Fearless Approved Schools: The Chopping Block – Chicago

The Chopping Block is a mecca for the homecooks of Chicago (it is, after all, the city’s largest recreational cooking school) with something for everyone, whether you’re a kitchen newcomer or a pro looking to expand beyond your go-to food genres.

You can start with Knife Skills, the school’s most popular class, or something a bit more advanced, maybe making baby food, butchering a chicken or tackling foreign fare (Italian, Thai, and Spanish, etc.).

The Building Block classes are a good fit for those who like to plan around meals. Each class focuses on one meal, which you can create at home with the help of a detailed handout. You’ll be adding new recipes to your list and picking up the kitchen techniques needed to execute them.

Plus, lots of options for kids and teens, teambuilding and private parties.

Bonus: The school’s website has an index of totally free instruction videos, from aioli to white sauce (with hollandaise, mac and cheese, pot roast and more in between).

Prices vary, but generally follow: demo classes, $40; hands-on classes, $75; wine classes, $60. On class day, students receive a 10 percent discount on all regularly priced merchandise the school’s retail store. Discounts also available on retail items featured in class.

4747 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60625; 773.472.6700; thechoppingblock.net

About katflinn

Kathleen Flinn is the author of "The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry" and "The Kitchen Counter Cooking School." Her third book, "Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good" will be published in April 2014. All are published by Viking/Penguin.

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