Want international fame and notoriety for being the brains behind one of the most delicious franken-desserts this century (cronut, we’re looking at you)? Well, first you’re going to have to start at the bottom – and make sure it’s not a soggy one! The chefs at Mille-Feuille Bakery in Greenwich Village will help you with all the essentials to get you going on a path to pastry righteousness. In just over two hours you’ll learn how to make croissant dough from scratch (lots of butter and layering involved), resulting in 15 chocolate and almond crescents that you can take home to show off to kith and kin.
Even if the microwave is the only kitchen appliance you ever use, you’ll feel like a bona fide chef after taking one of these cooking classes in NYC. Yes, it’s the city that never cooks, but a small kitchen is no excuse for being clueless when it comes to baking the best pies or searing a medium-rare steak. In the city’s best kitchen classrooms, you can master everything from the zesty Italian dishes to delightfully flaky pastries to intricate sausage-making worthy of a veteran butcher. And hey, if learning to cook means we get to spend less money at delivery restaurants, we’ll take it.
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