I read Michael Ruhlman's The Making of a Chef last week and I am now longing for education. I'm not interested in beginning a career as a chef but I am interested in honing my skills and learning things that are normally taught in cooking schools. I cook a lot but I'm completely self taught. I've never learned the proper methods for making stock, how to use the stock, making sauces, even the proper way to uniformly chop vegetables, etc.
A lot of the classes I see are focused on making a menu -- a 4-course French or Southwestern menu, etc that is basically a demo that you get to taste at the end of the class.
Do you know of any cooking classes that might be more what I've described -- learning the proper way to do things, the more in-depth basics for people who already love to cook (essentially like what I would learn if I were to quit my day job and apply at the CIA -- but geared for people who can't quit their day jobs)?
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