The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking

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Chef Bill Briwa,
The Culinary Institute of America
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What Will You Learn?

  • Learn which knives to use, when to use them, and how expert chefs wield these fundamental tools.
  • From roasting to poaching to stir-frying, learn when and how to use cooking methods just like a professional chef.
  • Unlock the full potential of your spice rack and discover an exciting new range of tastes and dishes.
  • Find out which pots and pans are your best option for creating particular dishes.
  • Let a chef-instructor from the CIA guide you step-by-step through a variety of fascinating and delicious dishes.
  • Take your cooking to the next level by learning how to make pasta, create sauces, and much more.

Course Overview

There’s a strong sense of pride and accomplishment that comes from cooking your own meals; from taking ingredients and combining them to create eye-catching and mouth-watering dishes that can please you and your family and friends. The only problem: For many of us, cooking looks so complex and frustrating that it doesn’t seem worth our time.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, all it takes to build confidence in the kitchen is a firm grasp of the basic concepts, methods, and techniques used every day by chefs. While cookbooks are pretty to look at and cooking shows are certainly entertaining, neither of them truly teaches the lost art of cooking; neither of them truly demonstrates the fundamentals and step-by-step strategies that go into creating a wide range of dishes.

With just a bit of education, you can master how to cook and forget about being anxious in the kitchen. You’ll be able to

  • transform everyday ingredients into restaurant-quality dishes,
  • create delicious meals for both casual weekday dinners and large holiday celebrations,
  • learn how to work with unique tastes and ingredients to expand your palate,
  • avoid spending money on expensive meals or unhealthy fast food, and
  • rediscover the joy of cooking and eating.

Of course, it’s rare to find a truly gifted chef who can actually show you how to cook; who can engage your mind to think about food in new ways. Now, The Great Courses has joined forces with the prestigious Culinary Institute of America to give you just that. The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking is a course of 24 highly visual and instructional lessons in which you’ll learn about and build all the foundational culinary skills you need to turn out delicious and impressive meals. Filmed on location at the CIA’s Greystone campus in Napa Valley, California, and delivered by Chef Bill Briwa—one of the CIA’s experienced instructors and a chef with more than 35 years of professional experience—these lessons show you how to cook and evaluate dishes, from starters and main courses to desserts and vegetarian meals. They also offer a master chef’s insight into tips, tricks, and secrets that will elevate any dish you make from good to great.

Master the Skills for a Great Meal

Even though cuisine changes constantly and tastes come and go, there’s a stable foundation on which all cooking rests. It is this foundation that Chef Briwa shows you how to build. To do so, he’s developed these lessons around three broad themes:

  • Working with high-quality ingredients and knowing what those ingredients can and cannot do
  • Understanding basic cooking techniques and knowing when to use them
  • Tapping into—and appreciating—the intriguing interaction between taste and flavor

And it all begins with a thorough introduction to building your essential kitchen. To get you more comfortable in your surroundings, Chef Briwa demonstrates how to organize your kitchen so that you can make the most of what space and cooking surfaces you have. He’ll help you become savvy with picking and using a kitchen’s most important tools, including knives, pots and pans, and cutting boards. He’ll also give you tips on managing the mess that cooking can sometimes make, preparing your ingredients in advance, and much more.

Explore a Range of Cooking Methods

From there, you’ll explore in depth each of the major cooking techniques any chef must know. You’ll follow Chef Briwa as he explains what makes each technique so different and how it can have a dramatic impact on the look and taste of your food. In each instance, you’ll make a range of delicious dishes and gain the skills to practice cooking on your own.

  • Roasting: Try your hand at this classic cooking method that uses dry heat, avoids fat, and requires just a small amount of patience. It’s an elegant art, as you’ll see by roasting a classic meal of chicken and potatoes.
  • Grilling: Traditionally reserved for summer, grilling can be done any time of the year with the right equipment. Gain insight into how to grill steak, mahi-mahi, and vegetables to get the right amount of tenderness, texture, and juiciness.
  • Poaching: A cooking method that pairs perfectly with a handsome cut of fish, poaching’s use of moist heat delivers a powerful taste payoff. In addition to poaching monkfish, you’ll discover how you can use the remaining liquid to create the perfect accompanying sauce.
  • Stir-frying: This classic Asian cooking method using hot oil in a wok is a great way to whip up a quick meal—but it demands organized preparation. Learn how to make traditional stir-fry dishes, including a Vietnamese noodle salad and Ma Pa Tofu.

