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A Very Special Culinary Event: Toque Wars

Toque WarsThe lights dim… a hush comes over the crowd… and the door opens to two very accomplished chefs (complete in their chef regalia) to compete for the coveted “Golden Garlic Mirror Ball Trophy” in this first-ever “Toque Wars” Competition, on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at The Culinary Center of Kansas City.  (It’s kind of like an “Iron Chef” competition, but without all the drama and with a huge sense of humor.) 

The stage will be set for some fine culinary entertainment as two of our very own CCKC instructor chefs – Chef Jesse Vega vs. CCKC Lead Chef Molly Flynn – compete in a ‘toque-to-toque’ battle while showing off their culinary acumen, all in good fun, of course (or maybe not… depends on how the night goes, right?) 

Toque Wars - Jesse vs. MollyRegister now to attend and here’s how it will work:

You’ll be met with a stunning appetizer as we introduce the evening’s festivities.  Then each chef, one at a time, will be given a box of mystery ingredients and one hour to cook and plate their dazzling creations, all the while explaining to you what they are doing while they are doing it.  No going into the silent “chef zone” – they have to TEACH while they cook!  (Hey, we’re a culinary arts center here!) Each chef will prepare an entrée and side dish for you to taste.  When one chef is done, we’ll move on to the second chef. 

Culinary egos are front and center as the two Chefs talk their way through the creative processes going on under those big-a$$ tall hats on their heads.  Throughout the competition, they’ll engage in friendly & competitive banter (aka trash talk), knives will fly (ok, that’s not true), desserts will flame (it could happen), and silliness will abound, but, in the end, it’s YOU, the students, who will decide the winner, by secret ballot so nobody knows who you voted for. (You want to taste some of the food, right?)  And while you’re voting, you’ll enjoy a tasty dessert course. 

So get ready for a unique cooking experience with lots of fantastic food and fun, plus the opportunity to learn a whole lot about cooking techniques and expert tips by watching experienced chefs perform in their element.  It’s a win/win, really.

Sign up today to reserve your seats:

Flavorful Weekend Nights:
Toque Wars!
Two Chefs. Two Dinners. One Winner.

Sat, Jan 20,  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Chef Jesse Vega & Chef Molly Flynn
Demonstration Class  |  Tastings & Wine
$75/person

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Join Us For A Friday Night Food Fight!

Introducing a NEW cooking class concept
offered by The Culinary Center of Kansas City…

Friday Night Food Fight
Friday Night Food Fight
An Iron Chef-Inspired Mystery Box Cooking Party
Offered Three Times This Summer!
Friday, June 16, 2017  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, July 28, 2017  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, August 25, 2017  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Much like the popular Food Network cooking shows, this interactive and fun Friday night food competition will place you in small teams where you’ll be pitted against other chef wannabes, all with mystery boxes of ingredients and a cruel clock.  Folks, we have been providing these kinds of interactive experiences for 20 years now!  We can absolutely guarantee a fun … and delicious… evening! 

We’ll greet you with a specialty cocktail we like to call the ‘Chef’s Little Helper’, and then all you weekend kitchen warriors will be let loose to transform your ingredients into a restaurant-quality dish to feed the entire motley crew.  Bartering?  Uh-huh… if you wanna.  Trips to our pantry?  Sure… within reason.  And, our chefs and staff will be right there with you during the evening cheering you on, fetching equipment and providing real cooking education as you go.  

Expect a fair amount of kitchen “trash talk” as we anticipate that a few of you will get quite cocky as you compete for some seriously good prizes. (e.g “Hey, where did you get your training, Le Cordon Poo?”)  Not to worry though … our chefs will make certain that the drama stays at a minimum… and that your dish comes out like a star.  

You’ll strategize, plan, barter, cook, create and beautifully present your tasty dish.  We might even throw in a few challenges, just to keep things exciting.  In the end, we’ll all sit down around the table and dine on our culinary creations.

The judges will pick the winners and provide light-hearted feedback.  Pull together your own winsome cooking team or we’ll put you with some new friends.  Either way, it’s a good, clean and tasty way to party on a Friday night!

This hands-on class includes dinner and PRIZES!
$65/person

Click on the desired date below and reserve your spot today…
Friday, June 16, 2017  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, July 28, 2017  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Friday, August 25, 2017  |  6:30 – 9:00 p.m.