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Shiso Kitchen's Cooking Classes Gives Folks the Chance to Explore Their Culinary Curiosity

By S. Mathur

Who knew that an evening spent in the kitchen could be so much fun? When the kitchen in question is Shiso Kitchen and you're learning how to cook steamed bao buns or creme brûlée, you begin to see the possibilities. Tucked away in a cool foodie neighborhood in Somerville MA, Shiso Kitchen offers classes on Sushi, American classics, and everything in between.

Chef Jessica Roy, Owner & Executive Chef, says that the Kitchen builds on the sociability of food and kitchens for a unique evening out: "If you're looking for an entertaining night out, Shiso Kitchen is the place to be! It's a great opportunity to interact with food and friends (new and old!) in a fun, relaxed environment. Learn some tips and tricks, meet new friends, enjoy fantastic food - what can be better than that?"

Classes include such diverse topics as knife skills, Mediterranean dishes, gourmet vegetarian cooking, Thai food, French classics, farm to table style, tapas and Mexican street food. And of course, New England classics: Clam Chowdah, Boston Baked Beans, Seafood Pie, and Blueberry Cobbler.

The cooking class schedule is posted online. Roy explains that "We have many specialized menus featuring global cuisine inspired by the chef's travels, as well as seasonal local farm to table Harvest menus, vegetarian options, and American favorites. We also offer customized menus for private parties and events."

What should you expect when you've decided to spend the evening at Shiso Kitchen? First of all, Roy says, the classes are open to culinary skills at all levels: "Whether you've never picked up a knife, or are a whiz in the kitchen, there is always something to learn. The Kitchen is an intimate space, offering small group classes of 6-8 people, depending on menu. Everyone cooks through the entire menu together, and then sits down to enjoy the meal afterwards."

Roy's official biography describes her as a Left-Handed-American-Female Sushi Chef, Food Columnist, Personal Chef, former Le Cordon Bleu Chef Instructor and all around adventurer. Her cooking style has diverse origins but is primarily shaped by her travels worldwide and her love of fresh ingredients. She has appeared on the TV show Cutthroat Kitchen, and blogs regularly at the Lowell Sun.

As well as cooking classes, Shiso Kitchen hosts tastings, excursions, private parties, events and team building. An evening at Shiso Kitchen is also a great way to celebrate a birthday party or even a bachelorette brunch. The Kitchen has a BYOB policy. Chef Roy successfully creates a social event as well as a classic meal. She even has printed recipes for everyone to take home.

A helpful tip from those who have attended classes before, is to come hungry. There will be plenty of delicious food, along with good company and cooking wisdom.

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