Vaughan - Culinary 101: 4-week Culinary Basics Cooking Series (Spring)
Welcome to The Chef Upstairs’ Culinary 101 Program!
This 4 week 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. This class meets once per week over a 4-week period - Sundays from March 26 - April 16.
Our class topics will be: Knife Skills, Stocks, Soups and Sauces, Italian Essentials and Butchery of Fish and Chicken
Week 1: Knife Skills
3 essential knives for your kitchen
Honing vs. sharpening
Julienne vs. batonette
Fine Dice vs medium and large dice
Chicken Soup with Greens and Vegetables
Chopped Mexican Salad with Roasted Peppers, Corn, Tomatoes & Avocado
Week 2: Stocks, Soups and Sauces
Learn the difference between white and dark stocks
How to prepare stock using beef, chicken, fish and vegetables
Week 3: Italian Essentials
Learn to make pasta from scratch
How to perfectly cook pasta
Pasta from scratch for tagliatelle noodles
Slow cooked garlic butter for the perfect garlic bread
Grilled Caesar salad with a creamy avocado lime dressing
Week 4: 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 1 p.m. and are about 3 hours long
Our classes combine safe fun and learning through an interactive, team approach
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 - in the event that we require to cancel this program, all participants would be issued a credit for future use.
All sales are non-refundable and final - you can view our cancellation policy here
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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