Any recommended cooking courses?
I enjoy cooking courses for as much the social aspect as the learning...any suggestions for good courses that people have taken? I'm open to either participatory or demonstration types. The most recent one I tried was at the Ritz Carlton cooking school in Canun, I'd highly recommend it to anyone heading there.
We've done several...
Surprisingly perhaps, the offereings by the LCBO are quite good. Living in Burlington, we've done several at the Millcroft LCBO hosted by chefs from the finest winery restaurants in Niagara, e.g. Mark Piccone formerly of Vineland Estates, Michael and Anna Olson formerly from On the Twenty, etc.
Another good choice in Niagara is Strewn Winery. They have an all-day cooking course that is hands on. An added bonus... wine flows liberally. You many want to book a local room for the night if you choose to indulge.
The following summarize a few of the excellent courses we've taken: Good Earth Cooking School in Beamsville; Paradiso Restaurant in Oakville, Waring Inn in Picton
I've not gone to this course but it does interest me..I've tried many of their products and they have been wonderful..It's an Indian cooking course!! The "Arvinda's" line of products is absolutely wonderful...I just love the Curry Masala..so very fresh and fragrant!! Their courses look fabulous and hip if you will!!
Thanks for the great suggestions...I've tried a few LCBO courses and Loblaws (believe it or not) but never tried the Calphalon centre...have wanted to, but not seen anything of interest until the one this Friday, here's hoping I can still get in. Has anyone tried the Dish cooking classes?
I did the "seafood lovers" demo on Friday night at Calphalon and really enjoyed it. It's not a hands on, which was fine for us. It's actually quite civilized, you can order wine and enjoy a casual banter with the chef as they prepare several appetizer size dishes. We had: calamari and red pepper aioli, lobster ravioli, mussels in coconut milk and lemon grass and finally stripped bass with tapenade, delicious!
I went to a Cuban demo about a year ago and really enjoyed the experience. My gf has done a few courses there and she recommends the demo style courses over the ones where you actually do the cooking. Since she is quite experienced, she doesn't need to learn how to chop etc. And as she points out, it is more fun to sit back with a featured cocktail (we had momos) and taste the results. (and the demo courses are less expensive)
George Brown College School of Continuing Studies has an incredible range of Culinary Studies courses.
I have taken two courses there, and the price is certainly right. The instruction is excellent and a good combination of demos and lab time.
Some of the courses can be quite basic, but you'd be suprised what there is to learn in even a basic course.