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Cooking Class - Gourmet Fares of Sicily & Puglia
Cooking Class - Gourmet Fares of Sicily & Puglia
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Discover the unique cuisine of two of Italy's most exciting food regions with Chef Michael.
In this hands-on class with Chef Michael, you will take a culinary journey to Sicily and Puglia. While sun-soaked Sicily has a distinct cuisine that's steeped in history, Puglia has become a culinary destination due to it's rich soil making it one of the most productive agricultural regions in the country.
You will start with a refreshing and zesty shaved vegetable salad. Then, you'll prepare homemade cavatelli pasta with shrimp, peas, and a mascarpone wine sauce. For dessert, you'll build layers of flavor to be showcased in a sweet marsala zabaglione.
Guests are welcome to bring wine and beer to enjoy during the class.
With crimini mushrooms, zucchini, celery, pecorino cheese, lemon and salt
Homemade Cavatelli Pasta
With shrimp, peas and mascarpone wine sauce
Cherry and Peach Dessert
With sweet marsala and pistachio zabaglione
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Please mention this in the message field when you submit your booking request.
- Minimum Guests 2
- Maximum Guests 10
- Meal Courses 3
- Event Duration 3 hours
- Labels Date Night, Group, Italian, Pasta Making, Pescatarian
Cozymeal guest reviews for this experience
08 Jan 2019
Michael really knew his stuff, and the meal we made was delicious. Would totally take again!
Cozymeal guest reviews for other experiences with Chef Michael
29 Sep 2019
My boyfriend and I had a fantastic time learning how to cook with Chef Michael. It was a lot of fun making pasta from scratch, and the recipes were so delicious -- it was clear there was a lot of thought put into the menu. Chef brought all the ingredients we needed, and as long as you have pots and plates, you should be all set. Chef Michael is also fun and easy to talk to. A great experience all around. Would highly recommend!
22 Aug 2019
Chef Michael was awesome! What a great experience he provided to myself and my boyfriend. It was truly a HANDS ON cooking class and both myself and my bf did everything from beginning to end, which is exactly what I was looking for. The food was amazing and he was wonderful. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
24 Mar 2019
Chef Michael was amazing! My daughter and husband loved the class. He made it interesting, informative, and fun - and they made a fabulous lunch, as well as learning a ton of knife skills. Thank you Chef for an incredible class!
20 Feb 2019
Michael offers a fun, stress-free cooking experience that I fully recommend! His experience, stories and patience are much appreciated. The meal is great and he gives you ideas on how to substitute ingredients with the learned techniques for future meals.
06 Jan 2019
My wife and I took the classic french cooking class with Chef Michael in NYC. He was an excellent chef, very kind and patient with new learners. It was our 1st anniversary together and Chef Michael made our day very special. He is very knowledgeable in cooking from his experiences around the world and he knows a lot about healthy eating. Highly recommend Chef Michael for everyone.
19 Nov 2018
This class was incredible. My boyfriend and I came as a surprise for his birthday, and he loved it. We had so much fun handmaking pasta and learning different cooking techniques throughout the night. Chef Michael even played some nice jazz to add to the ambiance. We had a truly wonderful time and will definitely be back!
17 Nov 2018
Amazing experience - brought my family for my moms bday n everyone loved it - Chef Michael was great!
03 Nov 2018
Chef Michael was an absolute joy to work with. He made his class enjoyable. You can tell his love for creating dishes and teaching his techniques. A wonderful class with an excellent chef.
08 Oct 2018
It was such a fun experience and I will definitely be coming back!!!
05 Oct 2018
Chef Michael was incredible! We attended as team bonding activity with 10 people from our company and we had the best time! We learned a lot and the food we made was delicious. The chefs even made us fresh warm macaroons to snack on while we prepared our meal. I would 110% recommend this class to anyone looking for a fun night of learning to cook and eating delicious food!
24 Sep 2018
This was a great class. Chef Michael is excellent. He is both easy going and professional. We had so much fun and learned a lot too.
