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Oct 2, 2011 06:00 PM

Cooking classes on Fundamental Techniques

Can anyone recommend a place for classes on Fundamental Techniques (Braise, Sautee, Braising, etc.) in the Boston area, preferably North Shore, Boston, Brookline ... looking for evening classes that I can attend after work and not too expensive :-) thanks!

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  1. Cambridge School of Culinary Arts.

      1. re: BostonZest

        Thanks for the replies. I've checked Cambridge School before and cannot make much sense of their website, it seems they only offer full time programs? The BCAE looks pretty good, if anyone has taken classes there I'd appreciate some input, thanks.

          1. re: rcastanon

            The Cambridge School offers classes to the public and is vastly superior to BCAE. The Cambridge Center's recreational class schedule is here:

            1. re: rcastanon

              No they offer tons of one day or multi day classes.

              It is MUCH better than BCAE. I took a couple of classes at BCAE and knew more and had better techniques than the instructors.

              I have taken lots of classes at Cambridge and been pretty happy with most.

            2. Northeast Metro Tech has a class that covers some basics. from

              Creative Cooking $250 includes materials
              Instructor: Jim McCarthy
              Wednesday, 6-9 p.m. – 10 weeks
              There is something for everyone to learn in this comprehensive cooking course. This hands-on course will overview different types of cooking methods: sauteing, roasting, braising, baking, grilling, frying, and poaching. We will go over different types of ethnic cooking; Chinese, Italian, French, Mexican, and American. In addition, you will be taught how to make different soups, sauces, and salad dressings. Dinner is served at the end of each class. Happy Learning and Bon Appetite!

              Northshore Community College in Danvers has a few classes listed in their catalog at

              Basic Culinary Arts
              Learn the basic tools and techniques used in a professional kitchen, and how to plan menus. Develop skills in braising, stewing, pan-frying, sauteing, roasting, broiling, proper knife usage, and equipment handling techniques. Carving and safety procedures will be demonstrated. A $70 perishables fee is payable to the instructor at the first class.
              6:30-9:30PM 5 weeks $239

              Beyond Basic Culinary Arts
              Explore more about soups, sauces, stocks, roasting, grilling, braising and many of the exciting and new advanced techniques that chefs use in culinary arts. In addition to becoming a better chef, did we mention you will develop a better sense of humor in this class as well? A $70 perishables fee is payable to the instructor at the first class.
              6:30-9:30PM Mon $239

              1. Northern Essex Community College has classes at but right now only list classes in Asian and Indian cooking techniques.

                1. North shore Technical High School in Middleton has

                  510 AN INTRO TO CULINARY ARTS 30 Hrs. - (Rm 118) Tuesday 5:45-8:45* This class is a hands-on workshop with emphasis in basic cooking and baking methods. Topics include: knife skills and technique, basic stock, sauces and soup preparations, roast- ing, braising, poaching, grilling and more. Each class will provide detailed recipes, handouts and demonstrations. Addi- tional lab fee may be required depending on weekly projects, which will be determined on a week by week basis.
                  *Note class time.
                  Course Fee $230 Lab Fee $20