Cooking Class with Chef Paula Zavala

So some of my friends know that I am a horrible cook. I’ve never had to really cook for myself but it still would be nice to know how to cook, so I decided to take a cooking class at PC Cooking School.

I decided to take the “Mexican Dried Chili Peppers, Hot & Not” class with Chef Paula Zavala. The cost was $30.00 per person plus tax and you can register online, which is convenient. It’s pretty inexpensive considering what you get at the end of the night.

Paula Zavala

Chef Paula Zavala

The PC Cooking School I went to was located upstairs at 60 Carlton St. It is a big open space and 4 rows of tables were already set up with cutlery. It was going to be a small intimate class of just about a dozen but apparently they can hold up to 30-40 people.

What went on throughout the next two hours was both a lesson in culinary technique and absolute deliciousness. Paula was great at explaining all different kinds of chilies and the use for them. She started off with a Chocolate Raspberry Tart so it would be ready at the end of the class.

Chocolate Rasberry Tart

Chocolate Raspberry Tart

Then Paula moved onto the Wild Mushroom Bisque with White Wine & Dried Guajillo Chilis, which was to die for. The aroma coming out of the soup was amazing. It definitely stole the spotlight for me.


Wild Mushroom Bisque with White Wine & Dried Guajillo Chilis

Then we moved on to the main dish, which was Almond Crusted Chicken Croutons with Orange & Dried Ancho Chili Sauce, served with Lentil & Cabbage and Kale Chips. Once again, delicious!


Almond Crusted Chicken Croutons with Orange & Dried Ancho Chili Sauce, served with Lentil & Cabbage and Kale Chips

Each dish was thoroughly explained step by step, so that even the most novice of cooks could grasp it. There was nothing intimidating. If anything it was inspiring.

Everyone was given a full serving of each dish and each dish was outstanding. It was just like going to a high-end restaurant in the city.

If a cooking class is on your radar I recommend that you give PC Cooking School a try.


Look! I cook!

So on the weekend I attempted to make the soup, all by myself believe it or not and oh-my-god it was amazing! It was as good as Paula’s. I was so impressed with my cooking skills that I can’t wait for her next class!

Below are pictures of my soup. If you would like the recipe feel free to contact me and I will be more than happy to share the goodness with you.

Step 1: Frying the chilies for garnish.

Frying the chiies

Step 2: Cooking all the ingredients before blending it all together.

Step 2

Step 3: Bon Appétit!

Step 3

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