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. 

Our class topics in this series will be Italian Essentials and Butchery of Fish and Chicken


    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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