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NECC Announces Noncredit Cooking Courses Starting in January

Submitted by on January 3, 2022 – 6:27 pm

Chef Colby Bergeron will be teaching a series of noncredit date night culinary courses in the NECC Lupoli Institute of Culinary Arts, beginning in February.

Haverhill, MA (January 4, 2022)-Northern Essex Community College is offering a series of noncredit culinary courses in the new NECC Lupoli Family Institute of Culinary Arts, beginning in January, that will offer something for everyone, from the beginning cook to the more experienced chef.

The series will begin January 24 and run through June 21, and each course will be one evening.

Most of the courses have an ethnic theme, exploring food from countries around the world, including India, Mexico (Date Night), Lebanon (Date Night), Greece (Date Night), Italy (Date Night), and Thailand. Also offered are Seafood 101, Pestos and Quick Sauces, Latin Street Fare, and more.

All courses will be taught safely with masks required and limited numbers for social distancing.

Led by the instructors, all of whom are industry professionals, each class will help create a dish or dishes. Participants will leave with new skills and recipes.

Local chefs who will be teaching include Colby Bergeron, Phuong Lai-Matzker, Shilpi Ranjan, and Alison Hartung.

“These courses are for people who enjoy cooking and want to learn more about the culinary arts,” said Suzzette Turnbull, program manager, NECC Corporate & Community Education. “The focus is on having fun while learning.”

Shilpi Ranjan (white chef coat) will be teaching Indian cuisine at NECC this spring.

Courses are $80 each and there’s a discount for students who sign up for three or more courses: Chef de Cuisine, 5 courses for $260; Executive Chef, four courses for $224; and Sous Chef, 3 courses for $192.

Located in The Heights, a newly built 10-story luxury building on Merrimack Street with views of the Merrimack River, the institute includes classrooms, laboratories, and state-of-the art kitchens and offers noncredit community courses as well as credit programs in culinary arts and hospitality management.

To learn more about fall noncredit courses, visit the website or contact or 978-556-3060.

NECC’s Center for Corporate & Community Education offers noncredit business, professional, career, and personal development courses as well as professional certificates and computer training for individuals and companies looking for cutting-edge skills, by providing the training that is most needed in today’s workforce. For more information, email or call 978-659-1200 or visit us online.

Northern Essex Community College has campuses in both Haverhill and Lawrence. It offers approximately 60 associate degree and certificate programs as well as hundreds of noncredit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth.  Each year, 6,000 students are enrolled in credit associate degree and certificate programs on the Haverhill and Lawrence campuses; and another 2,000 take noncredit workforce development and community education classes on campus, and at businesses and community sites across the Merrimack Valley.  For more information, visit the website at or call 978-556-3700.