Celebrity Chef MasterClass Series

Join CCAE’s master class series with celebrity chefs for an unforgettable cooking and learning experience. Roll up your sleeves and learn cooking techniques side-by-side with our celebrated local chefs.

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Celebrity Chef MasterClass with Chef David Punch, Chef and Owner, Sycamore, Little Big Diner, Buttonwood

Wednesday, December 11
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Little Big Ramen Basics

Nothing is better than enjoying homemade Japanese ramen in a cozy kitchen on a chilly evening. Chef David Punch will show you the secrets of how to make delicious Japanese ramen. You’ll learn how to make chili ground pork, ajitama eggs, and other components that make his ramen so irresistible. You’ll also learn techniques to make delicious ramen broth. Let’s slurp Chef Dave's delicious ramen!

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$125/person

Dave Punch began his culinary path at a young age making pancakes in home-ec class at Natick High School. He then went on to ski and cook in Vermont, which was the catalyst for his love of the restaurant world. Since then, he has never looked back. Spending the early days of his cooking career in Boston and Cambridge at the Nightingale, Upstairs on the Square and Rendezvous. Dave then had the fortune of running Ten Tables Jamaica Plain as executive chef. Three years later he became an owner himself, opening Ten Tables Cambridge. All of these experiences have given Dave the opportunity to hone his skills, crafting what he thinks makes an approachable and delicious menu: flavorful ingredients executed professionally. At Sycamore, Buttonwood and Little Big Diner, Dave believes in food that simply put...makes you happy.

David Punch

Celebrity Chef MasterClass with Chef Eric Henning, Executive Pastry Chef, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34

Wednesday, January 29
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Sourdough at Home

Join Chef Eric and learn how to make sourdough using cast iron combo cookers. We’ll learn how to make a sourdough starter, how to feed the starter, and basic bread knowledge including types of flour, hydration levels, the importance of salt, and yeast. We’ll also learn about method and formula for sourdough and of course tips for baking sourdough in cast iron and Dutch oven. Making sourdough at home will never be easier.

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$125/person

Born and raised in San Diego, Henning first ventured into the food and beverage industry at the bakeshop at San Diego State University while earning his undergraduate degree at the Grossmont College culinary school in La Mesa. Henning then remained on the West Coast as the head baker at Bob’s Well Bread in Los Alamos. Currently, he’s the Executive Pastry Chef at Island Creek Oyster Bar and Row 34, where he creates breads and pastries for the restaurants, as well as supplies the kitchens and guests at Eastern Standard, The Hotel Commonwealth, and The Hawthorne. From perfecting his croissant lamination techniques to creating the very essential bun of the restaurants’ classic New England lobster rolls, Henning is constantly learning, testing, adapting and adopting new recipes.

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Celebrity Chef MasterClass with Giselle Miller, Executive Pastry Chef, Menton Boston

Monday, February 10
6:00 - 9:00 pm

Chocolate Bon Bon and Petit Fours

Desserts at Menton are always surprising. Let’s learn from Chef Giselle, Executive Pastry Chef of Menton. We'll learn how to temper chocolate to make chocolate shells, candies, ganache, and caramel. We’ll learn about pralines, truffles, and petit fours. Take some sweet treats for this Valentine’s and techniques to replicate at home.

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$125/person

Chef Giselle Miller is the executive pastry chef at Barbara Lynch’s Menton in Fort Point. In 2019, she was a semifinalist of the James Beard Award Rising Star Chef of the Year. Since high school, she discovered her passion for science. Before she joined Barbara Lynch’s team, she was a Pastry Sous Chef at Deuxave. She has shared her love for science and food through her unique molecular gastronomy approach on classic desserts. Her masterpieces are always inspired by seasonal and local ingredients.

Chef Giselle

Celebrity Chef MasterClass with Rob Wong, Chef de Cuisine, Hojoko, Ms. Cluck’s Deluxe Chicken & Dumplings, and gogo ya

Wednesday, March 18
6:00 - 9:00 pm

More than Sushi: Japanese Cooking at Home

James Beard Award-winning chef Tim Cushman and advanced sake professional Nancy Cushman set the Boston culinary scene on fire with their o ya, Hojoko, Ms. Cluck’s Deluxe Chicken & Dumplings, and gogo ya. If you save your o ya visits for your special occasions, now it’s a great time to learn how to make delicious Japanese dishes with Chef Rob Wong. Learn to make Japanese chicken dumplings, sushi tacos, and small bites. You’ll leave the class with skills and confidence to replicate the dishes at home.

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$125/person

Chef Rob Wong started his high-profile position alongside Tim and Nancy Cushman, the team behind o ya, the Leather District temple of Japanese gastronomy. He has been Chef de Cuisine at Hojoko since 2015, as well as two new Cushman Concepts, Ms. Cluck’s Deluxe Chicken & Dumplings, and gogo ya at Time Out Market. Chef Rob Wong’s culinary passion passed through his blood as his father also owned a restaurant. Even though Chef Rob Wong studied engineering in college, his love for cooking couldn’t stop him from his culinary journey.

Chef Rob Wong