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5207

Mon, Sep. 10, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
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Mon, Nov. 5, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
(Series added on Jan.7 2019) 9-Wk.Pro Culinary Arts Series-Cooking Fundamentals For The Serious Cook
 

Please note that we have added another Pro Series I beginning Jan 7, 2019. Please visit that date on the calendar to register.  Thank you! 

This series has become wildly popular with many graduating classes already under our belt. It continues to sell out quickly, so register early. Whether your desire is to build upon your existing skills or jumpstart your passion for cooking, we promise this professional chef series will change the way you approach your kitchen!Pro Series

Designed after a typical first year of chef training, and taught by seasoned culinary professionals, this 9-week course will take your cooking skills to a new level. If you’re serious about learning to cook… and you think you might look pretty darn good in a white chefs' jacket, then join us.   

  •  Students are required to wear a white chefs' jacket to each class. (Available for purchase with 10% Pro Series student discount in our Kitchen Shop™)

MONDAY'S beginning 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29 & 11/5

6:30-9:30

Series fee - $1125 

Hands On

Includes: Tastings, Binder for recipes & handouts, Toque, and 10% Pro Series student discounts on Chefs' Jacket and CCKC Pro Series Cookware (Available for purchase in our Kitchen Shop™.)

Think you’re ready to take your cooking skills to the “next level”? Do you think you’d look pretty good in a chef coat? Then find out more about our Professional Culinary Arts Classes & Series™ for the serious cook where you can build upon your existing skills, or jumpstart your passion for cooking. For more information about our Professional Culinary Arts Series™ and Professional Culinary Arts Classes™ cooking classes, click here.

“Professional Culinary Arts Classes & Series™” are trademarks and service marks of The Culinary Center of Kansas City®

If you plan to attend this class with another party who signed up separately, please add their name(s) to the COMMENTS section of your online registration so that we can seat you together; otherwise we cannot ensure that you will be seated together for the class. If you register for multiple students at one time, that registration will prompt you to supply the names of all students you are registering and we will know to seat you together.  Thank you!

PRO SERIES I

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Class 1: KNIFE SKILLS 
In this first important class, you’ll learn how to identify and purchase knives, maintenance, the anatomy of a knife, shapes, how to hold and feel for balance and proper weight, storage principles, how to hone and sharpen, how to hold a knife properly, rocking and chopping, and the chef’s “claw.” You won’t just be introduced to your knives. You’ll receive serious hands-on experience as well as learn the basic “cuts” using a knife. A class that you can truly build upon.

Class 2: MEATS
Excellent chefs know that there are appropriate cooking methods for each cut of meat. The knowledge learned today will be applied to recipes you choose to cook for the rest of your life. Meat identification; preparation techniques; trimming; applications to cooking methods such as roasting, braising, marinating (with and without a vacuum seal); sautéing; grilling; quick cooking and pan searing. 
  

Class 3: SEAFOOD

We will cover the different styles of seafood and the cooking methods that pair with them. You’ll learn seafood identification, prepping and trimming for the various cooking methods, freshness testing, proper storage and much more. You’ll learn easy methods for ensuring freshness and for opening oysters and clams. We’ll learn as we create some fabulous seafood dishes.

Class 4: VEGETABLES
Fundamentals of vegetable cookery including identification, prepping (an essential part of every vegetable dish) and cooking techniques. We’ll learn which vegetables are best for the various cooking methods such as sautéing, roasting, glazing, stewing and steaming. All vegetable cooking methods will be covered including blanching and shocking to preserve freshness and color. We’ll work together as we make tasting samples of some perfect vegetable preparations!

Class 5: MOIST HEAT COOKING
This class will cover all aspects of moist heat cooking including such techniques as steaming, “en papillote” (in paper), poaching and braising. Once mastered, these methods are extremely easy to apply to various foods. You’ll learn which “proteins” are best for each of the methods, proper prepping, cooking and serving techniques. We’ll also learn “shallow poaching” and some simple sauce-making skills.  
 
