Culinary Boot Camp: Skills Intensive (6 Weeks)

at Home Cooking New York - SoHo

Course Details
$650 6 seats left
Start Date:

Mon, Jan 06, 6:00pm - Feb 10, 9:00pm (6 sessions)

SoHo, Manhattan
158 Grand St Stu 206
Btwn Lafayette & Centre Streets
New York, New York 10013
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 10

What you'll learn in this cooking techniques 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.

Each 3-hour class meets once a week for 6 consecutive weeks, beginning on the start date you choose below. 

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:

  • Sauteéd Swiss Chard with Garlic and Lemon
  • Roasted Seasonal Vegetables
  • Blanched Strings 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 ~ Poultry Pan Sauces
  • How to Make Stock ~ Basic Vinaigrette 

Recipes Include:

  • Chicken Breast with White Wine Pan Sauce
  • Pan-Roasted Lemon Chicken, Chicken Stock
  • Kale Salad 

WEEK 3: Beef Techniques 

Skills Covered:

  • Meat Techniques: Understanding Different Cuts, Searing, Sautéing, Braising
  • Meat Pan Sauces ~ Prepping and Cooking Potatoes

Recipes Include:

  • Steak with Classic Red Wine Reduction
  • Beef Bourguignon
  • Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Pommes Anna

WEEK 4: Fish + Shellfish Techniques

Skills Covered:

  • Choosing Fresh Fish (wild vs. farm-raised)
  • Fish Butchering Skills (filleting whole fish, preparing squid)
  • Fish Techniques: Sautéing, Parchment-Roasting
  • Fish Pan Sauces
  • Shellfish Techniques: Short and Long Cooking

Recipes Include:

  • Crispy Fish with Lemon-Caper Butter Sauce
  • Crisp-Skinned Fish with Fresh Green Herb Sauce
  • Whole Roasted Fish
  • Mediterranean Squid Salad

WEEK 5: Egg + Grain Techniques

Skills Covered:

  • Egg Techniques: Over-Easy, Poached, Omelets
  • Separating Eggs and Whipping Whites
  • Working with Grains

Recipes Include:

  • Perfect Omelet
  • Poached Eggs
  • Italian Vegetable Frittata
  • Jasmine Rice Pilaf
  • Creamy Risotto
  • Dark Chocolate Mousse 

WEEK 6: Dough Techniques (Pastry and Pasta)

Skills Covered:

  • Pie Crust 101
  • Working with Yeast Dough
  • Gnocchi

Recipes Include:

  • Fresh Fruit Hand Pies
  • Fresh Pita Bread
  • Ricotta Gnocchi
  • and Fattoush Salad

School Notes:
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 share at the sit-down meal.

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 worktable 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 spacial parameters of a single stove/family-style kitchen. We ask for volunteers to assist in all cooking.

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Refund Policy
We have a firm 48-hour cancellation policy to ensure that we have enough time to re-fill your seat with another student. For cancellations prior to the 48-hour mark, we are happy to offer credit for a future class.

While it is not in our nature to say no, we are not able to offer credit/refund for last-minute illnesses or work-related conflicts. However, you are always welcome to send someone in your place, because we understand these things do happen.


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Start Dates (1)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
6:00pm - 9:00pm TBD 6 $650
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Mon, Jan 13 6:00pm - 9:00pm TBD
Mon, Jan 20 6:00pm - 9:00pm TBD
Mon, Jan 27 6:00pm - 9:00pm TBD
Mon, Feb 03 6:00pm - 9:00pm TBD
Mon, Feb 10 6:00pm - 9:00pm TBD

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Question from Aileen
After the class, do I get a certificate?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Aileen! Yes, the school can provide a certificate of completion. Thanks.
Question from Andrea A.
Does the price include food? Or do we pay for food/ ingredients separately?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Andrea! The food and ingredients are included on the price. Hope this helps!
Question from Anonymous
Hi, I'm unable to attend the session starting in May. Will there be other offerings for this course? Perhaps in July? Thanks!
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! We don't have the upcoming dates yet, but you can save the class to your wishlist so you're automatically notified via e-mail the next time we add dates. Thanks!
Question from Brittany G.
Hey, this class looks awesome! I am potentially out of town for one of the scheduled dates - how does rescheduling that class work?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! We're afraid the interest in this class is too high to deal with rescheduling each student that has a conflict in one of the 6 weeks. Rescheduling is not possible, but students can always send a friend in their place (in case you are already enrolled) so someone can enjoy the class. A commitment to this class is a commitment to all 6 dates. Hope this helps!
Question from Priya O.
Is this class for beginners?
Answer from anonymous
It is indeed! A terrific class for beginner and novice home cooks looking to improve their kitchen skills.
Answer from Marianela R. Verified Student
Hey! Sorry I just saw the mail. Yes, it is and it was so much fun. I learned a lot and at the end you eat what you cooked at the end of the class.
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Reviews of Classes at Home Cooking New York (1,452)

(1452 Reviews)
Culinary Boot Camp: Skills Intensive (6 Weeks)
Reviewed by Lucie L. on 8/14/2019
I loved this class. Chef Erica was so knowledgeable, helpful and entertaining. I learned a great deal, not only in terms of practical skills, but also in terms of food science, and conscious consumerism. I also had so much fun! I looked forward to class every week. The small group size made it possible for all of us to get hands on instruction, and to enjoy each other’s company. Just wonderful in all ways. I highly recommended this class :)
Culinary Boot Camp: Skills Intensive (6 Weeks)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 3/27/2019
Bootcamp was both educational and fun. The instructor was outstanding.
Culinary Boot Camp: Skills Intensive (6 Weeks)
Reviewed by Stephen L. on 2/15/2019
Erica is both funny and an amazing teacher, and I learned way more than I thought I would. Not only that, but she also makes it easy to remember what was taught.
Culinary Boot Camp: Skills Intensive (6 Weeks)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 12/16/2018
My husband and I took this class because we're expecting a baby and I was worried about how to feed it. We loved the class so much we signed up for Bootcamp II! Erica made cooking easy and fun. She's also hilarious. We looked forward to it every week. I started going in barely knowing how to boil pasta and now I can actually make the pasta (I won't, but I can!) I highly recommend this class, no matter what level you think you might be (and, it's a great weekly date night!)
Culinary Boot Camp: Skills Intensive (6 Weeks)
Reviewed by Jason E. on 11/12/2018
Erica is really fantastic and the course was perfect for a beginner. I felt comfortable, yet challenged and once a week was frequent enough that I felt like I was making real progress. Would recommend.
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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, as well as private classes in students’ home kitchens. Their students range from absolute beginners to amateur home cooks who want to expand their culinary education....

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