4 of America’s best cooking classes
The Pantry, Seattle, USA
This Seattle school was created for home cooks who aspire to be David Chang, not Julia Child. Says 36-year-old founder Brandi Henderson, ‘My generation is more interested in pork buns than beef bourguignon.’ Henderson, an architect turned pastry chef, opened The Pantry with ambitious students in mind; classes are wildly eclectic and go deep. ‘We don’t dumb things down,’ she says. ‘If making pork stock for ramen takes four days, we say take four days.’
For more information visit The Pantry’s website
Hot Stove Society, Seattle, USA
Taking a hands-on class at superstar Seattle chef Tom Douglas’s cooking school in the Hotel Ändra might be as close as you can get to staging in one of his kitchens without quitting your day job. As well as learning how to make his signature recipes, like coconut cream pie and Aleppo-pepper-cured salmon, restaurant nerds take classes with guest chefs like Marcus Samuelsson.
For more information visit the Hot Stove Society website
Good Stock Farm, Massachusetts, USA
Sandy D’Amato ran his acclaimed Milwaukee restaurant Sanford for 23 years, cooking on the line every night. When he and his wife realized they’d had enough of the grind, they sold the restaurant and their apartment upstairs and bought a 1900s farmhouse on a riverbank in rural Massachusetts. D’Amato added a large and sunny teaching kitchen and began giving classes on refined Mediterranean-American food, including smart reinventions of the Sicilian dishes he ate growing up.
For more information visit the Good Stock Farm website
Zero George Street, Charleston, USA
Twice a week this new Charleston, South Carolina, inn (built out of a restored 1800s compound) hosts cooking classes in a converted carriage house. The emphasis: low-country dishes. A favourite class is their lesson on veal cheeks with sorghum-glazed carrots and Carolina Gold rice purloo which offers tips on braising and using cast iron.
For more information visit Zero George Street’s website
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