I learned how to make pizza at the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan recently. I attended a Saturday morning class at this culinary center, and I was thrilled when I got to take the pizza-making class. It’s very popular, so if you want to take this class, be sure to schedule it way in advance. I was taught by Johnson Yu, who has been employed at the French Culinary Institute for about three years. His specialty is breads.

I entered the classroom and saw high-quality supplies, professional tools and a spacious work space. I felt a little uncomfortable, because the class was full of adults, although anyone 13 or older can sign up. As we started, I got comfortable with working with adults. I struggled at first, since I wasn’t used to the equipment, but after a while, it was really fun. The staff and my fellow classmates were very friendly. We all helped each other.
Chef Yu takes you through all the steps in preparing your pizza. We started by making our own dough. After that, we prepared toppings and sauce and then baked them in a professional oven. I got to add the toppings I wanted, which were all fresh.

My mother didn’t watch me the whole time I was making pizza, but she was really impressed when she came back to pick me up. I brought home leftover dough so I can make pizza at home for my family.

Overall, this was a good class. If you take it, I suggest doing it with a friend, so you have another kid to talk to, and you can work together.
This class is highly recommended for people who want to really learn.

advertisement | advertise on newsday

Or you can just enroll in a class for fun. If you don’t want to enroll, you should find time to visit the restaurant downstairs! You don’t even need to work hard to get some delicious food!

Kidsday reporter Carolyn Lau showing her pizza she made in the pizza making class at the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan. Photo Credit: Newsday Photo/Pat Mullooly

WHERE The French Culinary Institute, 462 Broadway, Manhattan. Call 888-324-2433 or go to frenchculinary.com.