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Culinary Boot Camp Level I: For Beginner Cooks

Elevate your kitchen confidence with our hands-on, skills-based culinary series, perfect for beginner cooks. Each week, master essential techniques from knife skills and vegetable preparation to poultry butchering, braising, and pasta making. By the end of the course, you'll be adept at creating a wide variety of delicious dishes in your own home. Remember to ring the outside buzzer upon arrival to ensure a smooth start.

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  • 158 Grand St, New York, NY
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Class Description

Description

What you'll learn in this basic cooking class:

This hands-on, skills-based series covers all the basic skills you'll need to feel comfortable and creative in the kitchen.

We'll focus on each cooking technique, using multiple ingredients to drive it home, so you leave confident to cook up most any food in your own home kitchen.

​This program meets every week for 6 weeks.

WEEK 1: Knife Skills and Vegetable Techniques

  • SKILLS COVERED:
    • Knife Skills and Sharpening
    • Vegetable Techniques:
      • Blanching/Shocking
      • Roasting
      • Sautéing
    • Seasoning Techniques:
      • Balancing Salt/Fat/Acid
  • RECIPES INCLUDE:
    • Sautéed Swiss Chard with Garlic and Lemon
    • Roasted Seasonal Vegetables
    • Blanched String Beans with Lemon Gremolata

WEEK 2: Chicken Techniques

  • SKILLS COVERED:
    • Poultry Butchering Skills (deboning chicken breasts, breaking down a whole chicken)
    • Understanding Different Cuts, Sautéing, Pan-Roasting
    • Pan Sauces
    • How to Make Stock vs. Broth
    • Basic Vinaigrette
  • RECIPES INCLUDE:
    • Chicken Breast with White Wine Pan Sauce
    • Pan-Roasted Lemon Chicken
    • Chicken Stock
    • Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette

WEEK 3: Meat + Vegetable Techniques

  • SKILLS COVERED:
    • Brown + White Braising Techniques for Meats and Vegetables
    • Searing Meat
    • Pan Sauces
  • RECIPES INCLUDE:
    • Classic Beef Stew
    • Steak with Red Wine Pan Sauce
    • Braised Collard Greens
    • Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic

WEEK 4: Fish + Shellfish Techniques

  • SKILLS COVERED:
    • Choosing Fresh Fish (wild vs. farm-raised)
    • Sautéing
    • Fish Pan Sauces
    • Choosing and Cleaning Shrimp
  • RECIPES INCLUDE:
    • Crispy Fish with Lemon-Caper Butter Sauce
    • Sheet-Pan Roasted Fish with Julienned Vegetables
    • Garlic Shrimp with Tomato-Garlic Toasts

WEEK 5: Egg + Grain Techniques

  • SKILLS COVERED:
    • Eggs 101
    • Working with Whole Grains
    • Vegetarian Meal Planning
  • RECIPES INCLUDE:
    • Frittata with Roasted Tomatoes, Goat Cheese and Olives
    • Smoky Black Bean Soup
    • Rice Pilaf
    • Baked Fruit Clafoutis

WEEK 6: Pasta Techniques

  • SKILLS COVERED:
    • Fresh vs. Dried Pasta
    • Sauce Building
    • Proper Pasta Cooking Technique
    • Gnocchi-Making
    • Browning Butter
  • RECIPES INCLUDE:
    • Pasta Puttanesca with Chickpeas
    • Pappardelle with Wild Mushroom Ragout
    • Linguine with White Clam Sauce
    • Ricotta Gnocchi with Sage Browned Butter

Important:

Please reach out to CourseHorse for any dietary restrictions.

Make sure to ring the outside buzzer, even if the front door is open, so we know you are arriving!

School Notes:  

For NYC In-Person Classes:

You’ll receive a complete recipe packet and enjoy a full sit-down meal at the end of class with your classmates. Our classes are BYOB, and you are welcome to bring a bottle to enjoy at the sit-down meal (not including our baking or dessert classes).

Our classes are hands-on, coupled with demonstration-style teaching. Everyone is situated at their own cutting board/chef’s knife station around a large wooden work table that accommodates the whole class (10 people max). We work together as a group, with the chef at the head of the table.

We focus on knife skills, preparing ingredients for cooking, and we strive to find every opportunity to offer you a hands-on experience at the stove and at your station, all within the spatial parameters of a single stove/family-style kitchen. We ask for volunteers to assist in all cooking.

Refund Policy

For Public Classes:

We have a firm 3 business days cancellation policy (for credit only) to ensure that we have enough time to re-fill your seat with another student.

Please note: Boot Camps require 6 business days notice to be rescheduled.

While it is not in our nature to say no, we are simply not able to accommodate last-minute illnesses or work-related conflicts. However, you are always welcome to send someone in your place, because we understand that these things do happen. Classes are not refundable.

 

For Culinary Boot Camps:

 

Because of the volume of Boot Camps we offer, we cannot offer make-up classes to anyone who misses a single class, no matter the reason, as it happens too often and we cannot handle that volume of make-ups.  Once you book your boot camp, make sure to mark (and prioritize) all the dates in your calendar. 

 

Because we know how disappointing it is to miss a class, you are always welcome to send a friend in your place (just send us their name ahead of class), and perhaps insist that they cook you dinner as repayment.  

 

In any event where a customer wants to cancel their enrollment and is eligible for a full refund, a 5% processing fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

 

Thank you for understanding!

 

Reviews of Classes at Home Cooking New York (2,052)

(4.7-star rating across 2,052 reviews)
  • Culinary Boot Camp Level I: For Beginner Cooks

    Reviewed by Jaylan T. on 2/25/2024
    This non-cook learned (and cooked!) so many deliecious dishes. Many myths de-bunked, many great tips. Engaging and ultra-experienced Chef Jennifer. Signed up for the second round!
  • Culinary Boot Camp Level I: For Beginner Cooks

    Reviewed by Victor S. on 12/5/2023
    Chef Susan was amazing! She showed us basic techniques and broke down what seemed like complex dishes into simple steps with hands-on demonstrations. This class is suitable to everyone from total newbies to someone who has cooked a thing or two. I picked up many new skills, and was able to put them to use almost immediately in my own kitchen, pleasantly surprising my significant other. Chef Susan runs each class with fantastic efficiency in a welcoming, friendly and highly engaging atmosphere.
  • Culinary Boot Camp Level I: For Beginner Cooks

    Reviewed by Keith P. on 2/14/2023
    Erica was amazing ! Highly recommend
  • Culinary Boot Camp Level I: For Beginner Cooks

    Anonymous review on 8/26/2022
    Chef John is amazing, very patient and willing to answer any questions. He is also very knowledgeable. Definitely worth attending his classes for the boot camp.
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Review Summary by CourseHorse

Students who have taken classes at Culinary Boot Camp: For Beginner Cooks rave about the experience and recommend it highly. They are particularly impressed with the instructors, Erica and Chef John, who are described as amazing, patient, knowledgeable, and willing to answer any questions. Students leave the classes with newfound skills and knowledge in culinary arts. Quotes from the reviews: 1. "Chef John is amazing... He is also very knowledgeable. Definitely worth attending his classes for the boot camp." 2. "I learned so much in this cooking class. The most important thing I learned was patience and attention to detail, which is crucial in the kitchen."

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Home Cooking New York

Founded in 2002, Home Cooking New York provides intimate and hands-on cooking classes at their cooking school in downtown New York City. Their students range from absolute beginners to amateur home cooks who want to expand their culinary education.

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