Class 6: DRY HEAT COOKING
This course will teach dry heat cooking techniques such as searing, roasting, broiling and grilling. We’ll learn about protein fibers and what happens to them during the various cooking methods. We’ll take a look at which proteins are best for the various cooking methods and we’ll explore some combination methods (such as searing then roasting) and why this works so well. Prepping, cooking, serving, carving, etc.
 

Class 7: THE MOTHER SAUCES
Tonight it’s all about the art of sauce-making as we deconstruct the basic Mother Sauces of Tomato, Velouté, Bechamel, Espagnole and Hollandaise. Along with this knowledge comes preparation of thickening agents and stocks as well as how to use these preparations in dishes. You’ll learn in an intensive hands-on setting. 
 

Class 8: “SMALL” SAUCES
You know the Mother Sauces now so tonight we’ll build upon that knowledge by teaching how to make some interesting and easy “small sauces.” We will learn to deglaze a pan using the drippings and/or wine to infuse flavors. Learn to make and use a beurre manie to finish and thicken your sauce or gravy. All these methods will be taught in a power-packed “hands-on” class. 
 

CLASS 9: FINAL DINNER COMPETITION
It’s the grand finale to our Professional Culinary Arts Program. Tonight we’ll practice what we’ve learned throughout the 8 weeks we’ve cooked together. The class will be divided into groups with each team challenged to create a dish that uses what you’ve learned. Not to worry, the instructor will be walking the room to give advice and assist. When you’ve placed your dish on the Grand Buffet you’ll have an opportunity to explain your cooking processes and get feedback from your colleagues and from the teacher himself.

(Spouse or significant other may join us at 8 pm for the Final Dinner for an additional $50 fee plus 5-day advance reservation. Please make this payment directly to the class assistant during the 8th class in the series.)

0 openings available

$1125.00

Richard McPeake

Class/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
5380

Thu, Dec. 27, 2018 @ 10:00 AM
to
Fri, Dec. 28, 2018 @ 10:00 AM
Junior Chefs: 'Let’s Learn to Cook' 2-Day Boot Camp
 

Junior Chefs We think this class would make a great holiday gift idea for your favorite budding chef...just sayin'!

This brand NEW 2-day cooking basics Boot Camp was designed specifically for junior chefs (9-14), with a curriculum developed by Executive Chef Richard McPeake, a Culinary Institute of America graduate. It’s packed full of serious culinary education and hands-on experiences that you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere for your young chef, and a no-nonsense, easy-to understand approach taught in a way that will challenge and inspire the kids to pursue a lifelong love of all things culinary! See full class descriptions below.

Day 1: Kitchen Fundamentals and Knife Skills
Day 2: Basics of Sauce-Making

(Lunch & Tastings)  

Hands On

Thu. 12/27 & Fri. 12/28   

10:00-3:00

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Day 1: Kitchen Fundamentals and Knife Skills

Essential Knife Skills to learn proper slicing, dicing, mincing and chiffonade techniques plus knife “hold” and “chef’s claw.” We’ll cover measuring techniques and learn the importance of “mise en place” as we create Classic Italian Minestrone, a kid-friendly version of Julia’s Beef Bourguignon, Sliced Apples with Honey Sour Cream Dip and Vegetable Crudité with Creamy Ranch Dip.

Day 2: Basic of Sauce-Making

Today we’ll learn how to make basic “Mother Sauces” and how to use them in a variety of dishes. We’ll learn what a “roux” is and how and why to make it as we create three of sauces: Béchamel (for our made-from-scratch Mac & Cheese); Brown Sauce (pairs perfectly with beef); and Tomato Sauce (to top the pasta we’ll learn to cook and season). Once our Mother sauces are done the kids will learn to use them to make delicious dishes like 9 Cheese Mac & Cheese that you’ll enjoy for today’s lunch. Next, we’ll use the brown sauce to make Chicken Chasseur, and for our grand finale, we’ll make one of Chef Richard’s favorite childhood foods, Homemade ‘Spag-O’s’ topped with fresh-made Tomato sauce. Yum! 

