Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Reader Question: Cooking Classes?

Hey, folks, let's help a new person out! Kate, a reader, asks:

Do you have any suggestions for the best place to take some cooking lessons or classes? I'm an eager-to-learn novice.

So, team, what cooking classes are good? What's worth it? Since Corner Gourmet closed, where do newbies go for exposure? Here's what I know so far:

1) Ivy Tech is a great source of courses for culinary students. Basic knife skills, sauces, and food chemistry are all good starting places. However, classes are in the standard semester format so you're signing up for a whole class and a full term committment. Not everyone's cup of tea.

2) The Chef's Academy downtown rolled out seminars and weekend courses over the summer but their site doesn't seem to list a schedule. Not sure the status but check out their info and give them a call.

3) Cooking shop Frasier's Gourmet Foods offers 2-hour classes with top local chefs for less than $50. This might be the ticket for our friend, Kate. Class schedule with times, locations, and dates through mid-January is listed on their site.

4) People often tout things like Stephen Oakley's Chef for a Day, but I'm not sure that's a really great format for learning to cook. That's more for people who want to know how a restaurant kitchen really works.

Who else has ideas for Kate? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?


Anonymous said...

H2O sushi has occasional classes for people who want to learn how to make rolls (and maybe other stuff).


Anonymous said...

^^^It might be a good idea for H20 sushi to learn how to make quality sushi themselves before trying to teach others...

Peter said...

H2O has very fresh fish/shellfish in my experience over the past few years. Some on this blog have posted negative comments like this in the past, so it's not surprising to see an anonymous one pop up. Regardless, I am not a sushi expert, but I have enjoyed H20 rolls and nigiri (sp) along with desserts many times and always enjoyed it. I also like the people there and believe the classes - the original topic here - would be pretty fun if you're looking for that kind of thing.