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New cooking classes Uptown

So you want to be a chef – or at least cook a little bit more like one?

Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte is adding a couple of new programs to its popular Chef's Choice hands-on cooking classes, including a five-week series that follows the same routine a culinary student might get in kitchen training.

“Basics and Beyond: Learn to Cook Like a Pro” is a five-week series Oct. 11-Nov. 8 that will focus on fundamental cooking methods, such as poaching, steaming, sauteing and roasting, as well as stocks, soups and sauces. Classes will be held weekly on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A second new series, “Real Foods in Fast Times,” will focus on nutrition and the preparation of whole foods with an emphasis on healthful eating for wellness. Taught by Kathleen O'Donnell, a natural foods chef, this is a four-week series, plus a one-time Friday introduction. It will be offered in two weekly sessions, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturdays or noon-5:30 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 11-Nov. 1 or Oct. 12-Nov. 2.

Both series cost $725.

In addition, Johnson & Wales also offers single-session classes for adults and classes for kids ages 10-12 and for teens 13-15. Those classes all are hands-on in the campus teaching kitchens and cost $85 for four-hour sessions.

Registration is open at jwu.edu/chefschoice/charlotte. The full schedule for classes for Oct. 10-Jan. 31 is also available.

Kathleen Purvis

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