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For a foodie, nothing is more exciting than the prospect of meeting a chef–turned–personal idol and, of course, tasting his food. The New York Culinary Experience, a weekend-long event taking place April 28 and April 29 at the International Culinary Center, is taking this idea and expanding on it: Guests will have the chance to cook beside master chefs in small seminars, learning to make the dishes that are close to each chef’s heart. Love pastry? Learn to perfect it with François Payard himself. Intrigued by Spanish food? Learn the art of soccarat from Seamus Mullen. There are 25 classes to choose from — split into morning and afternoon sessions — that are supplemented by lunchtime lectures from the likes of Jacques Pépin and evening cocktail receptions, which present the perfect opportunity to clarify recipe details with Jean-Georges Vongerichten. An added delight? The leftovers are yours to keep. Single-day tickets are $745, weekend-long tickets are $1,395; nymag.com/nyce.