Posted by Jason Sheehan on March 25th, 2013
The first class of the COOK Masters Program has officially graduated now. They’ve done their lessons, learned how to make sauces, break down pigs, bone out chickens and handle everything from pickling and charcuterie to a dinner service under the direction of Michael Solomonov. And now, with the first class barely released back into the pond, we’re ready to start putting together a new semester.
The COOK team has instructors chosen and a syllabus put together (both of which you can check out after the jump). And the first class of the 8-week session will be on May 6, which is coming right up. So what we need next are students. And that’s where you come in.
As before, the COOK Masters Program will be completely free for the 10 students we choose. If selected for the new semester, you’ll be put in front of some of the best chefs in the city for intensive, hands-on training in everything from cheese making and fish cookery to nutrition and butchery, with one class a week for eight weeks. Obviously, we’re heavily favoring working cooks–with the intention of training up Philly’s next generation of big name chefs–but are not limiting the student body to professionals. If you’re a genius home cook (or caterer, or personal chef or food writer or whatever) who thinks you’ve got what it takes to make the cut, by all means apply. And if you are a working cook, no matter how early you might be in your career, this is an opportunity you can’t afford to pass up. I mean, where else are you going to get to spend hours sitting with Jean Marie Lacroix while he teaches you to make French sauces?
Anyway, here are the details and the schedule. The application link is at the bottom of the page. And the deadline for getting your applications in is April 8 so, you know… Get on it, huh? Last time around we got more than ten times as many applications as we had spaces for students, so being early certainly can’t hurt.