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We are conducting both the Culinary Boot Camp (CBC) and Advanced Culinary Boot Camp (ABC) series with the Fall 2014 schedule starting in September.
  • Culinary Boot Camp will be held in our Grand Rapids location.
  • Advanced Culinary Boot Camp will be held in our Grand Haven location.
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Culinary Boot Camp (CBC)


Culinary Boot Camp Whether you're an amateur who never felt comfortable in the kitchen or an advanced home cook wanting to take your skills to the next level; our ten-week Culinary Boot Camp is just right for you. Our professional chefs condensed their entire first year of Culinary School studies into ten fun-filled evenings of intensive cooking adapted to the home. Instead of only teaching you recipes, we go beyond them and explore the techniques that are the foundations for all recipes.

During this exciting ten-week course, you will become well-versed in the fundamentals of cooking. Through hands-on cooking and chef demonstrations, you will learn knife skills, kitchen terminology, stocks, sauces, dry-heat cooking methods (roasting, grilling, sauteing, pan-frying, and stir-frying), and moist-heat cooking methods (braising, shallow poaching, deep poaching, and steaming). By understanding what's "under the hood" of a recipe (what makes it work) helps you pull it off to perfection every time. You'll learn the basic science and proper cooking methods that will make all cooking a breeze, from quick weeknight family meals to entertaining for a crowd!

Advanced Culinary Boot Camp (ABC)


Advanced Boot Camp is a nine-part series on the principles of flavor profiles and international cuisines. These classes build on the techniques established in our popular Culinary Boot Camp series by showcasing nine unique styles of ethnic cooking. Each of the segments focuses on a different region of the world and highlights specific ingredients and cooking methods. The goal of our entire program is to give participants the confidence to create dishes rather than just follow recipes. Significant cooking experience or completion of our Culinary Boot Camp is suggested.

Baking Boot Camp (BBC)


Many people are intimidated by baking, but whether you're a first-time baker, or a seasoned pro, my six-week Baking Boot Camp will teach you the skills and techniques to make every baking day a good one. During Baking Boot Camp, you will learn the fundamentals of baking from our professional chefs.
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CBC 10 - Steaming and Poaching Mediterranean Cuisines
Nov 25 @ 6PM
$60.00 /person
6 available!
Dec 9 @ 6PM
$60.00 /person
5 available!
CBC 10 - Steaming and Poaching Mediterranean Cuisines
Steaming, poaching, parboiling, simmering, and blanching are all about cooking food in water. We'll master these cooking techniques by learning the definition of each term followed by a practical application on various foods. Rich in culture and food history, the nations on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea have arguably the oldest and richest cuisines in the world. Discover the foundation flavors and ingredients that create these dishes.
Food from Japan Spain - Tapas and Paella
Dec 16 @ 6PM
$60.00 /person
8 available!
Dec 23 @ 6PM
$60.00 /person
CLASS SOLD OUT
Food from Japan Spain - Tapas and Paella
Japanese cuisine is an interesting result of early foreign influences and long periods of cultural isolation. More than just sushi, it offers a great variety of dishes and regional specialties. We'll explore the use of rice, noodles, seafood, and soya ingredients to make some delicious traditional items. As a gateway between Europe and Africa, Spain's history is one of conquest. This history has had a lasting impact on the country and nowhere is this more evident than in the food. Spanish food is a mix of local ingredients fused with recipes and techniques from other areas. The result is food that is vibrant, colorful, and incredibly delicious.
Latin American Flavors Food of Northern Italy
Jan 13 @ 6PM
$60.00 /person
8 available!
Jan 20 @ 6PM
$60.00 /person
7 available!
Latin American Flavors Food of Northern Italy
The European expansion into the Americas and resulting Columbian Exchange of ingredients radically impacted the cuisines of every culture in the world. We will focus on the  most popular and unique flavors and ingredients that remain associated with the cuisines of our southern neighbors. In many ways more culturally Germanic than Italian, northern Italy differs from the rest of the Peninsula in a number of ways. Join us to make a feast of the winter ingredients of northern Italy including braised meats, egg noodles, plus dairy butter, cream, and cheese.
Cuisines of China Tastes of Thailand
Jan 27 @ 6PM
$60.00 /person
9 available!
Feb 3 @ 6PM
$60.00 /person
6 available!
Cuisines of China Tastes of Thailand
Chinese society greatly values gastronomy and a number of different styles contribute to Chinese cuisine. The best known are Cantonese, Hunan and Szechuan cuisine. These styles are distinctive from one another and we will prepare dishes from each. Thai food is one of the world's most highly regarded cuisines but still intimidating to some in the West. We'll demystify it by showcasing the ingredients and techniques used in some of our favorite Thai recipes. You'll see the exquisite contrast in taste and texture that results from blending hot, sweet, sour, and salty components.
Indian Cuisine Modern American Cuisine
Feb 10 @ 6PM
$60.00 /person
7 available!
Feb 17 @ 6PM
$60.00 /person
10 available!
Indian Cuisine Modern American Cuisine
Indian food reflects a wide range of flavors and regional cuisines, driven by historical factors such as invasions, spice trade and religious influences. With the diversity of soil type and climate, these cuisines vary significantly from each other. Come experience the flavors and ingredients of this popular cuisine. Modern American cuisine reflects our history and culture - a stew of different nationalities and ethnic backgrounds. American chefs are preparing food that uses local produce, fish, and meat, unpretentiously prepared but, with international flair. Come and learn how to create your own modern American fare at home.
   
 
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