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What’s Your Teen Doing Over Spring Break?

Give us 2 days and your teen (ages 13-19) will be nuts for healthy cooking! Our JCA Healthy Cooking Spring Break Boot Camp for Teens will help steer your teen away from fast food to much healthier food options.

Fruits & VegsCulinary Instructor Rachel Ciordas, an expert in healthy cooking, will teach them how to prepare delicious and healthy foods, using grown-up techniques and a heaping dose of fun. This Hands-On class that will also cover essential measuring, mixing, peeling and cutting skills as they work alongside Rachel in this two-day “cook-a-thon”.  They’ll discover their “inner health nut” as they learn about taking the fat and calories down by preparing awesome snacks like Smoky Guacamole with Homemade Tortilla Chips, scrumptious salads (like her California Chopped Salad with homemade healthy creamy herbed ranch dressing), Soups (such as “Swiss Tomato soup with Parmesan Crisps), and a home-cooked entrée of Roasted Chicken with 3-Herb Chimichurri Sauce – just like Mom makes!  And, what teen doesn’t like Pizza?!  Rachel will teach a simple but impressive Pizza and Quattro Staggione (4 Seasons) Pizza – a traditional Italian pizza made with homemade whole grain pizza dough with fresh seasonal toppings.  They’ll finish each day on a sweet note as they create a Delicate French lemon yogurt cake with blueberry sauce, and more!

They’ll walk away from this course with tons of confidence in their new ability to “do this thing!”, and will be well on their way to a whole new way of healthy cooking!  It’s that simple. Step aside, Mom….your teen is going to make dinner tonight!  Classes include all recipes with complete nutritional information; graduation certificate and a great big sense of pride for a job well done!)  Don’t wait to sign up for this one – class size is limited.

2-Day Healthy Cooking
Spring Break Boot Camp for Teens
Monday 3/14 and Wednesday 3/16

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
includes Tastings & Lunch Both Days) – HO


Learning To Roll Sushi

Chatter from our Dean of Deliciousness, Rachel

Well, what a day at the office folks! Where else can you say that on a Tuesday you learned to roll Sushi? Our Executive Chef Matt Chatfield offered to teach me just this during this Tuesdays’ Japanese inspired staff lunch! Now I know why his sushi classes are so darn popular!

Somehow Sushi always seemed like it would be so complicated, so precise to me.  I’m more of a whirlwind in the kitchen, a tornado of culinary activity.  I can cook like a mad woman, awesome sauces, inventive dishes, but for some reason sushi has always left me stumped.  Apparently what I needed was someone to explain things to me… imagine that?

Chef Matt is great at taking something you might think is intimidating, and breaking down the steps.  He explained the rice, how much to spread, the importance of wet hands, and how much seasoning is nice on the rice, and then he showed me how to roll it all up, all the while I was thinking… “Sure buddy, but you’re the Chef, how many sushi rolls have you made before?   I’m sure MY sushi won’t look like that!”

Then I gave it a whirl… guess what?? It was easy AND it looked like sushi! (I was pretty sure mine would end up looking more like sushi explosion)  OK sure, I’m not going to compete with Iron Chef Morimoto or anything but…. it totally looked at least as good as many a sushi roll I’ve eaten at high priced Sushi joints around town. So then I made more, and more, and then it started to be really fun!

Matt gave me helpful hints on how to make sure my sushi fillings end up in the middle, not off to the side like a couple of rolls were, and told me to practice on veggie rolls at home… veggie sushi can be made for just pennies, instead of the high pricetag you’ll pay to have them at a restaurant, or even the deli counter at the grocery store!  So that’s what I’ll be up to this week, practicing sushi, in fact I think I’ll sign up for Matt’s next Flavorful Weekend Night Sushi Class on July 9th!

What a deal, learn to make sushi, eat a bunch of sushi, and after that I’ll have the skills to host my own sushi party! Hope to see you on the 9th!

Meet Rachel Ciordas

We are  pleased to announce that Rachel Ciordas will be starting with us next Monday February 8 as Manager of Culinary Curriculum.  Rachel comes to us from Embarq where she was most recently a Product Manager for their SONET and Ethernet product lines along with other duties. She has worked with H&R Block, Xanterra Parks & Resorts in Yellowstone Nat’l Park, HuHot Mongolian BBQ, Super Suppers, Edventure Partners and Meeting Planners International.  She is also a participant in the Emerging Leaders Program through the Central Exchange.  Rachel brings a lot of event planning, culinary experience, social marketing experience and energy  to the table as well as a passion for what we do here at The Culinary Center.  Rachel is also currently enrolled in the Pro Series and she was a contestant in the recent MasterChef contest.   She will be responsible for all classes/events that appear in our schedule of classes as well as overall management of our online reservations system.

We checked her facebook and found this; we love it

“I’m so excited to come on board with the Culinary Center of Kansas City!  What a fun place for a passionate foodie!  You’ll have to pinch me because it seems like a dream to call this place work.  It’s incredible how many great classes and amazing events are coming up.  I feel so lucky to be part of the team.  I can’t wait to get started! “