Cooking Classes Get You Comfortable in the Kitchen

After I interviewed Jess Roy, the chef-owner behind Shiso Kitchen (374 Washington St.), she invited me to take one of the classes she offers at her bright, welcoming space. I jumped at the chance to learn from her, signing up for the Vegetarian Dinner Party session.

On the night of the class, I was joined by two other women who went from being strangers to fast friends after three hours of cooking and eating together. We made four recipes, a roasted vegetable tart, mushroom and goat cheese barley risotto, ricotta stuffed mini peppers and a rosemary lemon cake, that we got to dine on at the end of the class.

Throughout the night, Roy sprinkled helpful kitchen tips in with the recipe instructions, like demonstrating the proper way to dice an onion, then giving us a chance to practice. The class was relaxed and fun, perfect for beginner cooks, those looking to get back in the kitchen after a hiatus or a more experienced home cook seeking inspiration.

In addition to the vegetarian class, Roy offers instruction in Italian and French cooking, sushi making and knife skills. She also works as a private chef and opens her kitchen up for private parties, cooking classes and events.

The food we made in the class was fun to cook and delicious to eat, but the best part was meeting other locals, learning from Roy and just spending an evening doing something completely different. If that sounds like fun to you, I highly recommend checking out Shiso Kitchen for a night out solo, with friends or a date!

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I took the Shiso Kitchen class for free, but all opinions expressed are my own.

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