Local cook invites everyone to become a gourmet chef

Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 at 08:09 AM.

Classes started small with friends and family in attendance but news of the class quickly spread through word of mouth. Soon enough, the weekly, $35 classes began to fill up and Conroy was able to tweak the experience to be as interactive as the guests wanted.

Some help cook, taste or plate, while others simply come to watch, take notes and get tips, techniques and new recipes for their kitchens. At the end of the class, the audience enjoys a gourmet meal and a glass of wine.

Conroy has hosted many classes centered on seafood keeping in mind the amount of delicious food located just offshore in Gulf County’s waters.

“I try to make something you can easily recreate at home with things you can buy locally,” she said.

Classes vary in size and her guests have ranged in age from 20 all the way to 91 years old. She also offers occasional classes for kids during which they create their own pizzas and also hosts special “date nights” for couples.

Before long, Conroy had hosted enough classes that she’d used up her favorite recipes from her collection of 50 cookbooks.

She took suggestions from her audience on food they’d like to see made, which led to classes featuring Thai food and sushi. It pushed Conroy to try new and exciting dishes at home before bringing them to the classroom.

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