Thursday, January 26, 2006
Style File: Cooking Classes
Whether it's an easy frozen dinner or a fridge full of leftovers. If your find cooking cumbersome and ordering out overrated, there is a way to spice up your skills. In tonight's Style File, we found two chefs offering some very creative culinary classes.
WSVN--It's the daily question most people dread... What's for dinner?
Marc Taule: "A lot of things to think about and put together and I don't know I have never really spent a lot of time in the kitchen."
If you are sick of sandwiches and fed up with frozen foods -- we have just the ticket for an exciting meal.
At Chef Jean Pierre's culinary school in Fort Lauderdale, students learn the craft of gourmet cooking. All that's needed is lots of energy. And a good glass of wine.
Jean Pierre Brehier: "Everybody is realizing that they all have it themselves to become phenomenal cooks. Phenomenal chefs I should say."
Learn how to make delicious dishes like beef wellington and decadent desserts like chocolate mocha tortes while enjoying a laugh or two.
There's nothing more gratifying than cooking for friends and family and entertaining them."
Foodie Stacey Ruderman is a regular -- and looks forward to learning Chef Jean's recipes for success.
Stacey Ruderman: "You watch someone else cook, you get to try the food before you have to make it and then you know how to make it for when you get home."
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel and it's award winning restaurant Azul also offer lessons for wannabe gourmets.
Alexandra Wensley: "We want you to master some of the signature dishes that have made Azul so successful, at home. So you are really learning techniques and flavors."
The hands-on classes are taught by Azul's executive chef clay conley. The class is part of a culinary package guaranteed to please every pallate.
Cook up a storm, then spend the weekend at the mandarin and they'll even throw in a three-course feast.
Alexandra Wensley: "A weekend away, it's quality time together but then you guys are also learning. So when you get back home and you are cooking, you can do it together."
The weekend deal at the mandarin oriental starts at eleven hundred dollars but you can skip the stay and book the cooking class for 1 hundred 50 dollars.
Chef's Jean Pierre's classes are 50 dollars for a three-hour demonstration.
Remember classes fill fast so always register in advance.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Jean Pierre's Cooking School
1436 North Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Mandarin Oriental Miami
500 Brickell Key Drive
Miami, FL 33131