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Essential Building Blocks

Join us for a new and exciting culinary experience designed to jump start your culinary journey. Our experienced chef will teach you the fundamentals of how to confidently make better decisions in the kitchen, cook delicious meals by opening your taste buds, and explore the basic science and techniques all cooks should know.

You'll spend time honing your knife skills, discover why balancing flavors plays such an important role in being a successful cook, understanding proper cooking techniques for specific cuts of meat, and preparing sauces. After completing this building block class, your newfound knowledge will give your skills in the kitchen a huge boost in the right direction, allowing you to be more inspired by your own palate. Your view of cooking may even be transformed!

After completing this course, the next step is Culinary Boot Camp, our most comprehensive course available.

  • Chicken Stock
  • Crème de Champignons (Cream of Mushroom Soup)
  • Arugula-Fennel Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
  • Tuscan Braised Chicken with Kale, Fennel and Cannellini Beans with Roasted Garlic Farro
  • Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Reduction
  • Sole Meunière (Sautéed Sole with Brown Butter Lemon Sauce)
  • Oven-Roasted Carrots and Parsnips with Thyme

Skills Covered in Class Include:

  • Preparing stock
  • Selecting knives and cutting boards
  • Knife skills
  • Balancing flavors
  • Making roux and velouté
  • Preparing vinaigrette
  • Braising, roasting and sautéing
  • Working with grains
  • Determining meat doneness
  • Making pan sauces and reductions
  • Roasting vegetables

1-week cancellation policy. Due to the layout of our kitchens and in consideration of your classmates, students will work in groups of 3 to 5 people. Parties of 6 or more will be directed to our private events department so we can accommodate them appropriately.

Note: All classes are at the Merchandise Mart except for April 18, 2020 and June 27, 2020 which are held at our Lincoln Square. 



Friday 3-20-20
9AM - 5PM


Saturday 4-18-20
9AM - 5PM LS


Saturday 6-27-20
9AM - 4:30PM LS


Friday 7-17-20
9AM - 4:30PM


Saturday 8-22-20
9AM - 4:30PM


Friday 9-18-20
9AM - 4:30PM


Saturday 10-24-20
9AM - 4:30PM


Saturday 11-28-20
9AM - 4:30PM


Saturday 1-2-21
9AM - 4:30PM


*A non-refundable 10% fee is applied for the operational and administrative costs incurred by TCB on all cooking classes.

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