Off-Book Cook

Off-Book Cook

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1 years in business

About this pro

Hi, I'm Dianne, founder of Off-Book Cook.  I have worked in New York City restaurants, cafes, bakeries and catering companies since 2007, but my true passion is teaching people to cook at home.

By teaching one-on-one classes focussing on cooking techniques rather than recipes, my goal is to teach you the building blocks of cooking that you can use over and over again throughout your life.

By the end of our lessons together, I hope you'll be able to open your fridge and cabinets and be able to "throw something together" without consulting a recipe or having to buy lenghty lists of new ingredients.

Hope to cook with you soon!

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Brooklyn, NY 11218
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First, we'll talk about your current cooking and eating habits and what you'd like to work on.  Then I will propose a menu for us to work on together, you'll get the ingredients, and we'll cook it together in your kitchen, spending extra time on the techniques and steps that are new to you.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I graduated from the Natural Gourmet Institute cooking school in 2014 and have worked in restaurants, catering companies and bakeries since 2007.  I have also taught cooking classes for the past five years at cooking schools and privately throughout the NYC area.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

For a completely customized class in your home:

Single Class - $200 for 1 person, $75 for each additional person (max 6)

3-Class Series - $500 for 1 person, $750 for 2 people (max 2)

Classes generally run 2-3 hours and include 2-3 full dishes that we agree upon in advance and make together.  Class fee does not include ingredients.

How did you get started teaching?

I started as a Teaching Assistant for classes at the Natural Gourmet in 2011 and never stopped!

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students of all abilities and dietary restrictions, from people who have cooked for decades to those who don't own a cutting board.  I have also worked with students who are vegan, gluten-free, keto, and with other various allergies.  I believe everyone can cook, and everyone has something to learn.

Lessons offered

Cooking Classes Mixology Classes Pasta Making Classes Knife Skills Classes Baking Classes Asian Cooking Classes Desserts Classes French Cooking Classes Italian Cooking Classes Middle Eastern Cooking Classes