Simmer and Sear

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Chef Anna Brincat teaches students about international cuisines in hands-on cooking class

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Promotional value expires Sep 21, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 9 additional as gifts. 72hr cancellation notice or fee of up to Groupon value may apply. Reservation required. Must be 21 to consume alcohol. Maximum 5 students per class. Classes are non-transferable. No phone calls. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Like learning to juggle, learning to cook requires patience, a distraction-free environment, and the ability to handle multiple eggplants at once. Become the ringmaster of your kitchen with today's Groupon: for $75, you get a two-hour cooking class at Simmer and Sear (a $165 value). Classes begin on Monday, September 12, and are offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. or 6 p.m.

Simmer and Sear's chef Anna Brincat, who’s recently garnered buzz from the San Francisco Examiner and New York Times, educates apprentice foodies on the ins and outs of expert cuisine crafting. During each class, Anna treats five patrons to two-hour epicurean adventures in her Nob Hill home kitchen or in an inflatable castle. A smorgasbord of cuisines tickles taste buds, from the Italy class's tuscan potato ricotta gnocchi and risotto milanese to an Indian spread of chicken tikka masala and eggplant curry. Don aprons or "Kiss the Chef" HAZMAT suits beside provided groceries to baste and bake with friends while sipping on libations brought from home. Gourmands can sample handcrafted entrees at the class's conclusion.

Simmer and Sear

During Simmer and Sear’s themed cooking classes—which won fifth place in SFGate’s 2010 Best of the Bay—chef Anna Hadley unravels the secrets and steps to creating quality cuisine. By combining choice ingredients and time-tested methods, she demonstrates that proper technique and flavor balance can transform any ordinary dish into a culinary delight or beautiful fruit hat. Working out of professional kitchens a variety of locations, including her own home in Nob Hill, as well as nearby loft spaces, converted firehouses, and suburban mansions, classes can include everything from creating swordfish kebabs from Morocco, India, and France, to culinary competitions where students design their own meals from surprise ingredients.

Chef Anna’s work at Simmer and Sear fulfills her decades-long search for the perfect career. After working for 10 years in the highly competitive world of fashion design, she merged her creative whims with her passion for cooking, eventually opening her own business where she helps others unleash their own culinary talents. Her fun, food-focused classes have even earned attention from the New York Times for their popularity among bachelorette parties, as well as other group events such as birthday parties and loosely interpreted square dances.

Customer Reviews

Intimate class size, personalized instruction, and a knowledgable teacher. Super fun!
Sabrina K. · August 26, 2012
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