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Katy Perry tweets to fans she’s taking up a cookery course

So even the superstars realise the importance of learning to cook. It seems that it doesn’t matter how many millions you have in the bank, possessing the ability to fend for oneself in the kitchen is paramount to self fulfilment.

The gorgeous Katy Perry is temporarily foregoing the limelight to start a new relationship with the kitchen. An announcement from the pop queen on twitter reveals that she is tempting to become “human” by enrolling herself in a cookery class.

Her fledgling attempts at culinary prowess may well be a sign that the 27 year old superstar is thinking of settling down. Reportedly dating John Mayer, a fellow top of the pops singer (that’s showing my age – c’mon, I could have said ‘The Tube’), this may be a sign that Katy is perhaps seeking domestic bliss.

It was only a short Tweet and did not divulge in which discipline the cookery course is aimed. This is not the first time that the chart-topping Perry has shown a public interest in cookery; earlier this year the ‘Teenage Dream’ singer invested a cool $50,000 for a one off cookery class with celebrity chef Cat Cora.

The huge sum was donated to Elton John and his AIDS foundation. The charity event, celebrating its 20th anniversary, saw Perry embroiled in a bidding war to court Cora’s culinary expertise, which she eventually won thanks to the massive bid.

The prize was, though, shared with big screen producer Steve Tisch. Maybe Perry’s thoughts, as she approaches her late twenties, are turning to quiet nights in with new beau, Mayer. It is perhaps a far cry from the wild, long hell-raising nights with ex husband Russell Brand.

No, I can’t work it out, either: what did she see in him in the first place and what on earth (that was nearly stronger) was he playing at fooling around with a woman like Perry sat at home?  If she ever decides to become a wandering chef and abandon the charts and stage forever, she can come and cook me up a dish any time she feels like it.  No doubt all the ladies are thinking the same thing about Brand, and who am I to argue the toss?

Who knows? We may well see Ms. Perry on BBC screens next year in the next series of Celebrity Master Chef. However, with no disrespect to “Peggy”, I cannot image Perry preparing scampi on the same workbench as Su Pollard.  Unless they called it the Peggy & Perry Cookery Show – now that would be full of hi-de-hi’s and low-de-lows, for sure.

But seriously, it just goes to show that even the most glamorous people on the planet appreciate the need to be able to cook for themselves. Perhaps if more celebrity icons got involved publicly with learning how to cook healthy and nutritious food from scratch, then more of our youngsters would follow suit.

Learning to cook from an early age is one of life’s essential lessons. Let’s hope the millions of Perry’s twitter fans take a leaf out of her cookery book, which I’m sure would also be a hit if she put her mind to collating what she has learnt in the kitchen, or intends to, into a glossy recipe book.

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Learn to cook at your stag or hen do – who needs Prague?

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, Stag Nights often turned into weekends, Blackpool, Dublin or, more recently, Prague, becoming the destination, subject to all manner of depravity by heaving hen nights or steaming stag soirées.

However, one of the more chic activities finding popularity with both the male prenuptial party and even more pleasing for the respective bride-to-be, is the cookery class for the bridegroom and his stags. Yes, you read that correctly – single men are spending their last hours of freedom not getting an early start on a night of debauchery but learning to cook, instead.

One such cookery course is at Marmalade Cookery School, who recently hosted one groom-to-be and nine of his closest friends who hired the services of owner and hands-on operator Tatiana Bento to at least give one hapless bachelor a clue when the happy couple move into the marital home.

The guys in this particular cookery class organised the afternoon partly in a sense of fun but also because Marmalade Cookery School cater for those who have developed their own style from years of singledom and know their way around the kitchen to those who have to ask how to turn a toaster on.

According to Tatiana, the prominence of male celebrity chefs has been as good an advertisement for the cookery school as anything, although many of the male parties are still down to the best man having one last laugh on the groom. But there is another surprising statistic thrown up by this type of event.

The majority of the women, two thirds in fact, view cooking not as a past time to dive into and develop as a skill, but as a chore; more than that, one in six women who attend Tatiana’s cookery school often eat out because they are inept or rely on their partner’s prowess in the kitchen.

Tatiana started off baking her own bread, which she learnt as part of her Portuguese upbringing where women still take on the role of chief in the kitchen; subsequently, her friends encouraged her to use those cooking lessons to forge a career of her own, learning others to cook what she took for granted.

Since then, Tatiana has found her market, mainly 20-35 women, who have as much of a laugh and a chat whilst at the cookery courses as learning to cook from Tatiana’s cookery school, a world apart from her days as an archaeology student before upping sticks to Swansea, where she has moved full time to be with her boyfriend. Gower and the surrounding region has also proved to be a fertile ground for her inherent Portuguese cookery, as well as her original breads and pastries and also, that most of traditional of Portuguese dishes, sushi (?).

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