What’s more, in many cases, Chef Briwa deliberately makes small mistakes to show you what happens when a technique isn’t done properly and to teach you how to avoid them in your kitchen. By comparing successful cooking methods with unsuccessful ones, you’ll become better informed about the steps involved in cooking—in a way you can’t by watching a cooking show on TV, where mistakes are often left on the editing room floor.

Learn to Handle Any Ingredient

The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking shows you how to adapt these methods to every major type of ingredient you’re likely to cook with in everyday life. With Chef Briwa’s insider tips and helpful demonstrations, you’ll find yourself able to handle with confidence these and other ingredients.

  • Broths and sauces: Offering depth of flavor and a culinary flourish, broths and sauces can take any dish to a new level. Learn how to use broths to braise and stew large cuts of meat, and whip up international sauces, including a French béchamel sauce and a Thai curry sauce.
  • Meat and seafood: Spend several lessons focusing on selecting, preparing, cooking, and serving different meats and seafood and avoiding the mistakes that can make them tough and inedible. Get recipes for everything from the perfect pork chop and hamburger to roasted fish with fennel and mussels with white wine and shallots.
  • Herbs and spices: Start making more sense of the vast range of herbs and spices available in the marketplace, and tap into the ways that many of them—including herbs de Provence, Indian spices, and saffron—can enhance your dishes in bold and subtle ways.
  • Pasta and grains: Oftentimes the perfect side dish, pasta and grains are amazingly versatile ingredients. In addition to learning how to make your own pasta, you’ll put your cooking techniques to use making pasta soups, rice pilaf, and a risotto with wild mushrooms.

Plus, you’ll see how a master chef plates dishes, pairs wine with particular flavors, and even prepares an entire three-course meal. The result of all these lessons is a comprehensive reference to everything you need to know to become the great cook you’ve always wanted to be.

Discover Lasting Confidence in the Kitchen

Whether you’re learning how to roast a medley of vegetables, make a perfect French onion soup, or poach eggs for a mouth-watering breakfast, you’ll always be engaging your senses in The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking.

Because you’re learning from one of the CIA’s best professional instructors, you’ll be getting a first-hand education in the essentials of cooking from an expert who’s not just entertaining, but trained to teach how to actually cook. Chef Briwa has devoted his entire career to showing audiences around the world the craft behind cooking, gastronomy, and flavor dynamics. A former chef at several California restaurants, he’s also spoken, presented, and judged at professional cooking conferences and competitions, including the International Association of Culinary Professionals Conference and the National Restaurant Association Show.

And since these lessons were produced in the kitchens of the CIA, you’ll be seeing this chef instructor in his natural environment, cooking right in front of your eyes. Taken all together, The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking is a masterful course that lets you peer over the shoulder of a master chef, invites you to participate in the joy of cooking, engages your senses, and leaves you with the lasting confidence you need to make the most out of every meal you cook.

