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Cooking School Ocean Reef Club
At the Ocean Reef Cooking School, each new season is the start of a grand culinary adventure and 2014-2015 promises not to disappoint. This year, we invite you to relish each moment as we embark on a year of extraordinary classes featuring culinary greats like Chefs Jeff Michaud and Todd Gray, and celebrated cookbook authors Raghavan Iyer and Virginia Willis and even Ocean Reef Club's own master chefs. If you love to cook, entertain, or just appreciate the pleasure of great food, the Cooking School is the place to indulge your passions.

Come meet some fabulous new chefs, and also learn about the ingredients, cooking equipment, cooking tips, new cookbooks and shortcuts that can make cooking quick and easy. Each class brings a new talent sharing his or her recipes, answering your questions, and entertaining us all at the same time. Where else can you spend a few hours with world-renowned chefs watching amazing food being prepared and then tasting it along with a glass of wine? Join us for an extraordinary season of culinary demonstrations and an interactive hands-on cooking class with noted television chef and cookbook author, Joanne Weir. Our focus this year is on creating healthy, delicious and memorable meals.

Flavors of The Reef | The Club and Cusine BookOur demonstration kitchen is equipped with an overhead mirror so that students in every seat can easily view the cooking process. The setting is informal, and questions from the class are encouraged. Most classes last three hours and consist of a brief lecture, cooking and tasting. At each class, you'll sample the featured chef's mouth-watering dishes, sip specially selected and varied wines from the Port O'Call as well as receive printed recipes so you can duplicate the meal at home.

No matter what cuisine you crave, invariably there will be a class to please your palate. We promise you a program that is both educational and enjoyable, one of insight, great food and lots of fun. We appreciate the support of our Ocean Reef Club members for their support over the years and hope that they will continue to tell others how much they have enjoyed our classes. Bon Appetit to our great Cooking School Team: Manager Carole Kotkin, Mary Anne Smith, Dottie Betz, Roy Sutton, Genevieve Jeffreys, Jeremy Fitzgerald, Claire Held, Barbara Sibley, Kelly Richardson and our assistant manager, Diane Squires.

Carole Kotkin, manager of the Ocean Reef Cooking School, is a cooking teacher, cookbook author, a radio host, and a food and travel writer. She is co-author of MMMMiami—Tempting Tropical Tastes for Home Cooks Everywhere. Carole writes a syndicated food column for The Miami Herald that appears in 400 newspapers across the country. She co-hosts "Food & Wine Talk" on Her work has appeared in Ladies Home Journal magazine, Miami Metro magazine, American Airways magazine and Gourmet magazine. She was food editor for The Wine News Magazine for 13 years. Miami Metro magazine selected her as “one of 101 women to watch” in 2001 in the food and hospitality profession. Carole compiled the first Zagat guide to South Florida restaurants. She is a regional judge for the James Beard Foundation Awards and on the nominating committee for the Slow Foods Awards. She was co-chairman and founder of the South Florida Chapter of The American Institute of Wine and Food, and is charter member of the Miami chapter of Les Dames d"Escoffier.

Join The Cooking School Club:

Sign up for 10 cooking classes and receive one $90 class free. 
Receive 10% off on Cooking School Merchandise on day of class
Class Space is Limited, Register Early

All registrations must be made prior to class. Sorry, no refunds, class credit only. Credit may be applied to another class of your choice, provided space is available. Classes are demonstration-style and most last three hours. Printed recipes will be provided and there will be a generous tasting of the dishes produced in class. Teachers reserve the right to alter menus due to seasonal availability of ingredients. Please make note of your class choices, as we do not send out confirmations or reminders.

In addition to scheduled classes we offer custom programs, perfect for groups of friends, companies and clubs. We'll be happy to cook up a class designed to meet your specific needs. From a surprise birthday celebration, a “men"s only” class, to a corporate meeting spouse class or a team-building event everyone can have fun cooking. Looking for the perfect gift for someone who loves to cook? Gift certificates are available for classes of your choice. We also offer high-quality Ocean Reef Club logo aprons, knives, cookbooks, and other cooking accessories for sale.

To enroll, please call 305-367-5953 Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.