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Location: 85 MacDougal Street
New York, NY 10012

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Class Information

  • Class Level: All levels
  • Age Requirements: 16 and older
  • Average Class Size: 8

What you'll learn in this quick meals class:

Learn 12 healthy recipes that can be cooked in less than 30 minutes. Each recipe comes with adaptations — so you end up taking home at least 24! Come hungry! Cooking basics and knife skills are part of the package.

Class is taught in a working restaurant kitchen by a professional chef. Class starts in the dining room, where you meet the chef and your classmates to discuss the menu and how to prepare it. Then you don aprons and, under the chef’s watchful eye and with her help, if needed, you prepare your ingredients.

Prep finished, it's time to move to the kitchen to cook. (Remember: You are in a working restaurant kitchen—if there’s a rush, stand back. Previous students find this exciting and instructive.) When you have finished cooking, it’s time to gather around your table in the dining room for wine and tasty food cooked by you.

No need to bring anything but your hunger for good food and your thirst for knowledge.

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Cancellation Policy

There is a firm one-week cancellation policy for all classes; i.e. no refunds will be issued for no-shows and last minute cancellations.

Teacher: Abigail Hitchcock

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Abby Hitchcock grew up on Long Island’s rural East End, known for its fishing and farming (fresh bay scallops, stripers, flounder, farmstands, and pick-your-own strawberries/pumpkins/apples). From her mother she learned to love simple fresh local fare and from her father, an amateur chef who enjoys preparing American and ethnic feasts, a love of reading menus and preparing exotic fare. But it wasn’t until she attended university in England, where she was placed in a "self-catering flat" (shop, cook and feed yourself) that Abby suddenly found that food was her passion: shopping for it, cooking it, eating it, researching it. She began poking about in the greengrocer’s and butcher’s shops and preparing amazing repasts for her English flat mates (happily eating beans on toast)—a New York brunch or an American Thanksgiving for 12— in her tiny kitchenette. After she earned her degree in botany, she returned to the States and enrolled in Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School (now The Institute of Culinary Education). With her blue ribbon cooking diploma in hand, Abby went on to work at The Tea Box at Takashimaya in New York, at Vong in London and at the BBC’s Good Food Magazine. She has been a private chef, worked at Martha Stewart Living television and run her own catering company. Perhaps it was her Botany degree that led to Abby's love of the science of cooking (why do onions make you tear?) and to her three years as a recipe development chef, which she occasionally still dabbles in. She eventually settled down as part owner, then sole owner, of CAMAJE bistro in Greenwich Village. It has been open for almost 13 years, something of a record in Manhattan.

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Greenwich Village, Manhattan
85 MacDougal Street
Btwn Bleecker & W Houston Streets
New York, NY 10012

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School: Camaje

The school, located in Greenwich Village, is owned by Abigail Hitchcock. It has been open for almost 13 years, something of a record in Manhattan.

The cooking classes in in this school offer a unique experience of learning in a working restaurant kitchen. (If there’s

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Reviews of Classes at Camaje

13 out of 14

Attended: Knife Skills

This was a fantastic class. Abby was a great and patient teacher and I learned a lot about what knives to use and how to properly use them when cooking. I would definitely take another cooking class with her.

Attended: Indian Vegetarian Menu

Abby was great! We learned a lot about spices and methods, and the food was delicious. We all got to be responsible for our own dishes, and we got to spend time doing prep and in the kitchen. I would highly recommend this class to anyone who enjoys Indian cuisine or has an interest in learning about it.

Attended: Tapas to Tempt

"This is a fabulous cooking course. Chef Abby walks the small class 8-10 through the recipes and shares her skills with the group. We were shocked that we'd prepared such a wonderful meal. Definitely the highlight of our weeks holiday in NYC! Sign up today, it's loads of fun and a great experience. "

Attended: Shop & Cook: Union Square Farmers’ Market

Great tour of the farmer's market. Abby is a wonderful teacher, very willing to take requests as to the meal you prepare and very helpful when it comes to answering student questions. I definitely plan on taking some other classes here.

Attended: Indian Menu

Wonderful course. Enthusiastic and generous teacher. She demystified Indian spices for me and the food was delicious.

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