Garnish Kitchen in Oak Cliff offers $8 gourmet sandwiches for lunch, and dinner is coming soon.

But that’s only part of the story.

Owners Aaron and Tiffany Hubbard live in Lakewood. Aaron Hubbard was an instructor at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school for nine years, started Garnish Kitchen because he wanted to offer hands-on cooking classes to the public.The teaching kitchen has four stations with Five Star ranges and other top-of-the-line equipment — Garnish Kitchen sells Boos blocks and Wüsthof knives, and students get to use them. Classes currently on the schedule include sushi, fall baking, soups and stews, and tapas and sangria.

For some classes, such as baking, students all make the same things. For others, each team prepares a different dish and afterward, they all sit down to dinner together.

Aside from baking, Hubard says, he doesn’t work from recipes. Everyone has a favorite cookbook. Anyone can use Youtube to learn certain cooking techniques.

“None of those is going to teach you what pasta dough is supposed to feel like when it’s properly worked,” he says. “It’s technique over recipe.”

Garnish Kitchen also has a pizza oven with plans for a menu of flatbreads. They use Village Baking Co. bread for their sandwiches. And they serve Oak Cliff Coffee.

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