Top 10 Skills Every Home Chef Needs to Learn
There are three types of New York home chefs: the kind who loves to cook, the kind who has to cook and the kind that uses their oven for extra shoe storage. If you belong in the first two categories (or want to be, since you can’t eat out forever), we’ve compiled NYC’s best skill-based cooking classes that will help you become a master in your own kitchen. Here are 10 important skills you should learn as well as the best classes to take for each.

Slice it, dice it, chop it—knife skills.

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Tossing a knife around should be scary anywhere but the kitchen. Sadly, not enough home chefs or even professional ones wield knives correctly. This basic knife skills class rectifies those bad knife habits by whipping your prep time into shape. You’ll learn how to cut, sharpen and handle your knives to create a safer, more efficient kitchen space.

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Cooking with allergies in mind: gluten and dairy-free meals.

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For some, skipping on gluten and dairy in their diet isn’t just a lifestyle choice—it’s a necessity. For you or your loved ones who need to cook with these restrictions in mind, you want to learn to cook healthy meals without sacrificing taste. Enter this cooking class where you’ll learn to entertain all types of diets at the dinner table. In this intimate event, you’ll work with fresh seasonal produce and ingredients to prepare a delicious gourmet meal. Bon appetit!

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Scare off the vampires: become a garlic master.

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Garlic cloves sure are stinky, but every time you use them in your cooking you want to gar-lick the plate clean (I’ll stop). In this garlic-intensive cooking class, you’ll become more than familiar with this staple seasoning to create dishes from around the world like skordalia, truffled white bean bruschetta, chao doujiao, yuca con mojo and classic garlic bread. Just remember to bring a mint for later!

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How to resist eating out? Recreate your favorite restaurant’s best dishes.

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Here’s a New York truth if you ever heard one: eating out is expensive! Such is the suffering of New York foodies… unless they take this one-of-a-kind cooking class, that is. Here, experienced home chefs recreate dishes inspired by Spice Market's ginger margarita, Jean-Georges' tuna tartare and Serendipity's frozen hot chocolate in a cozy location on the Upper West Side. It’s the best thing to happen to foodies since Instagram.

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Roast, saute, steam, repeat.

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Anyone can follow a recipe. What’s difficult is perfectly roasting, sauteing and steaming dishes every time. This intimate cooking class (no more than 12 can sign up) veers away from recipe-based learning to focus on mastering techniques that go hand-in-hand with your favorite dishes, such as roasted chicken and steamed vegetables. You may not take away any recipes by the end of class, but you will take home lifelong cooking skills.

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Cooking fishy dishes.

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Seafood lovers can sometimes have a tough time finding inexpensive places to grab grub and flounder to devour. That’s why so many native New Yorkers cook fish at home. If you’re clueless as to how to cook, store and select fish to cook, Home Cooking New York has the class for you. Create and substitute fish in dishes like crispy tilapia with lemon-caper butter and seared tuna steak with orange-olive-currant relish. If that deal smells fishy to you, it’s because it is—literally, at least.

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Meals in 30 minutes or less: a lesson in time management.

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After work, after the gym or after school, the last thing you feel like doing is cooking. At times like these, you fall back on old reliables like grilled cheese sandwiches and leftover takeout. Stop cooking unhealthy meals during the week by taking this culinary challenge next weekend. At this course, they’ll teach you to make 12 different, delicious and healthy meals in thirty minutes or less so you can still eat well at home and in a pinch.

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Are you too chicken to make good chicken?

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Why did the chicken cross the road? So you could learn how to roast it in this back-to-basics class. Chicken is a staple in diets all across the world, yet some home chefs still don’t know how to cook this classic protein correctly. Under the guidance of an acclaimed chef, you’ll learn how to roast chicken and veggies, make pan sauce and use the bones to make chicken soup.

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Full course healthy meal prep.

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Forget everything you ever learned about food pyramids, daily servings and the wonders of kale. This is the class you need to cook an entire full-course meal minus the calories, fats and sugars—but not the taste. In this class hosted by the Institute of Culinary Education, you and your partner will prep an appetizer, main course, two side dishes and a dessert before enjoying a good old fashioned sit-down dinner.

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Six steps to becoming a top chef.

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Do you only have time to take one of these classes? This course will teach you six basic cooking techniques every home chef (or otherwise) needs to master in the kitchen. Sharpen your knife skills, fine-tune cooking and browning meats in a skillet, perfect making pan sauces and practice cooking and roasting rice, grains, root vegetables and leafy greens with this comprehensive class. A top chef you will one day be, at least in your kitchen.

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