Many cooks would insist that a trusted recipe is the foundation of a good meal, but at Cooking Fools, it’s the first thing to go. Their cooking classes unshackle pupils from their cookbooks and encourage creativity in the kitchen. Their chefs exercise the same artistic license over the meals they assemble for catering, takeout, and cooking parties. Adhering to three main principles—quality ingredients, good style, and common sense—the staff crafts healthy versions of typical to-go food, decreasing saturated fats but never flavor. Many of their entrees radiate global inspiration, and are arranged in a modern, artistic way that doesn’t outshine flavors. In keeping with the contemporary theme, the servers who circulate the understated dishes at catered events are young, trendy, and rarely whip out their license to prove that they’re young and trendy.