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Home Cooking New York

Home Cooking New York is a cooking school in downtown New York City that offers intimate and hands-on cooking classes. With a variety of courses covering basic cooking techniques and cuisine-focused favorites, Home Cooking New York caters to students of all skill levels who want to expand their culinary abilities.

Home Cooking New York

Upcoming Classes at Home Cooking New York

  • Raise Your Food IQ: Be a Better-Educated Home Cook

    Discover the secrets to becoming a better-educated home cook with Home Cooking New York's valuable food education and grocery shopping class, led by founder Jennifer Clair. Uncover the true story behind the foods we eat and make the best food choices in the grocery store. Don't miss out on this virtual class!

    Next start date: Wednesday, Apr 3rd, 7–8:15pm Eastern Time
    Price: $20
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  • Knife Skills 101

    Master the art of the chef's knife with Home Cooking New York's comprehensive course. Learn to choose, store, sharpen, hold, and use this essential tool, and then put your skills to the test with a mouthwatering Vegetable Minestrone Soup. Sharpen your culinary expertise today!

    Next start date: Thursday, Feb 29th, 6–7:30pm Eastern Time
    Price: $50
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  • Romantic Dinner @ Home

    Indulge in a culinary experience that will set the mood for an unforgettable evening. Learn to prepare Coq au Vin, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries, all in the comfort of your kitchen. Ignite the romance and create lasting memories with Home Cooking New York.

    Next start date: Friday, Mar 15th, 6–7:30pm Eastern Time
    Price: $50
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  • Cream Puff Workshop (Virtual Cooking)

    Indulge in the art of French pastry-making from the comfort of your own kitchen. Learn the secrets to creating light and airy cream puffs, filled with a luscious vanilla pastry cream and finished with a decadent chocolate ganache. Elevate your baking skills with this virtual workshop.

    Next start date: Saturday, May 11th, 12–1:30pm Eastern Time
    Price: $50
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  • Ramen Workshop

    Discover the secrets of making your own richly-seasoned noodle soup from scratch, and season your kitchen for life with the flavors of Chicken Miso Ramen, jammy eggs, steamed bok choy, and marinated sesame scallions.

    Next start date: Saturday, Mar 9th, 6–7:30pm Eastern Time
    Price: $50
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  • "Great British Bake Off" Classics

    Learn how to recreate the beloved treats from the hit baking show in your own kitchen! Join us for a fun and delicious class where we'll teach you the techniques behind some of the Great British Bake Off's greatest hits. Plus, take home a bonus recipe to try on your own!

    Next start date: Saturday, Mar 23rd, 12–1:30pm Eastern Time
    Price: $50
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  • DIY Eggs Benedict + Homemade English Muffins

    Learn how to create a show-stopper brunch at home with this course. Discover the secrets to making homemade English muffins, perfectly poached eggs, and a delicious Hollandaise sauce. Say goodbye to long lines at brunch and impress your guests with your own Eggs Benedict or Florentine.

    Next start date: Saturday, Apr 6th, 12–1:30pm Eastern Time
    Price: $50
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158 Grand St Stu 207, New York, NY 10013
Home Cooking New York
SoHo, Manhattan
158 Grand St Stu 207
Btwn Lafayette & Centre Streets
New York, New York 10013

Please Note: This location is in Manhattan. This same address exists in Brooklyn, but this cooking school is in SoHo, NYC.

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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.

HCNY’s classes cover basic cooking techniques (Culinary Boot Camp, Six Basic Cooking Techniques, How to Cook Fish, How to Cook Vegetables, Pork Lovers Workshop) to cuisine-focused favorites (Indian, Thai, Korean, French Bistro, Middle Eastern, Northern Italian). Each 2 ½ hour class includes a recipe packet and has a maximum of 10 students. The class is centered around the preparation of a complete menu and culminates in a sit-down meal with your fellow students.

Meet Our Chef-Instructors:

Jennifer Clair is the founder of Home Cooking New York. Before launching the school in 2002, she was a Recipe Editor for The Wall Street Journal and a Food Editor at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO), where she developed cookbooks and managed the Cooking & Entertaining department of Prior to MSLO, she worked in the cookbook division of William Morrow & Company and at Saveur magazine. She graduated from Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School in 1998 after receiving a full James Beard Foundation scholarship. Jennifer is the author of Six Basic Cooking Techniques: Culinary Essentials for the Home Cook ( based on the school’s most popular cooking class, and the host of the cooking podcast, Kitchen Radio.

John Scoff joined Home Cooking New York in 2006. After 15 years of restaurant work, culminating most recently as Executive Chef of a low country bistro in South Carolina, John found his true calling when he accepted a position of Executive Chef-Instructor at a recreational cooking school in downtown Charleston. That was 2004, and he has never looked back. As a teacher there, he discovered how much he enjoys sharing his passion for and knowledge of cuisine.

Erica Wides joined Home Cooking New York in 2014 after 15 years of teaching at the Institute of Culinary Education where she oversaw the culinary education of both professional and recreational students. She is brimming with knowledge of all things food and is one of the go-to chefs when the media needs an expert to demystify what “real food” really means. She has graced the sets of Chopped, Dr. Oz, and TedX. She is creator and host of the YouTube series, Funny People Making Food (

Susan Streit Sherman joined Home Cooking New York in 2010. Originally from Michigan, Susan moved to New York to attend the French Culinary Institute. She began her career working as a private chef in both Manhattan and the Hamptons. For five years she managed the School of Recreational Cooking at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), and previously worked in the test kitchens at Good Housekeeping, Martha Stewart Living, and Real Simple magazines. Susan returned to work as a private chef following the birth of her daughter, Leia, in 2016. She specializes in developing seasonal recipes for allergy-friendly meals, which you can find on her site Crate Cooking (


PLEASE NOTE: If you are registered for a “VIRTUAL” class, you can disregard the information below.


