Flatbush? Have you ever eaten in Flatbush? In this predominantly Orthodox Ashkenazic New York enclave, anyone who can teach these people that there are spices other than salt and pepper will have already created a miraculous advancement in local culinary practice. In any case, the Center for Kosher Culinary Arts opened this week. Offering a 4 week certification program, it is the only professional kosher cooking school in North America. And it seems kinda serious too judging by its all Flash (annoying) Web site. I was particularly struck by its Flavors of Morocco course. Taught by an actual Moroccan cook, the menu includes traditional Moroccan fare like Matbuchah, Carrots a la Fez and Cous Cous and a “discussion of the origins of Sephardic cuisine as well as instruction from Chef Daniella (Bensimon) on knife skills…”
Knife skills? Fuck me, that is authentically Moroccan!
The first intensive 6-week course, costing $4,500, has 13 men and women enrolled and just started. Fun!