New School of Cooking - Pro Baking 1 Class (aka Baking Therapy)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

New School of Cooking

I'm going back to school!

No, not for another career change (my last one was from non-profit accounting to librarian). I'm going back to school for fun!

I'm taking the Pro Baking 1 series at the New School of Cooking in Culver City (near the Helms Bakery and walking distance (read: dangerous) to Surfas.

The class, taught by Carol Cotner Thompson is 10 weeks long and you can read about it here. I know Linda of Tender Crumb and Mary Jo of Bash! have taken the series; they also took Pro Baking 2. Both said great things about the series and instructor.

The class is $1400 - a lot for a public servant librarian! This class is my birthday gift to myself (next week! next week!!), a new TV I was going to purchase and a mini-break I'm postponing.

However, in efforts to rationalize things, I tried to break it down by the HOUR. 10 classes, $1400 = $140 per class. Each class is 4 hours...therefore, it is only $35 an hour. Way, way less than therapy, massages or a trip to Target (can you imagine how much you could blow at Target in 4 hours?! ;) And, we each got a cool Chef's Coat!

I took the class because this isn't like watching the Food Network. Each person makes their own recipe, from start to finish and the class is limited to 12 people. I'm a hands-on learner so I need to hold up my butter and ask, "Are these small pea size?"

Here's our agenda for the 10 week course. I'll let you know how my baking therapy works out! Keep watching as I blog through 10 weeks of class!
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18 comments:

Judy said... [Reply to comment]

I'm so excited for you! I'm looking forward to reading all about your adventures.

ButterYum said... [Reply to comment]

Good for you! Can't wait to see what you teach us ;).

:)
ButterYum

Katrina said... [Reply to comment]

What a fun thing to do! So excited for you.

Susan C said... [Reply to comment]

As if your baking could become any more professional!

I think that's a great present to self, but your lucky colleagues will be the real be the real beneficiaries.

Hope your birthday is happy!

jami said... [Reply to comment]

Wow! How exciting. I have been dying to take Pro Baking! Can't wait to hear all about it!!!

And happy birthday in advance!

Nikkilooch said... [Reply to comment]

This is so cool. I've always wanted to take a cooking or baking class. But for right now I'm just going to live through your experience. :)

justJENN said... [Reply to comment]

Sounds great!

coriander said... [Reply to comment]

What a cool present! I never noticed a cooking school over there (I live about a mile away), but now I'm very tempted. Definitely tell us if it is worth it after all!

You and I have the same birthday, by the way, so -um- go us!!

Monica H said... [Reply to comment]

That's awesome! I cna't wait to see what you bake.

Book Boor said... [Reply to comment]

Best of luck. I look forward to following your new adventures!

Dawn said... [Reply to comment]

I would love the croissant class. I have to be honest, making croissants scares me a bit.

Maria said... [Reply to comment]

Good for you! Have so much fun!

Cyndi said... [Reply to comment]

I took Pro I & II at New School & absolutely LOVED it! I was so proud of my accomplishment that I took pics of my certificate & coat:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/indulge-desserts/3534412076/in/photostream/

Carol is such an amazing instructor, isn't she? I have to say, every single recipe we made was a keeper.....they definitely test and re-test their recipes to perfection! Enjoy your time there :)

Stephanie said... [Reply to comment]

Good luck with this new adventure! I can't wait to hear all about your experience with this.

steph- whisk/spoon said... [Reply to comment]

how fun! you'll run circles around the other students, tho, i'm sure! :)

Jess said... [Reply to comment]

Good for you - what fun! I'm intrigued that library work is a second career for you - I may have to pick your brain someday, as it's my secret fantasy second career...

2.46% said... [Reply to comment]

I like baking/cooking therapy even more than retail therapy! I wish I could go back to school with you. This looks fantastic. I can't wait to see what you're going to make!

Susieqtpie said... [Reply to comment]

Congrats on starting this class!!! I bet you love your chef jacket! lol

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