If you ever wanted to go to culinary school, but just never managed to find the time, Food University at the glamorous Caesars Palace Las Vegas is your chance to fit in a side of learning alongside a main course of vacation. According to Robin Leach, co-founder of the Food Network, Food University is the only course for culinary enthusiasts, of its kind.
The three-day immersive event lets guests learn from a prestigious “faculty” of celebrity chefs and world class sommeliers. Some of the star-studded professors teaching the Food University courses include James Beard Award-winning chefs Alex Stratt, Michel Richard, and Bradford Thompson as well as James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Laura Werlin, and “Pastry Chef of the Year” Francois Payard.
Admission prices will benefit the fund for Keep Memory Alive, supported by the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, treating patients with Alzheimer's, Huntington's and Parkinson's disease, as well as frontotemporal dementia and multiple sclerosis. Students enrolled in the program will receive their own chef coat as well as personalized instruction from some of the culinary world’s most prestigious chefs.
Essential usage of ingredients, correct cooking methods, and ways to pair flavors with wine are all topics that will be covered over the course of three days. A typical first day schedule includes breakfast, basic knife skills, a hands-on approach to secret sauces and flavors, wine 101, and a field trip that takes students behind the scenes of a top Vegas restaurant.
After rubbing shoulders with high profile foodies, wine connoisseurs, and perhaps a celebrity guest or two, students will “graduate,” complete with ceremony and Food University diploma. For those interested in learning to cook like (and with!) the pros as well as helping out an important fund in the process can sign up for the next session, which begins March 27th through March 29th 2013.