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  • Tracy G
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    I initially only signed up for the bread course, wanting to learn about proper bread making. At the time, I had no previous experience in pastry kitchen, only cooked and had spent most of my life in academia. I was thinking about career change at the time. So I got an apprentice job at a German bakery. My rationale being, before I threw 25K at schools like Le Cordon Bleu, I’d better make sure I like baking. It was pretty magical to be in a real bakery and mass produce hundreds of loaves of bread. My career at the time also required that I stay in Vancouver, so I searched for a school locally.
    Then I ran into the video of him making strudel.
    Back then I was approaching baking as someone who had spent years of life in school and research. I was reading about baking in different cultures and eras. I knew in practice, not many places do strudels the traditional way. I was dying to go to Czech or Hungary to watch a grandma stretch out a dough and make strudels. And here was a guy in Vancouver who branded his school by doing that.
    I immediately signed up for his pastry program, as well as the macaroon and éclair classes. After the workshops with macaroon and éclair, I got to know the chef a bit better. He is very passionate about fermentation and bread, as well as chocolate.
    As a researcher, this is how I perceive learning and arts. Pastry, chocolate work and bread are craftsmanship of their own. Having watched some documentaries on food and baking while I was thinking about what I’d like to do with my passion in food, I understood that industrialization destroyed little shops and craftsmen that had passed along the art of pastry making through generations and eras. We are lucky enough that some people still bother to handcraft simple things like a loaf of bread and strudels. So while I was at it, why not learn chocolate as well?
    His grand certificate program has 4 components, by far I had decided on three already. I eventually signed up for all of them, plus all the seasonal classes. It was my year away from research, but to zoom in on pastry.
    It was one of the most incredible experience. Working with my hands and brain was very different from my previous career. Sure, he is strict (do you know any other Germans, as in have you met a Chinese that does not do food Instagram). The chocolate diploma program was quite intense, as it came with an exam, and we all stressed about it. Sure, he has a dark sense of humor, and is never afraid to speak his mind. You will hear from him if you work is not to standard. But he is a lot milder than chefs in commercial kitchens. I did end up working in a commercial kitchen in a restaurant for the summer, and witnessed real head chefs in actions. I knew he had that chef in him too, and so his bluntness could almost be interpreted as patient, in a chef’s world.
    Being a home cook, what I loved the most was the freedom to throw in new ingredients. Baking, on the other hand, always baffled me, as I was supposed to follow steps. However, I do enjoy precision and structure. One of my burning questions before pastry school was whether I could improvise, make changes and create new things out of the classics. Chef Marco is quite the nerd, and he explains well the relationship between texture and methodologies, temperature and baking time, and how to create your own products by manipulating different factors in the pastry kitchen. Towards the end, I could read a recipe and analyze them, develop methodologies and organize the work flow just by looking at ingredients. I know his teaching method is not for everyone, but for someone from the science world, the program was a heaven sent, as I need to know why and how.
    I also did the Advance French Patisserie after pastry program was finished. It was so much fun utilizing the knowledge gained from the pastry program, and to experiment on different textures, using different techniques and learning to be creative and developing our own recipes and style.
    I worked with different groups, and I believe I was lucky to have met the best groups of people to share our passion in pastry. I think you can only gain confidence by practising, and truly understand the basics of baking and pastry through undergoing the full program. I am privileged to have had the time, and a career that allowed me to do so. And I know this is only the beginning. It is an art and craft that take years of training to master, and the best pastry chefs all agree that they need to continue to push themselves throughout their career. The program was definitely better than any books or videos I have watched. I never enjoyed classroom learning, except for this program. We learnt from the instructor as well as our peers, who come from professional kitchens, research, and every walk of life. I admit that I will probably never be a cake decorator, or a chocolatier. But I am taking everything I learnt at school to hone my skills in bread and pastry. Sometimes only through trying everything do we understand what we truly love. And who wouldn’t love a little bit of chocolate work or beautiful decoration on their pastry?

    Thank you Chef for the experience and it was an honor to work with all my classmates.
    Written November 21, 2018
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  • Selena P
    5 contributions
    Did the paella and olive oil experience this past weekend and wow, what a great night! Luise, the host, was so engaging. Her stories of life in Spain were so interesting and made me feel that I was right in her little village. Great cooking tips and easy to be involved in the cooking as much or as little as you wanted. The setting was perfect...outside in the beautiful garden patio. Paella was amazing....so much food, wonderful fresh ingredients and the whole experience just made it all taste so great. I definitely recommend In My Kitchen for a great outing!
    Written June 4, 2019
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  • Chris W
    Pittsburgh, PA66 contributions
    Great education on the culture and history of dim sum. Excellent tasting, variety of dishes. I left very full!
    Written June 20, 2019
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  • BellinghamBeachbaby
    Bellingham34 contributions
    My sister and I were walking down Howe Street and happened upon this shop called Cook Culture. Full of all kinds of awesome cooking utensils and everything needed for cooking. We also learned that there was an Indian food cooking class that very evening. They were able to put us in last minute and we had a wonderful time with the group of folks who attended. The Chef that evening was amazing. This was October 1. Very enjoyable. Not a cheap evening but great food, and good company. The staff seemed professional, friendly and engaging. We would go again for future classes.
    Written November 6, 2018
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  • Kuba W
    1 contribution
    This has been a fantastic evening! Working with Chef John to create an amazing multi course meal that we all shared was fun and educational. I've learned several new tricks in the kitchen and I'm confident that now I can recreate the same dining experience at home. Chef John and his wife were also very entertaining, sharing stories of their travels and food experiences.

    We participated in the "Paris Bistro Classics" cooking class. I got to work one-on-one with Chef John to create mussels with bacon and white wine, cheese souffle with greens and bread and the main course, a beef and vegetable slow cooked stew with red wine, a truly French evening. We wrapped it up by making caramelized Hazelnuts, that Chef John paired with ice cream and chocolate cake of his own making.

    I highly recommend this experience to couples that wish to enrich their home cooking skills and spend a magical evening out.
    Written October 23, 2019
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  • ElkeArt
    Westwood, NJ137 contributions
    Great juice bar for that pick me up! Shots and smoothies available too. Staff beyond nice! Lots of fun kitchen gadgets too.
    Written September 25, 2019
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  • AndreaVanc0uver
    Vancouver, Canada25 contributions
    The owner of this company is a special person. She is passionate for food and that carries over to her team building programs. She makes cooking fun (and I don't even like to cook). Her icebreaker activity leaves everyone laughing in tears and is a unique way to loosen everyone up and get them bonding. Way to go, Julie. You have something really special going on here!
    Written March 18, 2019
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  • SaNaka13
    118 contributions
    The address listed above is all correct except for the city - this is in Victoria, not Vancouver. (The Vancouver location of CC cooking school is on Lonsdale.)

    My tween and I took a knife skills class from Chef Cosmo and it was great. Cosmo is able to translate his professional training and skills in a way that is very helpful for home use. We focused on a number of skills using 1 type of knife, which was great as we got a good feel for how to use it. Almost a month later and my tween is still quoting Cosmo everytime he picks up a knife!

    The class ended w/ a simple and delicious meal; all in all, a successful evening - very engaging, interesting and we walked out w/ improved skills.
    Written December 30, 2016
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