Cook like a pro in Bellagio executive chef's culinary classroom

Cook like a pro in Bellagio executive chef's culinary classroom
Bellagio Las Vegas executive chef Edmund Wong conducts cooking classes and demonstrations in the resort's Tuscany Kitchen. (Al Powers)

The Bellagio Las Vegas puts guests in the kitchen with its executive chef culinary classroom.

Held 10 times a year, the classes let the resort's executive chef Edmund Wong show food lovers how to cook a three-course meal. Different themes are featured at each session throughout the year.

For example, the Italian class on Feb. 12 showcases some of the secrets behind dishes at Lago by Julian Serrano. The new restaurant will open at the Bellagio in March.

Arancini with mozzarella cheese and arrabbiata sauce, lobster and spinach tortellini and tiramisu in a glass are just some of the dishes Wong conjures up for students.

During the event, guests will taste each dish and watch as Wong prepares them in the demonstration Tuscany Kitchen. The area is equipped with video displays so there's not a bad seat in the house.

Afterward, recipe cards go home with guests so they can make the dishes themselves.

Other classes highlight:

--dim sum and noodles (March 19),

--tequila and tacos (April 30), and

--healthy gourmet dishes (May 26).

The chef even teaches a back-to-school class Aug. 27 to teach parents how to make healthy dishes for kid lunches.

But a real fan favorite is Wong's backyard patio cooking course on June 30, just in time for the Fourth of July.

Class prices start at $135.