Kitchen confidence: Cooking school gives home chefs next-level skills for the holidays

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 11:31:37 PM. Maggie Norris started Whisked Away cooking school in 2009. Her classes, taught in her Phoenix home, teach you how to be more efficient in the kitchen.
Maggie Norris' students have jobs, families, busy lives. They don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen. But they still want to elevate their game, especially during the holiday season. It's a Wednesday night and Maggie Norris is preparing to welcome another group of aspiring home cooks into her Phoenix home. Her spacious kitchen counter serves as a demo stage, covered with fresh tomatoes, unshucked corn, zucchini, cutting boards and a mishmash of knives. In the living room, seven chairs are set up, aprons draped over their backs, ready for tonight’s students. This is Whisked Away, a cooking school Norris started in 2009. Her focus is on teaching cooking technique, so everything she demos can be replicated by students in their own kitchen at home ➤ JUMP TO: Holiday-cooking tips  |  Whiskey Away details, upcoming classes Many of her students have jobs, families, busy lives. They don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen. But they still want to elevate their game, especially during the holiday season. “My goal is for people to want to cook … so that their time in the kitchen is more efficient and not so daunting,” said Norris, who teaches holiday-centric classes such as Thanksgiving sides and seasonal desserts.  Maggie Norris, left, demonstrates basic knife skills for Michelle Wong while Michael Lopez preps ingredients during a private class at Whisked Away, a cooking school for amateur home chefs, on Sept. 12, 2017, in Phoenix. Norris has been teaching the classes from her home...Read more
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