Alex Svenne in the Bistro 7 1/4 kitchen. (Robin Summerfield)
You're not just learning recipes, you're learning techniques to help you with all cooking.
—Maria Abiusi, owner, The Food Studio
Now that Manitoba kids are back to reading, writing and arithmetic, some parents are roasting, rising and reducing.
September marks the start of cooking school season.
Home cooks are sharpening their knives and culinary skills inside kitchen classrooms. But unlike their wee counterparts who may grumble about their classes, cooking school students-- those home chefs and food enthusiasts -- scramble to get seats in cooking school classrooms.
De Luca's fall classes are already more than half full and regularly sell out, says Carla De Luca, the cooking school coordinator. She estimates they've taught up to 50,000 students during the last 27 years and says the popularity of cooking classes in Winnipeg continues to grow.
"Everybody has a real interest in ingredients and how things come together. They want to understand how [dishes] come to be and they already understand quality ingredients," De Luca says.
South Osborne hot spot Bistro 7 1/4 is one of the newest kids on the cooking school block.
Owner and chef Alex Svenne, who used to teach cooking at Pine Ridge Hollow, will lead the lessons, which are focused on one protein per class. His six classes are nearly sold out.
"I figured we would sell out, but not this quickly," says Svenne, who started selling spots in his classes in mid-August.