People across the world now have a brand new way to experience global food culture. The Chef & The Dish is a new interactive online cooking experience, allowing home-cooks to connect live with top-chefs and cooking instructors from across the globe. Food enthusiasts can select from tens of private, online cooking classes and cook alongside well-known culinary professionals to learn iconic dishes that originate from the chef’s region – all with real-time conferencing.
People use food to discover the world like never before. According to American Culinary Traveler, it’s estimated in the U.S. alone, 39 million leisure travellers choose a destination based on availability of culinary activities. The Chef & The Dish makes learning about food culture from world experts easier than ever.
“Our mission is to bridge global kitchens,” says Jenn Nicken, Founder of The Chef & The Dish. “Food is a fundamental part of any culture. Dishes passed from generation to generation shape and define these beautiful places. The Chef & The Dish allows you the opportunity to virtually travel for a day. Whether a date night at home, a fun night in with foodie friends, or a food lover looking to learn new culinary skills – we have one goal – to transport your kitchen for the day.”
Typical cooking classes are available in many cities; however, “The further you get from the source, the more muddled iconic dishes become.” says Nicken. “We want everyone to have access to our chefs and virtually hop a plane to taste authentic flavours from a different part of the world. Imagine watching a live cooking show in Italy, except now you get to cook with the host.”
“The Chef & The Dish marries technology and tradition,” says Paola Martinenghi, chef in Northern Italy. “I enrich knowledge and celebrate my country’s traditions and recipes. I’m able to showcase artisan producers and teach clients how to use these special ingredients. I teach techniques that can’t be taught in a recipe or through watching a video – I’m able to coach throughout the cooking class. At the end, my client has a cultural experience and fantastic meal to enjoy at home.”
The Chef & The Dish Chefs: A roster of well-known international chefs and instructors, including:
- Chef Daniela: Featured on BBC and Saveur Magazine, Daniela has cooked for former New York Times food critic Mark Bittman, and thousands of others who’ve attended Daniela’s Cooking School in Rome, Italy;
- Chef Gason: A James Beard scholar featured on Food Network and Sports Illustrated, Gason is a private New Orleans chef having cooked for clients like Matthew McConaughey, Duane ‘The Rock’ Johnson, the Kardashians, NFL players Reggie Bushand Ben Watson;
- Chef Yoshimi: Founder of Trip Advisor 5-Star rated TOKYO Kitchen Cooking School in Japan;
- Chef Paola: Former chef in multiple Michelin Star restaurants, and founder of 9FoodPR, an agency dedicated to preserving food culture in Italy.
The Chef & The Dish Cooking Classes: Select from a number of Italian, Japanese, Spanish and Regional American Cooking Classes with more experiences soon to follow. Classes include: Ragu & Pomodoro, Dumplings, Roman Classics, Jambalaya, Paella, Raviolo, Chowd’ah, Mosaic Rolls, Donburi, Visit Sicily, and more.
Classes can be booked at www.TheChefandTheDish.com. The Chef & The Dish sells gift certificates and an “Around the World” pass that gives access to a class from multiple countries – perfectly timed for Fathers Day or anyone planning a stay-cation.
About the Founder:
Jenn Nicken spent 14 years marketing technology and entertainment clients including seven years working as the Head of Marketing for the Entertainment Division of Apple, (iTunes/App Store) in Canada. Her work focussed on creating and building unique experiences with global brands including Coca-Cola, Starbucks, Urbanspoon, NBC, Sony, Universal and top-tier celebrities. She’s travelled for culinary experiences across the world, and is excited to make these experiences attainable to anyone.