Bethpage’s Continuing Education Program Features Three NEW Courses in the Culinary Arts

Bethpage Union Free School District’s Continuing Education Program kicked off its new culinary arts cooking series with three new courses this fall. The first, which began on October 5, was an Italian Cooking class taught by Chef Paul Doyle of the Brick Café in Lynbrook. Chef Doyle will also teach the next two courses, Main Course Cooking and Mediterranean Cooking.
Assisted by Briana Monzert, also of the Brick Café, Chef Doyle taught the students the basic skills and techniques of how to prepare a complete and healthy Italian dinner consisting of an appetizer of artichoke and white bean bruschetta, a first course of pasta with Bolognese sauce, and a second course of chicken cutlets in a lemon caper sauce with sautéed spinach.
Each component of the menu was broken down into easy-to-understand terminology, with Chef Doyle demonstrating the proper way to hold a knife and chop ingredients. He answered questions about where to purchase a good knife (not on television!) and recommended which type to use, from slicing bread to filleting chicken cutlets. He also stressed the quality of ingredients – using a more expensive cheese and a less expensive brand of pasta.
Chef Doyle shared tips on items that could be prepared the night before. He suggested the use of a crock-pot in order to save time, something that few people have these days as they try to earn a living and raise a family.
“You’re not going to be able to please everybody all of the time. Cook for yourself. Make yourself happy. And don’t be afraid to make mistakes – it’s not a big deal,” stated Chef Doyle.