Culinary Boot Camp: For Amateur Cooks

at Home Cooking New York - SoHo

Course Details
$650 6 seats left
Start Date:

Mon, Jul 25, 6:00pm - Aug 29, 9:00pm Eastern Time (6 sessions)

Next start dates (1)

SoHo, Manhattan
158 Grand St Stu 207
Btwn Lafayette & Centre Streets
New York, New York 10013
Purchase Options
Class Level: Advanced
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 10

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this culinary (meals) class:

This hands-on, skills-based series covers the advanced skills that amateur cooks need to take their culinary education to the next level. We'll focus on each cooking technique, using multiple ingredients to drive it home, so you leave confident that you can tackle these skills on your own.

Basic Skills is NOT a prerequisite if you already feel somewhat comfortable in the kitchen.

This program meets every week for 6 weeks.

WEEK 1: Knife Skills + Advanced Vegetable Techniques

    • Advanced Knife Skills
    • Vegetable Techniques: Braising/Stewing
    • Cooking with Legumes
    • Creating Balanced Plant-Based Meals 
    • Seasoning Techniques: Balancing Salt/Fat/Acid
    • Moroccan Tagine with Chickpeas and Vegetables
    • Classic Minestrone
    • Sauteed Leafy Greens 

WEEK 2: Poultry Techniques (Chicken + Duck)

    • Quartering a Whole Chicken
    • Braising Legs/Thighs
    • Poaching and Pan-Roasting Breasts
    • Working with Duck Breast 
    • Crisp Duck Breast with Cherry Jus 
    • Vietnamese Shredded Chicken and Cabbage Salad
    • Braised Chicken with Wild Mushrooms

WEEK 3: Meat Techniques (Beef + Pork)


    • Meat Techniques: Understanding Different Cuts, Searing, Brown Braising
    • Meat Pan Sauces
    • Working with Spice Rubs
    • Making Beef Broth


  • Steak with Red Wine Pan Sauce
  • Perfect Meatballs in Marinara
  • Pork with Apple-Onion Gravy
  • Seasonal Salad

WEEK 4: Fish + Shellfish Techniques

    • Working with Shrimp, Mussels, Clams
    • Filleting Whole Fish
    • Making Fish Stock
    • Simple Fish Stews 
    • Fish Stock
    • Mussels Mariniere
    • Provencal Fish Stew
    • Garlic Shrimp
    • Beet + Escarole Salad

WEEK 5: Fresh Pasta Techniques


    • Fresh Pasta Dough
    • Making Fresh Ricotta Cheese
    • Forming Ravioli and Tortellini


    • Hand-Cut Pappardelle with Braised Pork Ragout

    • Spinach-Ricotta Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter, Sicilian Orange + Fennel Salad

WEEK 6: Advanced Baking Techniques

    • Pate a Choux Dough
    • Creamed Butter Cakes
    • Chocolate Ganache
    • Working with Phyllo Dough
    • Working with Egg Whites
    • Classic Profiteroles
    • Upside Down Fruit Cake
    • Dark Chocolate - Almond Torte
    • Savory Spinach-Herb Phyllo Pie


  • Please reach out to CourseHorse for any dietary restrictions.
  • Make sure to ring the outside buzzer, even if the front door is open, so we know you are arriving!


As we dip our toe into in-person classes again, we are requiring that everyone who registers for our classes be fully-vaccinated by the date of class. (You will be asked to upload a photo of your vax card before class). This is meant to create a safe and relaxed, communal cooking environment for everyone.

School Notes:

You’ll receive a complete recipe packet and enjoy a full sit-down meal at the end of class with your classmates. Our classes are BYOB, and you are welcome to bring a bottle to share at the sit-down meal.

There is no sit-down meal for the following classes:

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Our classes are hands-on, coupled with demonstration-style teaching. Everyone is situated at their own cutting board/chef’s knife station around a large wooden worktable that accommodates the whole class (10 people max). We work together as a group, with the chef at the head of the table.

We focus on knife skills, preparing ingredients for cooking, and we strive to find every opportunity to offer you a hands-on experience at the stove and at your station, all within the spacial parameters of a single stove/family-style kitchen. We ask for volunteers to assist in all cooking.

