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Two Peas and Their Pod: French Cooking Classes at Viking

Sunday, March 15, 2009

French Cooking Classes at Viking



We have part time jobs at the Viking Cooking School in Salt Lake City. We usually just work the weekend classes since the week days are so busy. Last Saturday we did a French pastry class and last night we did a French dinner party. Both classes were a lot of fun. 

We really enjoy working in the kitchen. We are assistants to the chefs, so we do a little bit of everything. The classes are "hands on" so the students make what they eat. The classes are very interactive. At the end of the night everyone sits down to enjoy the meal they cooked. I think it is great that they get to do the cooking and not just watch an instructor. The students really learn a lot and it is interesting to watch and help them along the way. 

We are also learning a lot from the chefs and students. We have met some great people and enjoy spending time in the kitchen together, especially such a nice one:)  Here are some random photos from the French classes we have done. Sorry they aren't that great, I haven't figured out the lighting yet:) ENJOY!

We made puff pastry. These are the Prosciutto Palmiers 
the almond ones are above! 


Mini Babas au Rhum


Gougeres


The students making Eclairs


French Onion Soup


Spinach Souffle (half eaten)


Beef Wellington with Bernaise Sauce


Inside of the Beef Wellington


White Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry Coulis


If you are interested in taking a class check out Viking's website. They have a wonderful selection of classes. There are some really fun ones coming up too: Cupcakes and Cake Balls, Celebration Brunch, Souther Italian Dinner Party, Girls Night Out in Paris, and Kids and Teens classes for the summer. Just to mention a few:) If you are in Utah, come in and see us! We would love to assist you in a class! 

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70 Comments:

Blogger Kevin said...

Look at all of that tasty food!

9:43 AM  
Blogger Jacque said...

Oh, how fun, assisting with the classes. Getting paid to cook and bake, awesome!

Everything looks wonderful! I want to try palmiers someday.

9:48 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Thanks Kevin!

Jacque-We still can't believe we get paid to cook and have fun. It is a dream:)

9:56 AM  
Blogger Katie @ goodLife {eats} said...

Wish we had something like that near us! That white chocolate mousse looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing your pictures.

10:00 AM  
Blogger VeggieGirl said...

Man oh man, I LOVE what you're making in that class!!

10:08 AM  
Blogger Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wow, what great classes! Really fun!

Everything looks delicious!

Cheers,

Rosa

10:10 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

YUM! I so wish I lived nearby so I could come to a class! Again, I think this is such a good job for you two! I think the french onion soup looks out of this world. What did you two like best?

BTW- I started back on the protein powders today. I tried Jay Robb's egg white protein- VERY yum!

10:25 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Everything looks so good! I have a viking store near me, I should check out their course catalog.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Erica-I didn't try anything, but Josh loved the souffle and wellington. He doesn't normall eat beef, but he tried this and loved it. He said the sauce made it!
Thanks for the protein tips!

Sara-Go to a class if you can. They are fun!

10:30 AM  
Blogger Elyse said...

Wow! All of this looks delicious. After you first mentioned the Viking classes, I looked them up to see if there were any in my area, and sadly, there aren't. But, I'm totally okay living vicariously through your yummy pictures!! Everything looks just fantastic.

10:35 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

how fabulous! I would be in heaven baking all those creative dishes! I swear I live for bearnaise sauce!

11:35 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I am so hungry now! Sounds like so much fun. I wish they had a location closer to where I live.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Donna-FFW said...

These sound like such fun classes. I wish they had them here. The food looks awesome!!

11:46 AM  
Blogger Kerstin said...

I'm jealous you get paid to have fun in the kitchen! Everything looks fantastic! I've always wanted to take a few cooking classes, but everything is so expensive by us.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Maybe one day I'll be able to go to a class there. I so want to take one of those classes and the french one looks like it was a good one.

12:10 PM  
Blogger CookiePie said...

What a fun job, and the food looks amazing!

12:24 PM  
Blogger The Food Librarian said...

What a fun class! Sounds like a great time with some yummy food.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Wonderful! I wish I could join you guys in class.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

What a fun side job! I wish I could go to one of your classes!

2:11 PM  
Blogger Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

fun classes!!! everything look amazingly good! I'm checking their website to see if i can take some class too! :D

2:11 PM  
Blogger teresa said...

Oh man, I just moved further away from Utah, otherwise I might seriously consider the classes, they look like a blast, and what tasty food!

2:50 PM  
Blogger Netts Nook said...

I love to make Beef Wellington yours looks better than our sushi looked I am glad it was success. Now I am hungry.

4:25 PM  
Blogger Reeni♥ said...

It sounds so fun! And what delicious food, the raspberry coulis would hit the spot right now!

4:33 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

yum!! all of that looks so good! the mousse sounds amazing, as do the palmieres! you guys must have had a blast!

4:52 PM  
Blogger Lori Lynn said...

How fun for you. What a great line-up of food. I think the photos look great. And pass me that Beef Wellington!
LL

4:59 PM  
Blogger Nicole said...

All the food looks SO GOOD! That is a perfect job for you guys!

5:23 PM  
Blogger lesley said...

Sounds like so much fun!! (I'd like to try to almond pastry! ; )

5:47 PM  
Blogger 5 Star Foodie said...

What a fun job to do on the weekends! And so many delicious creations here! Wow!

