Growing up in a Latin household, the dinner table was the one place everyone was expected to take part in family matters. Our dinners could take hours depending on the discussions being had and so the meal that was prepared was tantamount in allowing for the sharing of ideas and emotions to sprout. All of the women in the family would take part in meal preparation as it was seen primarily as part of the typical role in the household but as one grew older it became much more than a role, but one of setting the stage for how family decisions were made. Thinking back, this is the reason I chose to attend one of the Best Cooking Classes in New York City – simply learning from my mom and grandmother were not enough for me. I would like to take the best techniques and instruction back to my own household someday.