Jamie Oliver’s Cookery School – Westfield White City
Jamie Oliver’s Cookery School have just opened their doors to West Londoners. Whether you’re a beginner or a kitchen pro, hidden away behind the doors of the Jamie Oliver Restaurant in Westfield White City is a fabulously fitted out kitchen providing over 30 classes that range from hour-long sessions to whole-day courses, all taught by trained chefs, cooking food from all corners of globe in true Jamie Oliver style.
The lessons are designed to be informative and hands on, but easy-going so you can enjoy yourself while you learn. Whether you’re coming alone, as a couple, a family or a big group, it’s the perfect way for celebrating a special occasion.
I was invited to come along with a friend and take an extremely short hop over to Latin America with a two-hour crash course in cooking and eating authentic Mexican Street Food.
We were greeted with a glass of prosecco in the relaxing bar and dining area, there were 12 of us in all, and it appeared that everyone had come in pairs with a friend or family member, which is probably the ideal, as you are sharing a cooking station with a partner and cook your meal together.
We were all taken through to the kitchen area where our charming chef introduced himself and talked us through and demonstrated the first part of our lesson. He was a brilliant teacher, he set a good pace, and he was very clear without labouring the point and he gave us some really useful cooking tips.
Our food was perfectly prepped and the ingredients looked fresh and appetising, therefore we were able to get straight on with the task in hand, sharing the chopping and cooking. Half way through we received further instruction and our chef continued to be constantly on hand checking and answering questions when need be.
On our menu for the night was hand-pressed corn tortillas, sticky smoked chipotle chicken, sautéed spinach with feta and a spicy roasted corn salsa, smashed guacamole and a chunky tomato salsa to go on the side.
The tortillas were much easier to make than I expected and it was immensely satisfying mixing and rolling out the dough. The chicken was slow cooked in a spicy tomato sauce and it shredded perfectly when ready, I especially enjoyed smashing the avocado and tossing in the ingredients.
My friend and I had enormous fun, and we created Mexican meal to be proud of, and then we sat at the long table with our fellow cooks to eat our hearts out, it was absolutely delicious if I say so myself. Plus there was a bar available throughout and we were able to enjoy, a much-appreciated glass of wine (or two) with our dinner.
What a fabulous way to spend an evening, learning, cooking, laughing and eating with a real sense of achievement to boot, and there’s a whole host of different lessons to enjoy.
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