5:59 PM  
Blogger Maris said...

I want some spinach souffle!

6:35 PM  
Blogger Peter M said...

This will be a wonderful learning experience for both of you.

All this great lookingg food bodes very well indeed!

7:48 PM  
Blogger Rosemary T said...

When is your next class? I'd really like to come.
-RT

8:12 PM  
Blogger Esi said...

I'm dying to make my own puff pastry! Sounds like it was a great class.

8:22 PM  
Blogger Sophie said...

Now there's a weekend job I wouldn't mind having :)!

8:51 PM  
Blogger Girl Japan said...

OH... you are teasing me so with all these snaps... I am SO Jealous!

9:11 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

What a fabulous lineup of food! I definitely need to find some time to take a class!

9:37 PM  
Blogger Cakelaw said...

Wowee - this is all very impressive. Great job!

1:06 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

MMMMM! Everything looks amazing! I want some of that French onion soup.

2:41 AM  
Blogger Culinarywannabe said...

The beef wellington's look amazing! Hope you got to take home some of the leftovers!!

3:20 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I could eat it all....

3:33 AM  
Blogger Katherine Aucoin said...

Your pictures have me drooling and starving! Great job!

5:02 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

What beautiful food! That had to be so much fun. Even better that you get to eat what you make. :) What a tasty meal!

5:38 AM  
Blogger A_and_N said...

Thats what I call good times! Food, fun and a little bit of learning :) Fantastic post!

6:12 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

Oh that just looks so delicious. All the pics are so lovely...wow!!

6:43 AM  
Blogger Robin Sue said...

I have to say that the Beef Wellington has to be my favorite. My hubby asked me to marry him over a dinner of Beef Wellington so it holds a special place in my heart!

6:44 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Maria, I'll bet you're having the time of your life! The food looks incredible.

7:00 AM  
Blogger RecipeGirl said...

I'm completely jealous. You guys have the most fun at the school!! Everything looks delicious.

7:27 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

What an amazing class! I would love to take one, incredible!!

7:27 AM  
Blogger ♥Rosie♥ said...

Thsi sounds such fun assisting and yes getting paid to do what you like doing! Everything looks wonderful!

Rosie x

8:45 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Oh gosh, this all looks amazing!! What a fun, fun experience. I am so impressed that you made puff pastry. Even Ina uses Pepperidge Farm. I can't even imagine how fabulous this all was!

9:02 AM  
Blogger Grace said...

if i could start over and make a living by cooking, i'm pretty sure i would. your food looks amazing, all of it.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

So much tasty food...everything looks great but the beef wellington and French onion soup are calling my name. These classes look so fun!

9:52 AM  
Blogger Aggie said...

OMG...I am starving looking at all that yummy food!! I want a bite of each! What a fun class!

I posted your banana cake recipe today!!

10:15 AM  
Blogger pinkstripes said...

Wow. Everything looks wonderful. How can it not? It's French cooking class. It sounds like fun.

10:20 AM  
Blogger Bridgett said...

Everything looks amazing! Now that looks like a party to me. Great post.

10:54 AM  
Blogger Apples and Butter said...

What a great job! Even just on the weekends to get paid to learn is such a great deal! And making puff pastry from scratch? Impressive!

11:26 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

I went and looked at the schedule and I think I am going to do one before I move. All of these items look amazing!

12:22 PM  
Blogger Natashya said...

Mmmm, looks delicious! I will have one of each, please.

12:42 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

The food looks awesome! I'm sure you're having a great time!

3:05 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

How wonderful and delicious. AN award awaits at:
http://savorthethyme.blogspot.com/2009/03/my-first-blog-award.html

4:25 PM  
Blogger Tangled Noodle said...

How awesome! I would love to take such classes. Don't worry about the photos - these all looks so delicious. I can't pick a favorite - all of them!

5:02 PM  
Blogger sugarlens said...

I wish there was a Viking Cooking School in my neighborhood!

I would seriously work for free!

Everything looks great; especially that Beef Wellington.

5:46 PM  
Blogger Teanna said...

I want to come to your French cooking class!!!

6:09 AM  
Blogger The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Wow fun. You made all of those dishes on one class? It's a beautiful assortment and so many great classic things.

So you actually made your own puff pastry? Color me impressed!!!!

9:43 AM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

What an awesome opportunity for you both. I checked and they don't have one near me. BUT I haven't said anything yet to anyone but for the past few weeks I have been researching and thinking of offering cooking classes here. Just waiting on some insurance quotes first. We'll see. It won't be like Viking but hey....

11:24 AM  
Blogger Tracey said...

Wow, what an amazing part-time job! I am jealous :)

2:38 PM  
Blogger Monica H said...

OH MY GOD! Everything looks so good. I now want french onion soup :-)

2:53 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

How fun! You get to learn something new, make friends,eat good food (do you get to eat,too?),and get paid!!!

Your photos were great!
~ingrid

11:59 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

All those dishes look fabulous, my mouth is watering.

4:45 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Gorgeous looking food!

5:50 PM  
Blogger Rumela said...

Thanks a lot. Those are an interesting recipe. At last I have found something interesting and unique to serve to my guests during the holidays. I am sure that they'll love this French recipe. thank you for shearing your post.

Thanks

Rumela
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10:57 PM  

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