Looking to spice up your skills in the kitchen? The Dirty Apron Cooking School is one of the funnest culinary playgrounds you’ll have the opportunity to explore in Vancouver. With classes for all levels, there's no doubt you'll leave one of these classes with a few new tricks up your sleeve for your next dinner party.
Perched along Crosstown’s Beatty Street, The Dirty Apron is owned by Chambar’s former Sous Chef David Robertson and his wife Sara. Chef David has over 20 years of culinary experience, making him an excellent teacher with a wealth of knowledge to share.
His background is in classical French fine dining, but over the years he has expanded his skills outside of French cooking. Though David teaches the majority of the classes, they also have other well-known Vancouver chefs teach classes at The Dirty Apron, too.
All hands on deck at The Dirty Apron — Photo courtesy of The Dirty Apron
The Dirty Apron is part cooking school and part deli, where customers can stop by and grab something hot and satisfying. Choose from a hot entree lunch special, salads, soup, sandwiches and sweets. The sandwiches are fantastic here; confit albacore tuna sandwich is a must-order.
The cooking school is much sought after, and classes fill up well in advance. So it's best to sign up for a class as soon as you can. If a class is full, you can request to be put on a wait list if they have any cancellations.
The kitchen is gorgeous, and you won't have to worry about too many cooks in the kitchen, as class sizes are limited and there's plenty of room to move around.
Set within a lovely old heritage building, the interior of The Dirty Apron is sleek and modern.
The Dirty Apron's long table — Photo courtesy of The Dirty Apron
The classes themselves vary, but they're always hands-on, focusing on familiar regional cuisines and the basic skills you need to execute the dishes. Classes last for about four hours. After students have made their dishes, they get to sit at a long communal table to tuck in and enjoy.
The Dirty Apron usually offers over a half-dozen classes at any given time, so there's always something new and exciting to sign up for.
You can learn to make one of Vancouver's most favorite mussel dishes from Chambar restaturant at The Dirty Apron. Cooked in a tomato-coconut cream with smoked chili and lime, it's delicious. Master this dish by taking "Ocean Potion: The Seafood Class," where you'll also make a couple of other mouth-watering dishes.
The Dirty Apron Cooking School is a great place to go with friends, on a date, for a team-building exercise or as a treat to yourself. Whoever you go with, you'll leave with a satisfied appetite and some new tricks.