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Oar-some night of cooking at Hedsor House, for charidy, mate

A live cookery lesson in aid of charity – namely sports relief – will be held over the weekend at Hedsor House in the style of a cook-off between two teams of three from the Olympic kayak and rowing teams.

The £50/head black-tie do, will be held just three miles from Dorney Lake, Buckinghamshire, where the Olympians and Paralympians will choose very different weapons than those you can find in the kitchen to do battle against the world’s best in just a few months time as they take to the water to represent their country at The Games themselves.

However, for the evening in question, the athletes are taking a night off from training to show off their culinary prowess in what’s hoped will be a sell-out gig. The seating arrangements can be booked individually or for a corporate night out of fine dining in larger groups. All tickets are bookable online and if you have a PayPal account, all the better, as this is the preferred choice of payment method for the live cookery demonstration one-of-a-kind culinary showcase.

For your £50 – very reasonable indeed, considering it’s in the name of charity – you are greeted with a glass of champagne (donated by Bibendum Wine, official champagne supplier to The Olympics) or a soft drink with canapés, before going through to take your seat in anticipation of the three-course meal served up by the (albeit temporary) celebrity chefs.

For those of you who have reservations on your palette’s behalf, fear not. All of the cooking will be undertaken under the supervision of award winning chef Melissa Webb – it not certain that she’s given any lessons or a crash cooking course to either of the two teams, but we’re certain she will laud their efforts at the end of the evening as both sets of three course meals are put to the sword by panels of judges – that’s everyone who’s stumped up the fifty numps and braved the cooking – to see which team is crowned the inaugural champions of Hedsor’s Kitchen.

Two members of each team have been named so far; for the rowers, Natasha Page and Mark Hunter have been pencilled in already. And for the kayakers, Jon Boyton and Andrew Daniels are staking their reputations to prepare the best oars d’oeuvres on the night.

All are champions and medallists in their own rite, and we here at cookerycourses.co.uk reckon the secret weapons for the third man in each team could come from any of the three 80’s gold and silver medallist middle distance runners, namely Lord Seb Roe (or Row, I suppose), Steve Omelette or Steve Scram .

Whatever the final line-up, for those who attend there will be the opportunity, once all the pots and pans are scrubbed and podium celebrations are done with, to meet the athletes involved in the cooking challenge, plus any others who may also tag along to show their support.

It’s £50, all profits go to the Sports Relief charity and you get a three course meal and bubbly in beautiful settings – what more could you ask for?

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Telegraph cooking course in London – £36! But be quick.

Have you ever wanted to sample a cookery course but never quite been able to justify the sometimes eye-watering prices for an art you may be a total failure at? Well now you can get a whopping 54% off an evening cookery class in conjunction with the Open Kitchen and The Telegraph at Hoxton, in London – making this an ideal sampler for those exotic tastes you thought learning to cook would be forever beyond your budget.

However, you’ll have to act quickly for this one-time only offer from the newspaper; although the class-dates run from February 16th right up until mid-May, the special price is only available for a very limited time and subject to demand.

If you’ve ever wondered just what Irie Caribbean’s all about, or how the Japanese and Thai peoples get their foods so fresh-tasting or you just wanted to be reminded of those lazy days spent around The Med or far-flung adventures in South Africa by the food you prepare, you can choose from anyone of those native menus at this part demo/part hands-on two-hour introduction cookery school.

Not only will you have the benefit of the experience of one of the Open Kitchen’s skilled, professional chefs as an endearing memory of the evening, but you can also keep the apron with which you’ll be provided as well as the recipe card for your chosen cookery class .

The classes, run at the Open Kitchen, 40 Hoxton Street, London, are not aimed at any particular level of culinary expertise, but suitable for all. Yes, they are meant to be informative, but there is also a big dollop of fun involved, too.

The welcome pack you receive on arrival contains all of the evenings ingredients, the afore-mentioned apron and a complete itinerary of what the cooking course entails. It kicks off dead on 7pm, but you are welcome to arrive early for a local beer or English wine.  The focus, as with The Great British Menu with which you may have already associated the ‘Open Kitchen’ name, is proud of locally foraged ingredients and likes to uphold the traditions from the days when Britannia ruled the kitchen!

During the two hour stint, you will learn to prepare your two-course meal in the chosen discipline, watch the professional chef do it properly and then it’s your turn to follow in their footsteps whilst at your very own work station. From Japanese teriyaki to a cookery lesson in Thai vegetables, herbs and spices, from a complete cruise around all-ports in The Med to the other end of Africa with an Angolan treat or a Caribbean Jerk special, the cookery courses really do take you on a trip around the world’s taste buds.

