Local chef brings cooking skills to Nashoba Valley Tech

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WESTFORD — Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s adult-education program, Nashoba at Night, couldn’t get Julia Child, Jacques Pepin or Anthony Bourdain to teach a cooking class.

Child is, of course, no longer with us, Pepin is likely in France, and Bourdain … well, he could be just about anywhere.

But it got the next best thing — local chef Matt McNultty.

McNultty is a decorated chef and teacher who wows a crowd with his tributes to those three chefs. On Monday, April 9, from 6-9 p.m., he’ll present “A Tribute to Anthony Bourdain,” and on Monday, May 21, from 6-9 p.m., he’ll present “Jacques and Julia.”

“I’m not the best cook in the world, but I know how to run a crowd,” McNultty said. “We’ll be having fun, learning and getting a basic knowledge of cooking. It’s for everyone from the neophyte to the person who knows everything. They have a lot of fun, they have a feast, then they come back.”

McNultty is a night-school cooking dervish, teaching classes throughout eastern and central Massachusetts, though he’s based at Keefe Technical High School in Framingham. He has been sous chef at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester, executive sous chef at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough, kitchen manager at the Cheesecake Factory in Providence, R.I., and is now a manager for Corporate Chefs Inc.

In addition, he has cooked for the grand opening of the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., for more than 700 dignitaries, including President Clinton, Nancy Reagan, Diane Sawyer, Colin Powell and Billy Graham, has worked large functions at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, a pre-Boston Marathon dinner, at the NHL All-Star Gala and “tons of weddings.”

But he admits his passion is teaching.

“I pack my classes with nutritional information, as well as economic considerations, and just getting more flavor without killing yourself,” he said.

The two classes at Nashoba Tech promise to provide mouth-watering dishes that students will learn how to cook — and then get to eat.

The cost of each class is $60 per person, which includes the food. To register, call 978-692-4711, ext. 1001 or go to www.nashoba.tec.ma.us.