05 Sep 2018
Went to New York for the US Open and just happened to add on a personal cooking experience with Chef Michael. Left New York blown away by the cooking experience and was definitely the highlight of the trip. My date and I were the only individuals to sign up for the Taste of Southern Italy class, which made it even more intimate. Chef Michael treated us to an evening full of Jazz music while offering up his personal experiences, tricks of the trade, and brilliant cooking methods. I am by no means a cook; however, my date loves to cook and had numerous questions that Chef Michael was more than happy/pleased to answer. It's not possible to 'geek out' enough in front of him, he takes everything in stride. He offered tips/corrections/food safety that was done in a non-condescending way making you feel completely at ease while in a professional kitchen, which can be intimidating. Everything was made from scratch, including the pasta (so ignore previous reviews that suggest otherwise). He personally made sure each of the wine glasses were topped off throughout the evening. The meal itself was incredibly flavorful. I honestly couldn't believe I had just prepared and cooked the meal I was eating, it was that good. When the meal was over, and Chef Michael had cleaned up all of the messes/dishes, he continued to chat it up and encouraged us to stick around as long as we liked. When he states he does this for the personal experiences and interactions, he truly means it. Cooking with Chef Michael is highly recommended.
04 Sep 2018
From the moment we arrived, Chef Michael created an unbelievable experience. Hands on in a professional kitchen down to dicing ingredients yourself, plating techniques and an open book of knowledge from world wide experiences. Showed how enjoyable cooking really can be and not sure how you can find a better all around evening.
04 Sep 2018
Had a fellow foodie/home chef visiting from Australia so we decided a NYC cooking class would be great. We were in for a treat it was just the two of us in the class. Chef Michael was incredible, clearly knowledgeable and passionate about sharing his love and experience with food from the world over. A very hands on class and we did everything (prepping and cooking) with a keen focus on honing technique under the skilled guidance of Chef Michael. Consider the 5 Star rating 'Michelin' Stars - best class I have taken and won't be the last of Chef Michael's - that's for sure!
24 Aug 2018
It was such an amazing class! Learned so much from Chef Michael and he was very open to answering all of our questions. Highly recommend this course and great for birthday celebrations :)
22 Aug 2018
Chef Michael was phenomenal. You could really tell just how experienced he was. He made sure we understood technique while he taught us and it wasn't overwhelming at all. He tested our knowledge in a very casual way and made it very easy to learn with him! It was a great time. I had an amazing first experience as this was my very first cooking class with CozyMeal. I will definitely be booking him again.
18 Aug 2018
Chef Michael was so patient and his explanations were concise and clear. My teenagers had a great time and left with more confidence to bring to the kitchen!
14 Aug 2018
Thoroughly enjoyable experience filled with good food, knowledgeable learning experience and chef’s tips on various techniques. Cannot waitvto try another cuisine!
14 Aug 2018
Chef Michael provided a great experience! My date and I were lucky enough to have a private session which was a great chance for us to ask Michael a ton of questions on his cooking experience and travelling in general. We are excited to practice the techniques he taught us in making the meal, especially the delicious risotto. We can't wait to come back for another class!
11 Aug 2018
Chef Michael was fabulous!! We had a private class with him with just 2 people and it was a wonderful experience. I truly felt like I was learning techniques from him and he treats you like a real chef. Better than any cooking class I've attended in New York - what an experience! THANK YOU Chef Michael!!
11 Aug 2018
Very personal, fun learning experience. The chef made sure he geared the experience based on our comfort in the kitchen! Highly recommend! Will do again other classes!
08 Aug 2018
Had an incredible time with Chef Michael. Learned to make a delicious meal that I look forward to cook for family and friends. Chef Michael was really nice and super knowledgeable and I would definitely recommend to anyone.
13 Jul 2018
Chef Michael was a great teacher and we had a lovely experience. He did a terrific job of guiding us while we cooked and demonstrating good technique. We had a very positive experience and recommend taking his classes!
10 Jul 2018
Chef Michael is the real deal - all hands on, great learning, awesome food. Heather and I loved it. Small class of 4 so we learned a ton. And the food, did I say it was delish? Well, it was. Would take another class with Chef Michael. Great guy. Knows his stuff and conveys it really well. Great evening.
07 Jul 2018
Fabulous and very unique experience. My husband and I ended up having a private class. Chef Michael taught us a ton and the food was delicious. Highly recommended experience.
05 Jul 2018
I took my fiancee for her birthday and we had a really fun and memorable time with Chef Michael for his Greek cooking class. He's got loads of worldly cooking experience and really knows his stuff! We learned a nice variety of cooking techniques, from simple veggie prep to grilling fish and even baking filo dough. As a couple that cooks semi regularly at home, we felt like this was a perfect skill level for the class. He's really thoughtful and you can tell he absolutely loves doing this, which shows in his enthusiasm. He was happy to answer any amount of questions and our whole group had a really great experience. Would absolutely do more classes with Chef Michael/Cozymeal in the future!
01 Jul 2018
We had such a blast learning how to make Greek food. Chef Michael made us feel so comfortable, and I felt a strong sense of confidence by the end of the class! Such a unique experience. We will def back. Thank you!!
27 Jun 2018
25 Jun 2018
It was really a fantastic course. It exceeded my already high expectations. I was really impressed by the Chef’s knowledge and ability to teach and explain to people who never cook(like myself). I came here for me and my girlfriend’s anniversary and had a really lovely time. The chef was super professional and was very nice, well mannered and accommodating. Thank you chef Michael. We will definitely be taking another one of your courses in the future.
22 Jun 2018
Chef Michael was truly a special treat and a great guy. Not only did he show us how to cook. He also gave us inside tips on how to make food taste extraordinary. I highly recommend his classes.
04 Jun 2018
Thanks to Chef Michael, we had a great time and learned a lot. I'm going to show off my risotto making skills as soon as I get a chance. Super fun time.
30 May 2018
It was such a wonderful experience for me. Chef Michael was awesome and I had a memorable experience while learning a LOT. The class was well worth the money. Please continue offering these classes!
29 May 2018
Chef Michael was very knowledgable and friendly, he shared cooking tips with us. It was a fun session and I would definitely recommend his classes to anyone interested.
27 May 2018
We had a great evening cooking with Chef Michael! We made a delicious golden beet salad, kale and bacon risotto and a ricotta with honey and fruit dessert. The food was fantastic and we got to cook in the kitchen of a restaurant currently under renovation. Chef Michael was a great teacher and it was very fun to hear about his experiences cooking around the world. We loved taking this class and would absolutely recommend it!
26 May 2018
Super fun and knowledgeable! Made my birthday one to remember. Great cooking and meal prep tips.
25 May 2018
We had a great time and great experience. Chef Michael was awesome. Would recommend it to everyone.
24 May 2018
Chef Michael was great! We had a fun time, learned some new skills, and had a fantastic meal.
22 May 2018
Chef Michael was fun, organized and a great teacher!!!
22 May 2018
What an awesome fun experience for my 30th birthday. The menu was fantastic and I really learned so much. I’m sure chef MIchael didn’t know 8 women were about to walk in and cook in full glam and heels but we had the best time. Thank you so much! Will certainly do again in the future.
15 May 2018
Great class in a weird location!!
13 May 2018
Chef Michael was fantastic! The meal was amazing; his instructions and explanations were on point. He made everyone comfortable and confident. Loved the entire experience and I would highly recommend Chef Michael and the experience to all.
10 May 2018
Chef Michael was totally excellent and was very informative about the types and foods and preparations. He made the class fun and we learned a lot.
07 May 2018
Our night with Chef Michael was great. He demonstrated every step along the way and was very attentive. The menu he put together was amazing. Overall it was a great night and we are looking forward to doing it again.
