The culinary landscape of America has forever changed with the success of cable TV and the cooking networks, and the friendly invasion into our homes of celebrity chefs such as Alton Brown, Guy Fieri and Rachel Ray. Now everybody loves to cook, and eat, and the influence of these dynamic and inspirational figures, along with the wealth of fresh and often exotic ingredients at our fingertips, has inspired a new generation in the kitchen. Our school has been an established Denver favorite for over 20 years, and for these two decades we have been delighted to teach the home cook how to make good food, by simply giving people access to the secrets that are presented and celebrated, but not taught, on popular TV shows and competitions from ‘Chopped’, ‘Sweet Genius’ and ‘Iron Chef’, to ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’.
Our style is unique, yet highly successful, and highlights the best that some of Denver’s best teaching chefs have to offer. We use a style called ‘Preparation and Demonstration’ (aka Prep & Demo) and manage to provide a complete view of any given concept in just three hours, and at a fair price. Having taught for over 15 years, I have had the opportunity to present culinary knowledge in a wide variety of styles, from demonstrations and parties, to seminars and workshops, and continue to believe that our method is the most successful, the most effective, and quite simply, the best bang for your buck in terms of cooking schools!
Whether it is a restaurant chef sharing his/her particular knowledge or one of our favorite instructors teaching a specific technique, we show between 5-7 different aspects of cooking through recipes followed by illustration and hands-on demonstrations, and offer each student the chance to be responsible for one complete dish, whilst learning about the entire menu as a whole.
From the start, students are given an overview of the class and the dishes that will be cooked, and the particular lessons and techniques that they will be using are highlighted accordingly. The class is then split up, with each small group allocated the task of organizing 1-2 recipes, and undertaking all the preparation required – from weighing and measuring, to chopping and mixing – to bring their dishes to completion. At regular intervals throughout the class, the chef gathers all the students together, and demonstrates specific skills and techniques involved in creating each menu item, thus imparting pertinent information to the students as a whole. When the menu is complete, the class gets to eat family-style, enjoy generous portions of every dish with complimentary wine, and enjoy a fun and informative chat with the chef, about both the meal they have cooked, and anything else in-between!
We truly believe in our style of teaching, and as the owner of the company, I am excited each and every time a student walks through our doors. I warmly welcome everyone from the complete novice here for the very first time, to our loyal team of established regulars, always keen to expand their culinary repertoire and keep their skills sharp.
So come be a Seasoned Chef with us – we can’t wait to cook with you!