Home Cooking New York

Home Cooking New York

Cooking
SoHo, New York, New York
(1506 Reviews)

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.

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 instructors:

Jennifer Clair is a culinary instructor and the founder of Home Cooking New York. Before launching the school in 2002, she honed her editorial chops as the former Food Editor at Martha Stewart Living and Recipes Editor at The Wall Street Journal. She graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education on a full James Beard Foundation scholarship. She is the author of Six Basic Cooking Techniques: Culinary Essentials for the Home Cook (https://tinyurl.com/ycthk85s), a cookbook based on the best-selling class at the school.

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, and has just completed the pilot episode of her new web series, Funny People Making Food.

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

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.

There is no sit-down meal for the following classes:

The Baking Basics

Holiday Candy Workshop

Bubbles and Truffles: Candy Making for Adults


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.

Reviews of Home Cooking New York

(1506 Reviews)
Knife Skills 101

1/8/2020
Kristen N.

Attended: Knife Skills 101


This was a really useful class that was approachable even for beginners like me. Jennifer is a great instructor. Her demonstrations are easy to follow and she makes the class fun by peppering in (pun intended!) some of her back story, plus lots of helpful kitchen tips that went way beyond just knife skills. I felt like I got a lot out of it - not just a sharpening stone and the confidence to use a chef's knife and start cooking more vegetables, but a delicious meal with some friendly people too!

Cheesemaking Workshop

12/29/2019
Elissa S.

Attended: Cheesemaking Workshop


Practical intro to cheese making. I feel like I picked up a new skill.

Cheesemaking Workshop

12/29/2019
Toros A.

Attended: Cheesemaking Workshop


Great class. Learned a lot.

Gnocchi and Risotto Workshop

12/25/2019
John C.

Attended: Gnocchi and Risotto Workshop


Truly a fun and educational class. Jennifer was extremely knowledgeable and open. The class was welcoming and easy to follow. Would definitely do again and will recommend to friends.

Six Basic Cooking Techniques

12/24/2019
Hossam F.

Attended: Six Basic Cooking Techniques


It was a fun experience. Lived up to all my expectations. Erica is a great teacher. I learnt a lot in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Quick & Ridiculously Delicious Dinners

12/23/2019
Marcia W.

Attended: Quick & Ridiculously Delicious Dinners


There is no perfect but class was great! So was the food!

Spanish Paella and Tapas

12/21/2019
Susan W.

Attended: Spanish Paella and Tapas


Erica is a fabulous teacher Great way to spend an evening- great recipes and congenital classmates

The Best Weekend Brunch

12/17/2019
Barbara S.

Attended: The Best Weekend Brunch


Erica was fantastic! So incredibly knowledgeable, a great teacher and also really funny. The space was perfect, just the right size, all the right tools, comfortable, easy to find. We had a great time I would recommend this class to anyone!

Holiday Candy Workshop

12/15/2019
Nancy A.

Attended: Holiday Candy Workshop


Erica was very nice and prompt but the class lacked equipment. there was 1 pot, 1 broken burner, and all we did was watch her most of the time, it was supposed to be a full participation class according to the description, but all we did was watch Erica then finally at 8:15 we rushed to coat the truffles and make the candy canes at the last 20-30 minutes of the class...Wow we got to take turns stirring the ganache, for 5 seconds each, we should have had our own batches to make. The batches were so small and there was 10 people in the class. Very disappointing and won’t book with u again. This was my 3 cookie or chocolate class in 2 weeks and the only one that was good was with Katie in Brooklyn, the macaroon class in the hotel in NY and this one were the worst. Very disappointing

French Bistro Classics

12/14/2019
Jessica M.

Attended: French Bistro Classics


Such a great class! John was awesome. So fun, delicious, informative, and personable!

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158 Grand St Stu 206, New York, New York 10013
Home Cooking New York
SoHo, Manhattan
158 Grand St Stu 206
Btwn Lafayette & Centre Streets
New York, New York 10013

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

Upcoming Classes at Home Cooking New York

Southern BBQ
Southern BBQ
Next start date:

Sunday Jan 19th, 12pm - 2:30pm

Pork Lovers Workshop
Pork Lovers Workshop
Next start date:

Thursday Jan 30th, 6pm - 8:30pm

Fresh Pasta Workshop: Linguine + Lasagna + Gnocchi
Fresh Pasta Workshop: Linguine + Lasagna + Gnocchi
Next start date:

Friday Jan 31st, 11am - 1:30pm

Handmade Mexican Tacos
Handmade Mexican Tacos
Next start date:

Saturday Feb 1st, 6pm - 8:30pm

How to Cook Duck
How to Cook Duck
Next start date:

Friday Feb 7th, 6pm - 8:30pm

Asian Soups + Stews: Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese + Thai
Asian Soups + Stews: Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese + Thai
Next start date:

Sunday Feb 9th, 12pm - 2:30pm

Valentine's Day Cooking for Couples
Valentine's Day Cooking for Couples
Next start date:

Friday Feb 14th, 12pm - 2:30pm

Culinary Boot Camp: For Amateur Cooks
Culinary Boot Camp: For Amateur Cooks
Next start date:

Monday Feb 17th, 6pm - 9pm

How to Grocery Shop in Today's Supermarket
How to Grocery Shop in Today's Supermarket
Next start date:

Tuesday Feb 18th, 6pm - 8pm

Introduction to Persian Cooking
Introduction to Persian Cooking
Next start date:

Friday Feb 21st, 11am - 1:30pm

Vegan Suppers for Everyone
Vegan Suppers for Everyone
Next start date:

Saturday Feb 22nd, 12pm - 2:30pm

Homemade Pho (Vietnamese Favorites)
Homemade Pho (Vietnamese Favorites)
Next start date:

Saturday Feb 22nd, 6pm - 8:30pm

The Best Asian Noodles Dishes
The Best Asian Noodles Dishes
Next start date:

Friday Feb 28th, 6pm - 8:30pm

The Baking Basics
The Baking Basics
Next start date:

Saturday Feb 29th, 12pm - 2:30pm

Bagel and Soft Pretzel Workshop
Bagel and Soft Pretzel Workshop
Next start date:

Sunday Mar 1st, 12pm - 2:30pm

Six Basic Cooking Techniques
Six Basic Cooking Techniques
Next start date:

Thursday Mar 5th, 6pm - 8:30pm

Spanish Paella and Tapas
Spanish Paella and Tapas
Next start date:

Friday Mar 6th, 6pm - 8:30pm

Thai Food: Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet
Thai Food: Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet
Next start date:

Sunday Mar 8th, 12pm - 2:30pm

Cooking from the Pantry (Quick Weeknight Meals)
Cooking from the Pantry (Quick Weeknight Meals)
Next start date:

Wednesday Mar 11th, 6pm - 8:30pm

How to Cook Fish
How to Cook Fish
Next start date:

Thursday Mar 12th, 11am - 1:30pm

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