Refined Cook

The Refined Cook

Education
Combination of being self-taught and taking cooking classes here and abroad (Mexico, Vietnam, France, and soon, Thailand and Indonesia
Experience
Director and instructor at Home Chef Workshop real-time online cooking classes
Cuisine
Asian, Seafood, Vegetarian, Vegan Asian, International

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ABOUT THE CHEF
Marlene and Jeff are a husband and wife team who believe that food is a lifestyle. They believe in using food as a method for enjoying life to the fullest as well as providing an avenue to bring people of all ages and ethnicities together. They are focused upon the entire package that comes with cooking a meal. To them, it is not just merely food to sustain their bodies, it is a social and spiritual experience as well.

Their cooking style is heavily influenced by their travels around the world, including Asia, France, Patagonia, the Himalayas and Andes and even the Amazon jungle! It is no surprise that these chefs encourage experimentation with different styles and ingredients, as they know that it is important to play with your food in order to achieve incredible results!

These two make an absolutely incredible and entertaining team! They focus on creating healthy cooking classes, utilizing organic ingredients whenever possible and steering away from processed food.
 
ACTIVITIES
Cooking classes
Introducing the Gadgets n Gizmos series, cooking class parties where we feature one or more of our fave kitchen appliances at home. We have fun with our toys but best of all, they ... moremake it easy for us to create sumptuous dishes when we’re busy. Playtime!

Set It and Forget It
Gizmo: rotisserie

Three- Cheese Fig pizza, Spice-rubbed rotisserie Organic Chicken with Steamed broccoli, Pecan Date balls served with Mint tea

On any lazy day, we just might pick up a plump whole organic chicken from our favorite grocery, give it a nice spice rub, pop it in the rotisserie then set it and forget it! And that's exactly what we're doing in class. With some time to kill, we’ll get fancy and roll out home-made dough to make an elegant three-cheese pizza of organic figs as a starter-- an absolute favorite with friends. Maximizing broccoli’s phytonutrients, we’re steaming it to accompany our juicy rotisserie chicken. Pecan Date balls are a sweet finish served with refreshing mint tea.

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Take your cooking chops to the next level with The Refined Cook Culinary Series — cooking class social events where you learn to prepare healthy, gourmet dinners and meet cool folks in the process.

Wife and husband team, Marlene and Jeff, are passionate cooks and dinner hosts extraordinaire. They will show you how to prepare a sophisticated and fun dinner for a small group (you) and let you in on practical tips, shortcuts and plating techniques to elevate everyday meals into extraordinary ones. You can participate as little or as much as you want—think of it as a cooking class where you get to party, or a party where you’ll learn how to cook!

Price covers tuition and materials (you will receive a copy of recipes)

Class size 4-6 participants (we may cancel the class if minimum is not met)

Our ingredients are minimally, if at all, processed, and are usually organic or natural

Must be 21 yrs. and older (it’s BYOB)

Includes complimentary beverage specially selected by our resident wine consultant

Held in a private home in a semi-professional kitchen with first rate equipment (e.g., 6-burner Wolf range)

Instruction style is combination of demonstration and hands-on

Unless otherwise noted, venue is in Dedham

*Note: We wiill do our best to keep the ingredients/menu exactly as written, but substitutions may be made occasionally due to market availability and our desire to find the freshest produce possible.

For the consideration of all parties, we reserve the right to ask guests to leave if we deem their behavior inappropriate.
Introducing the Gadgets n Gizmos series, cooking class parties where we feature one or more of our fave kitchen appliances at home. We have fun with our toys but best of all, they ... moremake it easy for us to create sumptuous dishes when we’re busy. Playtime!

Smoke it!
Gizmo: Stove top smoker

Creamy Asparagus soup with smoked salmon, Smoked Salmon Avocado salad, Fried Vegetarian Spring rolls, Organic Raspberry Chocolate tart (with gluten-free option)

We love our stove-top smoker because it only takes twenty minutes to smoke Omega 3-rich salmon and we’re serving these beauties two ways just because we can. We start with an asparagus soup inspired by a French meal Marlene had years ago, topped with smoked salmon and crème fraîche. Our second course will be Fried vegetarian spring rolls followed by our main feature, Smoked salmon and Avocado salad. We finish with a Raspberry Chocolate tart.

