When we’re not eating at our favourite restaurants, we’re cooking at them! Many chefs are swinging open the kitchen doors to invite eager (and hungry) guests inside for masterclasses in masterful cooking. These sessions are perfect for any foodie friends as a unique gift, aspiring chefs, and anyone who wants a snoop around a professional kitchen!
The Bertinet Kitchen Cookery School
French chef and baker Richard Bertinet opened The Bertinet Kitchen Cookery School in Bath, in 2005 teaching everyone from novices to experienced cooks. Richard is particularly revered, however, in the world of baking. His four books on baking: Dough; Crust, Pastry and Patisserie Maison have become modern baking bibles and he attracts people from all over the world to participate in his renowned bread making classes at the school. The Bertinet Kitchen Cookery School offers a range of relaxed and fun courses for food lovers of all abilities. Courses include anything from macaroons, wedding cake and pasta making to Mediterranean feasting and wine tastings to Michelin starred masterclasses. For more information check their site.
An evening in the kitchen with Tony Fleming
For one night only learn to cook with highly talented chef Tony Fleming from Michelin-starred restaurant Angler. Experience this hands on culinary evening from the chefs table at Divertimenti Cookery School on Thursday 19th March. Each course will be matched with a selected wine. £160pp, with all details here.
The ‘Epicurean Ritz’ at The Ritz London
In celebration of the re-opening of the kitchen at The Ritz London last September, The Ritz created the ultimate experience for culinary enthusiasts: Epicurean Ritz. The experience includes: two night’s accommodation at The Ritz London, an English breakfast each morning, a 30 minute tour of the newly refurbished Ritz Kitchen by Executive Chef, John Williams or one of his Sous Chefs. Guests will be treated to a glass of Champagne and canapés in the kitchen before enjoying a four-course dinner in The Ritz Restaurant as well as a 30 minute cocktail lesson in the Rivoli Bar and a copy of The Ritz Book. Priced from £1,370 for two persons (including value added tax). Details here: www.theritzlondon.com
Gluten free masterclasses at Cantina Del Ponte
This Spring, Cantina del Ponte will be hosting gluten-free cooking masterclasses, designed for those looking for information and practical support for gluten free cooking. Launching on Saturday 14th March, the course is divided into two parts, with the second session taking place on Saturday 18th April. The masterclasses will be a joint collaboration between nutritionist Stephanie Seege and Cantina del Ponte’s head chef Marco Goldin. The course is priced at £40 per person and includes a gluten-free lunch following each session using all the ingredients and food produced in the class. More information here!
Busaba Eathai CookThai
Busaba Eathai’s kitchen doors are opened on Sunday mornings to inquisitive guests at CookThai classes hosted at the Panton Street branch. Chef Hesham and Wok-Master Sasi share their culinary skills and insider tips during an intimate lesson, offering a behind-the-scenes glance at Busaba and learning from the best in a working Busaba kitchen. Groups are kept small to allow for one-to-one teaching, over the course of the morning our chefs talk through the interplay of flavours in Thai cuisine and teach their guests how to make three Busaba dishes, offering a variety of new cooking skills. After the food is prepared, guests are escorted to dine in the restaurant. From here, Chefs Hesh and Sasi lead a walking tour to Chinatown, where they demonstrate how to select the best ingredients so the dishes can be recreated at home. Lessons cost £45 per person. To register your interest, please email email@example.com. www.busaba.com/classes
Where will you be heading for your ultimate hands-on restaurant experience?