Top 5: London Cooking Classes
Ah, the first fall of crisp leaves, the smell of newly varnished corridors and shoe polish. Are those back to school vibes getting to you too? Or is it all that time in the Great British Bake Off tent with Mary and Paul? From prestigious institutions to DIY sundae classes, whatever your hankering to brandish a rolling pin may be, London’s got the full range of edible learning available for anyone keen to start a new curriculum. Here are the top 5 cooking classes taking place this Autumn:
Now running for 40 years, Leith’s is pretty much the first word in cooking classes in the capital, counting some of London’s brightest foodie stars in its alumi. Whether it’s Yotam Ottolenghi’s revolution of Middle Eastern flavours or Gizzi Eskine’s knowledge of street food and styling you envy, Leiths is the place to learn. Flavours of the Middle East, is a one-day course that will furnish you with all those tricky-to-find ingredients Ottolenghi seems to love so much. Meanwhile Street Food from around the World will get you set up cooking bhel puri, pork and savoy cabbage gyozas and beef bulgogi.
Divertimenti is known for teaming up with some of the most exciting names in food across the globe, making it the perfect excuse to learn from one of the greats. Celia Brooks, author of international bestseller The New Vegetarian and former private chef to director Stanley Kubrick (best job ever?) and Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer of Honey & Co. all run classes here, so pick your favourite teacher and get swotting up for the new term. The new school programme just launched on 1st September so get booking!
If GBOB has got you in a bit of a proving spin, e5 Bakehouse’s cooking courses may be just the ticket. The well-known London Fields landmark now offers a range of baking classes, from bread to cakes and pizza, for beginners and fanatics alike. Their one-day bread course covers bagels, pain de campagne, sourdough and rye bread, and even insists all attendees bring a large bag with them so they can carry all their creations home. Now that sounds like a star bake in the making!
Riverford’s Seasonal Veg Cooking Class
Right down at the other end of the budget scale, Riverford (the vegetable box company) are running seasonal cooking classes to get us all up to speed with cooking all those trickier root vegetables and darker green leaves. At just £15 per person, this one’s a bargain evening for anyone looking to tackle some chard, squash or courgette recipes, and dinner is included in the price.
Ruby Violet’s Children’s DIY Sundae Social
If you’ve already come across Ruby Violet’s myriad of ice cream flavours on the road or at their converted Victorian Dairy in Tufnell Park, you’ll know they’ve got a knack for flavours both fully-grown and smaller ice-cream fans to drool over. Their DIY Sundae Socials are a great chance to introduce children to cooking, and at just £10 a ticket, they’ll get to watch ice cream churn away in the Ruby Violet kitchen, before constructing their own sundaes from their favourite frozen ingredients.
City Pantry is hosting its own sushi class on 17th September for office managers, led by local nori aficionados Sushi Rolls. No matter if you’re yet to pick up your first bamboo sushi mat or consider yourself a bit of a sashimi know-it-all, there’ll be something for everyone. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.