Knife Skills Classes in Chicago
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:
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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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.