Paul Young

Educator, Designer, Culinary Explorer




Flavor Principles of Ethnic Cooking


Travel the world with self-taught home cook Paul Young as he deconstructs ethnic recipes and breaks down the flavor principles of each culinary tradition. Learn how to make anything taste Jamaican, Italian or Japanese by following a few master recipes and utilizing simple flavor principles. By the end of the series you will be able to customize flavor profiles and adjust recipes like a pro.


Students will have the opportunity to watch demos and/or participate in the preparation of our dinner party. Do come hungry and thirsty because the tuition includes a full two-course dinner with alcoholic beverage pairings during the second half of the class when we will be eating everything that was cooked that evening. 


Students will leave each session with easy-to-follow recipes of all the dishes on the menu. These recipes have all been adapted for the typical home cook and contain many tips & tricks to help minimize your time in the kitchen while staying true to the spirit of the original ethnic flavors.


All menu items below will use locally-sourced ingredients but are subject to change based on availability of fresh ingredients at local markets.




Jerk Chicken Wings

Jamaican Cooking (June 9, 2022)

Learn how to make a jerk seasoning blend from scratch, then use the same ingredients to flavor almost any dish. Enjoy a Jamaican cookout complete with Caribbean beers.

Frutti de Mare

Italian Classics (June 30, 2022)

Learn how to make almost anything taste Italian as we explore the beautiful simplicity of this cuisine. Enjoy an alfresco Italian dinner complete with wine pairings.

Tuna Tataki

A Taste of Japan (July 21, 2022)

Learn how easy it is to make these classic dishes from Japan and then translate those flavor principles to any dish using your favorite ingredients. Enjoy a Japanese dinner complete with sake pairings.