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Take your cooking chops to the next level with The Refined Cook Culinary Series — cooking class social events where you learn to prepare healthy, gourmet dinners and meet cool folks in the process.

Wife and husband team, Marlene and Jeff, are passionate cooks and dinner hosts extraordinaire. They will show you how to prepare a sophisticated and fun dinner for a small group (you) and let you in on practical tips, shortcuts and plating techniques to elevate everyday meals into extraordinary ones. You can participate as little or as much as you want—think of it as a cooking class where you get to party, or a party where you’ll learn how to cook!

Price covers tuition and materials (you will receive a copy of recipes)

Class size 4-6 participants (we may cancel the class if minimum is not met)

Our ingredients are minimally, if at all, processed, and are usually organic or natural

Must be 21 yrs. and older (it’s BYOB)

Includes complimentary beverage specially selected by our resident wine consultant

Held in a private home in a semi-professional kitchen with first rate equipment (e.g., 6-burner Wolf range)

Instruction style is combination of demonstration and hands-on

Unless otherwise noted, venue is in Dedham

*Note: We wiill do our best to keep the ingredients/menu exactly as written, but substitutions may be made occasionally due to market availability and our desire to find the freshest produce possible.

For the consideration of all parties, we reserve the right to ask guests to leave if we deem their behavior inappropriate.
Introducing the Gadgets n Gizmos series, cooking class parties where we feature one or more of our fave kitchen appliances at home. We have fun with our toys but best of all, they ... moremake it easy for us to create sumptuous dishes when we’re busy. Playtime!

Under Pressure!
Gizmo: pressure cooker, rice cooker

Stuffed endive goat cheese canoes, Chinese Five-spice Pork Shoulder with leeks served over red rice, Roasted organic squash with sage butter sauce, Mango flambé (gluten-free)

Freddie and David may have had a different kind of pressure in mind, but we agree that we can give love, especially when we taste the results! The East-West flavor fusion came to fruition for Marlene and Jeff’s anniversary dinner. We featured a house favorite, pork shoulder, pressure-cooked to tenderness with leeks and Chinese spices, and paired it with the New England flavors of sweet roasted squash and sage. We’re replicating the menu because we love it, and know you will too. Capping the meal on either end are Stuffed endive goat cheese canoes and Mango flambé for starter and dessert. 

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Take your cooking chops to the next level with The Refined Cook Culinary Series — cooking class social events where you learn to prepare healthy, gourmet dinners and meet cool folks in the process.

Wife and husband team, Marlene and Jeff, are passionate cooks and dinner hosts extraordinaire. They will show you how to prepare a sophisticated and fun dinner for a small group (you) and let you in on practical tips, shortcuts and plating techniques to elevate everyday meals into extraordinary ones. You can participate as little or as much as you want—think of it as a cooking class where you get to party, or a party where you’ll learn how to cook!

Price covers tuition and materials (you will receive a copy of recipes)

Class size 4-6 participants (we may cancel the class if minimum is not met)

Our ingredients are minimally, if at all, processed, and are usually organic or natural

Must be 21 yrs. and older (it’s BYOB)

Includes complimentary beverage specially selected by our resident wine consultant

Held in a private home in a semi-professional kitchen with first rate equipment (e.g., 6-burner Wolf range)

Instruction style is combination of demonstration and hands-on

Unless otherwise noted, venue is in Dedham

*Note: We wiill do our best to keep the ingredients/menu exactly as written, but substitutions may be made occasionally due to market availability and our desire to find the freshest produce possible.

