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The Most Interesting Cooking Classes NYC Has to Offer

The Most Interesting Cooking Classes NYC Has to Offer

Making dinner is not that hard, right? Pasta, some tomato sauce, maybe a salad on the side. Let me rephrase that, making the same boring meal for dinner is not that hard, right? We all need a change sometimes, and to make our lives easier, there are professional chefs in this city who are eager to impart their however many years of experience onto you so that your next meal can be exciting and pleasurable. Food is necessary, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a chore, NYC cooking classes are fun and relaxed and you know no matter what, you’ll come out having learned something useful that you can apply immediately in your own kitchen. That’s why we decided it would be a great idea to go out and find the classes that we think are perfect for anyone looking for a new cuisine or just something a little different. Here are our top picks:

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    Brick Oven Pizza Making
    Brick Oven Pizza Making

    AOA Bar and Grill

    So, you might be wondering how a pizza making class made it on this list of best cooking classes in NYC. Well, it’s because it was AWESOME. Any cooking class that has a fun and welcoming environment, teaches you something new and gives you skills that you can bring home to your own table, fills you up on delicious facts and eats is a top notch cooking class in our book. Also, our instructor, Robert, was really great, he was relaxed, instructive, and had really encouraging and positive energy throughout the entire class. Maybe it was the group we had, but the ambiance was light, open, and friendly, and we were all excitedly chatting about the pizzas we were going to make. The class is situated in the back of the restaurant where a few tables are fully set up with pre-measured ingredients waiting for us to get started. As previously mentioned, Robert was a very good teacher, he spent some time giving us all feedback on how to mix our doughs properly and why certains steps are taken during the pizza making process. You can easily tell how much this guy loves pizza and really knows what he’s talking about, which made being in this class so much more enjoyable. How perfect is it to hear all these delicious details about pizza and then get to make and eat it? It doesn’t get much better than that. Since our doughs needed time to rise, the ones we made were taken away and dough that had already risen was brought out for us to practice stretching, kneading, rolling, and, of course, tossing the dough! The Vimbly crew can proudly say that none of us dropped our dough while trying to toss them. That being said, none of us were really good at it. Robert made it look so easy. We were preparing calzones and got to stuff them with cheese, spinach and ham. With a fiery brick oven, these babies didn’t take long before they were beautiful, brown and ready to be devoured. Robert had these out and ready for us in no time and lunch was served! Soon after, the doughs we had previously prepared were brought out for us to continue perfecting our dough rolling and stretching technique. We had a great time messing around a bit, but we also got some more feedback from Robert. This is definitely a cooking class we want everyone to know about and try out!

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    Essentials of Thai Cooking
    Essentials of Thai Cooking

    Institute of Culinary Education

    So, here at Vimbly, we have what we call “Ethnic Thursdays” where we order lunch from a restaurant we normally don’t order from, such as Brazilian or Malaysian. Well, this time, we took it to the next level, we decided to try LEARNING a new cuisine. We concluded that this was quite possibly our best decision. Ever. For those wanting to learn a cuisine they have zero experience in, like don’t even know the first thing about the cooking equipment (a wok ring, anyone?), or even what the typical dishes are, this is really the perfect class to take. Do not be intimidated like we were by the very professional looking kitchen, this is for any level and we forgot our worries when we got to the good part, cooking the food! There is nothing more satisfying than taste-testing a dish you’re making and thinking it is AWESOME. How many times have you stumbled through a recipe, tasting it and realizing it just wasn’t what you were hoping for? Anyway, we started the class with a tutorial, given by the instructor, on the many ingredients we would be using in the class. Then, it was time to get cooking! We ended up making various authentic Thai dishes like Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce, Hot-and-Sour Prawn Soup, Summer Rolls, Green Thai Curry with Chicken and more. Our favorite was the Green Papaya Salad and Sticky Rice with Mango, YUM! Our instructor was very helpful while we were cooking, walking around and checking in with everyone. We weren’t a really small class, but he was still able to give us all personal instruction and fully answer each of our questions. The aromas of our Thai dishes tickled our noses the entire time in the kitchen and we weren’t completely satisfied until we were all sitting down to the meal we had just prepared with a refreshing regional beer or wine in hand. Most of the Vimbly folks opted for the beers, which we highly recommend as it goes so well with the heat of these dishes.

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