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Sunday, July 23 2017 @ 04:44 AM EDT
The Paramus Post - Greater Paramus News and Lifestyle Webzine

Wannabee Chef, Cresskill, NJ Cooking Studio, Offers A Host Of Cooking Classes Tapping Cuisines From Around The Globe


From Indian Paneer Cheese Preparations to Puerto Rican Christmas Delicacies, WannaBee Chef Offers Eclectic Adult Cooking Classes Fall 2012
Adult Programs Offered in Addition to Teen, Kids Classes
(September 14, 2012; Cresskill, NJ) WannaBee Chef, the cooking studio, will be hosting a variety of culinary classes this fall designed to increase knowledge and appreciation for healthy, flavorful and exotic vegetarian and meat/seafood dishes from around the world. Chef Rama Ginde, of Indian descent who spent the first 17 years of her life in Puerto Rico before moving with her family to northern New Jersey, has developed a series of classes for adults to educate and excite the palate, tapping techniques traditional to cultures as diverse as Indian and Puerto Rican.

From Indian Paneer Cheese Preparations to Puerto Rican Christmas Delicacies, WannaBee Chef Offers Eclectic Adult Cooking Classes Fall 2012
Adult Programs Offered in Addition to Teen, Kids Classes
(September 14, 2012; Cresskill, NJ) WannaBee Chef, the cooking studio, will be hosting a variety of culinary classes this fall designed to increase knowledge and appreciation for healthy, flavorful and exotic vegetarian and meat/seafood dishes from around the world. Chef Rama Ginde, of Indian descent who spent the first 17 years of her life in Puerto Rico before moving with her family to northern New Jersey, has developed a series of classes for adults to educate and excite the palate, tapping techniques traditional to cultures as diverse as Indian and Puerto Rican.

Some classes are designed for couples to be enjoyed as “date night” events while others are ideal for individual enrollment. Classes are suitable for all skill levels and combine hands-on cooking instruction along with feasting on preparations at the end of each workshop. Prices start at $65 per person.

“Cooking and eating together brings people together on a very basic human level,” said Chef Rama. “When we cook and enjoy foods from other cultures that are not in our daily repertoire, we expand not only our palates and pleasures, but our view of the world. Food and cooking are wonderful ways to explore the world from the privacy and comfort of the kitchen.”

All classes, which are BYO and limited to 30 participants, include recipes, dinner and a retro apron keepsake. To register, full payment is required no later than three days in advance of each class. WannaBee Chef reserves the right to cancel a class up to two days in advance.

Everything Paneer
September 20th 6:45- 8:45 PM
Everyone’s favorite Indian cheese served in class different ways.
Homemade Paneer
Palak Paneer
Tandoori Paneer
Paneer Paratha
$ 65 per person

“Harvest Vegetarian Party “
September 27th 6:45 – 8:45 PM
Hearty meals that non – vegetarians will love too.
Swiss Chard, Olive and Raisin Caponata
Warm Brussels Sprout Slaw
Candid Apples and Parsnips
Portobello and Goat Cheese Lasagna
Pear, Cranberry and Gingersnap Crumble
$70 per person

Memoirs of Geisha
TWO DATES October 11th & December 4th 6:45- 8:45 PM
Fall in love with the delicious cuisine of Japan.
Yellowtail Carpaccio in Jalapeno – Ponzu Sauce
Sweet Potato Tempura Roll
Chicken Negimiki
Vegetable Fried Rice
Wasabi – Horseradish Crusted Tuna
$70 per person

“Meatless Holiday “
TWO DATES October 16th & November 28th 6:45-8:45 PM
Enjoy your favorite celebration with a vegetarian twist.
Edamame and Millet Sliders
Broccoli and Parmesan Fritters
Beet Chips, Ricotta Crème
Warm Butternut Squash and Chickpea Salad
$65 per person

