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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Marlene & Jeff H
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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
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!

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.

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 syrup (Gluten Free)
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!

*Note: We will 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.

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. 

Event details:

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 a combination of demonstration and hands-on
Venue is in Dedham
Private bookings for party of 6-8 available, just contact us
Address provided 48 hours before event.
 (3)
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 ... morefolks 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! 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
 (3)
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 ... morefolks 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!

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.

In this class, we will make:

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 Alden ‘s Vanilla Ice Cream
 (3)
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. 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.

In this class, you will make:

Pork and Shrimp Lettuce Wrap, Grapefruit Salad, Thai Green Chicken Curry, Coconut Pandan Jelly (Gluten Free)

*We will be using sustainably-farmed shrimp for this class
 (3)
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 ... morefolks 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!

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.

In this class, you will make:

Fresh Vietnamese Shrimp Spring Rolls, Organic Chicken Mango Coconut Curry, Organic Salad Greens with a Soy and Sesame dressing, Steamed Organic Brown Rice, Banana Fritters (Gluten Free)
 (3)
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! In this 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 yogurt-based Indian Chicken curry Marlene grew up with, typically served in British establishments in Manila 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 honey drizzle. 

In this class you will make:

Cauliflower fritters, Indian-style Organic Chicken Curry served with Mango chutney over Basmati rice, Mixed Salad greens , Fried apples drizzled with cardamom and Pistachios honey (Gluten Free)
 (3)
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!

You’re not going to miss meat with this luxuriously decadent vegetarian fare. In this class, we’ll learn about soffritto and mirepoix that puts the “classic” in our Tomato Soup and a French sauce that transforms this lasagna into “food for the gods”. Finish off with a no-dairy luscious dessert that’s super easy to make! This class is gluten-free as we will use gluten-free lasagna noodles from Italy. 

Cauliflower fritters, Classic Tomato Soup, Roasted (or Grilled) Vegetables with Spinach Lasagna, Coconut Panna Cotta with Organic Berries (Gluten Free)
It’s all about the grill and enjoying summer’s bounty. In this class, we’re grilling steak tips, chicken, shrimp and seasonal vegetables and Jeff will share tips and techniques such ... moreas brining, that ensure these babies come out tender and juicy. We’ll make four different 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 options for your next barbecue! In keeping with the theme, we’ll make a warm salad of grilled Romaine lettuce with walnuts and blue cheese and finish up with tropical fruit kabobs with a killer rum sauce. Yeah, it’s summer alright!

What's on the menu?
Grass-fed Grilled Steak tips, Sustainably-farmed Shrimp, Organic Chicken and Seasonal Vegetables with various dips served over organic rice, Grilled Organic Romaine Lettuce with walnuts and blue cheese, Tropical Fruit Kabobs with Rum Sauce (Gluten-free)
*Note: We will 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.

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.

Event details:

Price covers tuition and materials (you will receive a copy of recipes)
Class size: 4-6 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
The address provided 48 hours before the event.
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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