Still have questions? Ask the community.

Refund Policy


All classes are non-refundable. For cancellations prior to the 48-hour mark, we are happy to offer credit for a future class. If you need to reschedule with less than 72 hours notice, please reach out directly to Home Cooking New York: [email protected]


Boot camp registrations are not refundable, but are transferable to another boot camp if you give us more than 1 weeks’ notice if you need to change your start date.

What can I do if I have to miss a class during a Boot Camp?

We understand that finding 6 consecutive weeks on your calendar to book a Boot Camp can be challenging, but because of the volume of Boot Camps we offer, we cannot offer you a make-up class if you cannot make one or more of the classes. As a consolation we have two options, for those who need to miss a class within a Boot Camp series:

1) Send a friend in your place (and make them cook you a meal based on their new skills, as repayment!), or

2) Opt for our "Plan B" program:

You are welcome to attend any of our classes that still has an open seat 48 hours before it runs. That way you can take another class and we are just filling empty seats, as opposed to giving you a seat in a future class that would otherwise have been paid for. This does require that you keep tabs on our schedule to see what is available (the number of open seats is part of every class listing)

Plan B does not have any expiration date; just be in touch with me directly when you find a class that works for you.


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Please make sure to ring the outside buzzer, even if the front door is open, so we know you are arriving!

Start Dates (2)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
6:00pm - 9:00pm Eastern Time TBD 6 $650
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Mon, Aug 01 6:00pm - 9:00pm Eastern Time TBD
Mon, Aug 08 6:00pm - 9:00pm Eastern Time TBD
Mon, Aug 15 6:00pm - 9:00pm Eastern Time TBD
Mon, Aug 22 6:00pm - 9:00pm Eastern Time TBD
Mon, Aug 29 6:00pm - 9:00pm Eastern Time TBD
6:00pm - 9:00pm Eastern Time TBD 6 $650
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Thu, Sep 15 6:00pm - 9:00pm Eastern Time TBD
Thu, Sep 22 6:00pm - 9:00pm Eastern Time TBD
Thu, Sep 29 6:00pm - 9:00pm Eastern Time TBD
Thu, Oct 06 6:00pm - 9:00pm Eastern Time TBD
Thu, Oct 13 6:00pm - 9:00pm Eastern Time TBD

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Question from anonymous
Hello- I am looking to take the Culinary Boot Camp: For Amateur Cooks by Home Cooking New York’s program that starts on Monday, February 17. Is there any way I can take this class if I can’t make the first date? Is there a way for me to make-up the first class? Thank you for your help in advance.
Answer from Kristle C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
We're afraid the interest in this class is too high to deal with rescheduling each student that has a conflict in one of the 6 weeks. Rescheduling is not possible, but students can always send a friend in their place (in case you are already enrolled) so someone can enjoy the class. A commitment to this class is a commitment to all 6 dates.

Reviews of Classes at Home Cooking New York (1,775)

(1775 Reviews)
Culinary Boot Camp: For Amateur Cooks
Reviewed by Carlos M. on 6/23/2022
Culinary boot camp for amateur was an awesome experience for me! Chef John was a great instructor, the recipe packets are great, and the in class cooking was easy, and yummy. I am very satisfied with the overall experience. Thank you!
Culinary Boot Camp: For Amateur Cooks
Reviewed by Anonymous on 5/10/2022
Highly recommend!!
Culinary Boot Camp: For Amateur Cooks
Reviewed by Johnny W. on 10/14/2015
Chef Jennifer is an amazing instructor ! She had the group participate and showed everyone technics while explaining in detail the steps needed to cook the meals. Chef also explained that you can substitute ingredients to your own palate or if not available at your local markets as well as advising where you can buy some of the ingredients! I really enjoyed this class and can't wait for part 3 to happen !
Culinary Boot Camp: For Amateur Cooks
Reviewed by Cora May C. on 10/26/2021
Culinary Boot Camp: For Amateur Cooks
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Founded in 2002, Home Cooking New York provides intimate and hands-on cooking classes at their cooking school in downtown New York City, as well as private classes in students’ home kitchens. Their students range from absolute beginners to amateur home cooks who want to expand their culinary education....

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