Long Island chefs hosting free virtual cooking classes

Long Island chefs hosting free virtual cooking classes

What does a chef eat when he gets home from a long shift? For chef Marc Anthony Bynum, it’s pork and beans, a childhood favorite he’s spent most of his adult life perfecting and had on the menu of his now-closed Farmingdale restaurant Hush Bistro.

He can also tell you how to make it, via his Instagram page.

“I like to keep it delicate,” he said during the IGTV episode, explaining why he avoids metal spoons when stirring the beans, to which he adds ample hot dogs as well as white onions, brown sugar, homemade barbecue sauce and fried bologna.

With restaurants closed or severely curtailed in operations, many chefs with extra time on their hands have channeled their reflex to teach and share into instructional Facebook and Instagram lives, most of them focused on comfort food, from how fried chicken to lobster pot pie to mole rojo. 

There’s James Beard-nominated chef Guy Reuge, of Mirabelle Restaurant in Stony Brook, making the pizza-like Alsatian tart flammkuchen in his home kitchen; chef Stephan Bogardus of The Halyard in Greenport tackling clafoutis — just in time for berry season — in his, or Bynum showing you the ropes of collard greens made with bacon and coconut milk. 

In Oyster Bay, chef Jesse Schenker is conducting virtual cooking classes for couples, complete with a box of ingredients you pick up from the restaurant. 2 Spring. While this experience costs $300 per couple, the classes listed below are free; some are scheduled weekly and some impromptu, and are archived in an array of places, from Facebook to Instagram to YouTube