It’s not a restaurant, per se, though you will likely end up having some amazing dishes. Nor is it, despite the suggestive name, a cooking class, though you do receive many of the recipes for the meal.
So what exactly is COOK, the small, window-filled, yet blinds-drawn space at the corner of 20th and South Rittenhouse? Essentially, it’s a kitchen-classroom featuring demonstrations by some of the city’s best chefs. Instead of having to serve full restaurants, the chefs are cooking private meals for 16-20 “students”. For attendees, one of the biggest draws is to be able to interact with the chefs, as they tell the stories and reasoning behind the dishes.
Curiosity (and rave reviews from friends who’ve been) finally convinced me to give COOK a try. What better way to experience COOK than to pay homage to my Filipino heritage with “A Filipino Feast With Lou Boquila of Audrey Claire, Hosted by Drew Lazor?” The night was certainly one to remember. Here’s the recap of exactly what goes on at COOK.