Workshops

One On One – Bespoke Workshops

Modern cooking is about education and integration. We offer customized workshops for anyone interested in exploring new ideas in the kitchen. This way you can focus your time and concentrate on the ingredients and techniques that most interest you. Our standard one-on-one, 6-hour workshops run from 10am-4pm and begin at $1000 per day. Think of it as continuing education for professionals and passionate cooks. We get people out of their daily environments and into a new kitchen, free of distractions, and chock full of equipment to stretch their culinary and creative limits. We can also bring Ideas in Food to restaurants and other venues for both small and large groups. We will happily customize a program to suit your needs.

In addition to the bespoke workshops we offer two set curriculums. There is a two-day sous vide/low temperature cooking class that will take you through a variety of recipes using fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, and dairy, with sweet and savory applications. We also offer a two-day introduction to hydrocolloids that will give you an overview of thickening ingredients including xanthan gum, pectin, agar, starches, gellan and carrageenan. Either of theses classes can be arranged for groups from 1-4 people. You can also combine the two classes for a four-day intensive.

For restaurants we offer “dinner and a workshop”, where we combine a guest chef dinner with a workshop for the restaurant staff. We also do menu development consulting. We can help you flesh out your ideas for a new seasonal or dessert menu, help you figure out ways to streamline your techniques for maximum functionality and flavor, and then help implement the new menu at your restaurant.

Contact us to arrange your workshop or click below to make a deposit online.

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Since these seminars are tailored to individual needs we provide a broad spectrum of topics below to give you a starting point.

Topics of Interest

Each of these items can easily fill a 2-3 hour session, depending on how deeply you want to delve into them. Although we have general guidelines that we use for each topic, which blend a combination of science and technique, we are happy to explore any specific recipes or applications of your choice.

  • Menu Development/Culinary Troubleshooting
  • Brining, Curing and Dehydration
  • Smoking
  • Bread (quick, yeasted, sourdough)
  • Hand Rolled and Extruded Pastas, Gnocchi, Risotto,
  • Artisanal Pizzas
  • Making Cheese and Butter
  • Ice Cream
  • Roasting
  • Braising
  • Confit
  • Pressure Cooking
  • Sous Vide and Controlled Temperature Cooking
  • Rib Eye in Five Services
  • The Complete Lobster
  • TIp To Tail Vegetable Cookery
  • Nose to Tail with Fish, Chicken, Pig or Lamb
  • Hydrocolloids:
  • --- Xanthan Gum
  • --- Starch
  • --- Gelatin
  • --- Pectin
  • --- Agar/Locust Bean Gum
  • --- Carrageenaan
  • --- Methocel
  • --- Gellan
  • Transglutaminase (meat, fish, dairy, soy)
  • Liquid Nitrogen
  • Carbon Dioxide (effects on flavor and temperature)
  • Aroma in Food and Cocktails
  • Eggs
  • Gluten Free Baking
  • Fermentation
  • The Outdoor Kitchen
  • Cooking with a CVap
  • Gluten Free Baking
  • The Complete Chicken
  • The Total Turkey

 

Any other ideas and concepts are welcome. Our workshops provide a private space equipped with some of our favorite cooking tools and ingredients for chefs and amateur cooks to enjoy. We have been known to help people work out personal recipes and inspirations by simply providing them with a knowledgeable sounding board and the necessary tools to achieve their goals. For more inspiration or to book a workshop please email us at akiandalex(at)ideasinfood(.)com.

Testimonials

Below are a few testimonials from a variety of workshops and classes.

 

I’ve admired Alex and Aki for years as I’ve followed along with Ideas in Food. I didn’t go to culinary school, just worked my way up in kitchens and stages. You pick up pieces and fragments of knowledge as you go along that route and as you put them together it begins to help shape your individual style and approach to food. Sometimes, though, you need some one-on-one dedicated time with a mentor to really set you on the right course. As I write this three days before officially opening my first restaurant I can’t think of anything in this process that has been more valuable to me, as a cook, than spending a few days with Alex and Aki. Ideas in Food is an awesome blog because it is a source of inspiration and creativity. But the real deal is putting it into practice and for that you need time to work through actual techniques and discuss exceptions, variations, or just general knowledge about a technique, ingredient, or food science principle… enter the Ideas in Food workshop! From the time you enter the workshop until the end of the day, you have Alex’s undivided attention. No holds barred, straight up food-cooking interaction. My sous chef and I went up to discuss/learn hydrocolloids, some sous vide and science… We discussed all of the above and then somehow got into talking about pasta and now I have a pasta extruder in my kitchen! Alex is a great teacher because he knows how to ask the right questions and makes learning exciting. He helps pull out the right answers. It seems everyday now I do something that reminds me of my time at the Workshop. This was such a priority that I actually put a line item in my restaurant budget for “Ideas in Food Education”. It’s been the best money I’ve spent so far opening a restaurant… Priceless! Not only did my sous chef and I learn something, we met two of the nicest people on the planet; friends who are welcome in Texas anytime they get a chance!

