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.
Choose Between Two Options
- $33 for a Cooking 101 class for one person (a $67 value)
- $65 for a Cooking 101 class for two people (a $134 value)<p>
During the two-hour cooking lessons, Chef Ellen welcomes students into her home, showing them how to interpret recipes from a chef’s perspective before preparing and eating their own food. The classes include all of the necessary equipment, utensils, and ingredients.
The old saying "it takes a village" didn't apply to Chef Ellen's family—for them, the phrase "it takes a grocery store" was more on key. Ellen's father and grandfather operated their own grocery stores, allowing her to spend large portions of her childhood around food and those who knew its ins and outs. With the ingredients and knowledge readily available, she began honing her cooking skills at age 9. As a grownup, however, she hung up her spatula temporarily, attaining a career as an elementary-school reading specialist and a middle-school counselor. It wasn't until she joined the staff at Leisure Learning more than 15 years ago that she was able to combine her childhood fascination with food and her passion for education. She still leads cooking classes for all ages and skill levels through the organization to this day.
During lessons, Chef Ellen covers a wide spread of culinary fundamentals, teaching students how to sharpen knives, operate a grill, and whisk together flavorful marinades. She emphasizes student participation and hands-on experience in each of her classes, involving the attendees in every step from planning the meal to quelling the always-present threat of a food fight.
When she isn't sharing her wisdom in the classroom, she lends her talents as a personal chef and a professional recipe consultant, making occasional television appearances and demonstrating invaluable kitchen techniques.