Home Cooking New York

Home Cooking New York

Cooking
SoHo, New York, New York
(1777 Reviews)

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.

HCNY’s classes cover basic cooking techniques (Culinary Boot Camp, Six Basic Cooking Techniques, How to Cook Fish, How to Cook Vegetables, Pork Lovers Workshop) to cuisine-focused favorites (Indian, Thai, Korean, French Bistro, Middle Eastern, Northern Italian). Each 2 ½ hour class includes a recipe packet and has a maximum of 10 students. The class is centered around the preparation of a complete menu and culminates in a sit-down meal with your fellow students.

Meet our instructors:

Jennifer Clair is a culinary instructor and the founder of Home Cooking New York. Before launching the school in 2002, she honed her editorial chops as the former Food Editor at Martha Stewart Living and Recipes Editor at The Wall Street Journal. She graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education on a full James Beard Foundation scholarship. She is the author of Six Basic Cooking Techniques: Culinary Essentials for the Home Cook (https://tinyurl.com/ycthk85s), a cookbook based on the best-selling class at the school.

John Scoff joined Home Cooking New York in 2006. After 15 years of restaurant work, culminating most recently as Executive Chef of a low country bistro in South Carolina, John found his true calling when he accepted a position of Executive Chef-Instructor at a recreational cooking school in downtown Charleston. That was 2004, and he has never looked back. As a teacher there, he discovered how much he enjoys sharing his passion for and knowledge of cuisine.

Erica Wides joined Home Cooking New York in 2014 after 15 years of teaching at the Institute of Culinary Education, where she oversaw the culinary education of both professional and recreational students. She is brimming with knowledge of all things food and is one of the go-to chefs when the media needs an expert to demystify what “real food” really means. She has graced the sets of Chopped, Dr. Oz, and TedX, and has just completed the pilot episode of her new web series, Funny People Making Food.

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:

  • The Baking Basics
  • Holiday Candy Workshop
  • Bubbles and Truffles: Candy Making for Adults

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 work table 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.

Reviews of Home Cooking New York

(1777 Reviews)
Knife Skills 101

6/28/2022
Kiki R.

Attended: Knife Skills 101


The knife skills class was great. I learned lots of new things and am using what I learned every day. Highly recommend!

How to Cook Duck

6/28/2022
Maya G.

Attended: How to Cook Duck


My husband and I signed up for a class from course horse a few months back which was totally fabulous. We were taught how to make a delicious duck breast and we used the skin to make a delicious topping for salad and more.., my husband couldn’t get enough of them and repeatedly stole a few pieces from the dish each time he passed it. The instructor was very informative and it was a very interesting experience for both of us. If I would be able to change something.., I would ask the instructor to be more hands on when it came to preparation. I understand fully why it’s not possible to be hands on completely during the class and that is because there us simply not enough time. The instructor did hours of preparation prior to the class and if we were to do all the prep work..(cutting the skins off the duck) … the class would need to be 5-6 hours long. Honestly, I would not mind a 5 hour long class on a Sunday for example where we would be more hands on .., of course the class would need to cost significantly more.., but I believe that for this particular duck class.., it’s worth it.., we made a lot of food and it was amazing.

Six Basic Cooking Techniques

6/24/2022
Kim D.

Attended: Six Basic Cooking Techniques


I had such a great time. John, our teacher, was enthusiastic and an excellent instructor. I appreciated how he made space for us to be curious and encouraged us to ask all kinds of questions. He was so inviting. Our small group bonded and I didn’t want our dinner to end.

Culinary Boot Camp: For Amateur Cooks

6/23/2022
Carlos M.

Attended: Culinary Boot Camp: For Amateur Cooks


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!

Spanish Paella and Tapas

6/12/2022
Belma M.

Attended: Spanish Paella and Tapas


Loved the class, it was fun, engaging and the outcome delicious. John shared very useful knowledge about spices, and practical kitchen skills.

Spanish Paella and Tapas

6/6/2022
Jonathan D.

Attended: Spanish Paella and Tapas


the gentleman, John, running the class was fantastic. Very informative and easy going. Would happily take any class with him again. - jon and allie

Hand-Rolled Bagels and Soft Pretzels

6/6/2022
John E.

Attended: Hand-Rolled Bagels and Soft Pretzels


Erica was fantastic. Her analogies of the science behind baking bagels and pretzels were funny and memorable. We'd look to take another class with her.