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24 lectures
 |  Average 35 minutes each
  • 1
    Cooking—Ingredients, Technique, and Flavor
    Begin the course with a fascinating look at the science of taste and how it acts as the gateway to better understanding—and enjoying—the food you eat. Through engaging taste experiments involving melon, radicchio, and a few simple seasonings such as salt and lime juice, you’ll come to see just how intricate and subtle your taste buds are. x
  • 2
    Your Most Essential Tool—Knives
    What do you need to have the perfect kitchen—one that makes cooking more relaxing and enjoyable? Find out in this lesson as Chef Briwa reveals which knives you should always have on hand, how to find the right cutting board, how to chop and dice vegetables and herbs, and how to use your newfound skills to make delicious meals. x
  • 3
    More Essential Tools—From Pots to Shears
    Continue learning about how to create the perfect kitchen setup (mise en place). First, learn how to make sense of a range of different pots and pans. Then, find out the importance of hand tools such as whips, tongs, spatulas, box graters, and meat thermometers. Finally, see some of these tools at work as you go step-by-step through a recipe for vegetable ratatouille. x
  • 4
    Sauté—Dry-Heat Cooking with Fat
    Begin strengthening your cooking techniques with a close look at using the right pan, the right amount of fat, and the right temperature to make crispy and delicious sautéed foods. As you explore the ins and outs of sautéing, you learn how to make a delicious (and simple) dish: Chicken Marsala. x
  • 5
    Roasting—Dry-Heat Cooking without Fat
    Roasting can seem to be a frustrating task. But it doesn’t have to be when you know what you’re doing—and how to do it. Here, demystify this dry-heat cooking technique and learn how to make the perfect roast chicken and potatoes. You’ll also get tips on how to determine doneness, how to make gravy, and how to carve your bird. x
  • 6
    Frying—Dry-Heat Cooking with Fat
    In this lesson, find out everything you need to know to fry food like a pro. Which oils are best for pan frying and deep frying? What safety precautions should you take when frying in your kitchen? How can you tell when your food is done? Learn about this and more as Chef Briwa fries up a veal cutlet, fish and chips, and parsnips. x
  • 7
    From Poach to Steam—Moist-Heat Cooking
    Turn now to a popular method of moist heat cooking: poaching. You’ll see how deep poaching works to gently cook a piece of salmon (accompanied by a simple sauce). Then, you’ll compare that cooking method with shallow poaching a piece of monkfish and using the leftover liquid as the basis for an accompanying sauce. Finally, you’ll learn how to boil and steam vegetables such as green beans and broccoli. x
  • 8
    Braising and Stewing—Combination Cooking
    Try your hand at combination cooking, which combines two different techniques: braising (typically reserved for larger cuts of meat) and stewing (usually for smaller cuts of meat). Using the example of a delicious pot roast and a springtime lamb stew, you’ll uncover the secrets of these cooking techniques and vastly expand your kitchen skills. x
  • 9
    Grilling and Broiling—Dry-Heat Cooking without Fat
    Marinating and seasoning meats. Making sure your indoor or outdoor grill is at the right temperature. Getting perfect grill marks. Finding out when your meat or fish is done. Master these and other tricks of grilling and broiling with recipes for grilled steak, lamb chops, fish, vegetables, and even fruit. x
  • 10
    Stocks and Broths—The Foundation
    Stocks and broths are some of the most basic preparations you’ll find in kitchens. What’s more: They’re easy to make, easy to store, and extremely versatile. In this lesson, follow along as Chef Briwa makes several stocks and broths using different ingredients and methods of preparation to give them outstanding flavors. x
  • 11
    The Stir-Fry Dance—Dry-Heat Cooking with Fat
    Here, get an authoritative look at stir-frying. First, get a solid introduction to this cooking technique by making a Vietnamese dish of noodles and stir-fried vegetables. Then, test your skills with a more complex Chinese stir-fry that will also make you more comfortable with handling and cooking tofu. x
  • 12
    Herbs and Spices—Flavor on Demand
    Delve into the subtle complexities of herbs and spices. You’ll sample different salts and peppers (including Sel Gris, kosher salt, and white pepper); learn the difference between spices and herbs; find out how to blend them with oils, cheeses, and meats; and watch how to make an herb chutney, a roasted tomato and saffron vinaigrette, and a spice rub. x
