Cooking has always been a passion of mine but unfortunately after my Mother died four years ago, I lost my passion and love for cooking. Being in the kitchen for long periods of time reminded me too much of my Mother and the memories we had shared. Over the past year I have been trying to get back my passion for cooking so when I was invited to participate in a cooking class at Cookology in Sterling, VA I jumped at the chance.
Cookology was founded in 2009 and has inspired thousands of people to get cooking by offering professionally taught, hands-on cooking classes in Cookology’s safe commercial kitchens.
At Cookology, they believe that with practice and lots of patience you can begin to change your life and your family’s life by learning how to cook and changing what you eat.
Children can learn techniques and basic skills through Cookology’s summer camps
Cookology offers summer camps all summer to 400-600 children over nine weeks. The camps are 5 days per week, 3 hours per day. Cookology’s current camps focus on cooking techniques and basic skills for age groups 5-7, 8-11 and 12-17. At the very end their is a Basic Baking Bootcamp with a Cupcake War Competition, Culinary Bootcamp class with a Mystery Basket Competition. Also offered is Wold Cuisines, All Around America Class, and more.
This year Cookology has expanded their summer cooking camps to Arlington, VA at Sehkraft Restaurant in Clarendon. Classes begin August 1-August 26. Each class will run 3 hours per age groups 8-11 and 12-17. For more information click here or call (703) 433-1909.
Cookology Professional Culinary Program
The Cookology Professional Culinary program consists of over 340 hours of hands-on cooking in their commercial kitchen spanning 12 or 16 weeks. The program is flexible and you are not required to take the weekly courses consecutively. You can focus on specific courses within the program at your leisure, but you must commit to the full week.
Cookology’s program costs 50% less per hours, per person than all other culinary school programs in the country, AND they offer 40% more in actual hands-on, in-the-kitchen, cooking instruction. You will also learn how to make each dish they offer. They follow the National Restaurant Associations Educational Foundation’s Foundations Certificate.
You’ll also be taught the ServSafe program and will sit for the certification exam. You do not have to sit for either of the certification exams to receive a certificate of completion from Cookology. In addition specialty courses are offered in the following; Chef Instructor, Caterer, Personal Chef, Business & Marketing, Food Photography, Food Critic & Food Blogger. Program dates are September 12-December 9, 2016 and January 9-April 7, 2017.
Cookology offers a wide variety of cooking classes in commercial kitchens taught by professional chefs
My husband and I took a handmade pasta class lead by Chef Tony Kavalieros. Chef Tony as over 40 years of
experience in the food industry. He has worked with many talented Chefs around the world and thus has learned the secrets of many cuisines, such as Portuguese, Indian, Italian and French.
When we walked into the Cookology kitchen Chef Tony instantly made us feel welcome in his kitchen. He was informative, funny and warm.
Do you know where pasta originated?
Within the first five minutes I learned that pasta originated from the Middle East. Isn’t that wild? I also learned that when I had made homemade pasta in the past I wasn’t making it correctly at all (one of the reasons why my pasta machine was always clogged).
As the class began, each class participant was presented with fresh ingredients to use. Chef Tony explained each step as we made and rolled out the pasta. While we let the pasta dough rest we started on the sauce. We decided to do a chicken breast, white wine, rosemary and mushroom sauce. One thing I learned during this cooking process is that you should NEVER wash mushrooms (the mushrooms absorb the water) instead brush them off lightly with a brush or towel. While our sauce was simmering on the stove Chef Tony taught us how to properly use a pasta machine and then how to cut our thin dough into proper noodles. Chef Tony was great at making each one of us feel confident in the kitchen and that is something I really loved.
I had the best dish of pasta that I have EVER had…
The pasta was light and airy, the sauce was flavorful and hearty and I just could have sat and ate that dish all day long. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water.
During our class, our two children were busy preparing homemade pizza and salted caramel cupcakes in their own cooking class in the next room. Whenever I peeked in on them they were smiling, laughing and fully enjoying the class. Don’t all the kids look adorable in their little chef hats?!
I really would love to go back to Cookology and take a few classes. A few that sound fun to me are;
Family Class 8+ Savory and Sweet Handmade Pasta (you can NEVER have enough pasta!)
Knife Skills (did you know that cuts affect the flavor of the food?)
Culinary Basics: Stewing & Braising (there is nothing like a good stew in the Fall & Winter)
21100 Dulles Town Circle
Sterling, VA 20166