29 Apr 2018
24 Apr 2018
It was time well spent! Laughter and fun is etched in my memory when I think about our Greek cooking class. Very good tips as to how to prepare our meals and Chef Mike had a great personality to match! The next time I'm in NYC I would consider participating again!
22 Apr 2018
Our evening was very fun! Chef Michael explained everything very well and the menu was delicious!!
21 Apr 2018
Amazing time. Baked a cake for my wife’s birthday. Food was great learned some stuff. I would recommend to ANYONE.
17 Apr 2018
Great experience, lovely Chef Michael thought us how to cook pasta from the scratch, which was amazing. Food was so delicious, I will definitely do it again. Recommend 100%
17 Apr 2018
Great chef and experience!
15 Apr 2018
Chef Michael is a matter of his craft. He was great teacher and allowed us to find our own style while also learning his tried and true technique. Setting was fantastic and pace was just right. My wife and I highly recommend Chef Michael!
15 Apr 2018
We had a great time at the class! At first, we were a little skeptical because it was in an unfamiliar area in a closed restaurant. Chef Michael met us outside and led us to the kitchen, where everything was laid out perfectly. We brought wine, and he had glasses ready and poured it for us before we got started. He also offered us delicious cookies before we began. Then, we started cooking! We each made our own dish for each course, and Chef Michael was helpful but not too overbearing at all. The cooking seemed to go by very quickly because Chef Michael timed it all so well. He was also very fun to talk to about his travels, things he cooks, and favorite restaurants in the city. Then, we ate. The food was DELICIOUS! And it was very cool to sit and eat in a restaurant being renovated - it felt very exclusive and cool. Chef Michael did not rush us and he did all the clean up while we ate. It was overall a great experience and surpassed my expectations. Much more fun than a typical cooking class and very hands on.
08 Apr 2018
Really fun class and yummy food!!
07 Apr 2018
It was a fantastic experience chef Michael was great and he was so patient with us. I can’t belive we had such a fantastic meal he really I a genius to work with such rookies thanks again chef Michael Eugene and Siobhan
04 Apr 2018
Chef Michael was great. We ended up having the venue to ourselves! We brought wine, talked, laughed. He was knowledgeable, explained everything and it was easy to prepare the meal.
03 Apr 2018
Amazing. Great guy. Great chef. Highly recommend
31 Mar 2018
Chef Michael was extremely knowledgeable and did an amazing job managing 4 couples and getting us through a three-course meal in an hour and 45 minutes! He even had macaroons for us at the beginning, which I thought was a considerate gesture. The only reason I give this a 4 rather than a 5 was that I felt a little rushed and like he wanted us to leave at the end. I personally did not like the salad that we created but that may be just my preference. Over all, I had a great time and felt that it was worth every penny spent. The conversation with the other couples there was great, and I would recommend this to anybody looking for a neat experience in New York.
27 Mar 2018
We had a WONDERFUL experience learning from Chef Michael. He was professional, patient, and enthusiastic about his craft. We’ve all been to several cooking classes and kept saying how unique, personal, and relaxed this cooking class felt. Our food was delicious and we came home happy and full. The flavors were rich and the recipes were new to us but also not unbelievable technical - we all felt like we’d be able to replicate the recipes at home which was a great takeaway from this evening, too! We highly recommend this experience!!!
21 Mar 2018
I had this class with my girlfriend, it was amazing. Chef Michael is so nice and passionate about cooking and teaching. We had a lot of fun and it was delicious. I reallt recommand this class!!
18 Mar 2018
Chef Michael gave my girlfriend and I a great, memorable experience. Both my girlfriend and I are semi-experienced cooks and Chef Michael still offered us many new tips and techniques for quick but delicious dishes. He was very personable and spoke with us after we completed dinner and olive oil, wine, and various cuisines around the world. Highly highly recommend.
12 Mar 2018
My friend and I really liked it.
12 Mar 2018
Such a great experience! 10/10 recommend.
