Sharon Joyce is a trainer/educator/chef/author and studied in Advanced French Cooking and French Pastry at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. In 1981 she opened and operated a catering business and cooking school in Chicago and the Virgin Islands. She has taught various cooking classes including French, International, Regional American and Cruzan in such locations as Chicago, Bar Harbor, California, and Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S.V.I. She was fascinated by Maine cooking and the abundance of local foods when she moved to Bar Harbor over 30 years ago. The historic cooking of Maine brings together history and the availability of foods. Other training and travel add to many fun classes.
Historic Maine Cooking
Learn all about the fascinating world of Lobster and Historic Maine cooking .
Sharon Joyce, a Cordon Bleu trained chef and author will explain the history and seasonal foods of Maine. You will learn food facts, techniques, history, and traditional recipes while tasting such favorites as lobster, or other seafood, Maine wild blueberries, etc. You will be able to impress others with your new knowledge of everything Lobster. Opportunities to assist the chef will be available. During the class you will have a taste of everything made and be given written recipes to be used at home to enjoy with your friends and family. Class lasts 2 hours
Chowder and Popovers, please !
The meal that Mainers ask for and savor. Learn the Maine historical tradition of chowders and the technique to be successful at making a variety of perfect popovers. After tasting the chowder and popovers made during the class, you will want to duplicate these recipes at home. Opportunities to assist the chef will be available 2 hr .
MAPAS, appetizers with a Maine twist
Well, they aren’t exactly tapas so we are calling them Mapas. Use our Mapas to guide you through entertaining or just a snack for yourselfin this fast paced class. You will learn appetizers or snacks and a dessert bite using Maine ingredients like lobster, seafood, blueberries and seasonal vegetables when possible. Maine appetizers, it isn’t tapas it’s MAPAS. Yes, you get to taste them and surely help. 1 ½ hrs.
Maine Historic Desserts
Be ready for company!
Afraid of pie crusts? Not anymore.Learn about historic and new desserts using seasonal foods when possible.
You will learn to make a Blueberry Crumble pie from scratch with little effort, a historic Maine cookie, a sorbet and a simple cooling dessert with a historic past. All in 1 1/2 hours and you get to taste everything! Opportunities will be available to assist the chef and there will be recipes to take home.Come ready to learn and eat.
International Cooking Series and Entertaining Get your group together and we will help customize the class
10 people 85 each
Classes for your group at a convenient time for you! Bring your friends and family to our location and look at our great selection of classes .
Smaller classes and more involvement . Great tried and proven recipes with a hands on learning from scratch . Sit and discuss foods afterward while tasting the dishes made. Written recipes given at the end of class to take and make at home.
The International Series 3 hours More hands on experience
That healthy, yet delicious, cooking found in Italy, Portugal, Spain and other Mediterranean countries. You will learn how to make a tapenade appetizer, handmade pasta , Roasted Vegetable Napoli, and a dessert called Coffee Gelee . Fun experience to share with a friend.
Reservations required. Come hungry, learn something new and leave feeling accomplished.
Mexican Cooking The International Series 3 hours More hands on experience
A celebration of the foods of Mexico. Be ready for the many Mexican holidays to celebrate. Learn to make your own appetizers like queso fundito, salsas, homemade tortillas and more Mexican food and drink. Come hungry, learn something new and leave feeling accomplished. Fun experience to share with a friend. Reservations required.
Greek Cooking The International Series 3 hours More hands on experience
Some of my favorite recipes from travel and experimenting to duplicate the best Greek restaurant dishes. Recipes include a Greek appetizer , Avolemeno Soup, Spanakopita, and special dessert . Come hungry, learn something new and leave feeling accomplished. Fun experience to share with a friend.
French Cooking The International Series 3 hours More hands on experience
More tasting, more involvement and recipes to take home . Some of my favorite recipes from travel and from experimenting with lessons learned while studying Advanced French cooking and French Pastry at Cordon Bleu in Paris. Menu includes Pate brisee a pastry that everyone should become familiar with. The French quiche and real chocolate mousse plus more. Come hungry, learn something new and leave feeling accomplished. Fun experience to share with a friend.
Chinese Cooking The International Cooking Series 3 hours More hands on experience
More tasting, more involvement and recipes to take home . Some of my favorite recipes from travel and experimenting to duplicate the best restaurant menus. Recipes include Spring rolls using rice paper, Lettuce wrap and dessert.
Come hungry, learn something new and leave feeling accomplished. Fun experience to share with a friend.
Take the opportunity to learn something new and think out of the box
Ambrosia Cooking School is located at 19 Rodick Street in the Village of Bar Harbor. Great location near the Harborside Resort pier and 1 ½ blocks to the Bar Harbor Town Pier and Main Street. Classes are listed but we could also customize a class for a specific group. To see Class Schedule click on Next Classes
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Using proven teaching strategies students will leave the class with written recipes that they will want to make at home.
We embrace a learning environment that will prepare you for the path ahead. Our classes incorporate traditional learning styles as well as hands-on experiences.
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