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 Middle Eastern, East European, or Asian by 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.





A Taste of Palestine (September 21, 2023)

Palestinian food begins at home with recipes that evoke feelings of homesickness, happiness and nostalgia that have been passed down by generations. The cuisine is healthy, delicious and vibrant. Most of the dishes are simple, affordable and easy to make, others take more effort and time. Regardless of the simplicity or complexity of the dishes, they are made with love and care, and the flavors are always a treat to the palate. This session will be co-presented with Fairouz AbuGhazaleh who will share her family recipes (also see The VoiceNote Chef).


Pork Knuckle in Dark Beer

Czechian Classics (October 12, 2023)

The Czech Republic (a.k.a. Czechia) is at the crossroads of Eastern and Western Europe, and its "Old Bohemian" cuisine reflects their storied historical influences. Hungarian imports include goulash and hearty soups, from neighboring Vienna comes schnitzels and other fried foods, and from Germany comes sauerkraut and other pickled things. Czechian cuisine is classic comfort food where fat is flavor, grease is good, and all meals are served with what many consider the best beer in the world — Pilsner Urquell.


sate panang

Indonesian Cooking (November 2, 2023)

From Bali to Java to Sumatra, Indonesia is a country of over 6,000 islands with a diverse cuisine that varies greatly from region to region. As one of the world’s top producers of spices, Indonesians sometimes use up to a dozen herbs and spices in one recipe resulting in dishes that are intensely flavorful, complex, and often spicy. Top it all off with distinctive condiments like sambal (chili sauce) and kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) and you have a world-class cuisine that deserves to be in the spotlight more often. Tonight's menu will include: