“Today we’re going to do knife skills 101.” The chef who leads the cooking class at St Lawrence Market announced to us.
I immediately had visions of sharp blades coming into contact with my finger tips – a bloody mess. ‘Don’t they know I’m known as Little Miss Clusterf**k? This sounds like a horrible idea.’ I thought to myself as I picked up the sharp knife resting on the chopping board in front of me.
It was 10am Friday morning and bloggers, travel writers, DMOs and travel industry insiders were coming together in Toronto for TBEX (the Travel Blogger Exchange conference). Prior to the start of the conference there were a number of tours that were being put on around the city of Toronto for the 1300+ travel bloggers and industry people to partake in. I chose the cooking class at St Lawrence Market since I absolutely love the city’s famous market, one that has been named the Number 1 Food Market in the World, by National Geographic.
The tour group of travel bloggers was given a quick history lesson about St Lawrence Market – where we found out fun facts such as the spot where the market stands today was originally city hall for the City of York (Toronto’s original name), and stood along the original lakeshore of Lake Ontario. St Lawrence Market opened officially in 1904 as a market and the current building is only 1/3 of the size it once was. Once the formalities were finished and a few photographs were snapped, our cooking class at St Lawrence Market was to begin.
Over the next hour and a half we gained tons of knowledge about the various ways to use a knife, like the chefs do – everything from the proper handling techniques to shortcuts for cutting onions, peppers, tomatoes and various herbs. By the time we were finished, all of our efforts and chopped up vegetables went into a delicious minestrone soup and garlic bread, which we all thoroughly enjoyed.
The remaining time, before we were required to head back to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, was allotted for us to wander around the market and visit the various vendors and their shops. I perused the familiar aisles and said hello to the faces of various stall owners whom I visit on my own personal trips to Toronto’s St Lawrence Market for various groceries.
While visiting the market wasn’t anything new for me, as I live quite close to Toronto and have had the pleasure of visiting it often, experiencing the cooking class at St Lawrence Market was indeed a new experience – and one I didn’t even know was available. You can sign up for your own cooking class at St Lawrence Market by visiting their website, and signing up. For a reasonable fee, you get to learn alongside some of the best chefs in the city and learn about all the scrumptious foods that are available for sale on the market floor. I definitely recommend it, as the skills I took away from the course will surely help me in my day-to-day life.
And I’d like to report, that I walked away with only a slight cut on my ring finger. The rest of my fingertips were left intact and unharmed. Little Miss Clusterf**k strikes again! Go figure!
*DISCLAIMER* This tour and cooking class at St Lawrence Market was free of charge for TBEX attendees who signed up in time, all opinions and viewpoints remain my own. A big thank you to Rebecca from St Lawrence Market for organizing this amazing tour for us, and to Carousel Bakery for providing pre-tour snacks!