Cookery Class

Kickin’ cookery courses happening in Brighton and Hove

It’s all happening – or has been happening – down on the south coast, particularly in the Brighton & Hove borough.

First and foremost, students at the City College were treated to an impromptu hands-on lesson with Norman Cook’s (a.k.a. FatBoy Slim) personal chef in the art of crew catering.

Then the cookerydoodledoo food craft and cookery school in Hove is going all Mexican on us, following on from the success of Cooking with Teenagers in May, where they now have a lasting homage to their smoky enchiladas with the recipe for all to see, eat and learn to cook themselves on their webpages.

The next Mexican cookery class at cookerydoodledoo is aimed at the younger age bracket, 3-10 year olds, and is scheduled for 23rd June. Prices for the first child is £12, which includes the cooking lesson itself and admittance for parents. Got two kids who you just can’t give to one without the other? That’s dandy, too, as you can add a second child on for a supplementary £3.

Lunch is also included, derived from what the mini-chefs cook up themselves. On the recipe card for the 23rd June cookery class is Guacamole, Quesidillas and a delve into two infamous Mexican ingredients that stand up well on their own or go perfectly together. No, not tequila and worms: chilli and chocolate!

DJ’s chef opens eyes of cookery students with hands-on gig

But back to the Brighton & Hove City College. The students just happened to be at the American Express Community Stadium learning their trade in the training college whilst FatBoy Slim was putting on a couple of gigs. Dan Stockland, the DJ’s personal chef and a classically qualified chef in his own rite, couldn’t resist dropping in for a walk down memory lane to his time as a cookery student.

But he did much more for the catering class than offer a bit of helpful advice. The four pupils who shone in the cookery classes were invited backstage to the kickin’ catering canteen of the roadies and crew, not just to get a visual on the opportunity but also to get stuck in with a bit of hands on cookery experience.

Jonathan File, a tutor at the training college, couldn’t praise the surprise turn of events enough, saying just how ‘personable and professional’ Dan himself was and what an ‘eye-opener’ it had been for his students to actually be involved in a real-life scenario backstage kitchen and just how stressful it can get.

Just one question: with a name like FatBoy Slim, just what does this DJ’s diet constitute? A bit of “Yo, yo!” and yo-yo, no doubt.

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Report suggests that British tastes are changing

A new study by Walkers has revealed that eighty per cent of people in Britain are increasingly looking to cuisines from around the world to add spice to their mealtimes.

Researchers questioned more than two thousand people and found that the nation’s tastes are changing with people becoming braver in their culinary choices and casting their net wider in their search for fantastic food.

People regularly enjoy food from Africa (18%), Latin America (21%) and Japan (35%) both at home and in restaurants.

Further figures reveal that over forty per cent of people add either chilli or spices to their meals at least once every week. In addition, ten per cent of people admitted to adding extra heat to their food at least once every day.

Around three in ten claimed that their enjoyment of spicy food increases as they get older. Whist fourteen per cent of people questioned claimed that they are addicted to adding chilli to spice to their meals and without it food tastes bland.

People in Northern Ireland were most likely to choose adventurous and spicy food with around thirty five per cent acknowledging their enjoyment. They were closely followed by spice lovers in the North West and East Anglia, with proportions of thirty three per cent and thirty two per cent, respectively.

In response to these figures Walkers have launched two new varieties of their Sensations range of crisps. The two new flavours of Mexican sweet chipotle and smoked Monterray chill with goats’ cheese have been inspired by Latin America and join classics such as roast chicken and thyme and Thai sweet chilli.

A spokeswoman for Walkers explained that the British have a great passion for food so it’s fantastic to see that they are embracing spicy and exotic flavours.