A Cookery Course
This year I’ve acquired a new love of doing cookery courses. They are nothing at all like cookery at school. And, there are a whole range of different types of courses that take anything from less than an hour to residential courses of a week or more.
Being London based there are a whole wealth of courses on offer. This year I’ve been lucky enough to do courses or go to events at L’Atelier des Chefs, Imli, Number 52, at the Waitrose Cookery School, at and at Angela Malik’s cookery school in Acton. They are all very different.
The Waitrose Cookery School is a large, modern set up the upper storeys of the Waitrose store on the Finchley Road. It’s beautifully equipped and very nicely laid out. I went to a half day cookery event there, followed by wine tasting which I really enjoyed. I found the cookery just a little too close to Delia for my liking, but it was overwhelmingly efficient!
I’ve been to L’Atelier des Chefs for a few events now, some cookery, some more focussed on wine tasting. It’s a quirky venue in central London. I’ve found it slightly chaotic, but I would like to try one of their own courses rather than something provided by a third party as I suspect some of the chaos is due to trying to fit a cookery event around something. L’Atelier run a whole range of courses including some which can be fitted into a lunch hour if you are working in the area. And they have a great gift voucher scheme which lets the recipient choose the level and type of course they want to do.
Angela Malik’s cookery school in Acton is small and perfectly formed. It’s been kitted out with state of the art AEG equipment and makes very good use of a relatively amount of space. Angela specialises in running courses in Asian cuisine and she and her team have a real enthusiasm for the food they are demonstrating.
Number 52 is a fabulous and special venue where I went to see a cookery demonstration by Claude Bosi. The kitchen area is more like everyone’s dream kitchen than a school and the place has a very warm feel. There are small cookery courses there which I suspect would be really good fun, rather like learning to cook with a great chef in their own kitchen.
Imli run Saturday morning cookery events, where their head chef demonstrates and gets you involved in making simple Indian street food that you can cook at home. Their course fee includes a rather good lunch upstairs in their main restaurant.
There are plenty more cookery schools I haven’t tried yet. My advice if you are considering buying one as a present for someone is to look specifically at two things. Firstly what level of cookery is the course and is that appropriate for your recipient. Secondly, what type of food does the recipient enjoy?
I’m going to update this post with a few more details and links for the courses themselves over the next day or so. Meanwhile, I hope your Christmas preparations are further ahead than mine!