An in-depth knowledge of cooking can enliven humdrum dinner parties, just as an in-depth knowledge of dynamite fishing can enliven foundering job interviews. Give palates an executive education with today’s Groupon: for $65, you get a demonstration-based cooking class from celebrity chef David Adjey at St. Lawrence Market (a $300 value). Classes last from 7 p.m to 9 p.m. Click here for a list of available dates. Past Groupon class attendees can also glean new info in this unique class.
Prolific chef David Adjey, former Iron Chef America competitor and host of Food Network programs Restaurant Makeover and The Opener, equips students with the tools needed to craft three upscale, "home run" meals at home. During the two-hour class, the expert food artisan uses fresh items from St. Lawrence Market to demonstrate cooking techniques that result in breakfast, lunch, and dinner offerings ready to silence hunger or at least get it to turn down its music. Volunteers chosen from the approximately 50 attendees leave their seats to help David cook meals by playing the part of sous chef. Anecdotes from the food guru's life as a celebrity chef and impersonator of the Swedish Chef from the Muppets also spice up the demonstrations. While David slices and sautées, fledgling culinarians can sip potable brews from an on-site cash bar.
In addition to cooking on TV, Adjey once served as personal chef to actor Dan Aykroyd. After graduating at the top of his class from the Culinary Institute of America in New York, and spending a summer assisting chef Guiliano Bugialli in Florence, Adjey made his name at the Relais & Chateaux-accedited San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California. Culinary fans can purchase an autographed copy of David's cookbook Deconstructing the Dish, which breaks down basic cooking principles and how to sweet-talk wood sticks until they turn into cinnamon.
David Adjey at St. Lawrence Market
Celebrity chef David Adjey tells it like it is, which might account for part of his popularity. He has, after all, shared his expertise on Food Network Canada shows such as Restaurant Makeover and The Opener. But his frank personality is only part of what has created his reputation. He's also earned accolades for his deconstructive cooking style, which distills the fundamentals of each ingredient into mouthfuls of intense, subtle flavours. His presentation is impressive, too; each dish is artfully arranged with an eye for colour and design. On his website, Adjey says, “If I wasn’t a Chef, I would have been a florist.”
After graduating at the top of his class from the Culinary Institute of America in New York, and spending a summer assisting chef Guiliano Bugialli in Florence, Adjey made his name at the Relais & Chateaux-accedited San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California. Now the ambassador for St. Lawrence Market, Adjey works as a restaurant consultant and host for lavish corporate events. He also teaches occasional cooking classes in between mornings spent chatting with local vendors, picking up fresh ingredients for his classes, and using kitchen cleavers for his morning shave.