A Party in the Kitchen: Jen & Jamey’s Virtual Cooking Classes

No need to shop—every item you need will be sent to you when you participate in Jen & Jamey’s Virtual Cooking Classes. (Courtesy the Bender Group)

By Jennifer McKee

One great thing to come out of the pandemic is the emergence of the virtual cooking class—the joy of cooking and camaraderie can be felt whether you’re cooking together in Augusta, Atlanta, Australia or anywhere else around the globe.

But not all virtual cooking classes are created equal; luckily, we’ve found the perfect class for a fun and flavorful night in: Jen & Jamey’s Virtual Cooking Classes. The classes were created by a husband-and-wife team of hospitality professionals who are passionate about sharing their love of multi-cultural cuisine while making it approachable to home chefs—and mostly importantly, having fun while doing it.

Jen & Jamey bring fun to the kitchen during their virtual cooking classes. (Courtesy the Bender Group)

Best yet, when you sign up for a class, there’s no shopping involved—all ingredients arrive prepared and are delivered to your doorstep, so you don’t have to worry about anything: The goal is to relax, have fun and enjoy each other’s company while you create a delicious meal.

As the meal comes together, Jen & Jamey use the downtime to explain more about the cuisine you’re making and introduce the class’ participants. During a recent class preparing chicken enchiladas, the group included about a dozen participants from across the country, of all skill levels. The enchiladas were placed atop a bed of yellow rice and covered with Mexican street corn, enchilada sauce and Cotija cheese. It was enough to serve a family of four.

Gayo Azul’s delicious new Cotija cheese. (Courtesy the Bender Group)

Another great thing about virtual cooking classes is learning about brands and ingredients you may not be familiar with. In the above case it was Gayo Azul cheese, a Caribbean cheesemaker with a strong Dutch influence and a history that dates back to the 1950s.

Gayo Azul’s newest cheese is a crumbly, mild Cotija that’s perfect for any Hispanic dish, including the aforementioned chicken enchiladas. Be careful not to eat too much before adding it to a recipe though—one bite and you’ll be hooked!

Additional Gayo Azul cheeses available for purchase include Dutch Gouda, Dutch Edam, Queso Blanco and Swiss. It’s available at many grocers in the north and southeast, including Publix.


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