11 Mar 2018
We had a great time learning Spanish cooking with Chef Michael! The dishes were easy to prepare and very delicious. We also got some good tips on cooking techniques and knife skills. As an added bonus, a pastry chef was in the same kitchen as where we were having the class and surprised us with fresh bread, croissants, and truffles. He even made my fiancee a birthday cake!
10 Mar 2018
Awesome chef. Awesome lessons. Made cooking so fun!! Chef Michel is so damn good.
06 Mar 2018
What a wonderful experience. I truly enjoyed working with chef Michael. He answered so many questions but didn’t make me feel worried about my skill level for a minute. We had a small group (2 couples), which was awesome. We made a delicious meal and broadened my horizon in terms of foods to cook with. I would recommend this for a date night or if you just want to learn more about cooking!
05 Mar 2018
It was great! We had wonderful time with Chef Michael. Class was organized in "currently closed" under renovation restaurant in professional kitchen. I loved that we weren't split in groups and there were plenty to do and learn. Menu was easy, but delicious.
03 Mar 2018
A special experience. Michael is a fantastic host, open to share his vast knowledge. We had a great time and of course the food was delicious.
02 Mar 2018
It was a great experience. We will definitely do it again.
01 Mar 2018
Wonderful chef, great food very knowledgeable and intimate. Best with friends and couples.
24 Feb 2018
Had an awesome time with Chef Michael ! Atmosphere was great, food was amazing and it was a fun experience for my date and I. I would definitely come back for anymore classes Chef Michael teaches .
22 Feb 2018
We had the absolute BEST time cooking with Chef Michael! He was so knowledgeable and taught us so much about the food we were cooking, where it comes from, and how to best prepare it. He also taught some pretty cool knife skills (one of our favorite parts, haha! ). And the FOOD, so delicious ! We definitely ran to the market soon after to buy some of the new things we tried. Cooking with Chef Michael was a SUPERB time, we definitely recommend it !
22 Feb 2018
We had the absolute best time with Chef Michael! He took us through the dishes step by step and taught us so much about the food we were preparing, and some cool knive skills ! The food was DELICIOUS! We would definitely take his class again.
22 Feb 2018
Had a great time taking Chef Michael cooking class! Definitely a good experience being able to cook in a commercial kitchen then enjoy the fruits of your labor within the restaurant. He keeps it simple so you can follow on your own at home...we've already recreated these dishes at home twice just a week after!
22 Feb 2018
Fun experience- great menu and great company! Super cool location. Not a ton of "teaching" or skills shared by Chef Michael unless you asked- still a very nice and fun teacher!
20 Feb 2018
Chef Michael was an amazing teacher and even worked with us very much to accommodate our schedule
19 Feb 2018
Very personable. Absolutely made our meal. Thank you Chef Michael!
18 Feb 2018
Chef Michael hosted a terrific evening-definitely recommend his cooking class
16 Feb 2018
Great instruction from a really fun Chef! Exceeded expectations!
12 Feb 2018
My husband and I really enjoyed our class with Chef Michael! We received this class as a gift and were unsure what to expect but Chef Michael turned it into an awesome experience. He taught us techniques to use at home and all the food came out delicious. We would highly recommend his courses to anyone looking to gain a little culinary knowledge or just to have a fun night out.
08 Feb 2018
Had a great experience he was the bomb diggity .. Definitely something you want to do if you just want to have some fun and do something different not the usual .. he was a great host, it felt like we were VIPs
06 Feb 2018
Chef Michael was excellent! I highly recommend taking a cooking course with him.
24 Jan 2018
Dinner with Michael was lovely, he was hands on, approachable and easy to work with. I would happily recommend Chef Michael to anyone who was interested in a fuss free evening of fun!
19 Dec 2017
Chef Michael was first rate. He was extremely knowledgeable and was an excellent instructor. He was gracious and engaging. The entire experience was extremely enjoyable. The meal was delicious! I'm inspired to try the recipes on my own at home. Kudos to the Top Chef!!
