Not your ordinary grits

Chef Konrad

Konrad Jochum, head chef at the Boatyard Restaurant, prepares grits during a gourmet cooking class with Hannelore Holland of Somethin's Cookin' in Panama City Beach on Thursday.

Andrew P Johnson | The News Herald
Published: Monday, February 4, 2013 at 11:13 AM.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — A group of Northern snowbirds got a lesson in Southern cooking from two German chefs at a Panama City Beach restaurant Thursday.

Konrad Jochum, head chef at the Boatyard Restaurant, and Hannelore Holland of Somethin’s Cookin’ in Panama City, teamed up to teach a gourmet cooking class as part of Gulf Coast State College’s Winter Enrichment at the Beach.

It was one of 10 beach-themed classes offered this season through a partnership between GCSC and the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, which provided the funding.

The two German natives joked at the irony of teaching Southern cooking to snowbirds as they prepared a meal of shrimp and grits with mushroom gravy, and an apple strudel for dessert.

“These aren’t your ordinary grits,” said Jochum, as he added smoked Gouda cheese and Tasso ham to the mix. “You could do this blindfolded before you know it.”

Jackie Carroll and David Ollis from Wisconsin are visiting the area for their second year and said GCSC’s continuing education classes are one of the reasons they will keep coming back.

“These are recipes that you can actually go home and make,” Carroll said. “It was delightful, and it was surprising that they made gourmet grits.”

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