Chambar’s New Culinary School “The Dirty Apron” Nearly There

Co-owner Nico Schuermans with chef instructor David Robertson

The Dirty Apron Cooking School – brought to us by the good folks at Chambar (and located just down the street) – is coming together nicely just a couple of days away from its reveal. When completed, the school will offer a variety of either hands-on or demonstration classes led by David Robertson, Chambar’s former chef de cuisine. GM Molly Hawkins gave us a quick peek yesterday…

General manager Molly Hawkins leads the way through the building's heritage facade...

The sleek, old-meets-new interior was designed by owner Karri Schuermans (the aesthetic eye behind Chambar and Medina). Once through the large heritage doors, you’ll see a small dining room/plate presentation area through a large wall of glass to the left. When finished, this area will be set with a bespoke walnut buffet, massive wooden tables, and vintage chairs under two Victorian chandeliers. Also to the left are the student stations and the demonstration kitchen, where students will be kitted out in great gear, including All Clad cookware, Wustghof knives, Wolf ranges, and Sub Zero fridges.

To the right is the Dirty Apron’s high ceilinged retail store, which sports a Deco-look and lots of natural light flowing through 9 foot high windows (reflected in turn off polished concrete floors). Here, students and off the street punters can purchase all the cookware/tools used in the cooking classes, as well as a branded range of stocks and base ingredients prepped in the utility kitchen.

Though it looks like they still have a long way to go, there’s no stopping the open house that they’re holding this Saturday. A couple of all-nighters never killed anyone…

For more details (classes, schedules, pricing, et cetera), visit

Banner branding flanking The Dirty Apron's facade...
Lintel branding/signage (guess the font?)
Shannon Heth looks on as David Robertson begins offloading supplies...
chef instructor David Robertson unloading cookware...
The retail general store...
Walnut cabinetry in the retail general store
Nearly finished


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