Cooking was once among the basic skills taught to all school children, until reading, writing, and 'rithmetic forced it out to make room for their ally, gym. Make up for curricular deficiencies with today's Groupon: for $150, you get either a knife skills cooking class or a vegetarian-cooking class for two people from Naturally-Tasty (a $300 value). Both classes are held in students’ homes up to 20 miles outside the city.
A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health & Culinary Arts Chef Training Program in New York City, Naturally-Tasty chef Gilda Mulero instructs budding culinarians within the comfort of their own kitchens. From mincing onions to sneaking out of a galley filled with menacing pirates, knife skills are an important talent for any chef to possess, and in the 2.5-hour knife skills class pupils will learn to cut, slice, and dice food while also caring for their cutlery and rambunctious fingers. In the vegetarian class, Mulero will teach floraphiles how to prepare delicious dishes such as cheesy-spinach and quinoa-stuffed pasta, the meatless burger, and black-bean and sweet-potato timbale. At the end of either class, students will be able to don their toques un-ironically and dispatch ferocious rutabagas without calling for backup.
Though there aren't many reviews for Naturally-Tasty, past customers rave about Gilda Mulero's classes:
- I have been taking cooking classes with Gilda for two months...I feel so empowered! Gilda is so caring and a devoted teacher. – Margaret O, Customer Testimonials
- Gilda's personalized chef service, is just that! PERSONAL!!! She takes a great deal of care in creating menus to meet your dietary needs, personally hand selects each and every ingredient… – Jennifer G., Customer Testimonials
A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, Naturally-Tasty's chef Gilda Mulero specializes in natural and organic foods. Her menus highlight seasonal dishes, which she sometimes tailors to fit diabetic and ayurvedic cooking practices. Rather than confine her talents to a restaurant, she travels to customers’ homes as a personal chef, crafting meals, teaching cooking lessons, and house-training new stoves. At each visit, her seasonal menus highlight international dishes as diverse as pecan-crusted chicken, potato-carrot pancakes, red snapper with corn-mango salsa, Argentine vegetable stew, and apricot-maple scones.
Gilda develops custom lesson plans, menus, and schedules based on a customer-submitted questionnaire, which details clients’ food likes, dislikes, and dietary needs. Her regular classes may focus on easy meals, basic kitchen skills, or cooking for children or newlyweds, and past classes have taught students how to make homemade organic baby food, reinvent their pantry contents, and perfect their knife techniques. All classes include copies of recipes from the lesson, and some involve educational tours to local markets that highlight which goods to choose and which food samplers are the easiest to bribe. When she isn’t cooking, Gilda also teaches private all-levels yoga lessons, in which she teaches the deep, fluid poses and stretches of the Vinyasa style in a calming, nurturing environment.
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1226 Lexington Ave.
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