Cooking Fundamentals Part I: 5-Day Bootcamp

$835 per person

Our Fundamentals classes are designed to give home cooks a solid foundation of skills for everyday cooking and baking. They will build your confidence, equip you with techniques, and provide you with abundant inspiration in the kitchen.

What You'll Learn

By the end of the class, you will:

  • Master basic knife skills
  • Know how to properly balance flavors and seasonings
  • Learn essential techniques and apply them to a variety of dishes

About This Class

Anyone looking to gain confidence and intuition in the kitchen needs to learn some basic skills and techniques. Aimed at the novice cook, Cooking Fundamentals Part I will show you how to plan, prep, and season, and introduce quick sautés and comforting braises over the course of this five-session series.

Meeting every day over five consecutive days, each session will cover methods and ratios that act as “base recipes” from which you’ll be able to prepare many variations. The toolkit you develop over the course of this series will help you understand the basics of how and why things work in the kitchen, how to make food with balanced flavors and proper seasoning, and how to execute a basic set of fundamentals skills. Once you complete the series, you can graduate to Cooking Fundamentals Part II where your focus will dive much deeper into the next level of kitchen skills.

Menu

Day 1

Learn to take control of your chef’s knife: slicing, dicing and improving your prep skills, and understand which kitchen tools are really essential for the home cook.

Day 2

Learn the art of timing in the kitchen while becoming more efficient through organized prep and planning, or “mise-en-place”. We will cover how to read a recipe, stock a pantry, and which cookware and essential tools to use for all your tasks.

Day 3

Seasoning food and balancing flavors in an art. We will practice it many times, starting with how to properly use salt, make vinaigrettes, prepare homemade stocks, and create dishes that taste amazing.  Identifying herbs and spices, and knowing when to use them, always makes your cooking game stronger.

Day 4

Sautéing is an essential cooking method and properly sautéed proteins can be the base for a simple but bold pan sauce once you know a few key tricks. You’ll try several variations, and also start some simple baking lessons with light, fluffy biscuits, and your new go-to basic butter cake and tart dough.

Day 5

Braising and Stewing let you take tougher cuts of meat and cook them until they are melt-in-your-mouth tender. From a Thai Curry to a Coq au Vin, the methods are basically the same and you’ll master them in a way that lets you create your own amazing dishes.

 

 

 

 

Details

  • Wine included
  • Full meal served in class
  • Work in teams
  • Five-session series
  • Ages 18+

FAQ

What is the format of a typical cooking class?

The average duration of our cooking classes is 4 hours, and they are broken down into three segments: Introductory lecture or demo, hands-on cooking, and eating.

The class will begin with a short discussion or demo from your instructor. After, you can expect to work either on a team or individually to prepare the class menu. As a group, your class will prepare the selected menu in its entirety. In most classes, not every student will make every dish.

Learning happens throughout the class, and your instructor will often call out key techniques as they happen in each recipe.

Most classes conclude by sitting down as a group to eat what you’ve prepared, followed by a discussion of each recipe. You will leave with a copy of the recipe packet and a working knowledge of every dish that was made so you can recreate them at home.

When should I arrive for my class?

Doors open 15 minutes before the class start time.

What do I need to bring with me to class?

You do not need to bring anything with you to class, unless otherwise noted in the class description. The kitchens at SFCS are fully equipped and aprons, recipes, equipment, food and wine are all provided for you. 

Do I need to eat before class?

In most classes, you will be sitting down to eat a complete meal that you have prepared along with your classmates. Since this typically occurs towards the end of the class period, an appetizer or small plate is usually prepared early on in class. However, you’re welcome to additionally have a snack before you arrive or bring one with you.

Please note, for our Baking & Pastry classes, a light meal will be provided for you.

What should I wear to class?

We suggest wearing casual clothing you can easily move around in, and highly recommend wearing comfortable closed-toe shoes. Long hair should be pulled back.

What happens if I can’t make it to one of the classes in a series?

If you can’t make it to a class in a three, five or six-week series, you are welcome to send a friend for family member in your place. Please notify us if someone else will be attending a class in your place. 
Unfortunately, due to the small size of our classes, we do not offer make-up classes for missed sessions in a series.

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Cancellation Policy

Any cancellation up to two weeks prior to your class start date will be refunded 100%. Cancellations up to 5 days before your class start date will qualify for an online credit to be applied to another class. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations received less than 5 days before your class start date, however, you may always send a friend in your place if you’re unable to attend.

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