The French Culinary Institute in downtown Manhattan is offering new, single-session classes for those non-professional cooks who just want to learn more about a specific subject, whether it's wine or pizza. Get all the details, below... This new consumer division is part of the International Culinary Center, which includes the French Culinary Institute and the Italian Culinary Academy. It doesn't offer nearly as many options as the Institute of Culinary Education (formerly Peter Kump's cooking school), which pretty much had the market cornered on amateur classes, but it does come with a connection to the highly esteemed FCI.
So far, there are 12 classes listed on the website. You can take a course on food technology or get ready for the holidays with Christmas for Epicures and The Ultimate Thanksgiving Dinner. There are decidedly French courses (Classic Croissants and The Perfect Baguette) and a nod to the sister Italian Culinary Academy with Pizza 101 for Future Chefs. Chef Michael Colameco also teaches a few Cooking 101 courses on fish, pasta, and chicken.
Classes range from $150 to $395 and last a few hours, with the requisite feasts at the end.