How To Find The Best Cookery Classes In London
In London, we’re surrounded by more restaurant chains, coffee shops and snack bars than anywhere else in the country, but how often do we actually get to sit down and enjoy a good, home cooked meal? There are plenty of cooking classes to choose from, but what should you be looking for when you choose which one to attend? Sit back, take the weight off and let us explain…
The best cookery classes in London will offer a number of different programmes. For the busy professional who wants to learn how to make a quick and delicious lunch on the go, there are 30 minute cooking classes at lunch time. You’ll learn how to cook a quick and tasty treat, enjoy it, and be back in the office, full and refreshed, before the lunch bell rings again.
Longer classes are available outside of office hours. Across an hour-and-a-half or two hours, you’ll be guided through a set of recipes by expert chefs to produce a full, three course meal. Most importantly, you’ll also have the chance to enjoy the fruits of your labours with your fellow chefs in a communal dining area.
When looking for classes, bear in mind that the most important part of any lesson is the teacher. The best chefs are those who don’t have to do any cooking, and the best cooking classes will offer chefs who are not only brilliant cooks but who also have the ability to teach that skill to you. And a Michelin star or two can’t hurt either…
Of course, what separates a great piano player from a musical genius is that creative spark. The chefs who make the best teachers have that same ability to think creatively; to produce new recipes and new ways of thinking about food. When looking at classes, ask the providers if they have recipe resources. How many recipes do they have online that you can look through and learn from?
The Simple Things
Though there are many cookery classes in London, how many answer your more basic questions? If we’re honest, there are plenty of simple cookery questions many of us are uncertain on. How do you separate an egg? What does it mean to “clarify” butter? How do I make vegetable batons? It’s not foolish to ask; you don’t build a house without learning how to lay bricks and you won’t learn how to cook steamed sea bream with polenta if you don’t know how to trim a fillet.
Not all cookery classes in London offer these resources, but the best do. As with recipes, look for somewhere that has a readymade and easily accessible catalogue of tips and tricks to help you learn the basics.
Cooking at Home
Cookery classes need to offer you skills that can be reused back home. Ideally, they will use ingredients which are easy to find and do not require the sort of cooking equipment that only Michel Roux has access to. A three hour cookery class covering an entire three course meal isn’t just useful for those planning a dinner party; it’s three nights’ worth of great dining afterwards.
There are lots of cookery classes available, but choosing the best one is really very simple. Just remember to look for the best teachers offering the best resources at the most suitable times. Above all, remember that it should be about everyday food for everyday people.