Vaughan - Culinary 101: Italian Essentials - The Chef Upstairs

Vaughan - Culinary 101: Italian Essentials

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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. 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. 

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
  • Fennel and Orange Salad


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
  • Pan Roasted Chicken with Chimichurri
  • Seared Mediterranean Sea Bass with Spicy Orange Salsa

 What to Expect:

  • Classes 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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