This Seattle school was created for home cooks who aspire to be David Chang, not Julia Child. Says 36-year-old founder Brandi Henderson, "My generation is more interested in pork buns than beef bourguignon." Henderson, an architect turned pastry chef, opened The Pantry with ambitious students in mind; classes are wildly eclectic and go deep. "We don't dumb things down," she says. "If making pork stock for ramen takes four days, we say take four days."
Max Class Size: 15
Price: From $75 for a three-hour class; thepantryseattle.com.