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J&W adds new series for cooks

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.-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 weight issues and wellness. Taught by Kathleen O'Donnell, a natural foods chef, this one 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 now open online, at The full schedule for classes for Oct. 10-Jan. 31 is available on the web site.