Whether you are a beginner in the kitchen or a top chef looking to widen your skills, there are plenty of places in London to improve your culinary prowess. Here are the best places in the English capital for cookery education.
Cookery School at Little Portland Street
Pastry making at Cookery School | Courtesy of Little Portland Street Cookery School
In a bright, minimalistic and modern setting, the Cookery School at Little Portland Street hosts enjoyable and imaginative cooking experiences. From appetising bread and sourdough classes to gluten-free cooking, succulent French breakfast pastries to Middle Eastern cuisine, you are completely spoilt for choice in either a class or course. The venue is located two minutes away from Oxford Street. Rosalind Rathouse — the school’s passionate and welcoming principal — can make even the most unconfident cook enthusiastic about the kitchen. With plenty of hands-on practice, delicious tastings and question opportunities, this fresh and inspiring school is the perfect culinary experience.
For Japanese cuisine lovers, Yuki’s Kitchen will teach you how to prepare sushi whenever you wish. Regardless of your ability, Yuki offers a range of cooking experiences to help broaden your knowledge and incorporate Japanese cooking into your daily life. Dishes used in classes are based on authentic recipes for all occasions. They are demonstrated with a relaxed yet informative approach, showing how many unusual but readily available ingredients in the UK can be utilised for delicious and easy dishes. Full courses and private classes in your own home are offered — you’ll be the master of your own bento box in no time.
A pop-up grub club and Italian masterclass provider, My Home From Umbria is a wonderful dinner party experience where you can learn the tricks of the trade. Assia Rosica brings her raw and wonderful advice on Italian cooking. Sessions have included homemade pasta making and meatball cooking. In an atmospheric location with specially chosen wine, enjoy and partake in demonstrations from the chef. Bountiful and luscious food along with the ambience and a fantastic host creates a truly memorable and sociable evening.
The finest expertise across the culinary board is assured at Food at 52 Cookery School, with an extensive choices of classes and courses to partake in. From teaching kitchen basics to vegetarian flavours of the world, or lessons focusing on cuisines from Moroccan to Vietnamese, Food at 52 offers a truly exceptional, enjoyable yet highly informative cooking experience. Acclaimed chef John Benbow launched the school to share his knowledge and enthusiasm in an informal and homely atmosphere, with a social dinner-party vibe. Begin by mingling in the eclectic lounge upstairs. Gain hands-on tuition on the oak and stone table on the floor below, and finish the class with a spectacular feast and specially chosen wine.
Peruvian cuisine as you have never experienced before — Ceviche combines tradition and London creativity with their fabulously fresh and fun masterclasses. Ceviche has specially designed food and carefully tailored classes such as a Andina’s Peruvian Superfood, Pisco Cocktail and the Best of Peruvian Chocolate. You can learn about some of the most important and flavoursome ingredients native to the South American country. From quinoa to lúcuma, tiger milk dressings to pisco sours, taste and create the wonders of Peru in a friendly and atmospheric setting.
Take your sugar addiction to the next level at one of Spun Candy’s marvellous confectionary masterclasses. With two stores in London and growing across the globe, Spun Candy is gradually taking over the sweetie world. The official licensees of Candy Crush and selling only handmade and naturally flavoured candy, the store now offers tempting masterclasses including sessions for children and families. Discover the science and art behind the craft; from heating the sugar, to the design, to the flavour and colour of the finished product. Guests receive a welcome drink, demonstration and tuition, and can take home the tasty treats they make afterwards. Deliciously delightful.
The team at Bourne & Hollingsworth have created a brilliant new cookery school in order to share their passion for food. Run by executive chef Adam Gray and his head chef Anthony Horn, there will be several sessions weekly offering entertaining and insightful classes ranging from knife skills and butchery to sausage making and seasonal veg. The beautifully designed kitchen in the B&H buildings has six catering stations, a demonstration bench, and a large communal dining area; the space can also be hired for private dining parties with a personal chef and bartender. Classes are sophisticated and enjoyable, and Adam Gray is a wonderful, informative host and teacher.