There is a bit of fine print to read as well as details and timetables of cooking courses and how you book and claim your ticket, as well as a little more about the Open Kitchen, whose site you will need to visit to finalise your booking. To get this information on the Telegraph’s pages, click here […] – enjoy!

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Cookery Course News

Learn how to cook bread – a right pain

I apologise profusely in advance for the amount of buns puns that are going to be in this article, but learning how to cook bread just lends itself to giving the rise.

But, as this is a staple component of many a culture, from the Lord tempting the Israelites to cross the Desert of Sin en route to Sinai by raining down manna from heaven to the celebration of Holy Communion to this day with unleavened bread and the spiritual holiday of yeaster, this is a biblical side dish of much renown.

However, Leith’s School of Food & Wine, London, are offering a one-off cookery class this summer to learn how to cook bread in different styles from the continent, just in time to use your loaf on holiday and impress the locals with your knowledge of their local bread.

Unlike many cookery courses which require you to have a camper van full of equipment before you can even bread roll enrol, all that is required of the budding bread chef for this four and a half hour course is an apron and a notebook and you’re set – everything else is supplied.

The cookery class looks to pack in plenty of variety to enable you, once completed, to be able to perfect the art of bread-baking in several languages!

From a Gaelic fruit soda bread recipe to a base Italian offering which should be a pizza cake, you next move on to biga things as you experiment in French and further Italian textured breads to complete the European tour.

It’s not all hands-on; when you arrive there is coffee and pastries as you meet your fellow students, but after that you dough get a minute (yeah, you probably have to be from The Black Country to get that one) as you get stuck in to the lesson.

Each slice of the action will be in the form of a demo, then you get to have a go with the ingredients that are weighed out for you for each recipe – they really do supply all you knead.

Mid-lesson, there’s a breather when wine is served to go with the food that you’ve prepared up to that point, I guess to toast your success so far, and then it’s into the afternoon session to complete the cookery class.

Any food not consumed during the course of the lesson you’re free to take home with you if you couldn’t eat the whole meal, as well as a recipe booklet as a souvenir to help you replicate your expertise time and again just in case you don’t crust trust yourself to remember each lesson. If you’ve not bought anything to carry the surplus home, don’t worry; I’m sure Leith’s will baguette for you.

It’s a pitta, but I’ve not been on this cookery course; however, my naan reckoned that this essential lesson in cooking was, well, the best thing since sliced bread.

At time of writing, there were still places available; further details on Leith’s School of Food & Wine’s website.

Last updated on January 11, 2012

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Cookery Class News

Cookery lesson with Bruno Loubet won

It seemed like the ideal competition – tweet this and you’ve won a cookery lesson with Bruno Loubet. For Internet users everywhere, they may have thought – OK, where’s the con?

Turns out, there’s none! There exists a small pot of genuine opportunity to win competitions on the Internet without having to sign your life away and provide details that entail you giving away your bank account details to the highest bidder behind the scenes.

Pocket-lint & GB Chefs – a formidable team

The prize, to win the chance to cook with two-Michelin-rated chef Bruno Loubet followed by a meal for two as part of the Pocket-lint Christmas Spectacular, did exactly what it said on the tin.  Just ask @jonny162 from London who has scooped the prestigious prize.

Cynics may suggest, as the terms were: in order to be in the hat you have to tweet the hashtag #plxmas and follow @pocketlint and @gbchefs, that the reward is simply a cheap marketing tactic, but for jonny162, it could just turn his life around.

Who are the ‘Great British Chefs’?

The name ‘Bruno Loubet’ does not automatically ring synonymous with being a chef of UK origin, and you’d be right.  Bruno came here to ply his culinary trade in the early eighties, straight out of National  Service en France.

The theme behind GB Chefs is to encapsulate all the ideas brought to the UK by chefs working on our shores and utilise their site as a fulcrum to synergise everything expressive and wholesome about continental cooking and deliver it to the UK public.

Download 105 recipes at app-speed

The sum of that creative talent then provides an online presence to express the collective chef’s brilliance and offers a platform both online and now mobile in order to relate to an English-reading audience across all networks.

You can follow their blog by RSS or, as is the wont with everything hot on the net, download an app to keep you up-to-date with everything en vogue in the culinary UK. As soon as you install the app, these 105 recipes are yours for the cooking.

Ranging from recipes the single bloke at college could cook to a recipe that only those who’d attended a multitude of cookery courses to understand the ingredients, let alone the methods involved in preparing the dish, this app is an insight into ingenuity.

Whether your aim is to learn how great chefs cook, get an eye-opener to the type of know-how you feel you ought to arm yourself with before signing up to a cookery course or just like experimenting every now and again when the opportunity presents itself, check out Great British Chefs. It’s not all rrros-bif, Yorkshire pud and tikka-masala, y’know.