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Cooking With Monaco

New Castle, PA

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About Cooking With Monaco

Cooking with Monaco offers full-service in-home cooking lessons, cooking lesson parties, help with small dinner parties, and secret chef services. Secret chef services are where Cooking with Monaco helps an individual cook for someone or a group of people. The chef then disappears, as though they were never there, and the individual can take all the credit.

All Cooking with Monaco lessons are meant to cook with people, not for the people, but everything is negotiable. Cooking with Monaco can be for any skilled level, from the person who burns toast to the one who cooks well. Cooking with Monaco specializes in homemade, healthy, international, semi-homemade, and comfort food cooking, but anything can be on the menu!

Cooking with Monaco offers a chef with a culinary degree and over 10 years of experience in the restaurant business. Cooking with Monaco will travel to the individual. The individual will get a free consultation, either face to face or over the phone before the lesson.

Once the consultation is complete, Cooking with Monaco will e-mail the individual a shopping list. Cooking with Monaco can provide the groceries, but the individual or group will be charged for the groceries above the original rate.

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New Castle, PA 16105

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  • 5/5 stars January 25, 2012

    Hi my name is Emily and i'm 12 years old. Sam came to my house and taught me how to make white chocolate raspberry cheesecake. I had a great time and it was the best cheesecake my family and i ever tasted, it was delicious! You should try Cooking Witch Monaco too, it's a lot of fun and a great experience!

  • 5/5 stars January 24, 2012

    I have experienced multiple cooking lessons from Cooking with Monaco. My husband is "Cooking with Monaco". When I met my husband, I was one who enjoys being in the kitchen to eat, not to cook. Over the years, with very much patience on his part, I have learned to bake dishes such as cheesecake from scratch, eggplant parmesan, Hummus, spinach-artichoke dip, and countless other items. This business is a dream for him that he is always working on and perfecting. He enjoys everything about food. I am confident in saying that you will enjoy this lesson - He is a very good teacher, not over-powering in the kitchen or intimidating. I feel like I've gained a new found respect for myself for trying to enjoy cooking, and I think you will too. If nothing else, you will become more comfortable in your own kitchen!

Question and answer

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. A service like mine should be fun. It should be enjoyable and not stressful. I try very hard to be laid back and not overpowering when I teach people about cooking. Some instructors or chefs can be very "cocky" and I try my hardest to not come off like that. I do not pretend to know everything and do not expect the best out of my clients just as long as they try.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. That cooking lessons can be for any skill level. You do not have to be bad at cooking but might want to learn something new. A person may be a great cook but there might be a certian dish or food that intimidates that person. This is were cooking lessons come in handy. Cooking lessons can take an "ok" cook to a "good" cook, but it can also take the "good" cook to a "great" cook.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. In my service the consumer should ask about background information. You don't want someone coming to teach you to cook just because they have made good spaghetti all their lives. You want to hire someone with a solid restaurant background. By solid I mean that they have cooked somewhere other than the Ma and Pop diner on the corner. It would also be good to get someone who may have completed some coursework in the culinary arts.

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. The most important thing to think through is that time will be invested in cooking lessons as well as money. Cooking lessons are not just booked the same day. Each lesson is 3-4 hours long and sometimes longer depending on the cuisine. I require a phone or face to face consultation before the lesson to get an idea for the lesson. I do this because I do not limit my clients to a certain menu. I also have my clients do the shopping for the lesson. This is time invested as well as more money. I do this because the client might have some of the ingredients in their kitchen already. I do not offer a same day service and time affects the quality and in some cases the quantity of the lessons.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I like to make people happy! Everyone has it in them to cook as well or even better than I do. I like how excited and happy people are when they take that raw product and turn it into something edible. I also enjoy meeting new people from different walks of life. It is important for me to see people achieve something they once thought impossible. I also try to learn something from every client or group that I encounter. When I learn something I can take it with me and pass it on to the next client. Bieng able to make the client happy is what I love the most.

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