Cooking Class – BIC

10 Nov

I’ve been thinking about taking a cooking class for a while now.  I can make basic things, and follow a recipe, but I know nothing of technique. So, after reading about them on the food blog Dining at Large, Todd and I decided to sign up for one of the Food Enthusiast classes over at BIC.   Baltimore International College is a culinary arts and hospitality management school here in Baltimore.  Our class was called Asian Cooking.

Here’s how it went down:

The menu:

  • Wonton Soup
  • Lettuce Wraps
  • Mandarin Orange Chicken
  • Sweet & Sour Chicken
  • Fried Spinach

The class was taught by Chef Frederick Parmenter, Jr – or Chef Freddy.  He is an instructor at the school and the Executive Chef at the restaurant run by the students in Baltimore City, The Bay Atlantic Club.

Chef hard at work

We were given our menus, aprons, chef hats, and a huge huge chopping knife.  First up – Wonton Soup!  We made our own wontons with a mix of ground pork, green onions, ginger, chili sauce, sesame oil, soy sauce, and garlic.  I really loved making these little guys.  Todd’s are the ones that are all wonky and falling over.  Just kidding.  YUM.

Wonton Madness

Next, Todd studied his menu and shoved me in the front of the class when Chef Freddy asked for volunteers to fry things.

After we made (and ATE) the wonton soup, it was on to the lettuce wraps and the main chicken dishes.  I was surprised to learn that the sauce for the orange chicken chicken has a TON of ketchup in it.  Like, 14 huge Costco sized cans.  Oh also, they use food dye to give it that shiny, bright orange color.  Nevertheless, it tasted delicious.  Here I am frying up some chicken for both dishes.

Nice stove!

Todd whipped up some sticky rice and we plated it all…

Orange Chicken

Next Chef Freddy showed us how to make a homemade sesame ginger salad dressing, which was amazing!  I don’t have a picture but it was exactly like the dressing you get with your house salad at a sushi restaurant.  Once we were done cooking and eating all of this (about 4 hours), we were able to head across the hall to visit the Cheese and Wine class.  I know, why didn’t we take that?!  Well, I figured we knew how to eat cheese and drink wine and we didn’t see ourselves making cheese anytime soon, so Asian Cooking might be more useful.  We swapped rooms with that class and we were able to sample some of their creations, and they sampled ours.  I think they were all starving after drinking wine for 4 hours.

I felt like we learned a ton and if nothing else, we got a huge delicious dinner out of it (and that giant scary chopping knife)!


3 Responses to “Cooking Class – BIC”

  1. Mom November 11, 2010 at 1:58 am #

    Way to go! Looks like so much fun and yummy too! Can’t wait to taste some of your new recipes. Hugs!

  2. Mom November 11, 2010 at 2:00 am #

    P.S. Where can we get one of those groovy hats? Chef Joe needs one!

  3. Todd S November 19, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    This was a lot of fun. We need to try another one.

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