Cooking Skills Academy

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Professional chef teaches students to braise, sauté & caramelize fresh ingredients for quick, healthy meals in custom-designed kitchen

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Like becoming a stunt double, learning to cook requires an open mind, a steady hand, and accepting that your Julia Child costume might end up in flames. Don protective gear and grab today's Groupon: for $99, you get a hands-on cooking class for two at Cooking Skills Academy in Itasca (a $240 value).

Cooking Skills Academy's resident professor, Chef Aaron, oversees hands-on cooking classes in a custom-designed gourmet kitchen. During a Quick and Easy, One Pot Wonders class, students learn to prepare four healthy, flavorful meals in 20–30 minutes each, honing an arsenal of cooking techniques more efficient than trying to convince raw asparagus to walk across hot coals. In an It's All About the Stove Top course, chefs-to-be practice culinary arts such as braising, knife handling, sautéing, and caramelizing to craft a menu of applejack pork, Southwestern rice, and lemon-blueberry bread pudding or balance flavor and texture to concoct piquant sauces, soups, stews, and pasta dishes in a Let's Sauce It Up session. Like sculptors constructing busts of Martin Luther from limburger cheese, amateur food artists can snack on their masterpieces as they go and take home a copy of each recipe used in the session. Check Cooking Skills Academy’s online calendar for a full list of class times and dates.

Cooking Skills Academy

Cooking Skills Academy's resident chefs hail from many area restaurants, and some are even veterans of popular television cooking competitions, like Mario Rizzotti from Iron Chef America. Instructors oversee each two-hour, hands-on cooking classes in a custom-designed gourmet kitchen. Over 350 classes are offered on rotation, including such fancifully named "La Cuisine Francaise", "My Latin Girlfriend", "Paella Y Mas", "Happy Italian Boyfriend", and "#OMG #CEVICHES". Amateur food artists can bring their own beverages and snack on their masterpieces as they go, and take home a copy of each recipe used in the session. Check Cooking Skills Academy’s online calendar for a full list of class times and dates.

Customer Reviews

The staff and host did a wonderful job keeping us all "under control: and entertained while we learned some cooking techniques. No knife accidents or anything!! (Just kidding) Delicious food and atmosphere! The staff did a wonderful job assisting my son who has special needs. He loved it!
Mary A. · May 4, 2012
My kids and I have attended several of the cooking classes. The rooms are spacious, the cooking areas are clean and the class is well organized. The recipes are easy to follow and delicious. We have made several of them at home with great results. We are registered for 2 more classes this month.
Janice L. · April 5, 2017
good food
Pete G. · March 26, 2017

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