  • 13
    Sauces—From Beurre Blanc to Béchamel
    Think fancy sauces are difficult? Think again. This lesson will make you more comfortable with a range of sauces from around the world. Learn how to make a milk-based white sauce, béchamel. Then, cook a more contemporary French butter sauce (beurre blanc) and a Spanish tomato-based sauce (romesco). Finally, take a closer look at a couple of sweet and spicy Asian sauces. x
  • 14
    Grains and Legumes—Cooking for Great Flavor
    What’s a quick-soak method for beans when you don’t have time to soak them overnight? What’s a simple trick for testing the tenderness of cooked beans? How long should you cook different types of rice? What should you pay attention to when making a risotto? Learn the answers to these and other questions about cooking the culinary staples of beans and grains. x
  • 15
    Salads from the Cold Kitchen
    Simplicity and freshness are two hallmarks of great cooking. Case in point, the subject of this lesson: salads. Chef Briwa shows you how to keep lettuce crisp; how to make a simple (and quick) salad dressing; how to build a salad with different ingredients such as nuts, cheese, herbs, and other vegetables; how to make a hand-held Asian salad roll; and much more. x
  • 16
    Eggs—From the Classic to the Contemporary
    Find out everything you ever wanted to know about cooking with eggs: hard-boiled eggs, deviled eggs, eggs Benedict (complete with hollandaise sauce), scrambled eggs, omelets, and more. By the end of this lesson, eggs—whether you’re having them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner—will finally be under your control. x
  • 17
    Soups from around the World
    A good bowl of soup can warm you in cold weather, cool you in hot weather, fill up an empty stomach, and offer ready nutrition for a weak appetite. Here, master several recipes for some fantastic soups from around the world, including a chicken soup from Thailand, gazpacho, French onion soup, and ribolitta, a “recooked” soup from Tuscany. x
  • 18
    From Fettuccine to Orecchiette—Fresh and Dry Pastas
    You could buy pasta. Or you could enjoy the rewards of making it yourself. Chef Briwa shows you just how easy this is. After learning a recipe for making your own fettuccine, see how to transform your pasta into a delectable dish: pasta carbonara, or pasta “in the style of the coal miner.” x
  • 19
    Meat—From Spatchcocked Chicken to Brined Pork Chops
    Improve your strategies for buying and cooking various kinds of meat. What are the merits of roasting a chicken flat? Why should you take time to brine your pork chops? Why is prime rib the most expensive cut of beef? How much fat and lean beef should go into a really good hamburger? x
  • 20
    Seafood—From Market to Plate
    In this lesson, learn some key tips and tricks for making sure you purchase only the freshest, highest-quality seafood. Then, improve your confidence with handling seafood by following recipes for ceviche, a roasted whole fish with fennel, and Prince Edward Island mussels in a creamy broth. x
  • 21
    Vegetables in Glorious Variety
    Vegetables, which change with any season and come in a fascinating rainbow of colors, are what really keep cuisine (and cooking) interesting. Here, learn strategies for cooking and creating meals out of all sorts of vegetables, including eggplant, cauliflower, green beans, beets, and carrots. x
  • 22
    A Few Great Desserts for Grown-Ups
    Take a more adult approach to dessert, one that doesn’t overdo the chocolate and frosting. You’ll learn how to make bachelor’s jam (a fruit jam blended with spirits) and use it for unforgettable variations on parfaits and summer puddings. Then, focus on the myriad ways to build a delicious cheese plate. x
  • 23
    Thirst—The New Frontier of Flavor
    Explore how wine shouldn’t just be something you drink with dinner but an integral part of a compelling dining experience. Chef Briwa demonstrates important points using a medley of wines and foods, reveals the six simple steps for wine and food pairing, and debunks several myths about this process. x
  • 24
    Crafting a Meal, Engaging the Senses
    Bring together everything you’ve learned about cooking from the previous lessons to create an entire meal—starter (Spanish tortilla), main course (gnocchi with tomato salad), dessert (pineapple turnovers)—from start to finish. You’re sure to discover that by engaging your senses and using fundamental techniques, cooking can be rewarding and fun. x