Tim Rattray
Chef/Owner
The Granary ‘Cue and Brew

 

As the Corporate Chef of a global food and personal care company it is part of my roll to keep track of the ever changing culinary world and convey my knowledge to my colleagues. I asked Alex to create a demo/lecture class for our R&D community about future trends in the culinary scene.

Alex did a great job teaching people with a wide varity of backgrounds. Walking us through different methods and techniques, Alex explained how to utilize those methods in different applications. The biggest benefit to all was to get us thinking “out of the box”.

The Lecture/Demo took place on our premises and Alex needed very little of me – coming in fully prepared. I gave him a quick tour and could almost hear the stream of ideas he had to talk about – understanding our working frame. Being sensitive to our line of work, the workshop was perfectly tailored to our needs! I can not wait to bring Alex and Aki back.

Einav Gefen
Corporate Chef
Unilever NA

 

Want to take your cooking skills to the next level? Whether you’re an enthusiastic home cook or a curious kitchen pro, you will walk away from a personal workshop with Alex and Aki filled with valuable ideas and new skills.

I’ve taken many classes over the years. I’ve read (literally) hundreds of cookbooks and I’m not afraid to make dinner for anyone. I’m also the co-founder of a successful food company where I’m in charge of product development. And while I went with both high expectations and some concern about being disappointed, the days I spent with Alex and Aki gave me far, far more than I could have hoped for.
This is not just about new techniques (although you can learn and understand them to your heart’s content)…and it’s not just about covering basics (how do you really know how to measure “enough” salt?) though you’ll probably now grasp them in a whole new way. This is a workshop designed around you and what you want to learn and master.

Aki and Alex are wise, thoughtful food professionals who will give you not just what you want, but also what you didn’t know to ask for. Smart, generous and incredibly capable, they are worth every single cent and every minute away from your business or home.

Mallory Kates
Co-Founder, Ciolo & Piccolo

 

I felt overwhelmed with all the modern cooking techniques and did not know where to begin my education – to really get a grasp on the modern pantry. Personally, the one on one workshop was the way to go. Together, Alex and I designed work shops focusing in on my specific needs and ideas in food that I wanted to work out. The most valuable tool I took away from the class was Alex’s direct line. He is always ready and willing to help me out when I get stuck or if something didn’t turn out like expected. Lets just say… It’s like having your own modern Harold McGee, the best part being, you don’t have to read.

Adam Longworth
Chef de Cuisine
Gotham Bar and Grill

 

After seeing a small advertisement for private workshops and classes on their website Ideas In Food, I decided to sign up for a private group class on hydrocolloids with Aki Kamozawa and Alex Talbot. Because my knowledge of hydrocolloids was limited, I was intrigued with idea of achieving a better understanding of the subject matter in just one day. I came away from the experience with not only a better understanding of hydrocolloids, but also a profound respect for the overall service that Aki and Alex offer.

Aki and Alex are both great teachers and they presented their curriculum in a logical and easy-to-follow progression. From the simplest example of demonstrating the effects of gradually increasing percentages of xanthan gum in water to the more complex example of understanding the proper dispersion and hydration of Methocel, Aki and Alex made sure that everyone in the class understood the principles before moving on to the next topic. Most importantly, they adapted their lessons along the way to help answer questions from our group. They were incredibly generous and forthcoming with their knowledge – the distillate of their collective experience and experimentation.

The entire experience of working with Aki and Alex was extremely user-friendly. The class took place in my restaurant’s kitchen, which made the entire learning process much easier because we were working in a familiar environment. They custom-tailored the class to suit my interest in specific hydrocolloids which they brought themselves along with the necessary information on how and where to purchase them. They used ingredients from my mise-en-place in the lessons to show how we could apply hydrocolloids to our current menu to alter and improve the food quality. And the post-class support has been unparalleled. I can shoot them an email with any questions or problems and I know they will quickly respond with an answer or resolution.

Craig Koketsu
Executive Chef
Park Avenue NYC
Quality Meats NYC

 

Hi guys, I am just writing to let you know that Kurt really enjoyed the workshop, and above all learned A LOT! The workshop gave him a ton of ideas and he started experimenting at a higher level now. The workshop really moved his cooking skills a level up and I can say for sure I did the right thing for choosing your workshop. I had been looking, and everything else sounded like teaching a housewife basic cooking skills, and Kurt didn’t need that. Your workshop was a great finding and Kurt might be coming back for more.

Take care,

Cristina







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