Master Your Culinary Skills: Tips to Improve Your Cooking Game

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Master Your Culinary Skills: Tips to Improve Your Cooking Game


Happy 2024! With the new year upon us, it's a great time to start thinking about setting some goals for yourself. Why not take up cooking or add baking and up your culinary game! Whether you're a seasoned cook or just starting out, there are always ways to improve your skills and try new things in the kitchen. Continuing Education Instructor, Chef Michele has a few ideas to get you started: 

  1. Try a new recipe each week. It's easy to get stuck in a rut and keep making the same dishes repeatedly. Challenge yourself to branch out and try something new each week. This could be a new cuisine, a new ingredient, or a new cooking technique. Why not explore making French Gnocchi or Plant-Based cooking?

  2. Learn a new skill. Maybe you've always wanted to learn how to make crepes, decorate cookies or how to properly roast a pork tenderloin. Whatever it is, make it a goal to learn at least one new cooking skill this year.  

  3. Cook more meals at home. Eating out can be fun, but it can also get expensive and unhealthy. Make a goal to cook more meals at home this year. Our Zoom classes allow you to create in the comfort of your own kitchen! Not only will it save you money, but you'll also have more control over the ingredients, portion sizes and the quality of the meals.  

Chef Michele says cooking should be fun and enjoyable, not stressful. “Don't put too much pressure on yourself to be perfect, and don't be afraid to ask for help or advice when you need it.”

Meet Chef Michele

Fun Facts about Chef Michele:

  • She has a Pomeranian puppy named Gary.

  • As a kid she hated lima beans (sometimes referred to as butter beans) but as an adult loves them.

  • She was a 2019 culinary coach in Milan, Italy, coaching both Team USA and Team Korea.

  • She was one of seven top sugar artists from around the country, hand picked by the Food Network to compete on Cake Wars in 2016.

  • She started her professional career in technology and has a secondary education in baking arts and once owned a bakery in New England.

She goes on to say “I love the fact that Continuing Education at North Seattle College offers in person and live Zoom cooking classes for students to up their culinary game! Not everyone learns the same way and I’m so thrilled to be able to meet students in person and in their own kitchens. It’s also fun to see students do both modes of learning which really allows for a sense of community. Plus, I have the pleasure of seeing students more often and watching them hone their skills in different areas and grow!”

Whichever mode of instruction you choose we have classes to help support your culinary goals! Check out what's coming up and register today.

On Campus Classes

01/07/2024 The Art of Cakes (In Session-Full) 
02/25/2024 Cookie Decorating 
03/10/2024 Cupcake Decorating 

Live Zoom Classes

01/27/2024 Winter Favorites: Soup 
02/03/2024 Sweet and Savory Crepes 
02/10/2024 Cocktails & Nibbles 
02/17/2024 Easy Puff Pastry Desserts 
02/18/2024 Plant-Based Cooking 
02/24/2024 Winter Favorites: Pork 
03/02/2024 Winter Favorites: French Gnocchi 
03/09/2024 Sweet and Savory Quick Breads

Registration is easy! Just click the class title to review the class description and to add it to the cart. Happy creating!

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