For the consideration of all parties, we reserve the right to ask guests to leave if we deem their behavior inappropriate.
Goat Cheese and Onions Tart, Clementine Salad with Miso-Ponzu dressing, Garlic-studded Rib Roast with Mushroom port sauce served over Forbidden rice, Roasted herbed tomatoes, Creamed ... morespinach, Organic Bananas Foster

Hosting a Holiday Extravaganza but not sure how or what to do? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Learn how to make this fabulous feast in time for the holidays and you’ll be sure to wow family and friends. This is a beautiful and sumptuous feast that won’t leave you feeling like you were a slave to your guests. We start off with a crisp tart with the contrasting flavors of goat cheese and caramelized onions followed by a Clementine salad as a refreshing palate cleanser. The main course is Jeff’s rib-roast with a mushroom-port sauce served over Emperor’s Forbidden black rice with a side of roasted herbed tomatoes and creamed spinach. We will finish with a de-light-ful Louisiana original, flambéed Bananas Foster, served over organic vanilla ice cream. In between, we will discuss tips on wine-pairing, table setting and creating a festive and elegant ambiance.

Take your cooking chops to the next level with The Refined Cook Culinary Series — cooking class social events where you learn to prepare healthy, gourmet dinners and meet cool folks in the process.

Wife and husband team, Marlene and Jeff, are passionate cooks and dinner hosts extraordinaire. They will show you how to prepare a sophisticated and fun dinner for a small group (you) and let you in on practical tips, shortcuts and plating techniques to elevate everyday meals into extraordinary ones. You can participate as little or as much as you want—think of it as a cooking class where you get to party, or a party where you’ll learn how to cook!

Price covers tuition and materials (you will receive a copy of recipes)

Class size 4-6 participants (we may cancel the class if minimum is not met)

Our ingredients are minimally, if at all, processed, and are usually organic or natural

Must be 21 yrs. and older (it’s BYOB)

Includes complimentary beverage specially selected by our resident wine consultant

Held in a private home in a semi-professional kitchen with first rate equipment (e.g., 6-burner Wolf range)

Instruction style is combination of demonstration and hands-on

Unless otherwise noted, venue is in Dedham

Address provided 48 hours before event.

*Note: We wiill do our best to keep the ingredients/menu exactly as written, but substitutions may be made occasionally due to market availability and our desire to find the freshest produce possible.

For the consideration of all parties, we reserve the right to ask guests to leave if we deem their behavior inappropriate.
Grass-fed Steak tips, Sustainably-farmed Shrimp, Organic Chicken and Seasonal Vegetables with various dips served over organic rice, Pan-fried Organic Romaine Lettuce with walnuts ... moreand blue cheese, Fruit Kabobs with Rum Sauce (Gluten Free)

Get Saucy! is all about, you guessed it, sauces! We’re roasting, pan-frying and/or grilling a cornucopia of steak tips, chicken, shrimp and seasonal vegetables. We’ll make four different savory sauces to mix and match--an Argentinian chimichurri reminiscent of Marlene’s five –week Patagonian sojourn, Asian style soy-lime sauce, kale pesto and Sriracha butter sauce so that you’ll have plenty of ideas on how to make even the most basic dishes shine. We’ll start with a warm salad of grilled Romaine lettuce with walnuts and blue cheese and finish with fruit kabobs drizzled with a killer rum sauce. This is the Fall/Winter version of our popular summer-only Grill Baby Grill class. 

Take your cooking skills to the next level with The Refined Cook Culinary Series, fun social events that give you tasty tips on preparing healthy, gourmet dinners. Come with friends or meet new ones. This is a friendly gathering of up to 8 people.

Your hosts are a wife and husband team who are passionate about great food and hosting sumptuous dinner parties. Learn new culinary techniques, efficient shortcuts, and unique plating ideas to elevate everyday meals into extraordinary ones. Watch and socialize or get hands-on experience in the kitchen or a little of both.

