Chicago >Chopping Block Chicago
“from great chefs/instructors to the dishes I have learned to prepare.”
“The instructors are very talented and there is a big variety in the types of classes offered.”
“The customer service is horrible; the instructors are incapable of actually teaching a class (more like dictating recipes...)”
A great spot to pick up gifts for your favorite kitchen-phile or sign up to take classes like knife skills or cake-making.
Anything you need for your kitchen, buy it here. Independent, local kitchen store with helpful staff and a great selection. Be sure to pick up a copy of their cooking class schedule - the classes are held upstairs, and they're a ton of fun.
Sharpen your culinary skills at the Chopping Block. I always have fun at the Chopping Block! I've been going there for a long time and have learned enough to become quite a fierce cook.. if I do say so myself. The instructors are very talented and there is a big variety in the types of classes offered.
This is NOT a cooking school. This is not a 'cooking school'. They may go through the motions but it is a retail store that is pushing sales of pots and pans. The instructors have little to no training or went to third rate trade schools. The owner cooks like it was for a potluck dinner. You can learn more on the food network. This was like cooking with my Grandmother, home cooking anyone can do. The 'instructors' could not answer questions and basically fluffed answers I wasted a lot of money for an 'advanced' class. Horrid experience and total waste of time.
Great way to learn and have fun!. I've taken several classes as The Chopping Block including both demonstration classes and hands on classes. All have been great - great food, great tips that I use often at home, and recipes that my neighbors are now asking me for copies of. On top of that, the atmosphere is one where you can learn as much as you want - even if that's just watching, chatting and tasting the results!
Always a great learning experience.
I have been a student of The Chopping Block for over 8 years and have learned so much from them. Whether I attended a scheduled class or bootcamp (basic and advanced) or hosted a private party the experience has been memorable....from great chefs/instructors to the dishes I have learned to prepare. Additionally, the amount of technique I have picked up over the years has helped me to become a much more confident cook. I reuse many of the recipes and when serving them to guests they always ask how they were made.
When learning to cook using unique ingredients and tools it is nice to be able to purchase them as I leave the store so I can be sure to have them when I make the recipes at home. At times I will go out of my way to go to one of their locations for ingredients I am unable to find at the grocery stores in my area.
I have taken classes at many cooking schools in the Chicago area and as a result The Chopping Block is the only one I return to and will recommend to others.
Fun, relaxed evening out.. I had a very pleasant experience at the Chopping Block recently. My husband and I signed up for a Hands On class because neither of us are great cooks and we're trying to cut down on how much we eat out. I was a little afraid that I would be in over my head (considering I barely know how to boil water!). But the class was very well organized and the chef made it easy to follow along, explaining processes as we tackled the menu. We purchased wine (an added perk while cooking!) and enjoyed conversations with our fellow cooks. All in all I'd say we were pretty happy. I'd recommend it for people who are a looking for some help in the kitchen in a relaxed atmosphere. Both my husband and I were impressed with our cooking skills, our creations were great!
Bad scallops.... A warning to anyone interested in taking a class with seafood on the menu - I became sick due to poorly handled food after eating scallops at The Chopping Block. I never had issues with scallops prior to this. I called to complain, but whoever answered (receptionist?) was extremely rude and unhelpful. Just an FYI.
Awful experience. I hate to say it, but I don't recommend anyone taking a class at the Chopping Block. The customer service is horrible; the instructors are incapable of actually teaching a class (more like dictating recipes...); and the food was just...ok... I had to get dinner afterwards because I was still hungry. I can't believe I paid $75 for that class =(
Not a cooking school!. It's a retail store pretending to be a cooking school. I took a class at the downtown location with a friend, hoping to learn something new. I learned more watching Julia Child on PBS. The teacher insisted the students to buy, buy, buy ingredients and gadgets sold in the attached retail store. It's like going to Disneyworld - the retail store is conveniently there after the ride. I'm surprised they don't sell pictures of you cooking with the so-called chefs. Total waste of time and money.
Disappointed. Took a cooking class at the downtown location with a couple friends from out of town. We love to cook, so we thought it would be a fun night. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a disappointment. We arrived a bit early (20 min.), so we checked out their retail store. Cool tools, but rude staff turned us off from purchasing anything. The class wasn't as informative as we had hoped it would be. In fact, we were much more helpful to the couple at our workstation than the staff was (we taught them how to mince garlic). The food was good, but there wasn't enough of it. We went to Lou Malnati's pizza afterwards because we were still hungry. I'm not impressed.
Learn gourmet cooking skills from light-hearted chefs, then buy the supplies to show off at home..
Resembling someone's charming, patio-fronted house on Webster Avenue, the two-story Chopping Block feels homey and warm on the inside. It makes for a perfectly laid-back setting to host cooking classes where attendees bond and banter. Up-close bar-stool seating allows for easy, impromptu question-and-answer with instructors who have a sense of humor and take a casual, nonthreatening approach.
Classes are the biggest seller in this shop. Typically two hours, they include menu ideas (for example: tapenade croutons, pasta with seafood, and chocolate mousse), strategy (how to time a meal, flavor dynamics) and techniques (knife skills). Six-week building blocks classes offer intense, nonprofessional training sessions for novices who want a crash course or professionals who want to hone skills. Whether you go for a class or just wander in, you'll find the enticing selection of retail items--utensils, spices, cookbooks, gourmet ingredients--inspiring and fun.
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