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Working With Whole Grains

As the star of a recipe or a subtle enhancement, this wholesome ingredient offers endless creative potential.

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Tutorials in this course: 14
Total viewing time: 1 hour 23 minutes
Total course time (including prep and cooking): 17 hours

With cooler seasons approaching, there is no better time to stock your pantry with hearty, healthy whole grains. They’re easy to prepare in large batches, and versatile enough in flavor and texture to use in a wide variety of dishes. Packed with valuable vitamins and minerals, plant protein, and fiber, whole grains offer a delicious and nutritious way to fill your plate and your belly.  

Despite being a culinary staple of countless world cuisines, many home chefs are intimidated by working with grains and may avoid it all together. This course will walk you though the basics of how to successfully prepare and cook a variety of whole grains, from the most common to the ancient and exotic. Learn about essential cooking ratios, how to prepare more creatively composed dishes, and explore the many ways working with grains can elevate your cooking repertoire.  

Chef Instructors

Chef Hourie Sahakian

Chef Hourie Sahakian quickly made a name for herself by becoming an Eater Young Gun in 2013, as well as one of ZAGAT’s “30 Under 30.” She recently moved on from Short Cake Bakery where she got her start, to join La Brea Bakery as their Culinary Innovations Manager.

Chef Tom Van Lente

Chef Tom Van Lente is the executive chef and co-owner of the esteemed Two restaurant in Chicago.

Chef Sandy Gendel

Chef Sandy Gendel is the owner and head chef at the Los Angeles restaurant, Pace ("peace" in Italian), where he presents the best of rustic Italian cuisine with local and organic ingredients.

Chef Kelly Boyer

Chef Kelly Boyer is the founder and executive chef of Paleta, the wildly popular farm-to-table meal delivery service committed to providing locally sourced and humanely raised ingredients. Thriving since its inception, Paleta now makes and distributes cold-pressed juices, cleanses, and snacks. Chef Kelly is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and received a Master’s degree from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Chef Wilfredo Avelar

Chef Wilfredo Avelar is the sous chef at Emeril's Delmonicos in New Orleans where he brings bold tastes and revived tradition to the residents of New Orleans through expertly crafted Cajun and Creole meals.

Chef Christy Vega

Chef Christy Vega is the executive chef at Casa Vega. In 2010, San Fernando’s Business Journal named Christy one of the ‘Top 40 under 40’ business professionals. She has appeared in segments on the Rachael Ray Show, NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s This Morning and on Bravo’s Flipping Out.

Chef Gregory Gourdet

Gregory Gourdet is the executive chef at Portland’s modern Asian rooftop restaurant and lounge, Departure. At Departure, he is known for his ingredient-driven Asian cuisine, as well as offering gluten-free, vegan, and paleo menus along with the nightly dinner menu. Chef Gregory proved to be a tough competitor as runner-up on season 12 of Top Chef. He was named 2012’s Hottest Chef in Portland by Eater and in 2013 he was named Chef of the Year by the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Chef Roy Choi

Chef Roy Choi is the executive chef and co-owner of Kogi Truck, A-Frame, Sunny Spot, and Pot, all in Los Angeles. Chef Roy is regarded as the godfather of the food truck movement. His masterful fusion of Mexican-Korean flavors has reshaped Los Angelenos’ expectations for Korean BBQ.

Chef Jared Levy

Jared Levy is the executive chef at Eveleigh in Los Angeles. He helped open Eveleigh in 2010 as executive sous chef and has been an integral part of developing the restaurant’s market-driven, local menu. Eveleigh has been called “understated and chic” by Eater LA and honored by Angeleno Magazine with a Restaurant Award for “Best Atmosphere.”

Chef Daniel Oseas

Daniel Oseas is the chef at Broder Café’s Clinton street location. Broder Café specializes in Scandinavian cuisine.

Chef Ralph Scamardella

Chef Ralph Scamardella is a chef and partner of the venerable Tao Group, which operates some of the highest grossing, most profitable restaurant venues in the country.

Chef Teri Lyn Fisher & Jenny Park

Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park are the bloggers behind the wildly popular Spoon Fork Bacon. The blog combines Teri Lyn’s photography skills with Jenny’s culinary expertise. In 2013, Spoon Fork Bacon was nominated for Saveur’s Best Food Blog. Teri and Jenny are also co-authors of cookbooks Tiny Food Party! and Cocktails for the Four Seasons.

What You Need


- Chef’s knife
- Cutting board
- Large sauté pan
- Medium sauté pan
- Medium saucepan
- Large saucepot
- Dutch oven or large sauce pot with lid
- Wok or fry pan
- Large mixing bowl
- Dolsot or stone bowl
- Baking dish
- Parchment-lined sheet pan
- Spatula
- Tongs
- Wooden spoon
- Metal spoon
- Slotted spoon
- Ladle
- Whisk
- Blender
- Citrus juicer
- Aluminum foil
- Fine mesh strainer
- Paper towel lined plate


- Ingredients are listed within each respective tutorial.


DIY Brown Rice Sushi Bowls

Teri Lyn Fisher & Jenny Park

This healthy sushi bowl is easy to put together, filling, and delicious.

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Puffed Kamut and Rye Granola

Hourie Sahakian

This granola is naturally sweet, nutty, and light. It's great for breakfast or as a snack on-the-go.

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Uunipuuro Finnish Porridge

Daniel Oseas

According to legend, this traditional porridge will help you and your Finnish children grow big and strong.

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How to Make White Rice

Christy Vega

Perfectly-cooked white rice serves as the base for literally hundreds of recipes.

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Everything You Need To Know About Quinoa

Kelly Boyer

Understanding this versatile seed will open the door to a plethora of delicious and healthy recipes.

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Greek Chickpea Quinoa Salad With Lemon and Vinaigrette

Kelly Boyer

This Greek chickpea and quinoa salad is healthy and light, yet satisfying enough as a stand alone meal.

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Stir-Fried Rice Beefy T Bowl

Roy Choi

Chef Roy's popular stir-fried rice dish from his restaurant Chego.

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How to Properly Make Risotto

Tom Van Lente

"Most people think risotto is a dish but actually, it's a technique."

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Cauliflower Risotto

Tom Van Lente

"You can really taste the smoke of the bacon, the freshness of the cauliflower, the peppery-ness of the arugula, and the salt of the Parmesan."

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Crawfish and Sausage Jambalaya

Wilfredo Avelar

“This jambalaya is what Creole cooking is all about. And for occasions where a lot of people are invited over, it is the perfect dish to serve.”

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Traditional Korean Beef Bibimbap

Gregory Gourdet

This traditional bibimbap is served in a hot stone bowl, allowing the texture of the ingredients to continue to transform while you eat.

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