De Gustibus Cooking School: Chef Justin Smillie & Chef Joel Hough

This was my first time at a DeGustibus Cooking School Chef Demo and I had no idea what to expect. It turned out to be one of the most fun and interactive food experiences I’ve ever had! I made sure to sign in for the class at 10am on the dot so that I would be one of the first people called into the room. I chose a seat in the front row right in the middle so that I would have a great view of the chefs and all of the yummy dishes they were preparing. Over the next two hours, we got to sit back and enjoy six beautiful courses with wine pairings while learning about how each dish was prepared. Chefs Joel Hough and Justin Smillie were hilarious! They made the whole experience so much fun. I really loved the interactive format that allowed us diners to ask the chefs questions at any time. We also received packets with the recipes and were able to take notes during the demos. I definitely picked up some great tips from these two fantastic chefs! Can’t wait for my next DeGustibus class. :)

De Gustibus Cooking School: 151 West 34th Street, 8th Floor (between 7th Avenue and Broadway)
Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria: 53 Great Jones Street (between Bowery and Lafayette)
Il Buco: 47 Bond Street (between Bowery and Lafayette) 


Banfi Brut Metodo Tradizionale Classico


Crostino: Raw Fava Bean Pesto & House Cured Pancetta 


Chefs at work


Crudo: Hay Roasted Bonito, Shaved Radish & Colatura Ponzu




Castello Montauto Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2012


Sformato: Claw Hammer Egg, Chanterelles & English Peas 


Grilling the spring garlic


Fregola Sarda, Asparagus, Charred Spring Garlic, Brown Butter & Soft Herbs


Chefs at work


Castello Banfi Chianti Classico Riserva 2010


Confit Lamb Ribs, Market Greens & Roasted Lemon


These two get more and more hilarious with each dish! 


Demonstrating how to use the ice shaver


Rhubarb Granita, Battenkill Cream, Strawberries & Chamomile


The awesome Il Buco and Il Buco AV team! 

De Gustibus Cooking School: Chef Justin Smillie & Chef Joel Hough