Saturday, April 16, 2011

Viking Cooking School At Harrah's Resort

Last night I did something completely different! Meet our new friend, Chef Amanda.

My riding buddy, Betsy and I took a three hour cooking class at The Viking Cooking School at Harrah's Casino in Atlantic City, NJ.

Betsy is always so much fun to be with, needless to say, WE HAD A BLAST!!

There were fifteen in the class and we cooked four different courses.

We were grouped into teams of four cooks each. We were team #1 and only had three. Betsy and I REALLY lucked out when accomplished chef, Davyd joined up with us.

We ended up being Davyd's sous chefs which we throughly enjoyed. (The sous chef is the head chef's assistant, and he/she does all the 'dirty work' for the chef, however, in the Viking kitchen, there was absolutely no dirty work since everything was pre-portioned and ready for each station.) And no clean up what so ever!!

Davyd was very diplomatic and made sure Betsy and I got plenty of turns to contribute.

We learned the proper way to chop with a big sharp knife. (I have no idea who the guy in the background giving the peace sign is.) The school is all glass enclosed and people often stop and watch, as we had done many times in the past.

We didn't take much notice of the spectators. Our husbands said they came by and stood there for a while, but we were having such a good time and laughing so much we never saw them.

Did I mention that I only had a piece of pizza to eat all day? Boy was my mouth watering!

The evening went by so fast, that before we knew it, it was time for us to enjoy the fruits of our labors. What a wonderful time and a delicious gourmet meal we all enjoyed!

Our charming instructor, Chef Amanda, served us graciously, entertained us and taught us well. Betsy and I are already talking about making this a regular thing. Since they have a wide variety of class offerings and menus that are always changing, I'm sure we'll be back in class again real soon!

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