Beginner to Advanced
2 to 2-1/2 hours
Beginner to Advanced
2 to 2-1/2 hours
It's all about the roux and 'smothering' in this creole cooking class. Learn how to make a classic Étouffée with a chef calling into your kitchen, live from New Orleans
If you only want to learn one dish from the south, this could be it. (Although we’re pretty certain once you try this class, you’ll make your way through every NOLA dish!) This dish combines all the pieces that make up the heart of Southern cooking: seafood, a roux, the "Holy Trinity" (onion, celery and green pepper), Cajun seasoning and hot sauce. Bring. It. On.
The literal translation of this dish is “smothering” and it’s actually one of the techniques you’ll be using to make this mouthwatering meal. The origin of the Étouffée dates back to the 1920’s and was made with crawfish, but it didn’t start to gain popularity until the 1950’s when it made its way to the menu of the restaurants in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, and then again in the 80’s when it finally reached Bourbon Street. While there is debate about which spices and ingredients make up a “true” Étouffée, what there is no debate about is the taste. When those spices start to simmer, and the scents start wafting through your kitchen, you know it’s going to be good.
In this private virtual cooking class, you'll be joined by Chef Gason, video calling into your kitchen live from his home in New Orleans. Make memories and have some fun, all without leavine home. Transport to NOLA for the day!
Complimentary 20 minute Kitchen Prep Session with a Personal Kitchen Assistant who will get you ready for your cooking class
2-1/2 hour Private Cooking Class via Skype with a highly accomplished chef who lives where the recipe originated
Personalized step-by-step coaching
An awesome and authentic meal
Music Playlists featuring artists from the chef's country to get ready for your experience
Recipe Booklet to recreate your dishes again and again!
What You Get
**Classes make a hearty meal for up to four people to enjoy. If you have a larger group eating, please know, additional fees may apply. Please message us in advance of booking to ensure you have an amazing experience.
Meet The Chef
New Orleans, Louisiana
Private chef to A-list celebrities and athletes, contestant on Food Network, regular chef on TV, James Beard Scholar.
New Orleans native Chef Gason is a two-time James Beard Scholar. Chef Gason’s extraordinary culinary skills have taken him around the world to cook for those with the most discriminating tastes including the Francis Ford Coppola, the Kardashians, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Matthew McConaughey, Swiss Beats, Sinbad, Jairus Byrd, Paul Walker, Reggie Bush, and New Orleans Saints’ tight end, Ben Watson.
He’s been featured in Sports Illustrated, Business Insider, Readers Diegest, New Orleans Magazine, morning shows, and on the Food Network show, “Chopped”, making it all the way to the final round. In 2017 and 2020 he was voted one of the "Best Chefs in Louisiana" by the American Culinary Federation, Louisiana Chapter.
His passion for food and his hometown comes out in the smallest details. As Chef Gason says, "The state of being fully immersed into an activity is called ‘flow’. Flow is my culinary code.” And flow is what you'll learn from him, without a doubt.
Known as the NOLA Chef, his private chef and catering company, Full of Flavor, caters to two or two hundred and comes with rave reviews. During your cooking class, his energy and giant spirit will pop out of your computer screen, and by the end, you’ll have a new friend, and some of the very best Creole food you’ve ever tasted. He can’t wait to teach you how to cook New Orleans style during his classes with The Chef & The Dish.
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