Educator, Designer, Culinary Explorer
Home Urbana Park District (Spring 2022)
Travel the world with self-taught home cook Paul Young as he deconstructs ethnic recipes and breaks down the flavor principles of each culinary tradition. Learn how to make anything taste ethnic by following a few master recipes and utilizing simple flavor principles. By the end of the series you will be able to customize flavor profiles and adjust recipes like a pro.
All classes will use locally sourced ingredients. Taking Covid-19 precautions, this series will be demonstrations only. But do come hungry because the tuition includes a full two-course dinner during the second half of the class when we will be eating everything that was cooked that evening.
Students will leave each session with easy-to-follow recipes of all the dishes on the menu. These recipes have all been adapted for the typical home cook and contain many tips & tricks to help minimize your time in the kitchen while staying true to the spirit of the original ethnic flavors.
All menu items below will use locally-sourced ingredients but are subject to change based on availability of fresh ingredients at local markets.
Chinese Cooking (March 3, 2022)
Learn how easy it is to make these classic dishes from China and then translate those flavor principles to any dish using your favorite ingredients.
Mexican Flavors (March 24, 2022)
Learn how to make almost anything taste Mexican by following a few simple flavor profiles.
A Taste of Ethiopia (April 14, 2022)
Learn how to make a Berbere spice mix from scratch, then use the spice mix to flavor almost any dish.