New Orleans School of Cooking

It’s no mystery that New Orleans knows how to add a punch to their Cajun and Creole dishes, you know it’s made an impression when I can buy a “Cajun chicken” dish at my local pub here in little old England. Obviously when you’re getting the food from its source they are far more exciting than some microwaved, dried out fillet with a bit of seasoning chucked on top; gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish etoufee, banana foster and many more fantastic dishes are found on all over the city.

Whilst there, I’ve no doubt you’ll be enjoying everything they have to offer, so why not learn how to make some of these culinary delights for yourself?

New Orleans hosts a variety of fun filled cooking schools where you can visit and learn how to make some of the city’s signature dishes. The original and arguably the best of these (though as with most things here the competition is strong) is the New Orleans School of Cooking located at 524 St. Louis Street in the heart of the historic French Quarter. Since 1980 they have endeavoured to introduce visitors from all over to the food and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana. A team of world class chefs provide daily classes and whilst they teach you, you shall also get a meal and drinks so you can really get a taste for it as you go.

There are two types of classes you can book yourself in for; the first of these is the open demonstration class. Here you will sit at your table as one of the entertaining and skilled chefs talks you through a classic dish that you’ll then be served. They’ll fill you in on some of the rich and vibrant history of New Orleans cuisine which is sure to both fascinate and amuse you. You’ll also receive recipe cards for ass the meals that have been prepared for you over the course of the session.

The second class you can participate in is the open hands-on class. This is for those of you who really want to learn how to get to grips with these dishes. They’re held daily and last for 3 hours, in which time you will cut, season and prepare your own meal under the guidance of one of the expert chefs, a meal which you will then get to eat once finished. Once again you’ll be given recipe cards to take home with you so that you never lose the ability to recreate your Cajun/Creole masterpiece. And if that’s not enough you’ll also receive a nifty ‘New Orleans School of Cooking’ apron to take home with you.

It’s certainly a fun day out and something completely different, perfect for New Orleans. If you’re looking to visit you’ll need to book in advance, you can do so through their website. It’s also possible to book private tutorials and team building sessions that are perfect for business exercises, school trips or even family reunions. Whilst you’re there you can also visit their store, full of quality ingredients, tasty treats and merchandise, perfect for gifts.