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Knife Skills class

Cook81 Feb 19, 2011 04:58 PM

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

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  1. Angelina RE: Cook81 Feb 20, 2011 05:59 AM

    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!!

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      Applecheeks RE: Cook81 Feb 20, 2011 06:22 PM

      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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        Cook81 RE: Applecheeks Feb 20, 2011 06:36 PM

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

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          Quine RE: Cook81 Feb 20, 2011 07:29 PM

          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 : http://www.saveur.com/techniques-subc....

          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.

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            Cook81 RE: Quine Feb 20, 2011 07:38 PM

            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.

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              Quine RE: Cook81 Feb 20, 2011 07:42 PM

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

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                Cook81 RE: Quine Feb 20, 2011 07:46 PM

                my holding hand.

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                  Quine RE: Cook81 Feb 20, 2011 08:06 PM


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                    Cook81 RE: Quine Feb 21, 2011 05:28 AM

                    Its a great and clear video. Thank you.

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                      Quine RE: Cook81 Feb 21, 2011 07:13 AM

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

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                      ecclescake RE: Quine Jan 11, 2012 05:55 PM

                      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.

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                        Quine RE: ecclescake Jan 11, 2012 08:03 PM

                        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?

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          luckysparkplug RE: Cook81 Feb 22, 2011 01:51 PM

          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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            Curlz RE: luckysparkplug Feb 22, 2011 03:49 PM

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

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              Cook81 RE: Curlz Feb 22, 2011 03:56 PM

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

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                Quine RE: Cook81 Feb 22, 2011 04:15 PM

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

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              Dinermite RE: luckysparkplug Jan 20, 2012 05:11 PM

              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

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              Cook81 RE: Cook81 Apr 2, 2011 07:46 PM

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

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                Quine RE: Cook81 Apr 2, 2011 08:25 PM

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

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                Rapunzil RE: Cook81 Jan 11, 2012 10:10 PM

                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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                  Jerseygirl111 RE: Rapunzil Jan 12, 2012 04:46 PM

                  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.

                2. njfoodies RE: Cook81 Jan 22, 2012 06:33 AM

                  Though not in Ocean County, Mercer County College offers a class, and you get to keep the knife as well. -mJ

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