$45 for a Knife-Skills Class at Simmer and Sear ($95 Value

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In a Nutshell

Chef Jocelyn VanLandingham teaches one-hour knife-skills classes that cover topics such as chopping, mincing, and sharpening

The Fine Print

Expires May 29th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Valid only for option purchased. 72hr cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Classes must be used by the same person. Must be 21 or older for BYOB alcohol. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Creating a meal from scratch is both challenging and delicious, much like playing "Stairway to Heaven" on a clarinet made out of a candy cane. Master meal melding with this Groupon.

$45 for a Knife-Skills Class ($95 Value)

On Mondays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., up to 20 students learn how to chop, mince, and dice, as well as where to buy knives and have them sharpened. The price of each class includes all necessary ingredients for the lesson and light snacks. Students are welcome to bring their own alcohol.

Simmer and Sear

During Simmer and Sear’s themed cooking classes—which won fifth place in SFGate’s 2010 Best of the Bay—chef Anna Hadley unravels the secrets and steps to creating quality cuisine. By combining choice ingredients and time-tested methods, she demonstrates that proper technique and flavor balance can transform any ordinary dish into a culinary delight or beautiful fruit hat. Working out of professional kitchens a variety of locations, including her own home in Nob Hill, as well as nearby loft spaces, converted firehouses, and suburban mansions, classes can include everything from creating swordfish kebabs from Morocco, India, and France, to culinary competitions where students design their own meals from surprise ingredients.

Chef Anna’s work at Simmer and Sear fulfills her decades-long search for the perfect career. After working for 10 years in the highly competitive world of fashion design, she merged her creative whims with her passion for cooking, eventually opening her own business where she helps others unleash their own culinary talents. Her fun, food-focused classes have even earned attention from the New York Times for their popularity among bachelorette parties, as well as other group events such as birthday parties and loosely interpreted square dances.

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