little bit of the attitude) to cook with confidence!



Happy Campers

"Chef Dave is a great instructor who was able to explain things in a way that everyone was able to understand."

"Chef Dave is a good example of the kind of chefs you will really work for in the industry."

“You should know your class changed my life, I apply what I learned every day at my job. Thank You Chef!"

"Outstanding instructor, chef and mentor! He reinforces the basics and brings them all together as one. Truly a pleasure to have an Instructor like him in Sacramento."

"Chef Dave is an excellent instructor, I left this class completely confident in my comprehension of the material and ready to move on with these skills."

"I have 20+ years in the restaurant industry (mainly in FOH) and I am a home cook. Chef Dave teaches you techniques and gives you tools to bring your recipe-based cooking into professional cooking.

"Chef Dave is awesome! Nothing more to say."