Creating a meal from scratch is both challenging and delicious, much like playing "Stairway to Heaven" on a clarinet made out of a candy cane. Master meal melding with today's Groupon: for $49, you get two two-hour cooking classes at Let's Cook Alaska (a $100 value). Click here to check out Let's Cook Alaska's class schedule. Any adult class age 21 and up is marked with an asterisk.
Josie McKinney, Let's Cook Alaska's experienced instructor, boosts the confidence of chefs of all skill levels, transforming their kitchen misadventures into gastronomic triumphs. During two-hour classes, groups of 4–10 guests get hands dirty while learning to successfully engineer an entire meal's DNA chain. Josie's lessons on kitchen techniques, terminologies, and preparation sharpen fledgling chefs' skills as they craft feasts that tempt palates with themes such as comfort food, holiday entertaining, and back to basics. Once meals are complete, guests evaluate the fruits of their labor with their own tongues and divvy up their freshly cooked spreads among fellow classmates. Students refine their culinary skills over the span of two classes, or bring a friend or a beloved cardboard cutout to share a single session.
Let's Cook Alaska
Let's Cook Alaska's talented teaching chef, Josie McKinney, fell in love with cooking at a young age. By the age of 12, she was preparing Thanksgiving dinner for her family. Now, as a mother of four, she shares her joy of cooking by inviting students into her “dream kitchen,” where they develop culinary confidence by working with her recipe box full of diverse meal ideas. In her cooking classes, she aims to transform cooking from chore to adventure. Josie’s fun, hands-on teaching style encourages students to get their hands messy by trying techniques for themselves and clean by stuffing them into their friends’ mouths. While students prepare entire meals, Josie circulates among them dispensing tips. Classes stay small—around 4 to 10 students—to ensure lots of individual attention and extra servings to go around when the class sits down together to enjoy their creations. Menus rotate with a monthly theme, such as comfort food and international fare, prepped with fresh, local ingredients.