Midtown - Culinary 101: Knife Skills

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Welcome to The Chef Upstairs’ Culinary 101 Program!

This program of “the basics” will guide everyone from the amateur cook to our self-proclaimed home gourmets. Starting with essential knife skills, our chefs will help you learn to be comfortable and confident in the kitchen. Using easy-to-prepare recipes and basic cooking techniques, you’ll learn about the importance of advance preparation to save you time and reduce stress in the kitchen. 

Our class topics will be: Knife Skills, Stocks, Soups and Sauces, Italian Essentials and Butchery of Fish and Chicken

Sunday November 1: Knife Skills

  • 3 essential knives for your kitchen
  • Honing vs. sharpening
  • Julienne vs. batonette
  • Fine Dice vs medium and large dice
  • Mincing


  • Chicken Soup with Greens and Vegetables
  • Chopped Mexican Salad with Roasted Peppers, Corn, Tomatoes & Avocado


Sunday November 8: Stocks, Soups and Sauces

  • Learn the difference between white and dark stocks
  • How to prepare stock using beef, chicken, fish and vegetables


  • Shrimp bisque
  • Mushroom soup

Sunday November 15: Italian Essentials

  • Learn to make pasta from scratch
  • How to perfectly cook pasta


  • Pasta from scratch for tagliatelle noodles
  • Bolognese sauce
  • Slow cooked garlic butter for the perfect garlic bread
  • Grilled Caesar salad with a creamy avocado lime dressing

Sunday November 22: Butchery of Fish and Chicken

  • Learn basic kitchen sanitation/safety and cooking techniques with chicken, fish and shellfish
  • How to cut up a whole chicken
  • How to properly debone and cook chicken breasts to perfection
  • Prepare a simple mussel dish
  • How to fillet fish and to prepare using both a pan searing and poaching method


  • Mussels Steamed with Leeks, Tomatoes & Garlic
  • Greek Salad with grilled chicken breast
  • Seared Mediterranean Sea Bass with Spicy Orange Salsa
  • Dessert – Decadent Dark Chocolate Mousse with fresh berries

 What to Expect:

  • Classes begin at 2 p.m. and are about 3 hours long
  • Our classes combine safe fun and learning through an interactive, team approach (masks required when not seated)
  • Guests will work together to create a full meal of several courses with multiple steps, under the guidance our chef - learn and then eat!
  • Each course is broken down into key steps and recipes will be emailed after the class so you can recreate the meal at home
  • The chef will offer tips and tricks based on their personal experiences.
  • When not cooking, relax with a glass of wine, beer, cocktail or soft drink (available for purchase during the class)
  • Note, we require a minimum of 6 participants to run the class

    Please note, if you are using a Gift Certificate with 7 digits to book your class, add a 0 to the start of the code and do not use any dashes. For example, 12-345-67 should be 01234567.

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