I'm a visiting Chowhound from the Boston boards. I've been writing about food here for a while now, and would like to get out of the stands and onto the field, so to speak, and brush up on my own cooking skills -- maybe even do some cooking around NYC afterwards. I'm a mostly vegetarian eater (a vegetarian food writer? yes, we exist) and would prefer to learn to cook vegetarian rather than train in heavily meat-based cuisines, so I was looking at the Natural Gourmet cooking school. Are there any alumni from this school on the Manhattan boards? Anyone who's taken professional or recreational classes there? I'd love to hear about your experiences.
Also, would love suggestions for affordable, "foodie" neighborhoods I should look into should I move to NYC to train here. It looks like it's right near the 23d street PATH, so I could do Hoboken or Jersey City, but I think I'd prefer Bklyn.
Any insight is appreciated!