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Home Cooking New York

Home Cooking New York is a cooking school in downtown New York City that offers intimate and hands-on cooking classes. With a variety of courses covering basic cooking techniques and cuisine-focused favorites, Home Cooking New York caters to students of all skill levels who want to expand their culinary abilities.

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Upcoming Classes at Home Cooking New York (5)

All courses are held at unless indicated.

Saturday, June 15th
7–8:30pm EDT


Sunday, June 30th
12–1:30pm EDT


Saturday, July 13th
7–8:30pm EDT


Sunday, July 21st
12–1:30pm EDT


Thursday, August 15th
6–8:30pm EDT


Provider Description

Founded in 2002, Home Cooking New York provides intimate and hands-on cooking classes at their cooking school in downtown New York City. Their students range from absolute beginners to amateur home cooks who want to expand their culinary education.

HCNY’s classes cover basic cooking techniques (Culinary Boot Camp, Six Basic Cooking Techniques, How to Cook Fish, How to Cook Vegetables, Pork Lovers Workshop) to cuisine-focused favorites (Indian, Thai, Korean, French Bistro, Middle Eastern, Northern Italian). Each 2 ½ hour class includes a recipe packet and has a maximum of 10 students. The class is centered around the preparation of a complete menu and culminates in a sit-down meal with your fellow students.

Meet Our Chef-Instructors:

Jennifer Clair is the founder of Home Cooking New York. Before launching the school in 2002, she was a Recipe Editor for The Wall Street Journal and a Food Editor at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO), where she developed cookbooks and managed the Cooking & Entertaining department of Prior to MSLO, she worked in the cookbook division of William Morrow & Company and at Saveur magazine. She graduated from Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School in 1998 after receiving a full James Beard Foundation scholarship. Jennifer is the author of Six Basic Cooking Techniques: Culinary Essentials for the Home Cook ( based on the school’s most popular cooking class, and the host of the cooking podcast, Kitchen Radio.

John Scoff joined Home Cooking New York in 2006. After 15 years of restaurant work, culminating most recently as Executive Chef of a low country bistro in South Carolina, John found his true calling when he accepted a position of Executive Chef-Instructor at a recreational cooking school in downtown Charleston. That was 2004, and he has never looked back. As a teacher there, he discovered how much he enjoys sharing his passion for and knowledge of cuisine.

Erica Wides joined Home Cooking New York in 2014 after 15 years of teaching at the Institute of Culinary Education where she oversaw the culinary education of both professional and recreational students. She is brimming with knowledge of all things food and is one of the go-to chefs when the media needs an expert to demystify what “real food” really means. She has graced the sets of Chopped, Dr. Oz, and TedX. She is creator and host of the YouTube series, Funny People Making Food (

Susan Streit Sherman joined Home Cooking New York in 2010. Originally from Michigan, Susan moved to New York to attend the French Culinary Institute. She began her career working as a private chef in both Manhattan and the Hamptons. For five years she managed the School of Recreational Cooking at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), and previously worked in the test kitchens at Good Housekeeping, Martha Stewart Living, and Real Simple magazines. Susan returned to work as a private chef following the birth of her daughter, Leia, in 2016. She specializes in developing seasonal recipes for allergy-friendly meals, which you can find on her site Crate Cooking (


For NYC In-Person Classes:

You’ll receive a complete recipe packet and enjoy a full sit-down meal at the end of class with your classmates. Our classes are BYOB, and you are welcome to bring a bottle to enjoy at the sit-down meal (not including our baking or dessert classes).

Our classes are hands-on, coupled with demonstration-style teaching. Everyone is situated at their own cutting board/chef’s knife station around a large wooden work table that accommodates the whole class (10 people max). We work together as a group, with the chef at the head of the table.

We focus on knife skills, preparing ingredients for cooking, and we strive to find every opportunity to offer you a hands-on experience at the stove and at your station, all within the spatial parameters of a single stove/family-style kitchen. We ask for volunteers to assist in all cooking.

158 Grand St Stu 207, New York, NY 10013
Home Cooking New York
SoHo, Manhattan
158 Grand St Stu 207
Btwn Lafayette & Centre Streets
New York, New York 10013

Please Note: This location is in Manhattan. This same address exists in Brooklyn, but this cooking school is in SoHo, NYC.

