At a moment's notice, contestants from the Emmy-Award-winning show Top Chef appear in Top Chef University members' homes, ready to give one-on-one cooking lessons. Though users will meet stars such as Spike Mendelsohn and Stephanie Izard, they don't have to wipe down the counters or season their neglected cast-iron pans in preparation. That's because the school's 200 lessons are all online videos, streamable to any computer.
Top Chef contestants walk members through a slew of cooking methods in 12 one-month courses, each composed of videos ranging from 5 to 30 minutes long. The easy-to-follow curriculum starts with basic cooking techniques such as sautéing and braising, ending with more advanced recipes for modern and ethnic cuisines from Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais. Each video comes with a printable recipe to save and cherish, along with a Top Chef Certificate of Completion.
e-Careers helps students flesh out their resum?s and advance their careers with continuing education available online, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Established in 2002, the company has refined a specialization in delivering a wide variety of educational and training programs to an equally diverse array of clients and sectors. e-Careers hosts study programs that detail children?s education, web design, and most foreign languages, excluding the language of robot love. To simulate the traditional classroom experience as much as possible, each course comes to life with animated content, video and audio training, and virtual laboratories. Likewise, communicative features such as discussion boards allow participants to collaborate and converse, eliminating the need to send tweets when the teacher?s back is turned. Technical support is available 24 hours a day Monday?Friday by phone, email, and online chat.
Equipped with varied experience and an in-depth knowledge of alcohol and service regulations, the instructors at Fine Art Bartending School guide their students toward mixology mastery or job placement in the bartending industry during intensive five-day courses. While many schools focus solely on the craft, Fine Art's instructors also hone customer service skills through a guest bartending program at local bars and clubs?teaching students tip-enhancing approaches and how to graciously deflect customer's attempts at Bryan Adams sing-alongs. They also hold individual classes targeted at everyday drinkers, divulging industry-style instructions for blending specific drinks, performing difficult mixes, or pouring the perfect beer.
Meinhardt Fine Foods, an esteemed epicurean destination, provides potential connoisseurs with the skills needed to stabilize a satisfying meal. The two-hour cooking classes focus on pastry, savoury, or seasonal dishes, and dining is included in every course. The experienced instructors impart techniques on sautéing, dicing onions with willpower, and hypnotizing dinner parties into thinking you made them a delicious meal. Small class sizes ensure you'll get plenty of attention from the chef, creating an encouraging atmosphere for culinary discovery. Sample the fruits of your labour before perusing Meinhardt's stacked selection of specialty goods. On the same visit as your class, you'll get 10% off any groceries of your choosing, as well as a one-time 10% discount on corporate catering and a complementary jar of Meinhardt jam.