Chef Carlos Russo

Hello, and welcome to The Accidental Chef.

Let me tell you a little about who I am and how I got here — My lifelong love of cooking stretches back to my upbringing in a large Sicilian family. As a young boy, I would hover in the kitchen while my mother cooked family staples, like lasagna, veal marsala and other classic dishes.

I learned early about the lifelong question we Italians face —no, not whether to join the Mob — rather our seminal question has always been  “to brown or not to brown?” — our tomato paste, that is.

After settling in Acadiana more than 20 years ago, I learned the art of Cajun Cuisine — and the magic that could be spun from simple ingredients like flower, oil, cayenne and paprika.

For the last 10 years, I have delighted the most discerning palates in Acadiana with new, fresh interpretations of my family’s old world recipes.

In 2010, I began performing cooking demonstrations throughout Acadiana, including regular appearances at Rouse’s in Youngsville. The demonstrations were so successful, they prompted me to open The Accidental Chef Cooking School.

The Accidental Chef Cooking School exists to bring pleasure, joy and excitement to the cooking experience. My motivation is to create gastronomically delightful menus for my patrons’ enjoyment.

The Accidental Chef Cooking School provides an alternative to the mundane dining-out experience and offers the most gifted chefs for our guests’ training and delight.

The school is built on many years of experience in customer satisfaction and culinary expertise. My concept is unique but simple: small classes, the best chefs in Acadiana and one-on-one interaction with each of you.

I look forward to helping you cultivate the inner chef in you.

To schedule a special engagement dinner at The Accidental Chef with Chef Carlos, email The Accidental Chef or Book Online.

We’re Moving

Dear Friends of the Accidental Cooking School, It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that our landlord chose not to renew our lease at 406 Garfield St. This means that August 30th is our last day of business at our current downtown Lafayette locale. We hope you will join us one final time, and are offering all cooking classes at 1/2 off, or $50 per seat, plus tip and gratuity. Click through this splash page to our Website and click on Make a Reservation. Again, to get your 50% discount, enter the coupon code — moving — thanks again.

It has been wonderful to serve you and we look forward to our next opportunity to have a convivial time at The Accidental Chef Cooking School. Our mission remains to please you and we certainly hope that we have achieved that goal. We have added extra nights to the schedule as well as Sunday brunch. If you want a lunch meeting or party just get 20 people together and it’s on. I want to cook till I drop.

All coupons or gift certificates must be redeemed in by August 30th, 2012

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