WNY chef uses COVID downtime to create popular free online cooking demos and side business


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Chef Stephen Foreman hosts free live cooking demonstrations on Facebook every Thursday night at 7 pm and now also conducts personal cooking lessons.

Buffalo, New York – Who said nothing good has come out of quarantine for COVID-19?

A Western New York chef used his time during the lockdown to start free weekly cooking shows on Facebook. They became so famous that he decided to turn it into a side business.

Earlier this year, Chef Stephen Foreman was laid off from his job as an executive chef in Delaware North. He’s used to making dishes for thousands of people at KeyBank Center, but with everything closed, he’s suddenly got plenty of time.

Foreman wanted to share his love of cooking with others, especially those who found themselves stuck at home with nothing to do.

He started giving cooking shows every Thursday night at 7 PM on his Facebook page. He worked in his own kitchen, and his wife held the camera while he was telling how to properly chop vegetables and add extra flavor to dishes using various herbs.

His videos have gotten hundreds and sometimes thousands of views, so think, why not see if he can turn it into a side business.

Furman now offers in-person cooking lessons at the Artisan Culinary Lofts on Amherst Street in Buffalo.

You are Buy a ticket online to reserve your place. On the night of the event, she gets a cooking class and will eat the food she makes.

The event is socially distant and follows COVID rules and regulations – event size is limited, masks must be worn and attendees will be at their workplaces.

There are limited things to do. Opening up Artisan Lofts is just like a restaurant, ”said Furman. “We have to practice COVID measures, but people are able to go out and enjoy a great meal they will prepare, be with other people, socialize at a safe distance from COVID.”

The Next personal event Coming on Tuesday 20 October.

And some good news – Foreman has been called back to his job with Delaware North, but he still plans a contract Free online cooking shows on Facebook.

Related: West New Yorkers host free cooking shows online


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