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A popular chef-instructor at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Bill Briwa has worked in the hospitality business as a professional chef and culinary instructor for experts and laypeople around the world for more than 30 years. He was the resident chef for The Hess Collection Winery in the Napa Valley, California; the executive chef for The Wine Spectator Restaurant at the CIA at Greystone; and an officer on the board...
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The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 470.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm a 72-year-old "Professor Emeritus" from a well-known graduate school of business. Spent 40 years in the classroom teaching adults to be better negotiators. Think I know good teaching when I see it. Chef Bill is a great teacher. He's not stuffy, he's not arrogant, and he presents the subject matter in entertaining, instructive, down-to-earth ways. I told myself I'd take in one lesson per week, and I've been enjoying multiple sessions per day. After seven sessions, I am beginning to achieve "off the recipe" cooking skills. It's not rote memorizaton, it's immersion in principles. Plus, I've been knocking meals out of the park --- on my own. The best part is having my wife, who's a great cook, rave about how she looks forward to my next foray in the kitchen.
Date published: 2019-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from rediscovering the lost art of cooking This is fabulous. I love to cook but there was so much missing. Chef Briwa is a very good teacher.Thank you so much for great opportunity.
Date published: 2019-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great information! I am a few lessons into my first course and I am enjoying it and learning a lot. I thought I knew quite a bit about cooking, but am learning many new skills and applying them to my cooking. The only thing that I would do differently is not spend so much time on the recipes. They could be displayed at the end after the skill is taught. Maybe a variety of recipes using the technique(s).
Date published: 2019-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from interesting approach, learned a few things, Bill's does a fairly good job of not just explaining the what, he also explains the why in most cases. I consider a recipe a starting point; it is apparent the Bill does too. Enjoyed watching this series and will revisit it. The one negative is I think he over does the salt.
Date published: 2019-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rediscovering the list art of cooking Recent purchase has already got me excited about practicing what’s being taught.
Date published: 2019-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comprehensive Comprehensive, yet really enjoyable presentation. Great hacks to use everyday. Love it. Plan to start using new information with my cooking now.
Date published: 2019-08-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Really dated content I couldn't sit through half hour videos to get one or two usable tips. High fat, low nutrient cooking classes. no thanks.
Date published: 2019-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Bill Briwa is a great teacher. Really enjoying this course!
Date published: 2019-06-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from So so! Not that good, can't recommend. Could have used better videos.
Date published: 2019-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from rediscovering the list art of cooking I can view program on ROKU but not firestick. I can only get the great courses PLUS icon. I cannot view my download on plus. They want to charge me.
Date published: 2019-05-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Starts from the basics and progresses I have not quite finished this course but have enjoyed it very much so far. As an experienced cook, I found that although Chef Briwa started with the basics, I still gained much useful information, especially regarding presentation and adding dressings/garnishes to make everyday foods special. Although we are given "shopping lists" of ingredients, it would be helpful if we were given the actual recipes. Nevertheless, I would recommend this course to both beginning and experienced cooks.
Date published: 2019-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very user friendly So please with this course. I like to cook, was a short order cook in college a looooong time ago, but never lost my enjoyment of "working" in the kitchen. Chef Briwa is a delight. He's excellent, thorough, never intimidating and quite easy to follow.
Date published: 2019-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Content wonderful; problems with casting it to TV I bought the downloadable version of this class. The instructor is excellent, explaining the basics well and explaining why he is doing various things. My problem is that, often, when I choose a class and it begins casting, it suddenly stops and begins showing a different class. Why??? I might have to try 3 or 4 times before I actually get to watch the class that's next. Any ideas why this happens? Also, are the recipes that he demonstrates available?
Date published: 2019-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this course! I just finished this course and really loved it! I have been doing home cooking for a very long time but still learned a lot with this course. Chef Bill Briwa is great...he made the course fun and interesting, without being pretentious. The content was just at the right level and organized in such a way that makes it easy to go back to review a particular topic. I would recommend getting the course book too as it is a great reference guide and includes the recipes from the course.
Date published: 2019-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fundamental cooking basics I am a good cook but never took classes. This course provided me with the why in the how to cook. I appreciate not having the recipes so the focus of the lesson is on knowing why cook in certain ways to achieve what we want. I recommend it to all people who are serious about learning how to cook
