We provide culinary knowledge, food traditions, and culture to novice and accomplished cooks to bring them to new levels of pleasure in the kitchen. Our classes are conducted in a professional kitchen by professional chefs and are dedicated to building a community of eaters and cooks who join us at the table.
Have you always wanted to learn the basics of cooking a certain cuisine but would really like to do it at home in your own kitchen?
NuCulinary gives private cooking lessons that will engage any home cook. Whether you’re an avid foodie or a kitchen newbie, we can design an experience to meet your interests. It can be as simple as a one-on-one with our chef, or make it a party and invite your friends! At your convenience, classes can be held in your home or at a local commercial kitchen.
Let us teach you new recipes and innovative ways of preparing meals that nourish and nurture. NuCulinary has expertise in many Asian cuisines including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Philippine, Vietnamese, Thai, Malaysian, Indian, Asian and Pan-Asian Northwest. As well as specialties such as Sushi, Dim Sum, Curries, Stir-frying, Noodles, Grilling, Soups, and Knife Skills.
Our instructors work closely with you as you learn to create wholesome, healthy, flavorful meals. Every lesson is crafted to include food history, basic techniques for preparation and cooking, and facts about nutrition and food safety.
The styles of classes that we offer are:
Sometimes it’s easiest to learn by watching. Demo classes feature guest chefs, popular instructors, or owner Naomi Kakiuchi, preparing a meal in front of you, which you then get to eat! These classes are great for people who want to watch every step of the process, take notes, and not miss a thing. So, sit back, let someone else handle dinner tonight, and take in the knowledge you need to make tasty Asian meals at your own table.
If you like to get your hands in the pot, these are the classes for you! You’ll work alongside the chef, from the mise en place to the final presentation, getting the chance to apply new knife skills and cooking techniques.
When intended for a group, hands-on classes come in two varieties. For foods like sushi, dim sum, or wraps, each student is situated at their own work station and will follow along with the chef as everyone prepares the items. For our other hands-on classes, we split into teams, with each small group preparing part of the menu at separate stations. Our chef circulates among the stations making sure you get plenty of instruction. When dinner is ready, the class comes back together to share the meal you all made. You’ll go home having gotten firsthand experience doing a piece of the cooking, while also enjoying the camaraderie of your group.
Speed your way to delectable dinners with better knife skills. Our chef will teach you how to chop and dice an onion fast; process garlic three ways; and slice, dice and mince vegetables for even cooking and eye-catching meals. Learn tips on proper knife selection for your needs, and how to care for and keep you knives sharp for fast preparation. Plan to eat a light meal prepared with your perfectly cut ingredients.
Learn Effortless Entertaining
When you think of entertaining friends do you find yourself saying, "Ready, Set, Hyperventilate?" This class will provide simple, fun and sometimes funky ways to have friends over without the hoopla.
We’ll focus on hors d'oeuvres that you can have ready in the freezer, "night before" entrees, and desserts that make your holiday entertaining stress-free. We also have hot tips on enhancing pre-made and take out items so that it looks like you slaved away when you visited your deli counter. Techniques include creating basic dips and spreads, simple finger foods, and innovative use of wrappers.