Local chefs offer new classes
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Feb 9, 2011 - 10:58 AM

Master Chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt displays his signature intensity and attention to detail during The 2010 Clarke Chef Shootout where he won the judge's vote as champion.
Clarke 2010 Chef Shoot Out competitors Master Chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt (Chocopologie) and Chef Matt Storch (Match) return to The Clarke Culinary Center in 2011 with new classes. Knipschildt won the judges vote for champion of the Shoot Out, while Storch won the popular vote that night.

“Now we’ll see who draws the biggest crowds in their classes,” said Clarke General Manager Sean Clarke. “Both chefs have been extremely busy at their own restaurants and beyond. Matt finished up 2011 as the father of twin boys, while Fritz spent the end of the year opening another Chocopologie in Dubai. We’re looking forward to their 2011 offerings and welcome them back to The Clarke Culinary Center.”

On Thursday, February 24, Fritz Knipschildt will offer “The Marriage of Desserts & Wine.” Knipschildt will work with his Chocopologie team to create three sumptuous world-class desserts and teach guests not only how to make these, but also how to pair them with wine that will take the decadence to a whole new level.

The following week, on Thursday, March 3, Matt Storch will treat one dozen guests to a hands-on knife skills class. Participants will learn Storch’s knife techniques, as well as the type of equipment he purchases and how these tools are used at his award-winning restaurant Match.

“If you can only attend one class, this is a tough choice,” said Clarke. “The idea of an evening tasting Fritz’s desserts is like nothing you can imagine, but our classes with Matt are always a crowd-pleaser, as he really educates guests with great culinary knowledge. You could go in to find out about knife skills and come out also knowing the best place around to purchase fresh seafood. Both of these chefs are incredible!”

Chef Matt Storch presents one of his crowd-pleasing dishes during The 2010 Clarke Shootout in SoNo at The Clarke Culinary Center last fall.
According to Clarke, The Culinary Center also offers gift certificates, which make a great Valentine’s Day, Birthday, Mother’s Day or anniversary gift. One call to the registration line will help you facilitate a gift certificate being sent to you or directly to your gift recipient so that they may select the class they would like to attend.

Advance registration for all classes is required by calling 800-842-5275, Ext. 206 or online at

About The Clarke Culinary Center
This cooking school for home chefs is the result of 20 years of requests from customers. As the exclusive New England distributor of high-performance appliances from Sub-Zero, Wolf and Asko, Clarke’s award-winning showrooms provide an inspirational environment in which to house a culinary school. The Clarke Culinary Center has two locations, inside the Clarke showrooms in South Norwalk, CT and Milford, MA. Clarke’s South Norwalk Culinary Center has won a design award from Kitchen and Bath Business (KBB) magazine. The roster of chef-instructors is constantly growing and has included: PBS Emmy nominee Ming Tsai, Food Network regular and author Andy Husbands, creator of the most expensive truffle in the world Fritz Knipschildt, James Beard award-winner Jean-Louis Gerin, Chef and Co-owner for six-time “Best American Restaurant in Fairfield County” award-winner Matt Storch and many others.
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