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Start date: Wed, Feb 18 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Location: Greenwich Village
85 MacDougal St
(Btwn Bleecker & W Houston Streets)
New York, New York 10012

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Class Information

  • Class Level: All levels
  • Age Requirements: 21 and older
  • Average Class Size: 8

What you'll learn in this tapas class:

Lots of delicious small plates! What better way to eat? Plus, many recipes can be modified to quick weeknight dinners. We’ll make Albondigas, Garlic Shrimp, Chorizo in Red Wine, Sherried Mushrooms and more! It’s an evening in Spain!

Our classes are unique. They are intimate and are taught in a working restaurant kitchen by a professional chef. Class starts in the dining room, where you meet your chef/teacher 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! Students tell us they find this exciting and instructive.) When you all have finished cooking, it’s time to gather around your table in the dining room for wine and tasty food cooked by you. Relax with the chef and chat with your classmates. Bon apetit!

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

Refund & 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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Abigail Hitchcock

Wed, Feb 18 6:30pm - 10:00pm

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



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Greenwich Village
85 MacDougal St
Btwn Bleecker & W Houston Streets
New York, New York 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 a sudden rush, students stand back!)...

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Reviews of Classes at Camaje

(34 Reviews)

Attended: Holiday Cookie Decorating

Jessica C. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Attended: Sushi Basics

Lindsay C. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Attended: Sushi Basics

Cilia K. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Attended: Holiday Cookie Decorating

Katharine R. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Attended: Shop & Cook: Chinatown for Fish

So fun!!

Attended: Shop & Cook: Chinatown for Fish

Meredith H. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Attended: Knife Skills

Aliza R. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Attended: A Moroccan Table

Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Attended: Apple of my Eye

Drew G. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Attended: Knife Skills

Rebecca Jones gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Attended: Good Summer Grub

David Poulton gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Attended: Good Summer Grub

Chef Abby's class was a ton of fun for our group of 6. She was extremely knowledgeable and took time to really provide details and answer our questions. I'd definitely go back!

Attended: Knife Skills

Harry Reich gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Attended: Sushi Basics

Julie Achenbaum gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Attended: Sushi Basics

Meghan Unger gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Attended: Sushi Basics

GS gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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: Technique: Art of Sautéing

There are lots of great things to say about this class staring with Abby, the chef/owner of Camaje. She is a wonderful teacher that obviously loves teaching and cooking. There was lots of useful information and I wish I had brought a notepad with me. The menu she planned was so delicious and we loved taking part in its preparation. If you go during a cold day though, make sure to take a sweater because the restaurant and event the kitchen are pretty cold. I would recommend this class to anyone wanting to learn good basic skills. And don't be afraid to ask questions. Abby is a wealth of information.

Attended: Cupcakes and Vino

This course was not as advertised. There was no actual instruction. There were bowls of sprinkles, colored sugar, Oreos and other decorative candies on the communal table. You were each given 6 already prepared cupcakes and then given a bowl of icing per couple to color with food coloring. Chef Abby did verbally give her icing recipe, and a paper copy to take home. But, there is no actual baking done. We all expected this to be a learning experience of baking and especially decorating techniques. Aside from the one glass of wine included in the price it was like a children's birthday party. Definitely not worth the $$$. And the cupcakes and icing were not that tasty. I wish I could say something positive, but honestly I can't think of a thing. Even the beginning was not very welcoming

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: A Taste of Cuba

Great experience. Abby is a great chef and teacher. The class was laid back and fun.Not only did we learn recipes but also cutting and cooking techniques. Will definitely do this again.

Attended: Indian Menu

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

Attended: A Moroccan Table

Very well taught and a lot of fun!

Attended: Technique: Art of Sautéing

Wanted to get more of an understanding in the technique of sauteing. Very hands on & the food was amazing. You also learn about the best pans to use for sauteing.

Attended: Shop & Cook: Chinatown for Fish

Great class! Was so glad to have taken this course. Learned a lot about how to look for freashness in fish, Learned about the different kinds of shell fish & know if it is fresh, & how to filet a whole fish. I left feeling very confident purchasing & cooking sea food.

Attended: Knife Skills

Being taught how to properly handle a chef knife make me more confident in the i won't lose a finger lol.

Attended: Knife Skills

When we arrived we were served tea / coffee / wine. Sitting at a long table in the dining area, Chef Abby taught us about different types of knives that cooks work with and passed examples around the table. We then moved over to a big cutting table that was still in the dining area of the restaurant (not in the kitchen) and practiced cutting many types of vegetables with a chef's knife. Because the restaurant is small, we could hear customers talking, which was a bit of a distraction, but it was a quiet night at the restaurant so it wasn't too bad. Finally Chef Abby showed us how to cut up some fruit. After that we sat down to eat gazpacho and fruit salad. Chef Abby was a great instructor, friendly and enthusiastic, and because of the small class size we all got lots of personal attention. Eat before you come to class, because by the time you get to eat it will be late and while the gazpacho served is good, you may not want that to be your only sustenance that night.

Attended: Holiday Entertaining

This class was so much fun. The smoked macaroni and cheese was the best. Chef Abby is awesome.

Attended: A Bistro Menu for a Chilly Night

Bistro Menu for a Chilly Night was great. It was fun, interactive, and informative. Chef Abby was super friendly, down to earth, and open to answering any questions. I would definitely recommend her class to a friend or anyone.

Attended: Thanksgiving Sides with a Creative Twist

The Thanksgiving Sides Class at Camaje was fantastic! What's cool is that you're actually cooking in a working restaurant kitchen (small) and not only learning from the class, but also from what's going on around you. Class started with us getting a recipe overview from Chef Abby and then food prep. She taught us some very useful knife skills lessons and worked with us during the prep (very hands on) and answered any questions we had on technique, etc. We then went into the kitchen and created 5 delicious dishes, learning along the way. When the class was over, we sat down as a group and ate. Chef Abby joined us for dinner and conversation. Really enjoyed myself. It was nice to be in a small kitchen with a real chef, it felt very authentic.

Attended: Thanksgiving Sides with a Creative Twist

This was a great class! Abby provided us with an awesome menu that combined simple recipes with uncommonly used ingredients. The class was a good mixture of hands-on and demonstration, we also got to cook inside the restaurant's kitchen which was a real treat. Abby was very knowledgable and down-to-earth, answering any and all questions we had even if they weren't related to the recipes.

Attended: Cooking Confidence (Three-Class Series)

The 3-courses I took at Camaje was fantastic. I strongly reccomend anyone who is looking to learn how to cook or expand their already honed cooking skills to take the course with Chef Abby. She is exceptionally knowledgeable, open, and warm. I will certainly be taking more classes with her.

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