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desertrose5418 Nov 21, 2008 12:53 PM

Hi there,

I'm a visiting Chowhound from the Boston boards. I've been writing about food here for a while now, and would like to get out of the stands and onto the field, so to speak, and brush up on my own cooking skills -- maybe even do some cooking around NYC afterwards. I'm a mostly vegetarian eater (a vegetarian food writer? yes, we exist) and would prefer to learn to cook vegetarian rather than train in heavily meat-based cuisines, so I was looking at the Natural Gourmet cooking school. Are there any alumni from this school on the Manhattan boards? Anyone who's taken professional or recreational classes there? I'd love to hear about your experiences.

Also, would love suggestions for affordable, "foodie" neighborhoods I should look into should I move to NYC to train here. It looks like it's right near the 23d street PATH, so I could do Hoboken or Jersey City, but I think I'd prefer Bklyn.

Any insight is appreciated!

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    1tablespoon RE: desertrose5418 Apr 17, 2009 12:31 PM

    Hi desertrose

    I am planning to undertake the Chefs Training Program from June at the Natural Gourmet School. I went and had a look at the school and it does seem nice. Since i am a vegetarian it is probably the only place i can do a course at. ICE & FCI are bigger and fancier then this one with libraries and a few more amenities maybe. The downside for me is that there is too much focus on vegan and organic food.

    Let me know if you need any help.

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      choclitarian RE: desertrose5418 Apr 17, 2009 05:19 PM

      Hello, I am a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Chef Training Program...I highly recommend the school for both professional and recreational classes. You should definitely give their Friday Night Dinner a try, very reasonable and quite delicious for vegetarian and carnivores alike, you will be pleasantly surprised. Good luck!!

      1. LNG212 RE: desertrose5418 Apr 17, 2009 06:00 PM

        I've only taken a recreational class at Natural Gourmet. I had a blast. The instructor was knowledgeable and fun. The class was a little bit "controlled chaos" and I mean that in a good way. The food was delicious and I've used the recipe packet to make several things at home with excellent results.

        I've also done the Friday Night Dinner. I thought it was very good. DH, who is not a vegetarian, thought it was good. It would have been more fun for us had we gone with other people (there were several groups there seemingly having a riotous time).

        If the dinner is any indication of the quality chefs turning out from the Natural Gourmet's programs, then they are doing a great job.

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          fooodie RE: LNG212 Mar 25, 2010 08:45 AM

          I also took a recreational class at the Natural Gourmet Institute. I agree it was a bit of controlled chaos, but I absolutely loved the class - hand stretched strudel. It was so much fun! I can't wait to try out some of the other classes offered as well as the Friday Night Dinner.

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