Middlesex County College to Offer Evening Cooking Courses

Chef Richard Bottega

EDISON — He’s cooked for President Obama, Henry Kissinger, and George Burns. This summer, in a series of courses offered at Middlesex County College, Richard Bottega shows you how it is done.

Chef Bottega, an experienced and decorated chef and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, is teaching many of the courses offered in “Today’s Table: Classes for Contemporary Cooks.” All classes are held in the Crabiel Hall culinary lab and include tastings of food prepared by the chef and a copy of the recipes.


“This program is for cooks and non-cooks, and it is both instructive and entertaining,” said Lynn Lederer, director of Professional and Community Programs at the College. “You will develop techniques to optimize your recipes. For example, you’ll learn how to slice a tomato for maximum flavor, and why one omelet tastes better than another even though they have the exact same ingredients. This is a comprehensive cooking program that is both fun and educational.”

You may register a la carte at $25 for each class or choose any three classes for $48. The savings are available to anyone who registers with payment for the three classes at the same time. All classes meet from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Classes include:

Summer Grilling Sensations
Topics include sauces, marinades and rubs; plan-ahead meals and entertaining with light foods.
Tuesday, June 7

Grilled Fruit
Done correctly, grilled fruit, pound cake and simple fruit toppings make a light and luscious dessert.
Thursday, June 9

Best BBQ Ribs
Learn the secrets of preparing the juiciest, most tender ribs you’ve ever tasted.
Tuesday, June 14

Cool Foods for Hot Nights
Includes recipes and food tasting for marinated grilled chicken salad with apples and candied walnuts, grilled shrimp with avocado and pineapple, poached salmon with summer vegetables.
Tuesday, June 21

No Fuss…No Muss: Five-Minute Summer Time Suppers
Come see how you can make delicious no fuss meals in five minutes or less and with only five ingredients or fewer! Salads, entrees and desserts will be features in this must see summer offering.
Thursday, June 23

Fabulous July 4th Food
From scrumptious burgers and potato salad to grilled corn on the cob and strawberry shortcake, you won’t want to miss this 4th of July celebration.
Tuesday, June 28

Very Veggie Grilling
Marinated vegetables, seafood and accompaniments are a healthy and yummy alternative to eating meat.
Tuesday, July 12

Sensational Summer Soups
From cold soups like gazpacho, chilled tomato with fresh basil, and green goddess zucchini soup, this course offers wonderful and healthy summer soups that are as cool as an ocean breeze.
Thursday, July 14

From The Sea
A wonderful assortment of seasonal seafood items which are easy to prepare and sure to impress. From grilled sea bass to crab boils with corn on the cob, clams, sausage and more.
Tuesday, July 19

Ridiculously Easy Summer Desserts
Cherry, apple, blueberry and peach tarts will be highlighted in this class.
Thursday, July 21

Planning a Party?
Learn how to make quick and easy dips and summer side dishes to “wow” your friends.
Tuesday, July 26

Appetizers Made Simple
Learn how to make simple and wonderful appetizers with store-bought ingredients.
Thursday, July 28

Kids Cakes
Fun and easy cupcake ideas for your kids’ parties.
Tuesday, August 9

Jersey Fresh
Jersey’s finest! Learn how to grill corn on the cob and prepare succulent salads from locally grown Jersey produce.
Thursday, August 11

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