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Culinary Underground School for Home Cooks

Our Mission

We are committed to furthering the art and craft of home cooking through engaging and educational hands-on classes. Mastering techniques, minimizing prep, and maximizing flavor are the focus of our classes; building confidence and making cooking fun are just the dividends.


We share with our students a growing concern of what is in our food and where it comes from. To that end, we support small, local farms and dairies, seek out area restaurants whose chefs cook locally, and invite farmers and purveyors into the classroom to share their knowledge and ideas with our students.

About our Name

The Culinary Underground School for Home Cooks gets its name from its original location: a berm house, under the ground. It had a turf roof and huge south-facing windows lighting the the original Culinary Underground kitchen. After offering classes in the “underground” location for 6 years, we expanded to our current location at 21 Turnpike Road in Southborough.

Our Team

Giovanna Clott

Giovanna Clott

Cambridge School of Culinary Arts

  • Global Cuisine
  • Baking and Pastry
  • Italian Cuisine
Elizabeth Tesler

Cambridge School of Culinary Arts

  • Global Cuisine
  • Eastern European Cuisine
  • Middle Eastern Cuisine
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Date night with the wife could not have been any better! Great food, good wine and the owners were wonderful teachers. Thank you and can’t wait for the next one!!


Culinary Underground taught me how to quickly dry tofu and an amazing recipe I have been cooking now for over a year. Fun night! I highly recommend this place for an incredible time and making accommodations for vegetarians!!


Everything!!! The whole experience was fabulous. had so much fun, learned so much and the food was beyond good. Thanks Elizabeth and Giovanna


What a great experience for people that love too cook. They were very thorough in explaining and breaking down cooking challenges. Brings me out of my comfort zone and venture out. ????????


We just had a work party there. Great night fun team building and prefect menu for all levels of cooking. Being a food blogger and a BBQ Cook Off team even we learned a few tips and tricks.


“The chef/owners are sooo nice and very very knowledgeable on cooking and the science behind baking. Macarons came out amazing.”


“My boyfriend and I went to the couples cooking class! We had such an amazing time learning to cook French Cuisine. The staff was incredible and made us feel right at home. Highly recommend this to anyone who is considering changing up your traditional date night!!! We will be back!”


That’s such a nice kitchen to cook in. I like all the space and the hardwood floors shine.

Maria P

What a great experience yesterday with Elizabeth and Giovanna looking forward to the next cooking class thanks so much ladies….Loved meeting our new friends too


“I attended a class last night for Cuban cuisine for a work outing. These fine folks rolled out the red carpet for us and it was SO much fun!”


At Culinary Underground you not only learn how to prepare baked goods & meals, but you learn the science behind the techniques for success so carefully & enthusiastically taught by Giovanna & Elizabeth.. Your new creations wrought by your own hand are delicious!


It’s just overall, this really warm evening. They are amazing at making everyone feel welcome, and it’s just lovely.”

Kira, Natick

A fun time making pasta, learning how to do it from start to finish was very cool! Liked how everyone had some part in making the whole meal! Instructors were really nice and fun!

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