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.

Reviews of Home Cooking New York

( 4.7-star rating across 1996 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!
  • Romantic Dinner for Two

    Reviewed by Samantha T. on 2/17/2024
    Chef John was so much fun. Besides teaching us how to cook the menu, he gave us a lot of culinary tips. He had a good energy to create a wonderful learning environment. My gf and I had a memorable and unique experience with John. Thank you.
  • Knife Skills 101

    Anonymous review on 2/17/2024
    We learned so many useful skills, and we're looking forward to applying them in our cooking at home. Chef Erica was a great teacher, very knowledgeable, and she's hilarious, which is a nice bonus!
  • Northern Italian Favorites for the Winter

    Anonymous review on 2/11/2024
    Loved the class! It’s delicious and easy to make at home! Highly recommended. Thank you!
  • Persian Dinner

    Anonymous review on 2/10/2024
    I loved it
  • Six Basic Cooking Techniques

    Reviewed by Wills R. on 2/5/2024
    Great class! Highly recommend!
  • How to Cook Shellfish: Clams, Mussels, Shrimp, Scallops

    Anonymous review on 2/5/2024
    The class was a great introduction to shellfish, especially detailing how to prepare and keep alive clams and mussels before cooking, which I think is seen as difficult or frustrating for a lot of home cooks who are interested in these bivalves. The tips shared on how to choose shellfish was also very helpful. I would say that it would probably be best for all students if the teacher chose to keep her political commentary to herself, though. I didn't mind it since I agreed with most of what she said, but I could imagine that being off putting for other students who don't agree with her political views.
  • Persian Dinner

    Reviewed by Kyle S. on 2/1/2024
    We had Jennifer and the whole class was such a treat. Not just the food but the ambience and teachers involved. Thanks so much! Will come again.
  • Shawarma + Falafel + Fresh Flatbreads

    Reviewed by Darlene D. on 1/31/2024
    Really nice class. Good food, good pace.
  • Thai Food: Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet

    Reviewed by Cheryl Y. on 1/27/2024
    Great class, I learned a lot and the food was delicious! I can't wait to try the recipes myself. The teacher and assistant were great, and also very accommodating to people's dietary needs.
  • Cheesemaking Workshop

    Reviewed by Robert L. on 1/14/2024
    Very good class for anyone wanting to learn how all cheeses are made and to experience the flavors of freshly made cheeses such as Mozzarella and Ricotta. The Saag Paneer was not my favoite recipe and the fresh made Paneer didn't stand up to the cooking process well. Instead maybe try a recipe using the fresh Ricotta (stuffed manicotti, hot spinach/ricotta dip, etc.)? Really like the cheese history lesson at the beginning of the class!
  • Cheesemaking Workshop

    Anonymous review on 1/14/2024
    This class was amazing. Erica was a phenomenal instructor. I feel confident in making cheese now! I would highly recommend this class.
  • Six Basic Cooking Techniques

    Reviewed by Inessa N. on 1/13/2024
    Me and my son had a wonderful experience learning new things in the kitchen, instructor was very fun and helpful great dishes presentation and very warm atmosphere great class for beginning or intermediate level cooking
  • Bûche de Noël Workshop

    Reviewed by Darlene D. on 12/23/2023
    The class was well organized and fun. It was gratifying to leave with a beautiful holiday dessert
  • Six Basic Cooking Techniques

    Anonymous review on 12/19/2023
    Was amazing learned cutting techniques . Was nervous to use a sharp knife but instructor was attentive to those who had problems handling knifes
  • Cream Puff Workshop (Virtual Cooking)

    Anonymous review on 12/17/2023
    Erica covered a lot of ground in 1.5 hrs and was an excellent teacher. Our cream puffs were the best I’ve ever had!
  • Culinary Boot Camp Level II: For Amateur Cooks

    Anonymous review on 12/8/2023
    Erica is an excellent teacher. We learned a lot of skills along with helpful information and we had a lot of fun! Highly recommended.
  • 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.
  • How to Cook Fish

    Reviewed by Josh G. on 12/5/2023
    Such a great date night, learned lots of great tips AND got to eat a delicious dinner!
  • Knife Skills 101

    Reviewed by Daniel S. on 12/4/2023
    Really great instruction and a good time. I definitely learned a lot that will help me every day in my cooking.
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Review Summary by CourseHorse

Students at Home Cooking New York rave about the classes, describing them as enjoyable, informative, and delicious. One reviewer highlighted the class as a fantastic date night, praising the teacher and the opportunity to learn valuable cooking tips while enjoying a delicious dinner. Another attendee expressed excitement about incorporating the recipes into their regular rotation and attending more classes. Chef Susan's class received high praise for being fun, informative, and delicious, with a focus on knife skills and cooking techniques for beginners. The class provided a hands-on experience, and participants enjoyed the camaraderie and tasting the creations. Overall, students felt they gained confidence in the kitchen and learned practical skills, making them eager to apply their newfound knowledge. Quotes: "Chef Susan’s class was amazing! Fun, informative and delicious! We learned about knives and skills to use them (bear claw). We then proceeded to cook fresh vegetables and chicken. I highly recommend this course for beginners (or anyone)! Chef Susan was knowledgeable, funny and very patient with her sous-chefs." "An excellent class. I feel like I gained confidence in the kitchen with certain techniques, learned new techniques and got to eat some delicious food at the end of it all. Strongly recommend!" "Susan was an extraordinary teacher, very detailed and informative. We really enjoyed the class. It was hands on and interactive which is important when learning a new skill. Best part was getting to taste everything we created during class."

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