Category Archives: Chef News

Holiday Meats with Nick Macri of La Divisa Meats

Nick Macri La Divisia

Tis the season for hearty slow-cooked meat! December is almost here so that means it’s time to start planning those holiday feasts. The star of the holiday table: a large and ready-to-carve cut of meat that has been cooked for hours. I went to Reading Terminal Market to talk to a meat expert who also has great experience with family feasts and rich traditions. Frequent COOK instructor Nick Macri (aka Meat Man Macri) of La Divisa Meats comes from a Calabrian family, which helped shape his butcher shop. In this article, you’ll learn more about Nick’s Italian-rooted holiday traditions, how they inspired his shop, as well as the meats La Divisa offers for your own holiday feasts!

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Class Recap: Some Like It Hot with Jane Guo and Nick Brozek of Jane G’s

Jane G showing off her wonton making skills.

Jane Guo, owner of Jane G’s, the popular Szechuan Chinese restaurant in Rittenhouse Square made her COOK debut this week. A hands on wonton-making lesson from Jane herself and some powerful cocktails from her partner Nick Brozek made this class a hit. Fresh off having the legendary Samuel L. Jackson eat at Jane G’s, Jane excitedly prepared some of the dishes that he loved from the restaurant. After experiencing Jane’s charm and cuisine, one can understand why Samuel L. Jackson is such a fan! Here’s what Jane and Nick dished out.

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Class Recap: Sushi 101 with Matt Kemp of Shoon Sushi


Matt Kemp of Shoon Sushi stopped by last week to show us the ropes on all things sushi. From breaking down a fish to making sushi rice, Matt offered up pro-tips from his years of practice. After class, we all left excited and ready to try it at home. Take a look at what he made for us!

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Check Out what we’ve been up to on our COOK Gallery Page


Summertime is nearing an end in just a few short weeks and we’re already feeling the nostalgia from all our wonderful summer classes.  If you’ve missed out on the summer fun or want to relive your own moments here at COOK, check out our ever expanding gallery page where we share all the food-filled moments we’ve captured in our kitchen.

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Get your tickets for Philly S.E.E.D Festival!


Save your appetite because Philly’s second annual S.E.E.D festival will be taking place this Sunday, August 13th, from 3 to 6 p.m at Sugarhouse Casino.

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Class Recap: An Evening of Filipino Fare with Lou Boquila of Perla


Lou Boquila, former Chef de Cuisine of Audrey Claire, made a triumphant return from his COOK hiatus this week to make his debut as chef and owner of Perla, a modern Filipino BYOB. This class comes just a few weeks ahead of the one year anniversary of Perla and we were super excited to see what he’s been up to! Take a look at a few of the gorgeous dishes he cooked up for us.

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Class Recap: Cooking with the Greek Twins! Frances Vavloukis and Katherine Pardalios


Our favorite Greek Chef, Frances Vavloukis, returned to the COOK kitchen this week and this time around, she brought a special guest with her- her twin sister Katherine. Katherine has been visiting from Greece and decided to join Frances for a Greek family affair. The duo showed us how to make all the classic Greek dishes we love. Take a look at their incredible menu!

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go with Classes at COOK!


It should come as no surprise that here at COOK, we absolutely love a good meal. For many people, sharing a meal is a way to bond and create lasting memories. Swapping recipes and our own secret tricks to making a delicious dish have become a way to connect with each other long before the days of social media. Food also has the power to transport you and for many, it’s become a way to experience the world. Attending a COOK class is often just like taking a mini-vacation. Throughout the years, our chefs have taken us everywhere from Argentina to Germany and all the way to Thailand. Take a look at where we’ve been so far this month!

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Heard, Chef! Seafood Suggestions from George Sabatino of Aldine


When you’re working in a fast-paced kitchen, communication is key. When the chef gives out directions, there’s no time for conversation. You simply respond with, “Heard, Chef!” In this COOK series, we’ll be bringing you all of the wonderful, tips, tricks, and secrets that we’ve heard during our classes. This month, we’re sharing some great tips for preparing seafood courtesy of George Sabatino of Aldine. During his Seafood Shindig class this week, George prepared five courses of delicious seafood and along the way, he shared tons of tips for making the most of our ingredients. We were particularly impressed with his preparation of shrimp and sardines and we thought we would spread the word!

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Class Recap: Summery Vegan Bites with Rachel Klein of Miss Rachel’s Pantry


Rachel Klein of Miss Rachel’s Pantry returned last week for an occasion we can all certainly get behind: happy hour! Rachel prepared three amazing happy hour vegan dishes to be enjoyed by carnivores and vegans alike. And, in true happy hour fashion, we kicked things off with a light summery cocktail: a grapefruit gin rickey. She also brought along a few vegan friendly bottles of wine to share. Look at what else she prepared!

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