Getting jazzed about learning how to cook

Food Matters: ‘Dishing with the Divas’ Cooking Class
Austin American Statesman
by Addie Broyles, 1/6/10

We’ve all been to dinner shows where a musical act performs as we eat our chicken cordon bleu, but what about a cooking class where the instructors sing? For more than five years, Austin’s Beat Divas have been teaching and singing for Central Market cooking classes. Led by jazz vocalist Mady Kaye, the trio includes voice instructor Beth Ullman and Dianne Donovan, whose voice you’ll recognize from her years as a host on KMFA-FM.

Each member of the group takes turns teaching a dish, and in between courses, they perform songs about food, cooking and the love of being in the kitchen. “We’re the only nonprofessional chefs that keep getting asked back,” Kaye told a class earlier this year. But just because they aren’t trained in culinary arts doesn’t mean they aren’t whipping up some show-stopping dishes. At a Jan. 30 “Cozy Winter Cuisine” class, they’ll be making dishes including tomato basil soup, parsnip and bacon bread pudding and savory meat and mushroom strudel.

-This Article included our recipe for Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

To sign up for this month’s “Dishin’ with the Divas” course ($50), go to .