The school, which started as a retail front, offers a variety of classes as demonstration, lectures or enhancing skills in the kitchen. Tourists find the cooking classes entertaining and educational.
The cooking school, with many demonstration, kitchens and retail operation, attracts numerous international guests, out-of-town guests and convention travelers. More than nine million visitors checked out New Orleans in 2013, according to the New Orleans Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
The demonstration and hand-on cooking classes are set up in a large room filled with round tables of 10. Set up as a television show, the kitchen is set up on a slightly raised stage and a ceiling mirror over the cooking station that allows participants to view the pots.
Each chef offers their ideas and tips on cooking. Several areas throughout the demonstration allow participant to ask for suggestions and tips.
Feeling adventurous to try out your new knowledge of cooking New Orleans cuisine? Try any of the recipe from the cookbook, then photograph the finished product. Post visitors are encouraged to upload the image on the cooking school's Facebook for a little fame and the cooking school will send a certificate of completion.
Chef Michael W. DeVidts:
If you have choice, pick Chef Michael. He pairs up his classes by cooking and teaching the history of New Orleans concurrently. He also shares the differences between the Creole and Cajun. Tips on cooking roux is explained with the history included in the presentation. Personable, friendly and knowledgeable, Chef Michael weaves stories from his childhood and how he learned how to cook through his family experiences.
Depending on classes, prices will range from $25 to $125. Other activities could include:
- Team-building activities
- Rehearsal for wedding
- Off-site activities
- Come hungry. After each course, participants can sample food. Portions are generous and abundant.
- Watching the chef on each step of the course.
- Lemonade, tea and Abita beer are available as drinks.
Plan to spend half a day, anywhere from 2.5 hours to 4 hours for a fun-filled, educational cooking session.
New Orleans Cooking School
524 St. Louis Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Tip #1: If you want to take a part of New Orleans back home, buy a cookbook.
Tip #2: Ask your chef for suggested spices that are hard to find in your hometown.
Tip #3: Online booking offers special discounts off the full price.
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