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Franklin Report Report Card for Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City
Natural Gourmet Institute
48 West 21st Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10010
(212) 645-5170
www.naturalgourmetinstitute.com
info@naturalgourmetinstitute.com
Main Contact: Annemarie Colbin
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If talk of tamari, tofu and tempeh tantalize your taste buds, then The Natural Gourmet Institute is the cooking school for you. A culinary school by day, this gastronomic institute offers a wide range of cooking classes on nights and weekends geared towards those wanting to enrich their knowledge and palette. While not strictly vegetarian--offering some fish and poultry classes on occasion--the Institute’s focus is definitely on incorporating as many vegetarian and organic ingredients as possible. Class offerings include basic overviews on knife skills and wholesome ingredient selection and progress into more tailored offerings, such as Gluten-Free Baking, Mineral Rich Sea Vegetables, and A Traditional South Indian Supper. Those looking to emulate buttery Julia Child and saucy Mario Batali are not likely to find what they are looking for here, but those seeking healthful, alternative techniques and approaches to everyday dishes surely will.

The Institute was founded in 1977 by Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D, who still oversees the school’s operations today. Labeled a "maverick nutritional theorist," Colbin is the driving force behind the Institute's strong emphasis on health-supportive cooking and food as “fuel.” The Institute's 4,800 sq. ft. space in Flatiron has classrooms and kitchens outfitted with restaurant-quality equipment, including Vulcan heavy-duty ranges, Kitchen-Aid mixers and Cuisinart food processors. With ample space and Panasonic plasma monitors throughout, students can comfortably get a clear view of the instructor’s demonstration without crowding over one station. Prices are inline with other NYC-based cooking schools, from $120 for a three-hour Easy & Affordable Raw Food class to $215 for a six-hour instruction on Vegetarian Cooking Techniques. The Institute also offers a highly popular Friday Night Dinner, featuring a three-course vegetarian meal cooked by the Chef’s Training Program students for just $40 per person. Best of all, it's BYOB, so be sure to bring along a bottle two of your favorite vintage.

Representative Client Comments:
"I've been really impressed with the caliber of the teachers here." "I got a vegetarian cooking session as a gift--it's changed the way I cook for myself so much." "Great equipment."

 
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