A Cooking Lesson From A Chef

Recently I attended a cooking class held at Season’s Restaurant at Highland Lake Inn in Flat Rock, NC.   Season’s is known for its use of fresh ingredients, many of which come directly from their on-site organic garden. By combining their passion for sustainability and amazing flavor, Season’s helps protect the environment and the economy by utilizing local food sources.

The concept of the cooking lesson is simple.  You watch and learn as the chefs prepare a meal and then after the lesson, you are seated in the dining room and served the same meal, prepared by the chef and staff.  The lesson I went to featured a crab stuffed salmon filet and petite raspberry swirl cheesecake.



Executive chef. Michelle Bailey and Pastry Chef Steve Spence, taught the lessons.


Michelle, below made the Salmon with Crab Stuffing which consisted of Cajun-Spiced Crab, Sockeye Salmon, Roasted Georgia Corn Puree, Okra and Tomato Succotash, Roasted Red Pepper and Scallion Remoulade.


Steve prepared  the Petite Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake which consisted of Local Blueberry and Lemon Compote, Crush Almonds, Summer Berry Coulis and Candied Lemon Chip.


In the picture above Chef Steve is slicing the lemons in preparation for the Candied Lemon Chip


Chef Michelle demonstrates how to cut a pocket in the salmon for the crab stuffing, in the picture above.


The crab stuffed salmon, waiting to be seared, above.


The cheesecake in a silicone cupcake pan, waiting to be popped into the oven.


It was all delicious!  I am going to try making this at home soon, and when I do I will post my pictures and include the recipe at that time.  Sign up to receive an email when I post so you don’t miss it!

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  1. How fun! I love cooking classes and getting to eat this meal would be a treat. Not sure about the okra, O might have to leave that out of the recipe, lol.

  2. Beverly says:

    What a wonderful experience, Penny. We love Season’s, and have eaten there many times. Everything is always delicious.

  3. Jane says:

    I so envy you, Penny. This looks like it was so much fun and you captured it all with beautiful pictures. I’m looking forward to the recipes. So glad you had a great time…I need to do more like this.


  4. I love cooking classes and would attend one every week if I could afford it! The salmon and cheesecake both sound wonderful.

  5. Melanie says:

    How fun to go to a cooking class! Though I’m surprised there wasn’t anything hands-on while you were there. It all looks delicious and I can’t wait to see how yours turns out when you make it!

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