Take a Cooking Class with the Black Girl at Le Cordon Bleu

Yes, the Black Girl is back in Chef’s Whites. Including a tall toque. I am teaching cooking classes again at Le Cordon Bleu.

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And you can become my student, that is, if you live in the Los Angeles area. Or want to travel to the Los Angeles area.

Bleu Ribbon Kitchen classes are for the public, and a wonderful way to learn a few specialized recipes during a 6 hour class. Classes are held on Saturday, and are selling out quickly.

Classes range from The Art of Ramen to a series of classes about Italian food to holiday specific dinner ideas. Check out the calendar for the schedule of upcoming classes being offered at the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena.

Be sure to ask to be placed in Chef Lee’s class, although all the other instructors are fantastic, so know you are in good hands at Le Cordon Bleu.

Hope to see you there!



Learn to Cook with Chef Cheryl

Cheryl D Lee


I’m launching a new endeavor soon and wanted to share it here first. What is it?

Cooking Classes!

If you’ve read my bio on the Who is the Black Girl page you know that I am a former Chef Instructor at the California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena.  I consider my blog to be an extension of my teaching career, a way to share my love of food and teaching with anyone who cares to learn.

And now, I am going to return to hands on cooking lessons for individuals, small groups and team building.

If you are in the greater Los Angeles area, and would be interested in learning more, please send me an email at cheryllee {at} culinoir {dot} com.

In the subject line please write Cooking Class.

Hope to hear from you!

Reader’s Choice Top 10 of 2014



2014 Reader's Choice Top 10

The more things change, the more they stay the same. That statement is especially pertinent to my blog, because many of these recipes keep popping up as the top posts every year.

Is it because I need more recipes? No, it is because they are damn good recipes, in my humble opinion.

And I hope you agree!


Here’s to 2015!

#1 Slow Cooker Caribbean Oxtails

#2 Braised Oxtails

#3 Southern Style Baked Macaroni and Cheese

#4 Classic Chinese Scallion Pancakes

#5 How to Make Pork Cracklings

#6 Sweet and Sticky Baby Back Ribs

#7 Roasted Herb Rubbed Pork Chops

#8 Stir Fried Udon Noodles with Shiitake Mushrooms and Bok Choy

#9 Spicy Slow Cooker Short Rib Tacos

#10 Best Pound Cake Ever

Ramen Salad with Roasted Eggplant and Shishito Peppers

Ramen Salad with Roasted Eggplant and Shishito Peppers | Black Girl Chef's Whites


There is so much more to ramen than the sodium laden noodles with dehydrated vegetable and seasoning packs.  Don’t get me wrong, those packets of Top Ramen got me through college, but my palate has since become more refined.

Traditionally ramen noodles are served in a bowl of rich broth, with assorted accompaniments such as pork belly, fish cake, soft boiled eggs and seafood.

Beyond soup, ramen noodles lend themselves to stir fries and other dishes, like this salad. Extremely simple yet packed with flavor, this salad is wonderful as a main dish salad or as a side dish.


Ramen Salad with Roasted Eggplant and Shishito Peppers | Black Girl Chef's Whites


Please visit Zester Daily for my recipe for this simple and simply delectable salad.  While you are there enjoy the other food, drink and travel articles by the talented Zester Daily writers.