America’s best asset may just be it’s finger-licking-good Southern culinary tradition. For Canadian foodies keen to master the art of preparing an authentic Soul Food feast look no further than Chef Darin’s Kitchen Table in Savannah.
Chef Darin has plenty of professional experience in the kitchen, completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from California State Polytechnic University before spending six years as the sous chef and restaurant manager at the Disney Institute in Orlando.
In 2004 Chef Darin was swooning for Savannah after learning that the boutique hotel Maison on Forsyth Park was scheduling to open a cooking school. He landed the job and soon launched the hotel’s 700 Kitchen Cooking School, spending nine years conducting cooking classes as chef instructor and director.
In April 2015 he took the plunge into entrepreneurship by opening his very own cooking school, Chef Darin’s Kitchen Table, located a stones throw from Savannah’s historic old town on Abercorn Street.
Chef Darin’s Kitchen Table is both a hands-on-cooking-school as well as the city’s only local kitchen supply store. Skip through the front door and you’ll find carefully curated kitchen curiosities featuring Chef Darin’s favourite culinary tools from high quality knives to whimsical whisks and heavy-duty cutting boards.
Stroll past the glimmering gadgets and you’ll find yourself in a state-of-the-art kitchen classroom featuring a large harvest table (perfect for a communal feast) which is flanked by four individual cooking stations. Chef Darin takes the stage up front, walking the group through the recipes of the day and offering hands on instruction on how to create each dish with ease.
Review the cooking class schedule at Chef Darin’s Kitchen Table and you’ll see the school offers plenty of themed courses such as a Spring Seafood Supper, Low Country Shrimp and Grits, French Bistro Entertaining, and Hands-on Knife Skills.
I always love to highlight LGBT business owners when I’m gallivanting around the globe and had so much fun at Chef Darin’s 3 hour Easy Elegant Entertaining Dinner Party class. I was joined in the kitchen by my friend Mani and a gay couple from Florida who were in town celebrating their anniversary for the weekend. The five of us sipped fine wine while wagging our limp wrists around a gremolata encrusted rack of lamb, plump boursin stuffed ravioli, and crispy potato cakes topped with sour cream and smoked salmon.