Are you ever tempted to re-create that four-star restaurant entree in the comfort of your home?
Many NYC chefs are sharing their culinary secrets through cooking classes held in their restaurant kitchens. We tied on an apron and checked out a few cooking classes.
Brush up on fine dining technique
Series: “Destination Kitchen” by Macy’s De Gustibus Cooking School
Subject: Top chefs share tips and work with students hands-on to create a meal.
Teachers: Kurt Gutenbrunner, chef/owner of Blaue Gans and Michelin-starred Wallsé, leads a class on Oct. 30.
Good for: Anyone who has the basic chops down looking to re-create fine-dining elegance at home
Takeaway: Four-star cooking technique
Where: Blaue Gans, 139 Duane St.
Cost: $245 per class. To sign up, call 212-239-1652 or visit degustibusnyc.com.
Elegant Japanese home cooking
Series: “The Basics: Four Workshops, 100 Dishes” at EN Brasserie
Subject: Classes are devoted to ingredients such as miso (Oct. 24) and fish (Nov. 14).
Teachers: EN Brasserie’s executive chef, Hiroki Abe, and author Harris Salat
Good for: Home cooks with rudimentary cooking skills interested in learning basic Japanese dishes
Takeaway: A solid foundation for Japanese cooking
Where: 435 Hudson St.
Cost: $85 per class; $295 for four classes. To sign up, call 212-647-9196.
Something sweet for your sweetie pie
Series: “Pastry’s Greatest Hits” at Adour Alain Ducasse at the St. Regis
Subject: Get hands-on instruction on how to make classic pastries such as linzer tarts and macaroons.
Teacher: Adour’s pastry chef, Sandro Micheli
Good for: The patient individual who wants to learn how to make some impressive treats. The best part? No prior pastry skills required.
Takeaway: Classic pastry techniques and recipes
When: Saturdays, every other month. For full schedule, visit adour-stregis.com.
Where: 2 E. 55th St.
Cost: $75. To sign up, call 212-710-2277.
Lessons in pasta from a master
Class: Pasta-making demonstration, followed by lunch
Subject: Learn pasta making the old-fashioned way.
Teachers: Executive chef Patti Jackson and Dora Marzovilla, official pasta maker at I Trulli and mother of restaurant owner Nicola Marzovilla
Good for: Beginners looking to learn pasta — without getting flour on their hands. The classes are demonstrations rather than hands-on.
When: Nov. 6
Where: Vino Fine Wine and Spirits,
121 E. 27th St.
Cost: $85. To sign up, call 212-725-6516.
The ultimate customizable class
Class: Customized cooking class at Vai restaurant
Subject: Class will be tailored based on student’s interest and skill level. Students can learn one-on-one or get friends together for some lessons or instruction.
Teacher: Vai chef Vincent Chirico (he’s worked at Daniel, Jean Georges and Paul Bocuse)
Good for: Someone with very specific interests
Takeaway: Solid kitchen-knife skills, basic cooking technique and good recipes to take home
Where: 225 W. 77th St.
Cost: Varies; for more info, call 212-362-4500.