Hand-Rolled Bagels and Soft Pretzels

6/5/2022
Robert C.

Attended: Hand-Rolled Bagels and Soft Pretzels


Erika is a great teacher!

Culinary Boot Camp: For Amateur Cooks

5/10/2022
Anonymous

Attended: Culinary Boot Camp: For Amateur Cooks


Highly recommend!!

Cheesemaking Workshop

5/5/2022
Erin R.

Attended: Cheesemaking Workshop


I cannot recommend this class highly enough! It was fun, educational, and hands on, and the cheeses we made were so simple and delicious! The class is organized so well and I had a ton of fun learning from Erica. I can’t wait to go back for another class!

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158 Grand St Stu 207, New York, New York 10013
Home Cooking New York
SoHo, Manhattan
158 Grand St Stu 207
Btwn Lafayette & Centre Streets
New York, New York 10013

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

Upcoming Classes at Home Cooking New York

Culinary Boot Camp: For Amateur Cooks
Culinary Boot Camp: For Amateur Cooks
Next start date:

Monday Jul 25th, 6pm - 9pm Eastern Time

Six Basic Cooking Techniques
Six Basic Cooking Techniques
Next start date:

Saturday Sep 10th, 6pm - 8:30pm Eastern Time

Farmer's Market Tour + Cooking Class
Farmer's Market Tour + Cooking Class
Next start date:

Saturday Jul 2nd, 11am - 2:30pm Eastern Time

Ramen Workshop
Ramen Workshop
Next start date:

Wednesday Jul 6th, 6pm - 8:30pm Eastern Time

Introduction to Vegetarian Indian Cooking
Introduction to Vegetarian Indian Cooking
Next start date:

Thursday Jul 7th, 6pm - 8:30pm Eastern Time

Shawarma + Falafel + Fresh Flatbreads
Shawarma + Falafel + Fresh Flatbreads
Next start date:

Sunday Jul 10th, 12pm - 2:30pm Eastern Time

Culinary Boot Camp: For Beginner Cooks
Culinary Boot Camp: For Beginner Cooks
Next start date:

Thursday Jul 14th, 6pm - 9pm Eastern Time

Cheesemaking Workshop
Cheesemaking Workshop
Next start date:

Saturday Jul 16th, 12pm - 2:30pm Eastern Time

The Best Asian Noodles Dishes
The Best Asian Noodles Dishes
Next start date:

Saturday Jul 23rd, 12pm - 2:30pm Eastern Time

Culinary Boot Camp: One-Week Summer Intensive (5 days)
Culinary Boot Camp: One-Week Summer Intensive (5 days)
Next start date:

Monday Jul 25th, 11am - 2pm Eastern Time

How to Cook Duck
How to Cook Duck
Next start date:

Tuesday Jul 26th, 6pm - 8:30pm Eastern Time

Fresh Pasta Workshop
Fresh Pasta Workshop
Next start date:

Tuesday Aug 2nd, 6pm - 8:30pm Eastern Time

Vegetarian Summer Suppers
Vegetarian Summer Suppers
Next start date:

Saturday Aug 6th, 12pm - 2:30pm Eastern Time

Cooking Camp for Kids, Session D
Cooking Camp for Kids, Session D
Next start date:

Monday Aug 8th, 10am - 1pm Eastern Time

Southeast Asian Flavors: Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet
Southeast Asian Flavors: Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet
Next start date:

Tuesday Aug 9th, 6pm - 8:30pm Eastern Time

Spanish Paella and Tapas
Spanish Paella and Tapas
Next start date:

Saturday Aug 13th, 12pm - 2:30pm Eastern Time

Cooking Camp for Kids, Session E
Cooking Camp for Kids, Session E
Next start date:

Monday Aug 15th, 10am - 1pm Eastern Time

How to Cook Vegetables (Properly)
How to Cook Vegetables (Properly)
Next start date:

Wednesday Aug 17th, 6pm - 8:30pm Eastern Time

How to Cook Shellfish: Clams, Mussels, Shrimp, Scallops
How to Cook Shellfish: Clams, Mussels, Shrimp, Scallops
Next start date:

Friday Aug 19th, 6pm - 8:30pm Eastern Time

Romantic Dinner for Two
Romantic Dinner for Two
Next start date:

Thursday Aug 25th, 6pm - 8:30pm Eastern Time

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