Reviews of Home Cooking New York

(4.7-star rating across 2034 reviews)
  • Ramen Workshop

    Anonymous review on 5/24/2024
    We had a great time! Our chef was great and walked us through everything perfectly. Would definitely take another class again!
  • Southern Brunch

    Anonymous review on 5/24/2024
    Delicious! Chef John is amazing! Food, tips, recipes – perfect! Very Fun!
  • Cream Puff Workshop (Virtual Cooking)

    Reviewed by Katie-Louise D. on 5/23/2024
    The host was incredible in how she managed to teach the class, do the baking, provide instructions in the chat and manage 2 cameras in the kitchen. The end result was also delectable! The participants were from many different states and it was nice to have these people in my kitchen for 90 minutes!
  • Six Basic Cooking Techniques

    Reviewed by Carra W. on 4/18/2024
    Susan was very knowledgeable and the pace of the class allowed for real learning as she answered questions. The food was phenomenal and the facility provided the perfect learning environment.
  • Seasoning 101: How to Use Herbs + Spices

    Reviewed by Ronald Kathy M. on 4/4/2024
    Was fun and informative
  • Seasoning 101: How to Use Herbs + Spices

    Reviewed by Ronald M. on 4/4/2024
    My first cooking class and I loved it!
  • Six Basic Cooking Techniques

    Reviewed by Christine P. on 3/17/2024
    Erica is amazing! wonderful teacher, learned so much! Food was delicious!
  • "Great British Bake Off" Classics

    Reviewed by Shannon L. on 3/15/2024
    This course was so much fun! The group of ladies in the course were amazing! Our instructor natanya was fantastic, her explanations were clear and she always explained why we should do things a certain way and how it affects the bake! Highly recommend these courses!
  • Vegetarian Suppers for Everyone

    Anonymous review on 3/1/2024
    The recipes were great! but compared to other classes taken with them it was more like someone else cook for us.
  • Persian Dinner

    Reviewed by Darlene D. on 2/28/2024
    Really enjoyed the class. Feel that I could tackle Persian cooking on my own!
  • Culinary Boot Camp Level I: For Beginner Cooks

    Reviewed by Jaylan T. on 2/25/2024
    This non-cook learned (and cooked!) so many deliecious dishes. Many myths de-bunked, many great tips. Engaging and ultra-experienced Chef Jennifer. Signed up for the second round!
  • Romantic Dinner for Two

    Reviewed by Samantha T. on 2/17/2024
    Chef John was so much fun. Besides teaching us how to cook the menu, he gave us a lot of culinary tips. He had a good energy to create a wonderful learning environment. My gf and I had a memorable and unique experience with John. Thank you.
  • Knife Skills 101

    Anonymous review on 2/17/2024
    We learned so many useful skills, and we're looking forward to applying them in our cooking at home. Chef Erica was a great teacher, very knowledgeable, and she's hilarious, which is a nice bonus!
  • Northern Italian Favorites for the Winter

    Anonymous review on 2/11/2024
    Loved the class! It’s delicious and easy to make at home! Highly recommended. Thank you!
  • Persian Dinner

    Anonymous review on 2/10/2024
    I loved it
  • Six Basic Cooking Techniques

    Reviewed by Wills R. on 2/5/2024
    Great class! Highly recommend!
  • How to Cook Shellfish: Clams, Mussels, Shrimp, Scallops

    Anonymous review on 2/5/2024
    The class was a great introduction to shellfish, especially detailing how to prepare and keep alive clams and mussels before cooking, which I think is seen as difficult or frustrating for a lot of home cooks who are interested in these bivalves. The tips shared on how to choose shellfish was also very helpful. I would say that it would probably be best for all students if the teacher chose to keep her political commentary to herself, though. I didn't mind it since I agreed with most of what she said, but I could imagine that being off putting for other students who don't agree with her political views.
  • Persian Dinner

    Reviewed by Kyle S. on 2/1/2024
    We had Jennifer and the whole class was such a treat. Not just the food but the ambience and teachers involved. Thanks so much! Will come again.
  • Shawarma + Falafel + Fresh Flatbreads

    Reviewed by Darlene D. on 1/31/2024
    Really nice class. Good food, good pace.
  • Thai Food: Hot, Sour, Salty, Sweet

    Reviewed by Cheryl Y. on 1/27/2024
    Great class, I learned a lot and the food was delicious! I can't wait to try the recipes myself. The teacher and assistant were great, and also very accommodating to people's dietary needs.
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Review Summary by CourseHorse

Students at Home Cooking New York rave about the classes, describing them as enjoyable, informative, and delicious. One reviewer highlighted the class as a fantastic date night, praising the teacher and the opportunity to learn valuable cooking tips while enjoying a delicious dinner. Another attendee expressed excitement about incorporating the recipes into their regular rotation and attending more classes. Chef Susan's class received high praise for being fun, informative, and delicious, with a focus on knife skills and cooking techniques for beginners. The class provided a hands-on experience, and participants enjoyed the camaraderie and tasting the creations. Overall, students felt they gained confidence in the kitchen and learned practical skills, making them eager to apply their newfound knowledge. Quotes: "Chef Susan’s class was amazing! Fun, informative and delicious! We learned about knives and skills to use them (bear claw). We then proceeded to cook fresh vegetables and chicken. I highly recommend this course for beginners (or anyone)! Chef Susan was knowledgeable, funny and very patient with her sous-chefs." "An excellent class. I feel like I gained confidence in the kitchen with certain techniques, learned new techniques and got to eat some delicious food at the end of it all. Strongly recommend!" "Susan was an extraordinary teacher, very detailed and informative. We really enjoyed the class. It was hands on and interactive which is important when learning a new skill. Best part was getting to taste everything we created during class."

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