Gourmandise Technique Classes
Our suite of Technique Classes are designed to give you solid foundational skills in a particular area of cooking. You will learn how to cook and feel confident in the kitchen. Many people take each class individually to round out their skills as a whole and are thus able to build a course so to speak according to their schedules.
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE: Knife Skills
A “Must-Take” class! Hone your skills in this most important cooking technique class. Knowing how to handle and care for your knives the right way will change how you cook. Great for novice and frequent cooks, this class focuses on proper handling of a knife, making clean cuts, feeling confident with various knives and how to care for them. Watch, learn and practice your new found skills AND create a delicious dinner menu too!
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE: Sauces
Learn the secrets of a perfect pan sauce, as well as a variety of make-ahead sauces to enhance poultry, meat, fish and vegetables dishes in this three-hour class. Come hungry, as you will make romesco sauce with grilled shrimp, aioli with roasted potatoes, tapenade toasts; chicken with balsamic port reduction sauce, salsa verde with polenta. A great sauce can change everything!
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE: Chicken
Break it down… the chicken that is! Chicken is a staple for weeknight meals, so you must learn the basics, and then some to have variety. We’re going to up your game with our Chicken Technique class. You’ll learn to break down that bird – and then roast, sauté, sear, braise and fry your way to chicken perfection.
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE: Eggs
Crack open a world of easy egg cookery. We will guide you through the anatomy of the egg and the building blocks of perfect egg dishes. Mastering the omelet is said to be a hallmark of an accomplished chef. You will learn how to make the perfect rolled omelet; the tricks to the fluffy scramble, how make shirred, coddled, poached, and fried eggs. If that isn’t enough we teach you how to top it all off with amazingly easy hollandaise sauce and make the most of your egg whites with the classic baked Alaska!
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE: Beef
In this hands-on lecture, demo and cooking class, you will learn the basics of selecting, storing and cooking beef successfully. This class is designed to teach you how to cook and feel confident in the kitchen. Oh! And eat delicious food too.
GOURMANDISE TECHNIQUE: Fish
In this hands-on lecture, demo and cooking class, you will learn the basics of selecting, storing and cooking fish successfully. This class includes working with at least 3 different kinds of fish, depending on season. Techniques covered are searing, braising and sautéing fish. Impress your friends with decadent dishes as you learn the secrets of seafood cooking.
August 2 - Friday at 10:30 am Chef Nigel Henderson
September 22 - Sunday at 2:30pm Chef Nigel Henderson
October 18 - Friday at 10:00am Chef Nigel Henderson
At The Gourmandise School, we focus on the best techniques and use local sustainable ingredients whenever possible. Our produce is sourced twice weekly from the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Our fresh seafood comes from Santa Monica Seafood. We use sustainable poultry such as Mary’s Free Range Chicken, and get our beef from Whole Foods or other sustainable providers.