Cooking Class - Classic Cooking Techniques 101

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Get ready to sharpen your cooking skills and culinary techniques like a professional chef.

If you're new to the culinary world or are just looking to sharpen your skills, Chef Mert is here to show you the ropes. In this hands-on cooking class, you'll build a strong culinary base that will build a future of outstanding home-cooked meals.

As you're introduced to the fundamental concepts, skills and techniques of basic cookery, you'll prepare dishes like a creamy vegetable soup, one-pot chicken ratatouille and garlic and herb butter roast chicken. Don't forget about dessert! Chef Mert will show you how to prepare and present an impressive fresh fruit salad.

Guests are welcome to bring wine and beer to enjoy during the class.

  • Minimum Guests 2
  • Maximum Guests 6
  • Meal Courses 4
  • Event Duration 3 hours
  • Labels Beginner, Couples, Gourmet, Group, Holiday, Mother's Day, New American

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22 May 2023

We had a wonderful birthday celebration dinner prepared and served by Chef Mert, who is easy-going, personable, and professional. I had asked Chef Mert to teach us knife skills which he prepared for by choosing a menu that required slicing, dicing, julienning and knife sharpening! We made a delicious vegetable soup (thickening secret = plain Greek yogurt with some flour mixed into it!) and a flavorful ratatouille with a pan-cooked chicken breast, cut up and tossed with the vegetables. Melt in your mouth goodness. Prior to that, Mert preheated the oven and prepared a whole chicken with plenty of garlic, pepper and salt, lemon and rosemary, rubbing the chicken liberally with olive oil. And while it cooked and we helped him prepare the soup, we opened and shared a bottle of wine. Mert cut up a panoply of fresh fruit, tossed in their own juices and refrigerated. While we enjoyed our soup (there was enough for seconds, and thirds on the next day), Mert plated the chicken and ratatouille. A perfectly roasted chicken, moist, tender and flavorful. We had enough left for 4 more meals. We were so happy and impressed that Mert cleaned up the dishes, counters and sink so well, and left our kitchen as clean and neat as he found it. He arrived shortly before 6pm to set up, and left a bit after 8:30. We helped ourselves to the fruit salad which tasted even better than expected, after half an hour in the refrigerator. The evening was great, as was Mert’s company. He is from Turkey and learned to cook from his grandmothers. Chef Mert has worked in first-rate kitchens but says he never went to cooking school. Shows you that good cooking is an innate talent. It would be fun to have him back to cook an authentic Turkish meal! Kudos to Chef Mert and CozyMeals. P.S. We gave Mert a tip in person.



21 Jan 2023

Chef Mert is fantastic! We took his beginners course and he really takes the time to explain and answer every question you have. He explained the thinking behind the cooking to get things just perfect, which I really appreciated. He is a very polite and chill person; very easy and fun to talk to! Also so knowledgeable in different cuisines and restaurants local to the area. 10/10 experience I can’t recommend highly enough!!



29 Dec 2022

Chef Mert was so sweet and a great teacher! We had a blast with him and learned new dishes to make at home! We definitely will book with him again soon!

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Chef Mert hails from a family of exceptional cooks who take pride in their Balkan and Mediterranean culinary cultures. He applied his natural talents while working at Michelin-starred Spago Beverly Hills. His experience preparing meals for A-list celebrities and food critics helped expand his enterprise as a private chef. In Chef Mert’s view, cuisine is an artform where passion and soul are as important as flavor and texture.

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