12 Nov 2017
Fun experience! Enjoyed the interaction w/Michael and learned new techniques and recipes that I will use at home! Loved it!
05 Nov 2017
We had such a good time with Chef Michael! He was such a good teacher and the food was amazing, we were talking about the tart the entire rest of the day! Can’t wait to recreate this meal at home.
02 Nov 2017
It was a wonderful experience! 23 had the restaurant by ourselves, learnedly a lot and had so much fun preparing and enjoying our meal! Thank youuu!
26 Sep 2017
My team and I had a great class experience with Michael. He was instructive, welcoming and made the class fun! Would highly recommend to others. Thanks Michael!
18 Sep 2017
It was a wonderful time and experience.
07 Aug 2017
Chef Michael was very patient and taught us great tips to use in the kitchen. I had a great time learning and cooking with chef Michael . He's very laid back and funny and will make the class better. I would take another class with him again
03 Aug 2017
We had such a great time with Chef Michael, he was very educational and fun. He did a great job of walking us through each step and answering all of our questions.
01 Aug 2017
Chef Michael was patient and enthusiast. He took us through the paces and we made a wonderful meal together. The night was filled with laughter and learning. Cozymeal made it easy to contact us. Chef Michael made it easy to learn and enjoy. I would definitely do this again!
24 Jul 2017
We came with a group of 8 people. While we all had a nice time, and chef Michael was very kind and welcoming, the learning experience was a bit of a disappointment. One menu item consisted of caprese, which literally required us to chop a tomato, basil, and mozzarella. The main dish was a pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe. We thought we'd be handmaking the pasta. Instead we just poured store bought pasta in the pot. This felt more like a cook letting you help them in the kitchen versus an actual cooking class. Enjoyable experience, but hardly a lesson.
23 Jul 2017
Chef Michael was wonderful. My boyfriend and I both had a wonderful time and everything tasted amazing.
04 Jul 2017
Chef Michael is a knowledgeable and experienced cook. He taught us some useful tips and tricks for the kitchen and took the time to make the experience feel special and inviting. This was a fun birthday gift and the food turned out pretty well.
01 Jul 2017
Chef Michael was a wonderful host and a great teacher. He is patience and willing to explain and answer any questions you might have. He loves to meet new people and share his experiences too! Awesome for date/couple nights out!
20 Jun 2017
Had an excellent afternoon with Chef Michael. My girlfriend and I really enjoyed the experience and learned some really valuable information from his class. Highly recommend.
05 May 2017
Loved the cooking class. Thank you Chef Michael!
05 May 2017
Great cooking class with Cozymeal & Chef Michael in NYC. Highly recommended.
17 Apr 2017
FUN, FUN, FUN! Great cooking class in NYC. If you are looking for a fun, delicious and educational cooking class in NYC, I would definitely recommend Cozymeal's Chef Michael. Thank you Cozymeal & Chef Michael.
17 Apr 2017
We really enjoyed the Italian cooking class with Chef Michael. He is a great teacher and I can recommend him to anyone who is interested in an Italian cooking class in NYC. Also, this class is a great idea as a date night or couples cooking class.
11 Apr 2017
A perfect chef/host, Michael provided a fun night of cooking, eating and drinking. This is a great idea for a date, entertaining clients or just a fun night with friends. I will definitely be using Cozymeal and chef Michael again.
28 Mar 2017
Chef Michael was awesome, he was there for each step of the process to make sure we understood everything we were doing. Would definitely recommend a friend to take a class with him!
24 Feb 2017
Chef Michael is a great instructor of Italian cuisine. His class focused on technique which I loved because we learned how to perfectly cook pasta and fish. The risotto was a standout for me with its rich and vibrant color and warming and delicious flavors.
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With nearly three decades of cooking experience in New York City and three Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe, it's safe to say that Chef Michael is one culinary artist with an enormous amount of knowledge to spread. Learn new cooking techniques and broaden your culinary horizon with Chef Michael, whose culinary expertise spans the globe.
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