Enjoy a collection of authentic Lebanese small bites in this hands-on cooking class from Chef Vinutha. Learn to combine regional ingredients to create an array of unique flavors and textures. Begin with a monk salad filled with eggplant, peppers and pomegranate, before creating traditional rakakat, a crispy cheese roll served with honey and grapes. Then, prepare a pan-seared halloumi dish loaded with vegetables and fresh herbs. And for dessert, a classic baklava made from scratch!
With eggplant, peppers, pomegranate, pomegranate molasses and lemons
With spring roll sheets, cheese, parsley, sesame seeds, honey and grapes
With tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, herbs and pomegranate molasses
With phyllo pastry, nuts, sugar, rose water and orange blossom water
I've had the good fortune to take Chef Vinutha's virtual South Indian cooking classes and I can attest to learning a great deal of not only the process of following a recipe and making the dish but also the why behind using certain ingredients and the cultural importance of food in a South Indian milieu. Chef Vinutha has exceptional interpersonal and communication skills. She is a natural teacher and makes even the most difficult technique understandable to the newbie cook. She expresses ideas and processes clearly in a very precise and orderly fashion. She is passionate about her cooking and her culinary expertise encompasses many other ethnic foods. Her recipe and menu designs are both traditional and innovative and highlight her creative approach to every meal she prepares. I look forward to future classes with her.
With roles as line chef, event sales specialist and service associate, Chef Vinutha has created an eclectic career in the culinary industry. She holds a special passion for pairing food and wine and loves creating Indian, Italian, Thai and Lebanese dishes for her friends and family to enjoy. When she isn't teaching, Chef Vinutha is busy creating her own catering company and broadcasting videos celebrating the cuisine of South India on her YouTube channel.