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Culinary Boot Camp for Beginners

at Home Cooking New York

Course Details
$295 8 seats left
Start Date:

Mon, Feb 06, 6:00pm - Mar 06, 8:00pm Eastern Time (5 sessions)

Virtual Classroom
Purchase Options
Class Level: Advanced
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 10
System Requirements:

You will need a reliable Internet connection as well as a computer or device with which you can access your virtual class. We recommend you arrive to class 5-10 minutes early to ensure you're able to set up your device and connection. 

Additionally, if the class is more than just a lecture you will likely want any materials listed in the course description as "Materials Needed to Participate Fully", though you're welcome to purchase a seat and sit in and just watch.

Class Delivery:

The class will be held via Zoom

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this culinary (meals) class:

It's time to learn how to cook.

This virtual, skills-based series covers all the basic skills you'll need to feel comfortable and creative in the kitchen, now that you are spending a whole lot more time there. 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 2-hour class meets once a week for 5 consecutive weeks, beginning on the start date you choose below. Suitable for 16+.

If you already have a bit of kitchen confidence, check out our Culinary Boot Camp for Adults -- Advanced Skills. Taking Part I is not a prerequisite. 

WEEK 1: Knife Skills


  • Holding 
  • Sharpening
  • Mincing
  • Dicing
  • Slicing 
  • Julienne
  • Chiffonade

YOU'LL MAKE: The Best Vegetable Soup with Herb Pesto

WEEK 2: Vegetable Techniques


  • Blanching/Shocking
  • Roasting
  • Sautéing 
  • Seasoning Techniques (balancing salt/fat/acid)

YOU'LL MAKE: Rosemary-Roasted Potatoes, Quick Pickles, String Beans Vinaigrette, Swiss Chard with Almonds and Lemon

WEEK 3: Chicken Techniques


  • Breaking Down a Whole Chicken
  • Understanding White Meat vs. Dark Meat
  • Sautéing
  • Pan-Roasting
  • How to Make a Pan Sauce
  • How to Make a Good Stock

YOU'LL MAKE:  Chicken Breasts with White Wine Pan Sauce, Pan-Roasted Lemon-Rosemary Chicken, Chicken Stock

WEEK 4: Eggs 


  • Egg Chemistry
  • Separating Eggs
  • Whipping Whites

YOU'LL MAKE: Frittata, Poached Eggs over Greens, Dark Chocolate Torte

WEEK 5: Legumes + Grains​


  • Working with Beans
  • Dried and Canned
  • Working with Whole Grains
  • Risotto 101 

YOU'LL MAKE: Smoky Black Beans, Parmesan Risotto with Peas, Perfect Rice Pilaf

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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.

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

Still have questions? Ask the community.

Refund Policy

For Public Classes:

  • All classes are non-refundable.
  • We have a firm 48-hour cancellation policy (for credit only) to ensure that we have enough time to refill your seat with another student.
  • While it is not in our nature to say no, we are simply not able to accommodate last-minute illnesses or work-related conflicts. However, you are always welcome to send someone in your place, because we understand that these things do happen.
  • If you test positive or have been exposed to Covid, and it is less than 48 hours before your class, we will certainly work with you to find a future class for you to attend.
  • If you need to reschedule with less than 48 hours notice, please reach out directly to Home Cooking New York: [email protected].

For Culinary Bootcamps:

Boot camp registrations are not refundable, but are transferable to another boot camp if you give us more than 1 weeks’ notice if you need to change your start date.

Because of the volume of Boot Camps we offer, we cannot offer make-up classes to everyone who misses a class, as it happens too often. As a consolation we have two options for making up missed classes, provided you alert us ahead of time:

  1. Send a vaxxed friend in your place (and make them cook you a meal based on their new skills, as repayment!), or
  2. Opt for our “Plan B” program: You can register for any single class that covers the same/similar coursework you missed, provided it still has an open seat 48 hours before it runs. That way you can take another class and we are just filling empty seats. Please note, this is a last-minute, drop-in option, not something that can be scheduled more than 2 days in advance. This does require that you keep tabs on our schedule to see what is available (the number of open seats is part of every class listing).

Thank you for understanding!

Start Dates (1)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
6:00pm - 8:00pm Eastern Time TBD 5 $295
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Mon, Feb 13 6:00pm - 8:00pm Eastern Time TBD
Mon, Feb 20 6:00pm - 8:00pm Eastern Time TBD
Mon, Feb 27 6:00pm - 8:00pm Eastern Time TBD
Mon, Mar 06 6:00pm - 8:00pm Eastern Time TBD

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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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