Virtual cooking classes with local chefs


    Avery Centrella wrote this story for Tallahassee Desk

    If you happen to’re in search of a option to sharpen your cooking expertise within the consolation of your individual kitchen, Tallahassee’s chefs have your again. Throughout the stay-at-home order, get artistic and discover ways to create restaurant-level meals. 

    Culinary execs, together with chef Nikki Pettineo, Leon Brunson and Madison Social’s Cooking Employees are offering demos and answering questions in real-time. Discover which digital class can greatest enable you to flip you right into a world-class chef in your individual dwelling.

    Chef Nikki’s class on YouTube

    Nikki Pettineo

    Partnered with RedEye, Chef Nikki has arrange a system the place you possibly can decide up your meal package at their Midtown location, and whip up a top-notch meal proper at dwelling alongside her encouraging instruction.

    Not solely does Nikki host digital classes, however she’s additionally labored as knowledgeable chef, began a catering enterprise, instructed cooking classes regionally, and created the all-purpose spice mix, Professional Seasoning. 

    Nikki is a Licensed Govt Chef by the American Culinary Federation, earned a culinary arts diploma from Johnson and Wales College in addition to a bachelor’s diploma in Culinary Arts and Meals Service Administration. 

    Previous to working in Tallahassee, Nikki started her culinary practices as a non-public chef for skilled athletes, opened Bash Wine Cafe and Catering in South Florida, and cooked internationally as a sous chef on a yacht. She then settled down in Tallahassee and continued her profitable profession as a culinary teacher at Keiser College.

    Nikki started live-streaming cooking tutorials throughout Tallahassee’s stay-at-home order with a purpose to keep related with our neighborhood. She says, “It was a good way to proceed my ardour to show cooking and supply viewers with an interactive expertise. Like, take a break from watching the information and are available hang around with me for an hour whereas we make Lemon Caper Cod!”

    Maintain your eye on her social media for the weekly meal package announcement. Reserve your meal package on Eventbrite for a no-contact pickup at 1122 Thomasville Rd.from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m every Thursday. Every meal package accommodates all of the components you’ll want for a meal for 4 and can correspond with her video that week. 

    Photograph credit score: Nikki Pettineo

    Then, be part of Chef Nikki on Thursdays at 6 p.m. on both YouTube @NikkiTalksFood, on Fb, on the Nikki Talks Meals web page, or the RedEye Espresso web page. Keep tuned for particular person cooking ability classes, too!

    Nikki goals to provide at-home chefs a enjoyable expertise regardless of their expertise ranges; “My movies are designed to maintain the viewer engaged and depart them with a takeaway to make them a greater prepare dinner!” 

    YouTube: @Nikki Talks Meals

    Web site: chefnikki.web

    Instagram: ChefNikki

    Photograph credit score: Leon Brunson

    Leon Brunson

    Kool Beanz, Browns Kitchen

    Leon has a ardour for educating cooking classes for budding chefs to realize confidence within the kitchen. After graduating in 2018 from Florida State College with a bachelor’s diploma in neuroscience, Leon found the wealthy meals scene within the Tallahassee neighborhood and jumped proper in. 

    Previous to COVID-19, Leon has been a chef at Kool Beanz for 4 years and he has taught cooking classes at Brown’s Kitchen. 

    Going through Tallahassee’s stay-at-home order, he determined to start out educating free digital classes for the neighborhood. He says, “in the end, it’s about sharing what I like and serving to others.” 

    Photograph credit score: Leon Brunson

    Be part of Leon within the kitchen on Sundays at 7:30 p.m. EST on Fb Stay at Leon C. Brunson. No prior sign-up required. These classes tackle a brand new dish every week and supply instruction for primary cooking strategies. Leon’s classes may be accessed on Fb, or on Twitch, the place he solutions questions in real-time, recommends the very best merchandise to your dish, and gives a number of factors of view of his workspace for ease. 

    His upcoming classes are scheduled as follows: 

    April 25th: Seafood

    Might 2nd: Pasta

    Might ninth: Vegetarian

    Discover Leon’s cooking class archives on Twitch or Fb @LeonCBrunson. 

    Photograph credit score: Madison Social, for a digital rum cocktail class being provided on Might 22.

    Madison Social

    From BLT Dip to cocktails, Madison Social is offering at-home tutorials for individuals who miss their School City favorites. 

    Madison Social is a part of the For The Desk hospitality group, which additionally owns Township, Centrale, SoDough, Completely happy Motoring and  Social Catering & Occasions. 

    Restaurateur Matt Thompson has devised a choice of classes which might be hosted by a wide range of chefs and bartenders all through the month. Learn to craft a artistic cocktail or a shareable appetizer to have in your arsenal when future Tallahassee sport days.

    Photograph credit score: Madison Social, for a digital BLT dip class.

    Kits for each cocktails and dishes may be reserved through the restaurant’s For The Desk web page on their web site. Kits could also be picked up curbside at specified instances listed on the web site. Make sure you test their Fb web page, Madison Social, or their Instagram Stay @madisonsocial to observe alongside with their classes from anyplace on this planet. 

    Photograph: Madison Social, Virtual Titos cos s

    There’s an in depth choice of digital upcoming classes together with cocktail class (April 24), mozzarella making (Might 8),  rum cocktail class (Might 22), BLT dip class (Might 29)

    Comply with them on Fb or test their web site for extra info. 

    If you realize of different digital cooking exhibits, please remark right here or ship an e mail to: [email protected]


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