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Looking to unleash your inner chef? Roll up your sleeves and join us in our state-of-the-art kitchens for hands-on cooking, baking, wine, and cocktail classes. You won’t find a better spot in Boston for hands-on cooking classes to quench any culinary appetite.

Whether you'd like to learn basic cooking techniques, create exotic meals for a dinner party, or sharpen your knife skills, the BCAE has you covered. If your interests lie mostly in liquids, try one of our cocktail or wine courses.

The BCAE also offers the opportunity to work side by side with chefs from your favorite restaurants (from Boston and beyond). Look through our list of interactive classes to see which celebrity chefs are teaching each term.

To see the description of a class, click on the class title link below. If the class you are interested in is full, you may put yourself on the wait list and we will contact you if space should become available.

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Spring has sprung and it's time to start thinking about preserving those precious flavors for the year ahead. Meg Tallon will be here to give you the basics in jam-making and preserves. You'll get hands-on making sweet and savory combinations perfect to store for the future, or give as gifts to your friends. Skills for a lifetime! 

Tuition: $55.00

Member Cost: $47.00

Materials Cost: $20.00

Schedule : Wed 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 04/26/2017

Instructor : Meg Tallon 

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- Fresh Pea and Roasted Tomatoes with Chives - Fava Bean, Fennel and Baby Spinach - Arugula and Spring Onion - Oven Roasted Asparagus and Shrimp Don't let preparing risotto intimidate you! Our own ambassador of arborio, Diane Manteca, is here to show you how to master this Italian comfort classic. You'll stir yourself silly preparing some seasonal rice righteousness! Between you and me, there's probably a glass or two of vino to wash it all down with too. 

Tuition: $65.00

Member Cost: $55.00

Materials Cost: $18.00

Schedule : Wed 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 04/26/2017

Instructor : Diane Manteca 

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We are thrilled to welcome James Beard award winner, and Food & Wine Magazine's "Best New Chef" Award winner, Chef Tim Cushman, for a one-time exclusive class here at the BCAE. This is an exclusive hands-on class in the art of Japanese home cookery, much like what is featured at his latest smash hit in Fenway, Hojoko. Chef Tim is also internationally recognized for his fine dining Omakase restaurant, Oya, in Boston's leather district & also in New York City. Not to be missed!   

Tuition: $70.00

Member Cost: $60.00

Materials Cost: $15.00

Schedule : Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 04/27/2017

Instructor : Tim Cushman 

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Are there lots of picky eaters in your family, who complain at the mere mention of vegetables? Whether it’s a veggie-hating child or a reluctant husband, we’ll create healthy, vegan meals that closely resemble their unhealthy, meat and dairy-based versions. Spaghetti and meatballs, mac and cheese, Shepard’s pie…they all can easily be made plant-based and good-for-you, without your kids ever knowing the difference! We’ll learn about how to revamp all your favorite classic replaces and what kitchen staples to keep on hand that will have your family saying “I can’t believe it’s not dairy!".  

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $18.00

Schedule : Mon 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/01/2017

Instructor : Lisa Kelly  

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Chef Alex Saenz of Bisq Restaurant & Wine Bar, is taking Cambridge (& Boston!) by storm with his famous fried chicken. With a combination of influences from his Peruvian heritage, to growing up in Charleston, South Carolina, he's making us Yankees crazy with his crunchy bird. Come join Alex for this once-only opportunity to learn his secrets to the greatest fried chicken imaginable, with all the sides to boot.   

Tuition: $70.00

Member Cost: $60.00

Materials Cost: $15.00

Schedule : Mon 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/01/2017

Instructor : Chef Alex Saenz 

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Stretching from the midnight sun of northern Norway to the flat, fertile fields of Denmark, Scandinavian food culture is a lot more varied than you might think. That said, several dishes and ingredients link all the regions together, bringing a uniquely Nordic food experience to life. Scandinavian food is simple, referred to as ‘husmanskost’ – farmer’s fare. It’s natural and honest, made with the staple produce found on the land. Come learn more in this hands-on cooking class where you will discover how to recreate this unique cuisine in your own kitchen. 

