Chef Michelle Hohman is owner of Urban Kitchen in South Pasadena. Chef Samantha is her partner in cooking.
A few steps north of the crumbling Rialto, but along a strip of creative, slick shops such as B. Lee Salon and Koi, Urban Kitchen has a slice of its own. A clean, minimalist space with a large table for dining and a kitchen area large enough for groups of twelve, Urban Kitchen is described as a “recreational” cooking school. The emphasis is on connecting and enjoying oneself while, of course, learning the how-to, ins and outs, tips, and secrets of creating delicious, seasonal meals.
Classes are structured with the belief that one learns by doing, so students should be ready to dice, chop, and slice. Urban Kitchen offers a two-part culinary “core” class that teaches students about all-important “knife skills,” choosing the best ingredients and equipment, the “seven classic cooking techniques,” and making stock and classic French sauces (Allemande, Meunière, and pan reduction).
Other upcoming classes in this week in May and in June include Classic Steakhouse, Global Kitchen: India, The Fusion Kitchen, Urban Italian, and Delectable Gourmet Treats.
A Kids in the Kitchen summer camp includes instruction in all the basic skills and techniques with the added bonus of an end-of-the-week “friendly” Iron Chef competition. Each program runs one-week from the middle of June through the middle of August, 9 a.m.-noon. For ages 8 to 14; space is limited.
One Sunday a month, Urban Kitchen offers “Family Meal,” where they prepare “family-friendly comfort food.” On June 22nd, mixed greens with vinaigrette, homemade pasta with fresh tomato sauce, meatballs or braciole, and cannoli with chocolate sauce or panna cotta with fruit topping will be on the menu. Only $30 for adults and $15 for children.
Urban Kitchen is also available for parties up to twelve celebrating a birthday, anniversary, engagement, bachelor(ette), or a corporate event. Private parties may be customized.
Urban Kitchen, 1009 ½ Fair Oaks Ave., South Pasadena 91030. Class cost: $68-$80. Summer camp runs $275/week. For complete details, visit UrbanKitchen-LA.com.
All photos courtesy of Urban Kitchen.