Note: NuCulinary’s Weekly Public Cooking Classes are on Hiatus
In the meantime, we are still offering our private cooking classes and parties. Also Naomi Kakiuchi can be found teaching classes for other cooking schools such as Sur La Table and Bella Kitchen Essentials.
View her calendar to see her current class schedule and how to register.
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.
Do you find shopping at Asian grocery stores a little bewildering? Just the soy sauce aisle alone can be overwhelming with all the different styles and brands! Our Uwajimaya store tours take you through the aisles and familiarize you with the many products available so that you will be able to confidently purchase the exact items you need for perfect Asian dishes at home. These classes are built around the pantry items that our Chefs use in their own kitchens to make nourishing, delicious, and comforting meals for their families.
For an extra special experience, combine your tour with a cooking demonstration and tasting! Our chef will show you how to shop for ingredients and then use them in one, easy-to-fix, recipe so you can see first-hand how to prepare and use the items expertly.
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.
At all our classes you’ll receive:
A recipe packet with complete instructions of all the dishes made in class.
A delicious meal — you do not need to eat dinner prior to class.
A cooking class is a gift that is fun, useful, and results in an occasion that your friends and family will always remember. Giving a gift certificate makes it easy for them to pick the time, place, and menu of their choice. Please contact us to order your gift certificate.