Searching Cooking School in Montreal
I would like to learn how to cook (as an activity - not to become a chef) - preferably . I live in Montreal. Do you have any suggestions ? I heard good comments about l'Academie Culinaire.
I took the basic techniques 1 course at the ITHQ a few years ago and loved it. I wanted to keep going but as far as I know they stopped offering courses to the general public and only offer their degree programs and continuing education for industry folks programs.
I've gone to a couple of the "classes" from Mezza Luna / Quincaillerie Dante, including one from Martin Picard, but those are demonstrations and dining, not hands on. Only in French though.
There are the courses offered at Bon Appetit Cookbooks, although I can't seem to locate their website at the moment.
I'm hoping to make my way down to the Hudson Valley for a CIA Bootcamp one of these days - http://www.ciachef.edu/enthusiasts/pr...
I know that you are looking for a school, but I would urge you to check out two shows that you can find on the tubes (ie. the interwebs).
1) Cook like a Chef: A Canadian show that tackles either a class of ingredients or a technique each episode. It's the closest you can get to culinary school on your TV, I think. Really entertaining and incredibly informative. It's not in production anymore, but there are old torrents floating around the information super net.
2) Good eats: Alton Brown does the same sort of thing, only with a bit of science and he hams it up a bit. Still, good show and lots of good info. There are like 10 seasons (probably more) and hundreds of topics. You can find it all on youtube as well.
As for classes. I heard the guy who runs Cash and Curry (Nathan, or something similar) teaches private lessons. Maybe a good idea if you like that sort of food!
Really, the key is practice practice practice. Oh, and MAKE SURE you buy a good knife before beginning. At least a good chef's knife. It will make what can be a very frustrating activity into a joy.
re: The Chemist
A good knife won't help you unless you've got something to practice on. 50 lb bag of potatoes, some of those really wooden carrots and a stable cutting board are good starting points.
Cook Life a Chef available on DVD (Season 1, "Volume 1", so first half of S1 episodes), something like $9 or so on Amazon.ca.
I know Lasalle College has a program but I don't know the details. They are located at 2000 St-Catherine st west. BTW, they also run a wonderful restaurant at the college(located in the basement) run by the students. French cuisine meals for under $10.00. The name of the restaurant is "La Fuscia". They are open at lunch weekdays and supper Wednesday - Friday I believe. The phone number is: 514-939-4408 for those interested. I have eaten there many times and it's always a treat.
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