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The make up of your average cookery course student

What type of person enrols on cookery courses? Have you ever thought about attending one, but don’t want to look or feel like the odd one out?

Well let me put your mind at rest – all sorts of people attend all sorts of classes!  Whether they’re bespoke cookery classes aimed at cookery courses for men, for the elderly, for the young or if you enjoy a meat-free diet, there are plenty of vegetarian cookery schools dotted around the country, most notably in Edinburgh (although by no means exclusive to Scotland’s capital).

To highlight just what I mean, a recent blog post on tells the tale of a chef, Kavey, funnily enough, who was invited some time ago to attend a public relations exercise for a well-known brand at Food at 52 – a delightful, family-run, olde worlde cookery school. Since then, John and Emily, Food at 52’s proprietors, have managed to grow its classes and repertoire, move into bespoke premises yet – much to Kavey’s delight upon her recent return – managed to retain all of the olde charme of the original family home school as was in their brand new premises. The retention of the warmth and overwhelming hospitality that she felt on her original visit has been recreated at the new location, between tube stops Angel and Old Street, purely down to John’s previous life experience of running a set-building company for the flicks, which he drew upon to fit out the new cookery school himself. Talented booby.

That’s the scene set, no Bela Lugosi in sight, just Kavey and the revamped kitchen (do you see what I did there?) with its range, custom-made hoods over the ovens and a trestle table to work around so long it could double up as a bowling lane when not in use by budding chefs.

But that’s a little aside from the main point of this article, although is a nice aside as many chefs who blog don’t often go to the extent of giving you a visual. So, who attended this cookery class with Kavey?

Well, first and foremost there is John, the aforementioned set-building half of the duo that run the school, whose background is obviously in construction. However, it is he who teaches the class Kavey has been invited to in order to get her blessing on the school’s new abode, along with an able assistant who (hopefully) won’t mind me saying this, was John’s skivvy for the day.

Then there’s Kavey herself, a renowned chef in her own rite turned pupil for the day.

Other students who joined her at the trestle table, in no particular order, were a professional food blogger whose written content was accompanied by a video review of a series cookery classes they were attending, in this case Food at 52, obviously.

There was then a Scottish mother and daughter team in London for a break who had taken the opportunity to top up their culinary skills. And another mother and offspring team were there, however this second particular team included a red-head mother-to-be and an infant in utero, who was not so many days away from announcing their arrival. She, likewise, was taking the opportunity to indulge in a cookery lesson before the little one came along, limiting this type of activity for the foreseeable future.

And finally, a recently graduated student (unfortunately, Kavey couldn’t recall whether it was physics or an engineering qualification the lad had attained) whose girlfriend had bought him the cookery class as a birthday treat.  Female logic prevailing, if ever their was evidence of its superiority.

So there you have it – a diverse cross section of the UK public enjoys the camaraderie and the satisfaction of partaking in cookery classes with no inhibitions or, if they had them beforehand, are soon dispersed.

So, what’s stopping you? Check out our hand-picked cookery courses or drop us a comment below if you have something to say – all comments will be replied to.

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Viva La Espana! Spanish cookery courses are on the up

With its focus on fresh ingredients and amazing regional flavours, Spanish cuisine is becoming extremely popular.

Spain’s extensive cultural history has led to a vast array of distinctive cuisines with thousands of recipes and flavours. It is strongly influenced by seafood which is available in the waters that surround the country.

The popularity of Spanish cuisine has resulted in an increase in demand for Spanish cookery courses here in the UK. There are a variety of different providers but, in our view, the following are amongst the best.

Cornwall, Padstow Seafood School

Founded by celebrity chef Rick Stein, everyone that attends the school leaves with a real sense of why seafood is so special as well as the hands on skills to transform fresh fish into a fantastic culinary treat.

To coincide with the launch of Rick Stein’s Spain, the cookery school has introduced a new series of Spanish cooking courses that will teach you the essentials of Spanish fish cookery. There are both one-day and two-day courses.

The one-day course features a variety of difference seafood dishes from Spain. Each day includes a mixture of hands-on, practical cookery and demonstrations from the experts. A sociable lunch is also included where students can enjoy the dishes that they’ve created.

The two-day course is full of simple cooking techniques for fresh seafood but also features the strong flavours of saffron, smoked paprika, olive oil and garlic. Recipes include dishes such as scallops baked with guindilla, cuttlefish with peas and meatballs and Malaga style fried fish. There is also the opportunity to explore some fantastic Spanish desserts.

London, Food at 52

Food at 52 offers practical tuition in a well equipped and atmospheric kitchen in Clerkenwell, central London. Whether you a seasoned chef or a kitchen novice you’ll really enjoy your time at Food at 52. Classes are small with no more than ten students and each session ends with the chance to enjoy the fantastic dishes that have been created.

The Spanish cookery course will give students the practical tools to create a number of different dishes. Students will learn how to make perfect paella rice, stocks, soffritto and a mixture of different Tapas dishes from octopus in red wine stew to stuffed dates with chorizo.

As with all cooking courses at Food at 52, students will be expected to roll up their sleeves from the start. You will learn to master new skills and will be encouraged to experiment in the kitchen.