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 ethnic 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 multi-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.

persian lamb shanks

Persian Classics (September 19)

Dive deep into this ancient Middle Eastern cuisine inspired by the

courts of ancient Persia (as Iran was called until the 1930s). Learn how to combine herbs and spices like saffron with nuts and dried fruit to make elaborate stews and rice dishes. Enjoy a silk road-inspired royal banquet that's both sophisticated and simple.

Garam Masala Spice Mix

German Oktoberfest Feast (October 10)

Originating in the Bavarian city of Munich, Oktoberfest is the largest folk festival in the world. At this dinner party celebration, we'll be making festival favorites that are rich, hearty and robust, often balancing savory and tangy flavors. This session will be co-presented with Brittany Heyen, who will be sharing these traditional recipes from her German grandma, Elona:

Galbi (grilled beef short ribs)

A Taste of Korea (November 7)

As Korean pop-culture gets more popular around the world, so does Korean cuisine. Inspired by both Japanese and Chinese influences, Koreans have taken their food culture to another level with creative twists on old traditions. Let's cook up some popular Korean dishes and enjoy them with soju tastings.