Price covers tuition and materials (you will receive a copy of recipes)

Class size 4-6 participants (we may cancel the class if minimum is not met)

Our ingredients are minimally, if at all, processed, and are usually organic or natural

Must be 21 yrs. and older (it’s BYOB)

Includes complimentary beverage specially selected by our resident wine consultant

Held in a private home in a semi-professional kitchen with first rate equipment (e.g., 6-burner Wolf range)

Instruction style is combination of demonstration and hands-on

Unless otherwise noted, venue is in Dedham

Address provided 48 hours before event.

*Note: We wiill do our best to keep the ingredients/menu exactly as written, but substitutions may be made occasionally due to market availability and our desire to find the freshest produce possible.

For the consideration of all parties, we reserve the right to ask guests to leave if we deem their behavior inappropriate.
Cauliflower fritters, Indian-style Mixed Vegetable Curry served with Mango chutney over Basmati rice, Mixed Salad greens , Fried apples drizzled with cardamom and Pistachios maple ... moresyrup (Gluten Free)

This is the vegan version of our British-style Indian curry class. We start with one of our fave apps, crisp cauliflower fritters served with an easy-to-make and flavor-packed tomato dip. Learn to make garam masala from scratch, the primary spice blend we will use in our main course: a Mixed Vegetable curry with an awesome mango chutney even Major Grey would be proud of! A salad of organic greens cleans the palate and we cap the evening with lip-smacking golden-fried apples with an exotic maple syrup drizzle.

Take your cooking chops to the next level with The Refined Cook Culinary Series — cooking class social events where you learn to prepare healthy, gourmet dinners and meet cool folks in the process.

Wife and husband team, Marlene and Jeff, are passionate cooks and dinner hosts extraordinaire. They will show you how to prepare a sophisticated and fun dinner for a small group (you) and let you in on practical tips, shortcuts and plating techniques to elevate everyday meals into extraordinary ones. You can participate as little or as much as you want—think of it as a cooking class where you get to party, or a party where you’ll learn how to cook!

Price covers tuition and materials (you will receive a copy of recipes)

Class size 4-6 participants (we may cancel the class if minimum is not met)

Our ingredients are minimally, if at all, processed, and are usually organic or natural

Must be 21 yrs. and older (it’s BYOB)

Includes complimentary beverage specially selected by our resident wine consultant

Held in a private home in a semi-professional kitchen with first rate equipment (e.g., 6-burner Wolf range)

Instruction style is combination of demonstration and hands-on

Unless otherwise noted, venue is in Dedham

Address provided 48 hours before event.

*Note: We wiill do our best to keep the ingredients/menu exactly as written, but substitutions may be made occasionally due to market availability and our desire to find the freshest produce possible.

For the consideration of all parties, we reserve the right to ask guests to leave if we deem their behavior inappropriate.
Shrimp Lemongrass Skewers, Thai Beef Salad, Shrimp Pad Thai, Mango Coconut Sago with Sesame seeds (Gluten Free) Marlene will show you how to recreate the authentic flavors from her ... morechildhood and from traveling extensively throughout Asia. On a mission to introduce more Asian dishes, Marlene & Jeff went on a culinary immersion early this year, taking classes in five cooking schools in Bangkok, Bali and Siem Reap to bring you this largely Thai-inspired menu centered on the quintessential favorite, Pad Thai. Asian cuisine is largely gluten-free and one of the tastiest and healthiest cuisines in the world. You’ll learn how to make authentic Pad Thai as you’ve never had!

Take your cooking skills to the next level with The Refined Cook Culinary Series, fun social events that give you tasty tips on preparing healthy, gourmet dinners. Come with friends or meet new ones. This is a friendly gathering of up to 8 people.

Your hosts are a wife and husband team who are passionate about great food and hosting sumptuous dinner parties. Learn new culinary techniques, efficient shortcuts, and unique plating ideas to elevate everyday meals into extraordinary ones. Watch and socialize or get hands-on experience in the kitchen, or a little of both. 

Price covers tuition and materials (you will receive a copy of recipes)

Class size 4-6 participants (we may cancel the class if minimum is not met)

Our ingredients are minimally, if at all, processed, and are usually organic or natural

Must be 21 yrs. and older (it’s BYOB)

Includes complimentary beverage specially selected by our resident wine consultant

Held in a private home in a semi-professional kitchen with first rate equipment (e.g., 6-burner Wolf range)

Instruction style is combination of demonstration and hands-on

Unless otherwise noted, venue is in Dedham

Address provided 48 hours before event.

*Note: We wiill do our best to keep the ingredients/menu exactly as written, but substitutions may be made occasionally due to market availability and our desire to find the freshest produce possible.

For the consideration of all parties, we reserve the right to ask guests to leave if we deem their behavior inappropriate.
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Thai Organic Chicken and Shrimp Lemongrass Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Gai), Chinese Five-Spice Pan-fried All Natural Pork tenderloin Medallions, Sautéed Shanghai petite bok choy, Organic ... morebrown rice, Pandan and Coconut Jelly (Gluten Free)

Marlene will show you how to recreate the authentic flavors from her childhood and from traveling extensively throughout Asia. Classes are often inspired by cuisines from Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, and China. Asian cuisine is largely gluten-free and one of the tastiest and healthiest cuisines in the world.

Take your cooking chops to the next level with The Refined Cook Culinary Series — cooking class social events where you learn to prepare healthy, gourmet dinners and meet cool folks in the process.

Wife and husband team, Marlene and Jeff, are passionate cooks and dinner hosts extraordinaire. They will show you how to prepare a sophisticated and fun dinner for a small group (you) and let you in on practical tips, shortcuts and plating techniques to elevate everyday meals into extraordinary ones. You can participate as little or as much as you want—think of it as a cooking class where you get to party, or a party where you’ll learn how to cook!

Price covers tuition and materials (you will receive a copy of recipes)

Class size 4-6 participants (we may cancel the class if minimum is not met)

Our ingredients are minimally, if at all, processed, and are usually organic or natural

Must be 21 yrs. and older (it’s BYOB)

Includes complimentary beverage specially selected by our resident wine consultant

Held in a private home in a semi-professional kitchen with first rate equipment (e.g., 6-burner Wolf range)

Instruction style is combination of demonstration and hands-on

Unless otherwise noted, venue is in Dedham

Address provided 48 hours before event.

*Note: We wiill do our best to keep the ingredients/menu exactly as written, but substitutions may be made occasionally due to market availability and our desire to find the freshest produce possible.

For the consideration of all parties, we reserve the right to ask guests to leave if we deem their behavior inappropriate.
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Fig and Three Cheese Pizza, Breaded Cod-Loin with white wine and capers, Roasted butternut squash with sage butter sauce, Cacao and Hazelnut cookies served with Organic Vanilla Ice ... moreCream

Get ready to roll out some dough—we’re going to make this elegant pizza of organic figs and three cheeses that’s an absolute favorite with friends. And that’s just the appetizer. Jeff will share a restaurant secret in making perfectly cooked cod loin, and we will prepare a compound butter that's a match-made-in-heaven with roasted butternut squash. Finally, we’ll cap the evening with divine cacao and hazelnut cookies served with a dollop of our favorite organic ice cream.

Take your cooking chops to the next level with The Refined Cook Culinary Series — cooking class social events where you learn to prepare healthy, gourmet dinners and meet cool folks in the process.

Wife and husband team, Marlene and Jeff, are passionate cooks and dinner hosts extraordinaire. They will show you how to prepare a sophisticated and fun dinner for a small group (you) and let you in on practical tips, shortcuts and plating techniques to elevate everyday meals into extraordinary ones. You can participate as little or as much as you want—think of it as a cooking class where you get to party, or a party where you’ll learn how to cook! 

Price covers tuition and materials (you will receive a copy of recipes)

Class size 4-6 participants (we may cancel the class if minimum is not met)

Our ingredients are minimally, if at all, processed, and are usually organic or natural

Must be 21 yrs. and older (it’s BYOB)

Includes complimentary beverage specially selected by our resident wine consultant

Held in a private home in a semi-professional kitchen with first rate equipment (e.g., 6-burner Wolf range)

Instruction style is combination of demonstration and hands-on

Unless otherwise noted, venue is in Dedham

Address provided 48 hours before event.

