Our African cookery classes uncover authentic food from across the East and West of Africa. Our cookery school has revolutionised the ordinary approach by being the UK’s first cookery school solely dedicated to food from across Africa, attracting people with a passion for culture, travel, discovery and an interest in healthy eating and the freedom to indulge their love of cookery. This is a great opportunity to meet other ‘foodies’ in this fun and welcoming environment. Choose from: West African Vegetarian Cookery Course Our West African Cookery Class uncovers authentic food from across West Africa, including Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Gambia, and Senegal. This class explores delicious tastes and flavours, along with West African cookery methods – to ensure vegetarian dishes are exciting and exotic! Or East African Vegetarian Cookery Course Our East African Cookery Class explores the wonders of vegetarian food from East Africa, including Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Uganda. Typical dishes include Mbazi wa nazi (Pigeon peas cooked in a Kenyan-style spicy coconut sauce), Matoke (Ugandan green banana stew), Mesir Wat (Ethiopian lentil stew). Our classes are suitable for cooks of all levels and abilities and is a great way of discovering the exciting tastes of Africa.
Meet our chef Giovanni and learn how to cook a nice Tuscan meal in the heart of Florence! Our classes are offered as a view into a typical Tuscan cuisine. Classes are small and intimate. First step: grocery shopping at the central market !! You will go shopping with the chef at the central market picking up the ingredients for your lunch. You will meet the butchers, the bakers, and the farmers selling vegetables from their gardens. You will learn how to distinguish the highest quality ingredients and, as an added bonus, how to bargain! You will taste local foods and wines. After this fun experience you will reach the house and start the lessons in a private kitchen. A true handson experience, and you will prepare your own meal, made of Bruschetta, Fresh Home-made Pasta, and a main course, accompanied with a selection of Chinati wines.
If you have a passion for food this is the experience for you. In a world of ready meals and sauces claiming to be authentic there really is room for improvement – here is your opportunity to learn how. You will learn to cook a number of dishes including chicken fish and paneer which will provide the platform to build your culinary skills in all types of cooking. The recipes are truly authentic as eaten by Indian families. This cookery class is a real hands-on experience for those of you who want to be involved in spice blending and understanding the essence of Indian Cookery. From chilli chicken kebabs to paneer tikka’s samosas and the ‘real deal’ pakoras like you’ve never tasted before this is the class for cookery enthusiasts. You don’t need experience of cookery because the class teaches the entire process from start to finish for each dish. The key difference is the focus on spices; so it’s not just how to but why and when to use spices how to use all your senses to discover your palette and learn how to make a difference in taste. It’s fast furious and fun. Just bring along your enthusiasm and an appetite for lots of food. Classes are small with a maximum of six participants to ensure that you will get plenty of one to one tuition.
Thai food is founded on simple ingredients from fresh fish and vegetables, rice and aromatic herbs and spices. With this fantastic course, you'll be shown how to use these ingredients to make a selection of popular Thai dishes as enjoyed by Thai people in their homes. In this one day class, you'll get to make a mouthwatering selection of exotic dishes; such as the ever popular Thai Red Curry, Jasmine Rice, Fish Cakes, Spring Rolls with Galangal and Chicken Soup - it is quite simply an action packed day. This class is entirely hands on and provides a detailed breakdown of all the herbs and spices used in Thai food to broaden your understanding and allow you to shop for your ingredients with a better knowledge of the components. It's ideal for people who enjoy cooking, entertaining and have an appreciation of good food. Classes are small, with a maximum of six participants, to ensure that you will get plenty of one to one tuition.
With the acclaimed chef, Rosemary Schrager as your teacher, immerse yourself in culinary excellence during this two day course with full room and board in the impossibly elegant surroundings of historic Swinton Park in the Yorkshire Dales. With a mixture of demonstration and hands on cooking, you will learn skills you never thought possible from soufflé to gravadlax, using fresh produce from the estate wherever possible. You can even bring along a guest, but unfortunately for them, they'll have to feed themselves.
This cookery experience is for all those who enjoy European food. The variation in cooking techniques throughout Europe is vast. Those countries especially renowned for their cuisine are included in these cookery classes such as, Italy, France and Spain. These cookery lessons are renowned for their practical, down-to-earth and enthusiastic approach to good food. This is a great chance for you to master new skills for your own benefit, and equally to impress your friends or family! After a warm welcome on arrival, you will get to meet your expert cookery teacher who will talk you through the day's programme and what you will be cooking during your lesson. Then it will be your turn to get your apron on and get cooking. At the end you will either be able to sit down and sample what you have made over a relaxed meal with the other attendees or take it away to enjoy later. The exact format varies depending on the cookery school and class chosen.
Our Sushi Making Master Classes are an ideal hands on experience which will teach you the subtle art of making sushi perfect every time. During your Sushi making class you will learn how to cook rice for sushi, how to prepare ingredients and where to source the best ingredients from. You will learn a variety of sushi recipes that you can recreate again and again at home to impress your friends and family. If you love Japanese cuisine then our sushi master class is just the ticket to learn the fine art of making sushi and sashimi.
With rising obesity levels in theUK, healthy diets and weight loss have never been at the forefront of people’s minds so much. It should be simple: eat less and exercise more, but for so many people it is more complex than that. Many of us have an unhealthy emotional relationship with food, some of us are confused as to which diet fad or fashion to follow, and others still simply enjoy our food too much to cut down!
Well the good news is that you don’t have to starve yourself to have a healthier diet; you can simply make small but sustainable changes to your diet to begin looking and feeling healthier.
If you are a fan of eating out, one of the simplest changes you can make is to change the type of sauces you choose. So if you love Italian food, you can still enjoy it, but order tomato-based instead of creamy sauces to instantly cut back on the calories and fat. Similarly, if you often enjoy bread as a side dish with a meal, you can still enjoy it, but try and go without the butter.
For lunch times, try making healthy sandwiches. Choose naturally low fat ingredients such as prawns or tuna with plenty of salad and use a low fat salad cream instead of a full fat mayonnaise. You could also use wholemeal bread rather than white to keep you feeling satisfied for longer and less likely to snack on chocolate or crisps later in the day.
Combine small changes to your diet like these with little bits of exercise wherever possible. So if the gym doesn’t appeal, try getting off the bus a couple of stops early or parking the car a little bit further away than usual, and power walking to work in the morning. Every little bit helps!