London's 5 best: Cooking classes
Home cooking doesn’t have to be hard work.
It most certainly doesn’t if you learn how to chop, cook and serve like a master chef at one of these ace London cookery classes. From prestigious institutions to hands-on DIY experiences, and whatever your ability or tastes, London’s got the full range of edible learning available for anyone keen to start a new curriculum. Here's our top 5 cooking classes in London.
Empanadas are the main event at Boca, prepared every morning from scratch and baked to perfection. They make their own light, shortcrust pastry and have a range of delicious fillings for vegetarians, vegans and the more carnivorous among you. And if you have no idea what an empanada actually is, Boca offer incredible empanada cooking classes for up to that they'll bring directly to your office, so you'll be in the know in no time at all.
So if you're interested in making your own empanadas, or just want to taste them made by the experts? You can order Boca Empanadas from City Pantry.
Price: £25 per person
Leiths School of Food and Wine
Now running for 40 years, Leiths is pretty much the first word in cooking classes in the capital, counting some of London’s brightest foodie stars in its alumni. Whether you want to learn how to make artisan pasta, learn the art of Malaysian street food or how to bring Persian recipes to life - Leiths is the place to learn.
Location: W12 9RT
Divertimenti is known for teaming up with some of the most exciting names in food across the globe, making it the perfect way to learn from one of the greats. With each masterclass you are paired with a well-known chef or foodie who will guide you through the recipes – whether it be learning the art of the chocolate dessert from Hotel Chocolat or cooking for a Japanese dinner party with Reiko Hashimoto – the options are endless. Plus, you can pick up all the utensils you need from the well-stocked shop on your way out, so you’ve got no excuse to not start your culinary journey right away!
Price: Varies per class
Location: SW3 2EP
If the Great British Bake Off 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, 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!
Technically not a cooking class, but Buchanans' London Cheese School offers a range of tastings and events to suit all cheese lovers. You'll leave with an enhanced understanding of how cheese products are made, cared for and most importantly, how they taste. Come and indulge in cheese and wine, find inspiration for your next dinner party and learn something new all in the relaxed atmosphere of their shop on Porchester Place.
Or, if you just want to try some incredible cheese and wine, you can order Buchanans Cheesemonger from City Pantry.