Important:  We require a waiver to be signed on behalf of each student by a parent or legal guardian prior to your child’s admittance to this class.  This waiver requests a phone number where you can be reached during the class if necessary, and names of any additional people who are authorized to pick up the child after class.  Click here for a copy of this Waiver.  We strongly encourage you to print off a copy of this Waiver and bring it to class with your student.  If we don’t receive a signed Waiver, your child will not be allowed to attend class.  We are sorry but we cannot make any exceptions to this rule.  If someone other than the parent drops off your child, they will need evidence that they are the legal guardian for your child in order to sign a Waiver at that time.  For safety reasons, we also recommend that students under 18 wear close-toed shoes, long pants and have long hair pulled back.

NOTE: So that your kids have the best possible experience and the instructors have their full attention, our policy is that only registered students are allowed in the classroom while classes are in session.  Parents should plan to pick up their students at the end of the advertised hours for their class. We thank you for your cooperation!

You do not need to be a member of the Junior Chefs Academy™ to take this class. To find out more about our Junior Chefs Academy™ program, click here.

We are dedicated to offering age-appropriate kids cooking classes. From Tiny Tots In the Kitchen™ (2-4) to Li’l Kids In The Kitchen™ (5-8) to our popular Junior Chefs in the Kitchen™ (9-14) classes for young chefs who are interested in becoming more proficient and self-assured cooks. For more information about our kids’ cooking classes, click here.

“Junior Chefs in the Kitchen™”, “Junior Chefs Academy™”, “Li’l Kids in the Kitchen™” & “Tiny Tots in the Kitchen™” are trademarks and service marks of The Culinary Center of Kansas City®

 

If you plan to attend this class with another party who signed up separately, please add their name(s) to the COMMENTS section of your online registration so that we can seat you together; otherwise we cannot ensure that you will be seated together for the class. If you register for multiple students at one time, that registration will prompt you to supply the names of all students you are registering and we will know to seat you together.  Thank you!

 

20 openings available

$249.00

Richard McPeake

 
Class/Date Description Openings/Price/Location
5405

Mon, Jan. 7, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
to
Mon, Mar. 4, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
9-Wk.Professional Culinary Arts Series -Cooking Fundamentals For The Serious Cook
 

Pro Series

Great Christmas gift idea! 

This series has become wildly popular with many graduating classes already under our belt. It continues to sell out quickly, so register early. Whether your desire is to build upon your existing skills or jumpstart your passion for cooking, we promise this professional chef series will change the way you approach your kitchen!

Designed after a typical first year of chef training, and taught by seasoned culinary professionals, this 9-week course will take your cooking skills to a new level. If you’re serious about learning to cook… and you think you might look pretty darn good in a white chefs' jacket, then join us.   

  •  Students are required to wear a white chefs' jacket to each class. (Available for purchase with 10% Pro Series student discount in our Kitchen Shop™)

MONDAY'S beginning 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4/2019

6:30-9:30

Series fee - $1125 

Hands On

Includes: Tastings, Binder for recipes & handouts, Toque, and 10% Pro Series student discounts on Chefs' Jacket and CCKC Pro Series Cookware (Available for purchase in our Kitchen Shop™.)

Think you’re ready to take your cooking skills to the “next level”? Do you think you’d look pretty good in a chef coat? Then find out more about our Professional Culinary Arts Classes & Series™ for the serious cook where you can build upon your existing skills, or jumpstart your passion for cooking. For more information about our Professional Culinary Arts Series™ and Professional Culinary Arts Classes™ cooking classes, click here.

“Professional Culinary Arts Classes & Series™” is a trademark and service mark of The Culinary Center of Kansas City®

If you plan to attend this class with another party who signed up separately, please add their name(s) to the COMMENTS section of your online registration so that we can seat you together; otherwise we cannot ensure that you will be seated together for the class. If you register for multiple students at one time, that registration will prompt you to supply the names of all students you are registering and we will know to seat you together.  Thank you!

