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Cook Like a Chef

Want to host a dinner party at your apartment and impress your guests with homemade meals, all prepared with panache? Check out a cooking class and then put the luxury kitchen in your 535W43 apartment to the test. Here are four educational experiences that will have you whipping up world-class dishes in no time: League of Kitchens |Throughout NYC It’s said that 800 languages are spoken in NYC—and there must be at least that many cuisines, from Lebanese shish with za’atar and labneh, to Trinidadian veggie fritters with homemade mango chutney, to Argentinian butter cookies with lemon and vanilla. League of Kitchens draws on the culinary wisdom of NYC’s immigrants to help you recreate their most delicious specialties in their own home kitchens. The recipes are as authentic as you’ll get, and classes take place all over Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn, so you can discover local food shops and markets you’d otherwise have missed. Sur La Table |306 West 57th Street An easy stroll from your 535W43 rental home, Sur La Table offers the enthusiastic foodie the chance to delve into and master exotic recipes. So, if you’ve ever wanted to make fabulous French croissants or spectacular Spanish paella, this is the place to do it. There are great romantic options under the “Date Night” series, including “Winter Dinner in France” and “Passport to Tuscany.”  Or, if you’re more in need of the basics, start with “Knife Skills 101” or the three-part “Confident Cooking” class, which promises to “expand your culinary repertoire” and “teach you all the essentials for creating incredible meals from scratch.” Cooking A Cappella |306 West 51st Street Lawrence Rush is a cookery teacher who does lessons with a musical twist: he’s a professional singer and award-winning composer, who comes to your home and serenades you and your friends, all while teaching you how to make the dishes you’ve always wanted to. “Schnitzel, Spaetzle, and Strudel,” “Pesto Presto!” and “Showstopper Desserts” are just some of the many experiences on offer, and most of them end with a singalong. This is a perfect option for a unique dinner party. A Pinch of Salt |306 West 51st Street Based in the same venue as Cooking A Capella, A Pinch of Salt offers additional fun ways to channel the art of cooking. Chef Raquel Rivera-Pablo will teach a class in your home or host a party for you and a larger group of friends, where the guests prepare their own dinner. But make sure you’re paying attention; an Iron Chef-style cook-off is part of the lesson plan. Will the judges give you the thumbs-up? A Heavenly Kitchen 535W43 may be in Hell’s Kitchen, but the kitchens in the apartments are heavenly to cook in. After you’ve stocked up on ideas and honed your skills at the classes above, take yourself to your open-plan kitchen and make the most of those stainless-steel appliances. As for cleaning the dishes? Leave that to your Bosch dishwasher.