The kitchen is statistically the most dangerous room in a home because it contains the highest concentration of knives, open flames, and pots full of semi-living lobsters. Learn to navigate this danger zone with today’s Groupon to The Chef 4 U in Lutz. Classes are held 7 p.m.–9 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and select Saturdays at Mrs. Tea’s Garden Tearoom on Flagship Drive. Participants must call ahead to check for availability. Choose between the following options:
- For $40, you get a three-course sushi-making class for one (an $80 value).
- For $70, you get a three-course sushi-making class for two (a $160 value).
The Chef 4 U’s two-hour cooking classes are structured around a full three-course meal and teach greenhorns the art of sushi shaping with hands-on demonstrations and detailed explanations. After pupils loosen taste buds or construct a temporary shelter with a surimi salad, practiced rollers begin dispersing grains of knowledge, demonstrating how to craft four popular sushi dishes such as a california roll or shrimp-tempura roll. Hands-on exercises allow novices to further grasp techniques, from seasoning rice to methods for rolling, cutting, and properly addressing bite-size packages. To finish on a sweet note, a final lesson covers the crafting of a tempura dessert, and complimentary swigs of Japanese beer, wine, or sake refresh pipes. Throughout the class, instructors provide information about fundamental ingredients and equipment needed to assemble rolls.
The Chef 4 U
Key West native Chef James helms The Chef 4 U, channeling 10 years of experience as a culinary teacher, personal chef, and caterer. During classes, the sounds that fill the kitchen grow gradually more confident as students learn to slice veggies, apply the proper bend of citric juices to ceviches, and squeeze salt from seawater for margaritas. The menus for classes and precooked meals alike are ripe with influences from Cuban, European, and Asian culinary traditions, which peep through in shredded pork, wine sauces, and miso glazes. While working in the kitchen to sate his own clients, Chef James flips through a rolodex of ingredients he went to school with in order to craft menus for vegetarian and gluten-free tastes.