The chefs of Cookology parlay the essentials of planning, budgeting, and cooking quick and healthy meals. With new classes added each month, students can pick an evening from the schedule of Quick & Healthy Week Night Meals classes and stroll into the kitchen for a two-hour course that begins with practical tips on how to plan a meal, how to find the best ingredients on a budget, how to bake dessert from scratch, and how to tell a radish from a battery. Chefs then walk students through the cooking of a full menu from scratch, ranging from a braised chicken with caramelized onions and peppers to fresh-spinach-and-arugula salad, with a sweet finale of macerated berries with chocolate crème. During the culinary clinic, technical skills, such as knife-handling, salad-preparation, and oven-braising methods receive due attention, supplying students with the know-how necessary to feed families, impress friends, and avoid guilty looks from the delivery man.
The seasoned and passionate chefs at Classy Kids Cook helm after-school cooking classes designed to teach burgeoning culinarians to create their own creations from scratch. During these interactive classes, students ages 6–17 will review, learn, cook, and devour recipes, sizzling up dishes devoid of Play-Doh cardamom. Teachers guide participants through themed classes such as Now, That's Italian, Science in the Kitchen, or Fall Farm to Table Cuisine; schedules change monthly. The class makes sure to cover cooking safety and etiquette, including knife skills and proper equipment usage. An open start time, which allows classes to begin before 4 p.m. and end at 6 p.m., ensures after-school drop-offs enough time to work on a 300-pound cupcake decorated like a baby panda.
If movies have taught us anything, it's that two hours is enough time to accomplish almost any amazing feat. In the case of Dinner Done! Quick Creative Cuisine, a 120-minute running time is all it takes to bring back homemade meals and family conversations to the dinner tables of busy professionals everywhere?no need to go grocery shopping or grow your own pasta vines.
Fresh ingredients, ovens, knives, and all the other requisite supplies await within Dinner Done!'s professional kitchens, where participants rotate through various prep stations. At each one waits sliced and diced ingredients as well as recipes from the monthly changing menu. Of course, a little extra seasoning or another change to suit your taste is encouraged. Shepherd's pie, coconut chicken, and countless other entrees, sides, and desserts emerge from these sessions in portion sizes suitable to most families.
But even if customers can't make it to a kitchen prep session, they can still enjoy the company's eats. That's because Dinner Done! also offers the same menu of pre-made meals for pick-up or home delivery.
Students at CulinAerie learn cooking techniques from chefs with extremely impressive resumes. The chef-instructors here include Rachael Harriman, who has worked for such famed chefs as Thomas Keller at California’s The French Laundry; Kaimana Chee, who appeared on Gordon Ramsay’s Masterchef in 2012; and Gerard Panguad, who at 28, became the youngest chef ever to win two Michelin stars.
At Casa Italiana, an Italian language and culture school, students prepare four recipes—examples include mushroom risotto or frutti di mare—in three-hours, then sit down and enjoy their creations. One 10-week cooking class is conducted in conversational Italian, and introduces complete beginners to the language and various Italian regions through food.
Friendly instructors tap lifelong culinary passions to teach students of all skill levels the techniques and know-how necessary to create fast, fresh, and healthy meals at home. Classes eschew the long-term commitment and unintelligible Muppet-Swedish of traditional cooking schools, instead structuring each course to provide every tool, recipe, and procedure of the chosen culinary style in a single session. Groups of up to 20 students sidle up to prep stations in an inviting, casual kitchen, following the teacher's articulate instructions as they slice, sprinkle, and sauté a bounty of fresh ingredients and glean lessons about nutrition and practical cooking technique. Beginners and seasoned chefs alike learn to forge international dishes in classes such as Perfect Paella and "Banh Mi in a Pinch", whereas the Fast, Fresh & Fit Dinner course teaches busy families to make speedy yet nutritious fare for evenings full of soccer practice, ballet lessons, and peewee accounting courses. Once class comes to a close, each newly sharpened chef sits down to a handmade meal, partaking of the fruits of their labor and socializing with new friends.