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $22.00

Schedule : Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/02/2017

Instructor : Genevieve Forde  

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- A Variety of Steaks (including NY Strip, Lamb Steak & Pork Chops) - Homemade Condiments (including compound butters) - Vegetable Side Dishes - Pan Sauces Cooking a perfect piece of meat is one the great gauges of a cook's ability in the kitchen. Chef Lars Liebisch will be here to show you how to choose, prepare, season, and cook perfect steaks with incredible condiments & side dishes. You'll get an insider's look into vital techniques including pan selection, the all-important resting process and how to check for done-ness. 

Tuition: $65.00

Member Cost: $55.00

Materials Cost: $20.00

Schedule : Tue 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/02/2017

Instructor : Lars Liebisch 

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- Marinara Basil Sauce - Summer Basil Pesto - Gorgonzola and Proscuitto - Creamy Chicken and Wild Mushroom I think most of us could happily eat pasta every night of the week! Diane Manteca will make sure you've got some essential pasta sauces in your repertoire to give you the perfect excuse. Whether you're a beginner to Italian cuisine, or just looking to boost your arsenal, come learn from one of the masters of Italian home cooking. 

Tuition: $65.00

Member Cost: $55.00

Materials Cost: $18.00

Schedule : Wed 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/03/2017

Instructor : Diane Manteca 

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- Shreekhand (Thickened and Sweetened Yoghurt Dessert) - Potatoes with Stuffing - Chole (Curried Chickpeas) - Poori (Deep-fried Whole Wheat Bread) - Coconut Rice - Vegetable Pakora In a traditional Indian kitchen, there are some never-fail recipes that are handed down from generation to generation.  They incorporate all the basic spices and old world techniques but are deceptively simple to prepare.  In this class, each region of India will be represented with their own classic recipes. Come, explore this rich and varied cuisine!  

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $20.00

Schedule : Wed 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/03/2017

Instructor : Shruti Mehta  

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- Grilled Pork, Lime & Cilantro Tacos - Burgers with Mozzarella, Spinach & Arugula Pesto - Thai Chicken and Mango Stir Fry - Oven Baked Mediterranean Salmon Back Pocket Dinners are meals you can make in short time and with just a few ingredients.  They are an important staple of everyday life for people who are busy but still enjoy eating at home.  Learn how to make the most of what you already have in your cupboard by simply adding some fish, chicken, or pasta that you can quickly pick up at the store on your way home from work.  No need to order takeout when you can create a delicious simple meal at home!  Join Chef Diane for an evening of good food and wine and good habits.  

Tuition: $65.00

Member Cost: $55.00

Materials Cost: $18.00

Schedule : Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/04/2017

Instructor : Diane Manteca 

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Fig & Stilton Salad with Port Wine Dressing Chicken Lyonnaise Scones Cottage Pie Pimms Cup Like the rest of us, you're obsessed with the show, and your mouth waters every time the Granthams sit down for a meal. Come join our own Mrs Patmore & Daisy rolled into one, Genevieve Forde, as you get hands-on making some classic fare authentic to the food and cooking of the time. You'll all get to sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor, but without the meddling glances of Thomas! 

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $51.00

Materials Cost: $22.00

Schedule : Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/04/2017

Instructor : Genevieve Forde  

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Sushi is as much fun to make as it is to eat. In this class, you'll learn how to prepare different types of sushi such as maki, nigiri, and futomaki. You'll also get hands-on experience practicing rolling techniques. And because each ingredient used in making sushi is essential to a successful outcome, we'll spend time talking about how and where to shop for the highest-quality ingredients.

Tuition: $65.00

Member Cost: $55.00

Materials Cost: $25.00

Schedule : Fri 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/05/2017

Instructor : Multiple Instructor :
 2.Kevin Chang  1.Ginny Chang 

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