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Feb 19, 2011 04:58 PM

Knife Skills class

Anyone know where I can take a knife skills class in Ocean County - Howell, Brick..?

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  1. I believe Taste and Technique in fair Haven offers a class. I have taken many classes here and simply loved everyone! The chefs that come in are very informative, too!

    Also, look into Mumford's in Tinton Falls. Once in a while they may have this type of class.

    Good luck!!

    1. Viking has a school in Harrah's Casino that offers knife skills classes. Google Viking Cookings schools and they will have a calendar of their classes.

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      1. re: Applecheeks

        thanks. All the schools are a good 45 minutes drive. I'd love something that within 20 minutes drive. Anyone know any other places?

        1. re: Cook81

          I live in Ocean County (exit 63) and honestly don't know of cooking classes or such around here other than Adult/community ed classes sometimes offered at HS or VoTechs.

          While it doesn't help you find a class, have you checked out other sources for learning? YouTube has lots of demo videos (some good, some not so) or you can check print media like this :

          I have been cooking so long now that I have No idea how I learned my knife skills, (which are said to be excellent) but I have never taken a class.

          Nothing beats a cutting board, and a couple pound or more of cheap veggies and hands on practice.

          1. re: Quine

            I've been practicing but I felt like a quick class would help me. I can't get my thumb to stay back. Thanks for the link. I'll look at them.

            1. re: Cook81

              The thumb of your "holding hand?" or your knife hand?

                  1. re: Quine

                    Its a great and clear video. Thank you.

                    1. re: Cook81

                      It's what CHounds do, pass on what we know about what we love to do.

                    2. re: Quine

                      Is it really a good idea to test the sharpness of your blade by running over it with your thumb like that? I'd be afraid that I'd cut myself.

                      1. re: ecclescake

                        Yeah that does look scary, but it is effective, Do NOT slide it down the edge, yeah that will cut you, but if you look, he's just feeling the edge. Think of it this way, if you took a piece of paper, you could get one of those annoying paper cuts if you ran it down the edge of the paper, but just testing the edge which we often do without knowing tells you if you have one or two sheets there. Like turning the pages of a book or magazine. Does that help to make more sense of it?

        2. Not Ocean County; but, Brookdale Community College has a Knife Skills class in their continuing ed department. I have thought of taking it; but, haven't yet.

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          1. re: luckysparkplug

            ...and iirc, they have a new culinary program in Asbury Park as well!

            1. re: Curlz

              asbury Park is perfect. I found the number and address and I'll call them tomorrow.

              1. re: Cook81

                Be sure to post your progress and how the class was and any info you might get on it.
                Lots of good stuff.

            2. re: luckysparkplug

              I took the knife skills at Brookdale (the Freehold Campus). Diana Albanese is(was) the instructor. It was extremely informative. I attribute that class, and the 4 or 5 week cooking course she taught, to one of the reasons how I learned to cook as well as I do now

            3. Thanks everyone for all your advice. I've been watching and practicing and really improved.

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              1. re: Cook81

                Excellent! Thanks for giving the feedback! It is a practicing thing, can't get good without lots of it!

              2. I can't vouch for how good they are, but Shoprite stores offer cooking classes, and I saw they have a knife skills one in March.

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                1. re: Rapunzil

                  OCC is offering a one night seminar type, however, there is a disclaimer that it is a demonstration only! There is no hands on. Isn't that the most ridiculous thing you have ever heard? Why would anyone pay $45 to watch someone else cut stuff up with no chance to practice in front of an instructor? Dumbest thing ever, IMHO.