PRO SERIES I

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Class 1: KNIFE SKILLS 
In this first important class, you’ll learn how to identify and purchase knives, maintenance, the anatomy of a knife, shapes, how to hold and feel for balance and proper weight, storage principles, how to hone and sharpen, how to hold a knife properly, rocking and chopping, and the chef’s “claw.” You won’t just be introduced to your knives. You’ll receive serious hands-on experience as well as learn the basic “cuts” using a knife. A class that you can truly build upon.

Class 2: MEATS
Excellent chefs know that there are appropriate cooking methods for each cut of meat. The knowledge learned today will be applied to recipes you choose to cook for the rest of your life. Meat identification; preparation techniques; trimming; applications to cooking methods such as roasting, braising, marinating (with and without a vacuum seal); sautéing; grilling; quick cooking and pan searing. 
  

Class 3: SEAFOOD

We will cover the different styles of seafood and the cooking methods that pair with them. You’ll learn seafood identification, prepping and trimming for the various cooking methods, freshness testing, proper storage and much more. You’ll learn easy methods for ensuring freshness and for opening oysters and clams. We’ll learn as we create some fabulous seafood dishes.

Class 4: VEGETABLES
Fundamentals of vegetable cookery including identification, prepping (an essential part of every vegetable dish) and cooking techniques. We’ll learn which vegetables are best for the various cooking methods such as sautéing, roasting, glazing, stewing and steaming. All vegetable cooking methods will be covered including blanching and shocking to preserve freshness and color. We’ll work together as we make tasting samples of some perfect vegetable preparations!

Class 5: MOIST HEAT COOKING
This class will cover all aspects of moist heat cooking including such techniques as steaming, “en papillote” (in paper), poaching and braising. Once mastered, these methods are extremely easy to apply to various foods. You’ll learn which “proteins” are best for each of the methods, proper prepping, cooking and serving techniques. We’ll also learn “shallow poaching” and some simple sauce-making skills.  
 
Class 6: DRY HEAT COOKING
This course will teach dry heat cooking techniques such as searing, roasting, broiling and grilling. We’ll learn about protein fibers and what happens to them during the various cooking methods. We’ll take a look at which proteins are best for the various cooking methods and we’ll explore some combination methods (such as searing then roasting) and why this works so well. Prepping, cooking, serving, carving, etc.
 

Class 7: THE MOTHER SAUCES
Tonight it’s all about the art of sauce-making as we deconstruct the basic Mother Sauces of Tomato, Velouté, Bechamel, Espagnole and Hollandaise. Along with this knowledge comes preparation of thickening agents and stocks as well as how to use these preparations in dishes. You’ll learn in an intensive hands-on setting. 
 

Class 8: “SMALL” SAUCES
You know the Mother Sauces now so tonight we’ll build upon that knowledge by teaching how to make some interesting and easy “small sauces.” We will learn to deglaze a pan using the drippings and/or wine to infuse flavors. Learn to make and use a beurre manie to finish and thicken your sauce or gravy. All these methods will be taught in a power-packed “hands-on” class. 
 

CLASS 9: FINAL DINNER COMPETITION
It’s the grand finale to our Professional Culinary Arts Program. Tonight we’ll practice what we’ve learned throughout the 8 weeks we’ve cooked together. The class will be divided into groups with each team challenged to create a dish that uses what you’ve learned. Not to worry, the instructor will be walking the room to give advice and assist. When you’ve placed your dish on the Grand Buffet you’ll have an opportunity to explain your cooking processes and get feedback from your colleagues and from the teacher himself.

(Spouse or significant other may join us at 8 pm for the Final Dinner for an additional $50 fee plus 5-day advance reservation. Please make this payment directly to the class assistant during the 8th class in the series.)

16 openings available

$1125.00

Richard McPeake

 
 
   

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