Last Thursday I taught a cooking class at Williams-Sonoma, and what a blast it was! I don't have the photos yet, so I will have to update this entry when I get them. The class was two hours and, as you can see from the menu, I planned to pack a lot of cooking into that two hours. What I didn't realize is that there was a short break halfway through, so I'm afraid my class went a little over the two hours. But no one seemed to mind. They were having a good time and were definitely enjoying the food.
The Williams-Sonoma in Beverly Hills has a really well equipped kitchen. They had a brand new Viking range and plenty of space to work in. I also had the help of an assistant, Craig, who did an excellent job. Since it was my first time working in their kitchen, there was plenty for me to learn and get accustomed to—I really needed that two hours of prep time. But I quickly got comfortable with their set-up and would gladly teach another class there.
I was also really impressed with the people who took the class. We had a really nice group of people who were interested, asked great questions and just seemed to enjoy themselves. All in all, a very positive experience that has me already thinking about what menu I would come up with for another class. In the meantime, I will post recipes (and photos) of the dishes we did in the class over the next few days.