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The delicious experience of eating your way through the Hudson Valley can only be rivaled by joining top chefs in their kitchens to learn their techniques. Cooking classes at farm-to-table restaurants and cooking schools not only reveal culinary secrets, they're great fun and a terrific way to expand your culinary know-how. The good news is that there's no final exam with cooking classes, just a delicious finish as you taste the results of your slicing, dicing, kneading, and sautéing. Choose from countless sessions offered throughout the valley. Who would ever think that slaving over a hot stove could be so much fun?

Foodie Alert! An Exclusive Behind the Scenes in Most Prominent Kitchens

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    Culinary Institute of America (CIA)

    World famous, the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park produces more top chefs for the region than any other institution. Learn from the masters in a wide variety of hands-on programs that have you cooking dishes from around the world or baking everything from cupcakes to artisanal breads. Sample your creations and take home a CIA cookbook to do it all again in your own kitchen! (888) 282-9781

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    Different Drummer's Kitchen

    Top chefs are also teaching at Different Drummer's Kitchen in Albany. Whether you're a 4-star chef or someone who wants to be, this place will teach you to face the stove with a whole new attitude. Come to learn, come to laugh, and come to enjoy a delicious meal prepared by you. No experience necessary, the chefs work with novices as well as accomplished cooks. (518) 459-7990

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    Don Coqui

    Or visit the beautiful kitchens of Don Coqui at their vintage factory building in New Rochelle. Go behind the scenes of this exciting restaurant where chefs explain the food and wine you'll be working with, give you your own Don Coqui apron, and get you cooking! Once the meal is prepared, you'll sit down to dine and share the experience with your fellow cooks. (914) 637-3737

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    The Iron Forge Inn

    From factory to farm house, The Iron Forge Inn is well known beyond the Warwick area. CIA Chef/owner Erik Johansen shows you how to use seasonal ingredients fresh from the farms near the restaurant. It's a relaxed environment that illustrates just how easy cooking from scratch can be! (845) 986-3411

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    Brewster Pastry's

    Baking is an art perfected by the French. Croissants, cream puffs, breads, and fruit tarts are a snap to make under the careful tutelage of Brewster Pastry's French chef Thierry Danvin. The shop has provided signature breads and treats to the Brewster community for years. Everything you bake in class can be taken to friends and family, that is if you can resist them on the car ride home. (845) 278-2555

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    MaMa's Café

    If eating all that pastry makes you thirsty, MaMa's Café in Stone Ridge will teach you how to make seasonal sodas from natural ingredients. On March 25th, bring the kids to see how herbs, spices and even roasted parsnip can be turned into soda as you master the art of creating simple syrups and fresh juices to flavor carbonated water. Class ends with an award for most creative soda, and everyone leaves as a jerk, soda jerk that is! (845) 687-8890

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    Arts Center of the Capital Region

    Boost your kitchen confidence at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy. Upcoming classes include "Chi Mangia Bene, Mangion Italiano," (He who eats well, eats Italian) on March 21st. You'll create from original Italian recipes while broadening your knowledge of the language and culture. Other spring classes include Water Bath Canning, Gluten Free-Savory & Sweet, and Condiments. (518) 273-0552

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    Malden Bridge Chef

    Just down the road, Malden Bridge Chef shows you how to cook everything from soup to nuts, your way. Dazzle your guests with dishes created specifically to your taste (or theirs). It's a place to explore flavors and develop your own culinary style. (917) 714-8082

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    Cooking becomes performance art at Lanterna in Nyack. Sip wine as you watch the chef create a four course meal using traditional Tuscan recipes. Each course comes with a different wine combining the warm, wonderful flavors that Zagat rates as a "standout." (845) 353-8361

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    Campside Chef's Culinary Adventures

    They will take you on a journey that tantalizes all of your senses, especially your taste buds. The Campside Chef Ron Loeber guides you & your group up one of the beautiful mountains of the Catskills and prepares a gourmet lunch for you at the top. (518) 256-7384