A former White House chef is sharing his culinary secrets with anyone in Charlottesville who's willing to throw on an apron. It's part of a new series of cooking classes now offered by Piedmont Virginia Community College.
PVCC administrators said that the school hasn't offered cooking classes since the ‘90s. Now with a new industrial cooking space at the Jefferson School City Center, there's a whole new opportunity to offer classes for foodies.
Former White House chef Jack Hanny is teaching a class called "From the White House to Your House." Apricot coconut balls (a favorite of President Nixon), beef bourguignon, paella, jambalaya, and pan fried pork chops are some of the dishes he'll be teaching students to serve up.
The cooking classes are not just for PVCC students. It is part of the school's Work Force Services non-credit classes offered to anyone in the community.
Chef Dean Maupin from C&O Restaurant will be teaching a class on stocks, soups and sauces and Tim Gearhart will be teaching classes on chocolate making. Those are just some of the classes that are being offered.
The classes start at $89 and they're being offered for two hours on various weekday evenings, starting around 5:30 p.m.
A curriculum of credited culinary classes is in the final stages of approval, and should be offered by the fall semester.
For more information on how to sign up, call PVCC Workforce Services at (434)961-5354.
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