Cooking lessons provide survival skills for today’s fast-paced world, and also tomorrow’s faster-paced world ruled by cognizant vegetables. Stockpile culinary moves with today’s Groupon to Good-Life Gourmet in Irvington. Choose between the following options:
- For $109, you get a BYOB gourmet-cooking class for two people (up to a $250 value).
- For $189, you get a BYOB gourmet-cooking class for four people (up to a $500 value).
Executive chef and owner Eric Korn helms a team of expert instructors who cultivate culinary confidence in students. Throughout each two-hour course, students gather around the cooktop and get hands-on with various foods and utensils provided in the well-stocked kitchen. Rather than focusing on the semantics of specific recipes or the complex emotions that go on inside of a potato’s head, instructors cover fundamental techniques that can be applied to a variety of meals.
Each class is guided by a different theme, such as cooking for children, tapas night, or healthy home cooking. Sessions usually take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; view the current schedule.
Good-Life Gourmet’s is a case study in multitasking. In its open kitchen, Chef Eric, an alum of the French Culinary Institute, routinely fries his signature falafel, teaches his cooking techniques to budding chefs, and prepares gourmet catering spreads. Although Chef Eric accomplishes a lot when he’s working, he maintains a fun, light-hearted environment, playing whimsical pranks on his coworkers, who include his three brothers and a team of local high-school students.
At Good-Life’s sandwich shop, a rotating menu gives palates the royal treatment with the aforementioned falafel, sliced-steak wraps, and butter-poached lobster rolls. Meanwhile, the kitchen’s BYOB cooking classes cover topics ranging from tapas to basic knife techniques, such as how to turn two meat cleavers into a huge pair of scissors. The culinary team tailors its catering feasts to each event, and pours its remaining creativity into the pop-up restaurant, Restaurant Maize, open occasionally in locations throughout the city.