September 14, 2011

Cooking academy has Native culinary department

Classic Cooking Academy Blends French and Native American TechniquesOnly one culinary school combines classic French techniques with American Indian trends and traditions—the Classic Cooking Academy (CCA) in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The nonprofit school teaches culinary basics and has a Native American Culinary department, which according to the school’s website, “encourages the use of ingredients indigenous to the Americas in new ways the world has yet to see.”

The department encourages healthier ways of food preparation to address the growing problems of diabetes, heart disease and obesity among American Indian populations and teaches the history of Native American culinary trends and traditions.
Comment:  For more on Native cooking, see Chef Showdown at NMAI and Aboriginal Cooking with the Wolfman.

Below:  "Chef Chris Curtiss shows Classic Cooking Academy students how to prepare foie gras."

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