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As those of you who kindly gave me some advice on supermarkets will remember, I'm soon to be moving to manhattan for 6 months. I'll be leaving my husband at home in the UK, so in thinking of ways to fill the time, I think it would be fun to take part in some cookery lessons. I'm a decent and adventurous home cook, but there are definitely plenty of ways to improve my repetoire.

I'd be interested in evening courses, single day or weekend courses. I'll be working full time, so it would need to be outside office hours.

I'd be interested in learning some classic techniques (eg making sauces, filleting fish, butchery, putting flavours together, pastry etc), or specific cuisines (japanese, italian, french, and obviously it'd be fun to learn about american food too!)

Can anyone recommend cooking schools I should check out, or individual courses you may have done that have been useful and fun?

In terms of budget, I actually have no idea how much these things should cost, so am pretty open! Would prefer to do fewer things of a good quality though, so am willing to spend accordingly.

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  1. I thoroughly enjoyed the knife skills class I took at Brooklyn Kitchen in Williamsburg two weeks ago, and friends who have taken them rave about the rest of their classes as well.

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    1. re: whitneybee

      Thanks! I have taken a knife skills class before, but will check them out! Great to have recommendations :D

    2. The French Culinary Institute in Manhattan offers tons of courses at all times http://www.frenchculinary.com/jump_am...
      For a special experience, the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY offers weekend courses and "boot camps" http://www.ciachef.edu/
      By the way, I love your unique user name!

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      French Culinary Institute
      462 Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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      1. re: Marge

        wow, both look amazing! I love the idea of Boot Camp! Might see if I can justify it as a christmas present to myself!

        re: the username - I got fed up of websites constantly telling me to find a 'unique user name' to sign up with because all my usual ones were gone, and was amazed to find that uniqueusername was available practically everywhere! So it stuck! :D

      2. I took an Ethiopian cooking class at The Natural Gourmet Institute and had a grand time. They offer a lot of cuisine-based cooking classes that are open to the public (in addition to their school program). http://www.naturalgourmetinstitute.com/

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        Natural Gourmet Institute
        48 W 21st St, New York, NY 10010

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        1. re: LNG212

          ooh, ethiopian! I know it's really fashionable in NY, we don't have very much ethiopian cuisine in London (there are a few, but i've never tried it). Sounds like fun! Thanks

          1. re: uniqueusername

            I would recommend the Institute of Culinary Education http://www.iceculinary.com/
            I have taken both professional and recreational classes there. You can focus in on a certain cuisine if you would like and choose multiple 1day or 1 evening courses. Also, if you are a bit more comfortable in the kitchen and want to strengthen your skills then look at the Techniques courses where you can go 1 evening or day a week for several weeks or go one day a weekend for several weekends or do it intensive and go full day five days a week if you have the time. Also, if you are interested in cheese, I would recommend looking at Murrays Cheese site http://www.murrayscheese.com/edu_main... and seeing what classes they are offering when you are in NYC. Their Bootcamp is excellent and you cannot beat the location (above the cheese shop, in the West Village). Have great time in NYC!

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            Institute of Culinary Education
            50 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10010