Ready, Set, Slice!

with Jenny Urban

Knife Skills Classes in Chicago


Class Info

Anybody can pick up a knife and cut vegetables or meat, but knowing how to use a knife properly can have a big impact on food. In addition to safely shaving valuable minutes off of meal prep time and showcasing your passion and talent for cooking when entertaining guests, knife skills make the difference between chunky home fries and crispy, restaurant-style French fries, ensure succulent, evenly cooked meat and even turn a basic side of vegetables into a plated work of art.

In this hands-on workshop, new cooks and seasoned amateur chefs alike will prepare and eat a vegetarian meal designed to highlight how the perfect cut can enhance the taste, texture and creative presentation of food. Also, attendees will learn about knife safety, sharpening techniques and overall skills to improve accuracy and speed. Among the cuts Dabblers will learn include:

• Slice
• Dice
• Mince
• Julienne
• Batonnet
• Chifonade

Upon completion of the class, Dabblers will receive a recipe packet, resources for knife maintenance and a newfound confidence in the kitchen. Bring in your chef’s knife for a free consultation!

Course Reviews (10)
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    Maria K.

    Left over 1 year ago

    This was my first Dabble class and it was a blast! It has changed the way I think about and prepare meals. This course was fun and inclusive to participants of all skill levels. In closing we shared a meal that the class collectively had prepared together.

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    Bo S.

    Left about 2 years ago

    This class was really fun and even more informative! It was great to get hands on and practice the knife techniques we were learning. Then we were able to eat the fruits of our labour! Highly recommended!

    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Megan P.","created_at":"about 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EReady, Set, Slice!\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"This class was so much fun! Jenny is an amazing instructor, personable, extremely informative and thorough. Highly recommend anything she teaches. Great time.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Christina R.","created_at":"about 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EReady, Set, Slice!\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Jenny ROCKS! This class was AWESOME! She has so much patience and is a very skilled teacher.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Barbara H.","created_at":"over 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EReady, Set, Slice!\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"This class was an excellent class for anyone who is wanting to learn basic knife skills for cooking. We learned all of the basic cuts (dice, brunoise, batonnet, julienne, etc.), and we were taught the proper way to handle the knife, carry the knife, sharpen and hone the knife. Jenny was an excellent teacher, she was very patient, encouraging, and made sure that everyone felt comfortable with what we were learning before she moved on. Jenny was also able to answer all of our questions\u2014and we had them\u2014everything from types of cutting boards, to how to buy the perfect knife. To make the class even more perfect, Jenny cooked up the food we cut, and we had a great dinner afterwards. I would highly recommend this class.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Taylor B.","created_at":"over 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EReady, Set, Slice!\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Even though I'm decently handy with a chef's knife, the instruction was fine and informative. I learned how to truly wield a knife. I would highly recommend to anyone learning to fine tune or even get good basics.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Emily H.","created_at":"over 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EReady, Set, Slice!\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"This class is great! Who knew I had using a knife incorrectly for so many years! Jenny is a funny, patient, and extremely knowledgeable. Her approach to teaching made what could have been an extremely intimidating subject approachable and fun. I recommend this class to anyone who wants to learn hone in on their technique and learn how to be more efficient and safe in the kitchen.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Laurie S.","created_at":"over 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EReady, Set, Slice!\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"This knife skills class was great! The instructor, Jenny, was very skilled, a good teacher, patient and funny. I left looking forward to trying out the skills she taught us in my own kitchen. I really enjoyed the class and highly recommend it! ","teacher_response":null}

    Other Teacher Reviews (4)
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      Jacqueline G.

      Left over 3 years ago


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      Liza H.

      Left over 3 years ago

      I went with my boyfriend, and we had a blast, Jenny provided us with recipes and gave us very detailed instructions on how to make the truffles. We had a ton of freedom on how to decorate each truffle, she had everything from nuts to cocoa powder to coconuts and not to mention melted chocolate and chocolate ganache. She gave us samples of each chocolate and truffle mixes and she even had drinks for us! Absolutely amazing. If she does this class again I highly suggest it to anyone who loves chocolate and wants to have an awesome time.

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      Thanks Liza! I am still chipping away at the last batch of truffles, I've been the life of the party, bringing them with me everywhere I go!

      {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Alyssa A.","created_at":"over 3 years","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/truffles-are-for-lovers-with-jenny-urban'\u003E Truffles are for Lovers \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"The class was really fun, and the environment relaxed. Jenny did a great job making us feel comfortable and having all the supplies ready and accessible.","teacher_response":"Thanks Alyssa! I had a great time :) "}
      {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Kirstin K.","created_at":"over 3 years","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/truffles-are-for-lovers-with-jenny-urban'\u003E Truffles are for Lovers \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"It was great! So much fun. Thanks!","teacher_response":"Thanks Kristin! I took some time to enjoy the final batch of truffles this morning :)"}

      Jenny Urban’s passion for teaching culinary arts has helped hundreds achieve success in the hospitality industry. Focusing on social service settings, she has worked with refugees, the homeless and underemployed, senior citizens, and the LGBTQ community.

      In 2008, she opened the Urban Café, tapping into her love of Tex Mex and strong coffee. Urban Café was awarded “Best Neighborhood Spot in Lakeview” in 2008 by The Chicago Free Press.

      Urban has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Windy City Times, Time Out Chicago, and A Recipe for Hope, by Karen Skalitzky, as well as on PBS NewsHour. She was named one of “30 under 30” by Windy City Times and “30 women to watch under 30” by The Chicago Sun-Times.

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