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Culinary Skills Series

Chef Hatley Bright

Chef Hatley Bright

Cook, Eat, Learn: Mobile kitchen makes cooking at RCC Kilmarnock easy and convenient. Workforce and Community Development (WCD) is able to offer cooking classes on site at its Kilmarnock Center because the kitchen equipment is not permanently installed in the classroom.

“This keeps the classroom available for multiple uses…” said Chef Hatley Bright, RCC’s full-time culinary arts instructor. Chef Bright along with two other locally known chefs, offer a series of cooking classes geared toward those home chefs who are interested seeing firsthand how certain dishes are made, the ingredients that characterize international cuisines and the techniques needed to create extraordinary meals and entrées.

Classes are offered in the evenings on either Monday or Thursday and always feature a live cooking demonstration and a sit down meal for all participants.

HOST 1127 Puerto Rican Cookery
Enjoy some of the authentic cuisine of Puerto Rico. This class will cover essential seasonings, marinades, vegetables, rice dishes, fish and meats. Preparations will include: sofrito, arroz con gondules, platanos and pernil. Instructor: Chef Merolli
Day Date Time Site Fee
Thursday  Mar 26 5 – 7 p.m. KL $49
HOST 1123 Cooking For One or Two
You don’t have to make enough for an army anymore! Learn how to make simple but delicious meals for two or for yourself with a meal left for later in the week. Spicy mac and cheese, foil baked salmon with corn and lime salsa, eggplant parmesan, Chinese noodles with chicken and baby bok choy and homemade chocolate pudding. Most of these recipes take 20 minutes or less! Instructor: Chef Bright
Day Date Time Site Fee
Monday Feb 23 5 – 7 p.m. KL $49
HOST 1127 Asian Cooking
This course will introduce you to the basics of Oriental cooking. Techniques of Chinese cooking include: stir frying, deep frying, steaming and slow braising. Proper knife handling and techniques including slicing, dicing, shredding and mincing will be demonstrated. Dishes will include a mixed vegetable stir-fry and hoisin marinated pork tenderloin. Instructor: Chef Merolli
Day Date Time Site Fee
Thursday Mar 5 5 – 7 p.m. KL $49
HOST 1123 Dumplings, Dumplings and More Dumplings
Dumplings make a fast easy meal; they make a plain soup delicious and are great appetizers. Best of all, most are easy to make ahead of time and freeze. Pork and corn dumplings with cilantro cream sauce, shrimp and spinach dumplings with red curry, ricotta ravioli with champagne mushroom sauce and more. Instructor: Chef Bright
Day Date Time Site Fee
Monday Mar 16 5 – 7 p.m. KL $49
HOST 1123 Healthy Vegetarian Cooking
Learn how to prepare healthy and flavorful food without the fat and extra calories. Make interesting vegetarian dishes using combinations of spices, marinades, and cooking techniques. A variety of cuisines will be introduced including Indian, Moroccan, and Thai. Instructor: Chef Merolli
Day Date Time Site Fee
Thursday Mar 26 5 – 7 p.m. KL $49

HOST 1127 Fusion Cooking
Have you ever wondered what that means? It simply means introducing techniques, ingredients and presentation ideas from diverse culinary traditions to achieve something new. Cal/Asian salad with a sweet ginger dressing; chicken with Cajun tomato sauce; Thai barbecue with banana salsa; black and white bread pudding. Instructor: Chef Bright
Day Date Time Site Fee
Monday Apr 6 5 – 7 p.m. KL $49
HOST 1123 Healthy Drinks: Smoothies and Juicing
Participate in creating nutrient-rich smoothies and juices that are fun to make and healthy. Using a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, get all the vitamins, fiber, and nutrient dense calories that these drinks provide. Equipment comparisons and proper use of food processors and juicers will be discussed. Instructor: Chef Merolli
Day Date Time Site Fee
Thursday Apr 16 5 – 7 p.m. KL $49

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