The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

January 14, 2013

Winter cooking school slated

From staff reports

OAK HILL — Some of Fayette County’s top chefs will pool their talents beginning later this month for a winter cooking school presented by the Fayette County office of the WVU Extension Service.

Oscar Aguilar from Diogi’s, Susan Jones from Gumbo’s, Dexter Lewis from Smokey’s at Adventures on the Gorge and Rezan Nese from Chetty’s at Adventures on the Gorge will be guest chefs at the school which opens Jan. 29.

The school will be held each Tuesday for five consecutive weeks from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lewis Community Foundation Christian Community Center, Central Avenue, Oak Hill.

If you’ve always dreamed of being able to successfully recreate such dishes as Diogi’s enchiladas cangrejo, Gumbo’s crab-stuffed flounder with a mushroom crème, Smokey’s hand-carved oven-roasted prime rib or Chetty’s grilled thick cut pork rib eye with grilled pear half, gorgonzola cheese and toasted walnuts, sign up for the cooking school and get tips from the pros.

Lauren Weatherford, an agent with the Extension Service, is excited about the event.

“We had such a success with last year’s cooking school we’re doing it again,” Weatherford said. “And it’s cheaper this year, only $100 for all five classes, that includes instruction and lots of food to eat!”

Spaces are available for 16 registrants. Preference will be given to the first 16 folks who pay for all five classes, but if space is available, single class registration will be offered for $25 per class.

“This is for folks with some basic cooking skills (can you boil water?). In addition to a weekly cooking topic,” Weatherford says, “each class will include cooking tips that professionals use, such as knife skills, how to make a sauce, how to caramelize properly, etc.”

Registration deadline is Jan. 23. To register, contact the WVU Extension Service at 304-574-4253, or Weatherford by e-mail at