“Seriously Seafood “
October 24th 6:45- 8:45 PM
Learn how to make your favorite fish dishes.
Tuna Tartare Bruschetta
Jumbo Lump Crabcakes, Herb Aioli
Pepita Crusted Salmon, Wilted Spinach
Asian Style Snapper Papillote
$80 per person

“Healthy Tapas”
November 6th 6:45- 8:45 PM
Small plates that are big on flavor & perfect for sharing.
Mini Lamb Meatballs, Olive Tapenade
Spiced Kale Chips
Shrimp and Chickpea Croquettes
Mini Chocolate Espresso Cups
$65 per person

“Thanksgiving with a Twist”
November 7th 6:45- 8:45 PM
Traditional holiday foods with a gourmet edge.
Cranberry and Goat Cheese Stuffed Turkey Roulade
Herbed Wild Rice Stuffing
Sweet Potato Gratin
Pumpkin Bread Pudding, White Chocolate Drizzle
$70 per person

“To Rome with Love “
TWO DATES: November 29th & December 13th 6:45-8:45
Eat like the Romans do!
Pasta e Ceci (Chickpea Soup)
Bucatini All’ Amatriciana
Veal Culets with Sage
Ricotta Cheese Tart
$70 per person

“Date Night V”
December 6th 6:45-8:45 PM
Spend a night with someone special preparing delicious dishes together.
Roasted Beets, Ricotta Crème, Toasted Pistachios
Garganelli, Wild Mushroom Bolognese
Grilled Flank Steak, Thyme Butter
Chocolate Truffles
$130 per couple

“A Puerto Rican Christmas “
December 20th 6:45- 8:45
Learn how to make your favorite Puerto Rican dishes at home.
Camarones Al Ajillo (Shrimp in Garlic)
Arroz Con Gandules (Rice with Pigeon Peas)
Lechon (Roast Pork)
Coquito (Spiced Egg Nog)
Guava Cheesecake
$65 per person

About Chef Rama Ginde and WannaBee Chef

Owner/Chef Rama Ginde, 29, lives with her family in northern NJ. Chef Rama, of Indian descent, grew up in Puerto Rico, where she developed a strong passion for cooking from her mother, who exposed her to her native Indian food, Latin cuisine and other types of cuisines. Not only did Chef Rama cherish this special bonding time with her mother in the kitchen, she learned to appreciate the connection between food and culture, drawing her closer to her Indian roots. Besides spending time with her mother, Chef Rama was drawn to cooking as a means of serving others, enjoying the pleasure that a good, home-cooked meal brought to family and friends. In time, Chef Rama also began to view cooking as a form of art and took great pride in creating aesthetically appealing dishes.

Moving with her family to the New York City area in 1999 at age 17, Chef Rama went on to receive a bachelor's degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America. After graduating from the CIA, Chef Rama took a restaurant management course at the French Culinary Institute and later became certified as a Holistic Health Counselor from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and Columbia University's Teachers College. In addition, Chef Rama’s culinary training also includes work as a cook at Jean Georges, a supervisor at Thomas Keller's Bouchon and an assistant manager at Hyatt Group of Hotels.

WannaBee Chef, located at 18 Union Avenue in Cresskill, NJ and open Monday through Friday from 10AM-7PM and weekends for special events, is Bergen county’s premier cooking studio. Offering fun, inspiring basic skills and specialized classes for children, teens and adults, WannaBee Chef also provides a delicious array of prepared foods (ideal for lunch or dinner) and beverages, 500 calorie Bento box meals, boutique catering, farm-to-table events and classes. WannaBee Chef’s prepared foods are also sold at local farmers markets in northern NJ including: River Vale (Thursdays), Emerson (Sundays), Tenafly (Sundays), Fort Lee (Sundays) and Haworth (Tuesdays). For more information on WannaBee Chef, personal and group classes, summer camp, private events and parties, please visit www.wannabeechef.com  or call 201-503-0335.

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