Cooking lessons give people survival skills for today's fast-paced world, and also tomorrow's faster-paced world ruled by sentient vegetables. Stockpile culinary moves with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a two-hour cooking class at Cook Gourmet Inc. in Mississauga (a $108 value).
Boasting experience working for celebrity artist Robert Bateman, Cook Gourmet Inc.'s executive chef Patricia Corsini and her staff lead students through seasonal, themed cooking classes that change monthly and delve into local and international recipes over the course of two hours. Cook Gourmet's seasonal class offerings will continue through the summer and the online schedule lists currently scheduled classes. On Monday, December 19, culinary neophytes can celebrate with the Ring in the New Year! class sans the traditional calendar sacrifices found in many New Year's celebrations. Chef instructors help students navigate a rustic menu of winter fare such as goat cheese and rosemary toasts, roasted acorn squash, and pork medallions in mustard-chive sauce. Study Mediterranean taste traditions during At a Trattoria Table on Monday, January 30, when chefs demonstrate how to make mushrooms in garlic butter, risotto, and shiitake-crusted halibut. Menu mavens break down a wide array of interrelated tasting dishes during Trio on Friday, March 2, detailing the making and responsible raising of seared scallops, lamb, and chicken to create a flavourful trilogy. Chefs conduct each class with a hands-on approach, allowing each student to participate in crafting the menu items, tasting the results, and finger-painting with the sauces.
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Working with one of the country's most famous artists might cause some to rest on their laurels, but for Patricia Corsini, the years she spent as a personal assistant and photographer to renowned artist Robert Bateman only pushed her to keep exploring. Robert's sweet tooth led Patricia to culinary school at George Brown College, after which she became executive chef of Cook Gourmet Inc., where culinary experts show aspiring cooks how to craft elegant dishes.
In one of the company's many cooking classes, Sunshine en Provence courses lead students through each step of creating a bistro-style meal, and Some Like It Haute! sessions focus on stylish summertime meals. Classes are taught in a gourmet kitchen with a wide assembly of tools at students' disposal.