Some of the greatest chefs mastered the art of cooking by attending elite culinary schools, consistently winning food competitions, and painting portraits of Julie Child with boeuf bourgignon. Learn what the pros know with today's Groupon to Benedict's Catering and Café in Scottsdale. Choose between the following options:
- For $47, you get a three- to four-hour group cooking class (a $95 value).
- For $250, you get a three-hour private cooking class for up to six people (a $500 value).
Le Cordon Bleu graduate at Benedict's Catering and Café Chef Shock offers a smorgasbord of cooking classes that instruct aspiring epicureans on the finer points of culinary craftsmanship. During three- to four-hour, hands-on courses, intimate groups of six to eight students draw inspiration from professional chefs and frosting self portraits all over Benedict's professional kitchen, gleaning a host of skills from baking gingerbread houses to creating pasta from scratch. Enjoy the Holiday Pies course for tips on baking fresh apple and pumpkin desserts, or learn to whip up meat-free fare such as mu-shu tofu and Indian-style cauliflower and potatoes during a Vegan Entrees session. For cookers looking to sharpen cutting techniques, Knife Skills I teaches proper handling when slicing and dicing veggies or fending off zombie lobsters.
Alternately, a private cooking class for up to six pupils lets friends or barbershop quartets and their bench teams customize their own culinary course of action. To provide a relaxed learning environment for all cooking classes, Benedict's recommends attendees wear closed-toe shoes and leave valuables at home, as they might fall down the sink or be consumed by kneading bread.
Benedict's Catering and Cafe
Benedict's Catering and Cafe’s owner draws from more than 20 years of experience planning events for Estée Lauder. She leads a team of servers, bartenders, chefs, and baristas during catering services for events large and small. At her intimate French bistro, she turns the reins over to an American Culinary Federation–certified pastry chef, who bakes sweet pastries full of chocolate and pecans, and crafts a range of savory brunch and lunch dishes made from locally sourced eggs, dairy, and vegetables. Diners can complement their meals with mugs of custom-blended dark roast coffee and glasses of mango iced tea. The pasty chef also showcases her techniques in small-size cooking classes, which cover culinary styles such as Greek, Italian, and Spanish and cooking methods such as grilling and poaching. Once done with a class or two, students are ready to host their own dinner parties or test whether a grilled steak can really be thrown further than a raw one.
5555 E Bell Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85254