- French Culinary Institute
462 Broadway, No. 2; 888-324-2433
Soho’s French Culinary Institute’s recently expanded program for amateurs caters to serious home cooks looking for professional-level training without the time commitment and student loans. An October renovation has transformed the school into a high-tech gourmet academy with modern, Equinox-like facilities. Most classes are geared toward professionals, but more amateur classes like Essential Tapas (two classes; $650) and La Technique (22 classes; $6,875) are being added regularly. This is fussy French technique par excellence. Fans of Top Chef will relish the professional-kitchen flourishes—chef’s whites, including toques, are given to all students, as is a case of knives and implements. Best of all, students theatrically address the instructor as “chef.”
Best Cooking Class for Seasoned Amateurs
From the 2007 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).