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Des Plaines Parks offers winter cooking series with Chef Ron

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  • Chef Ron Wells will teach three new cooking classes at Prairie Lakes Community Center beginning on January 23.

    Chef Ron Wells will teach three new cooking classes at Prairie Lakes Community Center beginning on January 23.
    Lisa Haring

Lisa Haring

The Des Plaines Park District will host three new cooking classes, taught by Chef Ron Wells, at Prairie Lakes Community Center, beginning on January 23.

The series includes Everyday Healthy Eating, a course on how to make taste tempting recipes with reduced fat and sodium, on January 20; Joyful Chinese, a selection of fresh, colorful, and flavorful dishes in celebration of the Chinese New Year, on February 20; and Fish and Seafood, a Mediterranean twist on simple seafood dishes designed to spice up the Lenten season, on March 20.

Classes are open to novice cooks and more experienced chefs alike. "Ron's classes are fun and interactive, and the recipes are unique. He always adds great cooking and food tips so students learn something every time," said Karyn Roth, Recreation Supervisor.

Wells is currently the Chef at the Sisters of the Holy 
Family of Nazareth in Des Plaines, with over 20 years of kitchen experience. Prior to cooking for the Sisters, Wells was the Head Chef at
 Shriners Hospital for Children. He also worked under 
Executive Chef Michael in an East Dundee retirement

He has recently published "A Taste 
of Ron's Down Home Cooking," with more than forty of his signature appetizer, main dish, and dessert recipes. Wells'
cooking style is classic American cuisine, with a personal 
twist derived from his Memphis roots. "My love of 
cooking comes from my mother, Maudie. She would be baking
 sweet potato pies and German chocolate cake in our kitchen 
when I was a child, and I would get to lick the spoon."
The cookbook is dedicated to her. 

Classes are in the newly remodeled Prairie Lakes kitchen. "This unique setting will be a lot of fun with interactive, hands-on preparation and a social dining environment," Roth said. "I have a passion 
for food," said Wells, "I love to cook and create 
new recipes that everyone can make 
at home in their kitchen."

Registration is required. Classes run from 7:00 until 9:00pm. Recipes made in each class are posted on the Des Plaines Park District website, after the class. For more information call 847-391-5700.