Grand Rapids Cooking School has been offering classes for almost a year. We are GR’s hub for culinary education to inspire the home cook. Classes feature local chefs, with diverse skill sets, teaching a variety of classes. GRCS offers hands-on and demonstration classes, Home Cook Boot Camp, Knife Skills and kids cooking classes.
The experience: We take groups to the Fulton Street Farmers Market then back to Uptown Kitchen to prepare lunch. We show students how to break down chickens and make choux pastry. We host staff holiday events and hands-on dinner parties. We roll pasta and chop, slice, and dice piles of vegetables.
The highlight: Chefs and students sit down to dozens of meals to get to know each other, indulge in a delicious meal, and experience the occasion of cooking a lovely meal from scratch.
Having the right tools and skills will make this lifelong task something truly enjoyable. Join GRCS for a hands-on KNIFE SKILLS class. We will review knife selection, sharpening, and grip then roll our sleeves and begin chopping. We will dice, julienne, chiffonade, brunoise, and practice, practice, practice.
The HOME COOK BOOT CAMP includes six skill-intensive sessions with the chefs of GRCS. The sessions cover the major skills and techniques that need to be mastered to be a comfortable, confident, capable home cook.
Why we need it: We've worked well with what we have. Most of our classes take place at Uptown Kitchen - a shared-use commercial incubator kitchen. We have a fantastic hands-on space and fancy commercial appliances. What we need is a slew of small appliances and kitchen equipment for you to use, plus shelves to hold and display these tools.
How we'll spend it:
$2,000: Materials and construction to add charm to our demonstration kitchen
$2,000: Professional knives and cutting boards
$2,500: Kitchen tools and small appliances
$1,000: Pantry staples and jars for storage
$500: Marketing + promotional materials
Risks and challenges
We are going to be sourcing and purchasing a wide variety of kitchen tools and ingredients as well as building out the teaching kitchen. There could be delays with shipping, finding the right cooking implements, and completing the light construction project.