*Note: We wiill do our best to keep the ingredients/menu exactly as written, but substitutions may be made occasionally due to market availability and our desire to find the freshest produce possible.

For the consideration of all parties, we reserve the right to ask guests to leave if we deem their behavior inappropriate.
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Pork and Shrimp Lettuce Wrap, Grapefruit Salad, Thai Green Chicken Curry, Coconut Pandan Jelly (Gluten Free) Marlene will show you how to recreate the authentic flavors from her childhood ... moreand from traveling extensively throughout Asia. On a mission to introduce more Asian dishes, Marlene & Jeff went on a culinary immersion early this year, taking classes in five cooking schools in Bangkok, Bali and Siem Reap. In this class, we will make green curry paste from scratch which will be the base for both our delectable appetizer and the mildly spicy and bursting- with- flavor Thai Green Chicken Curry, one of Marlene’s all-time favorites! A Grapefruit salad will be a refreshing palate cleanser and we finish with a light dessert of Coconut Pandan Jelly.

Take your cooking chops to the next level with The Refined Cook Culinary Series — cooking class social events where you learn to prepare healthy, gourmet dinners and meet cool folks in the process.

Wife and husband team, Marlene and Jeff, are passionate cooks and dinner hosts extraordinaire. They will show you how to prepare a sophisticated and fun dinner for a small group (you) and let you in on practical tips, shortcuts and plating techniques to elevate everyday meals into extraordinary ones. You can participate as little or as much as you want—think of it as a cooking class where you get to party, or a party where you’ll learn how to cook!

Price covers tuition and materials (you will receive a copy of recipes)

Class size 4-6 participants (we may cancel the class if minimum is not met)

Our ingredients are minimally, if at all, processed, and are usually organic or natural

Must be 21 yrs. and older (it’s BYOB)

Includes complimentary beverage specially selected by our resident wine consultant

Held in a private home in a semi-professional kitchen with first rate equipment (e.g., 6-burner Wolf range)

Instruction style is combination of demonstration and hands-on

Unless otherwise noted, venue is in Dedham

Address provided 48 hours before event.

*Note: We wiill do our best to keep the ingredients/menu exactly as written, but substitutions may be made occasionally due to market availability and our desire to find the freshest produce possible.

For the consideration of all parties, we reserve the right to ask guests to leave if we deem their behavior inappropriate.
*We will be using sustainably-farmed shrimp for this class
Private Events
Take your cooking chops to the next level with The Refined Cook Culinary Series — cooking class social events where you learn to prepare healthy, gourmet dinners and meet cool folks ... morein the process.

Wife and husband team, Marlene and Jeff, are passionate cooks and dinner hosts extraordinaire. They will show you how to prepare a sophisticated and fun dinner for a small group (you) and let you in on practical tips, shortcuts and plating techniques to elevate everyday meals into extraordinary ones. You can participate as little or as much as you want—think of it as a cooking class where you get to party, or a party where you’ll learn how to cook! Marlene will show you how to recreate the authentic flavors from her childhood and from traveling extensively throughout Asia. Classes are often inspired by cuisines from Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, and China. Asian cuisine is largely gluten-free and one of the tastiest and healthiest cuisines in the world.

Thai Organic Chicken and Shrimp Lemongrass Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Gai), Chinese Five-Spice Pan-fried All Natural Pork tenderloin Medallions, Sautéed Shanghai petite bok choy, Steamed Organic brown rice, Pandan and Coconut Jelly (Gluten Free) 

Event details:

Price covers tuition and materials (you will receive a copy of recipes)
Class size 6-8 participants

Our ingredients are minimally, if at all, processed, and are usually organic or natural
Must be 21 yrs. and older (it’s BYOB)
Held in a private home in a semi-professional kitchen with first-rate equipment (e.g., 6-burner Wolf range)
Instruction style is a combination of demonstration and hands-on
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