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The Fundamentals of Seasoning

From simple snacks to elaborate, decadent feasts, the common thread in good food boils down to one thing: seasoning. It brings the most basic ingredients to life, surprises and inspires the eater, and emboldens the cook. Join Chef Tory McPhail of Commander’s Palace as he demystifies the five elemental flavors—sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami—and how, with a little know-how, they can be used in concert to create balanced (and delicious!) final products. We’ll cook and taste a few savory dishes together, taking a holistic look at each flavor to learn how to use them to transform your own cooking.

About the Instructor

Chef Tory McPhail was born and raised in a small town in Washington State, where he first fell in love with food. His experience has taken him into kitchens from London to the U.S. Virgin Islands, but he calls New Orleans home and has been the executive chef of Commander’s Palace since 2002. The James Beard Foundation has named him its Rising Star Chef as well as Best Chef: South, and can be spotted cooking on TV or at events around New Orleans, where he’s an active member of the food community. Picnic Provisions & Whiskey, his collaboration with Ti Martin and Darryl Reginelli, opened Uptown in summer 2018.


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February 15
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


725 Howard Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130 United States
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