The classes have become so popular that in 2014, Wilson is now going to offer them every other Tuesday night.
“John’s students love his teaching style and many of them have been repeat students, taking multiple classes,” said Bill Browning, Barrington’s special events coordinator.
“It is not uncommon for a class to sell out and for Chef John and Barrington Hall to schedule a ‘second chance’ class the following day for those cooking students who were not able to get into the first class.”
A recent class on making tamales was a good example of that, Wilson said. Other very well-received classes have been grilling and a farm to kitchen theme using items from Barrington’s own garden.
Wilson said he really enjoys teaching at the historic home. “The space is so wonderful. The kitchen is great, classes are small and students are locals. I get to do unique things.”
Browning said he believes Wilson’s success “is due to two factors: his love and huge knowledge of cooking skills and techniques and his outgoing personality.”
Trained as a chef at Hyde Park, New York’s prestigious Culinary Institute of America, Wilson spent two decades in the restaurant industry before founding Culinary Vacations Inc., a cooking school vacation in Europe.
Though he recently sold the business, Wilson still offers Weekend Gourmet Getaways in Asheville, N.C. and Atlanta.
All classes are limited to 10 students maximum. The cost of each class is $50 per student. Classes sell out quickly so advance reservations are required. Class times are 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Some of the classes on the early 2014 schedule include Winter Soups, Quick Cook Week Night Dinner, Gluten Free Baking, Winter in Italy and Lo Fat, Lo Cal.
Barrington Hall is at 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell.
For more information, call (770) 640-3855 or go to www.southerntrilogu.com and click on Barrington Hall.