Date published: 2019-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Helps build both culinary skills and knowledge This course provides a wide range of knowledge and skills pertaining to most of what an experienced cook needs to be able to do. As a high school culinary teacher, I have found it to be very worthwhile and I think that anyone who wants to improve their cooking skills will benefit. Chef Briwa has a wonderful teaching style and while he shows you how to prepare various, he also provides additional tips and information that I find to be very helpful. Would definitely recommend!
Date published: 2019-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clear and Inspirational Teaching I was very pleased with the clarity of the presentation, the instructor's personality and the video photography in this course. I am an 'enthusiast' level cook. This course inspired me to try to attain new heights. I would recommend it highly to amateurs like myself.
Date published: 2019-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Professional and Educational This course is like being a student at the Culinary Institute of America in the privacy and relaxation of your own home. It gives you the art of cooking. I am a good cook and I bought this course because I wanted to learn more about spices and flavorings to improve my cooking. Instead I'm also learning everything about food and food preparation and cooking from the basics to the advanced. I'm learning new skills to apply in my kitchen with each lecture. This course is really moving my coming skills up to higher levels. I love, love, love this course and the instructor, Chef Bill Briwa, is superb, knowledgeable and professional. I would purchase any course that Chef Briwa teaches.
Date published: 2019-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Briwa makes it enjoyable. As with the Everyday Gourmet, it's all about Chef Briwa for me. He is easy to listen too, he's interesting and has a quality to bringing new information into his presentation that is beyond the ordinary.
Date published: 2019-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learned a loy I’m an experienced cook and learned things I didn’t know that I didn’t know. Loved it. Will watch more than once.
Date published: 2019-03-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Co Let me finish the course and THEN ask how I liked it. Have you ever had a thick tome handed to you and the next day been pushed for a review? It’s like asking a patron how they liked the dinner served them before they’ve had even a small bite of it. Ask me 6 months from now. I can't review what I haven't read through. I wish you had a course on learning Italian. (Paris can be so dangerous these days.) EC
Date published: 2019-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Learning a lot! I've been cooking for about 50 years and I'm amazed at how many things I'm learning from this course. I haven't finished it yet, but I look forward to each lesson. Today I made the Braised Chuck Roast and Vegetables. It takes more time than my usual pot roast, but the difference in flavor is well worth the extra effort. I will definitely try more dishes from the course and I expect they will have similar outstanding results. The course includes comprehensive coverage of cooking, from utensils to ingredients and Bill Briwa's presentation is smooth, interesting and entertaining. For those who are disappointed that there are not recipes per se in the course, the whole point is to learn techniques and be able to apply them to your cooking--to be able to trust yourself with quantities and flavors, and to produce excellent food without having to go exactly by the book. I highly recommend this course.
Date published: 2019-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Starts with the basics-builds a good foundation Even at the age of 62 I learned new things. Tecnique I had learned over the years was stirred up and reinvigorated. Love the course and looking forward to another.
Date published: 2019-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Truly "Great Course"! I really enjoy the chef's instruction. Very systematic, clear, and thoroughly enjoyable.
Date published: 2019-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love love this course I am a seasoned home cook but have learned soooo much from this course.. Chef Bliwa is the best instructor!!! Very easy to understand & so down to earth.
Date published: 2019-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cooking explained We watched the series and prepared two of the dishes we watched. They actually came out pretty good! I am excited to watch and learn something else. This is a fun way to learn. AE Craig
Date published: 2019-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The evryday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of I am half-way through this course. Chef Briwa is an excellent instructor. I was a bit taken back when I learned he died in 2018. I was hoping to contact him regarding a question or two! I cook a lot in the French techniques, but I am not professionally trained. Chef Briwa has helped with subtle additions to those techniques. His presentations for food to the table has given me better ideas in that regard. His definitions for flavor, depth, savory, etc. help greatly in understanding the meaning of complexity in a dish. His depth of knowledge is truly amazing and his death is a great loss to the Culinary Institute, his family and to mankind in general.
Date published: 2019-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great experience I have just finished class 4 and can't believe how much I have learned in just a few hours.Bill Briwa is a compelling instructor. He makes kitchen utensils interesting! I look forward to the remaining 20 lessons.
Date published: 2019-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Goodness! I CAN cook after all! As engaging and useful and educational a course as I have ever taken. I left each lecture with a desire to try something new, and confident of success. Very empowering. The video would seem a must. A lot is learned by watching as well as listening.
Date published: 2019-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was refreshing to have an instructor that spoke clear English.
Date published: 2019-02-13
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