The best way to learn a new craft is to practice alongside a field professional, whether that means taking guitar lessons with B.B. King or sewing couture flannel shirts with Paul Bunyan. Learn the art of epicureanism from a celebrity chef with today’s Groupon: for $25,000, you get a private cooking and dining experience with Todd English in New York City. The experience includes the following:
- Private cooking lesson for two with Todd English
- Private dinner with Todd English for both cooking lesson participants and up to two additional guests
- Three-night stay for two at Affinia Manhattan
- Double-thumbed oven mitt
- $100 food-and-beverage credit at Niles New York City Restaurant & Bar
- Up to four signed copies of Todd English’s new book, Cooking in Everyday English: The ABCs of Great Flavor at Home (one per dinner guest)
Guests may choose to attend their lesson and dinner at one of two of English’s fine New York establishments: Ça Va or Olives. When booking, keep in mind that Olives is closed for renovations January–February.
After years of taming flames, accruing James Beard Awards, and launching world-class restaurants, chef Todd English is saving seats and setting aside aprons for a few lucky foodies. Honored guests can bring their wildest culinary dreams to a simmer and earn the admiration of oven mitts everywhere as Todd ushers them into the immaculate kitchen of either Ça Va or Olives. Over the course of 1.5 hours, Todd will reveal the recipes and techniques behind some of his finest, seasonally fresh dishes, which will unite to form a three-course dinner that’s served directly after the lesson.
At the table, starstruck students can harvest the fruits of their collaborative labors as they engage Todd with questions about his current endeavors, his favorite hobbies, and how much spinach he had to eat to become one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People. Up to four total guests may attend this exclusive affair, presenting Groupon holders with a rare opportunity to extend an invite to close friends or beloved home-economics teachers. Included in this Epic Deal is a double-thumbed oven mitt that can be worn on either hand, providing you with ambidextrous heat-blocking when you cook in the comforts of your own kitchen.
Before and after the evening of culinary excellence, guests can practice their smiling techniques at the newly renovated Affinia Manhattan, a boutique hotel located just a whisk’s throw away from Penn Station, art galleries in Chelsea, and shopping on Fifth Avenue. The room itself boasts stark-white linens and contemporary floral wall graphics, plus luxuries including a six-choice pillow menu and a signature Affinia bed. With a three-night stay, travelers can schedule their trip however they please, so long as they reserve one night for their up-close encounter with Todd English.