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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.

If you are anxious to teach your children to cook, there are plenty of cookery courses on our home page that will fulfill this need. Why not head on over there and compare our current offerings, hand-picked from the best on the net today? For many adolescents, learning their way around the kitchen professionally really would be a teenage dream come true.


Ordering your ingredients on social media platforms

Social media – love it or hate it, it’s a massive component of our everyday lives. If you’re not on facebook, you have a Google Plus account; if you’re not LinkedIn, you tweet. As the Internet becomes more accessible, with the latest 7″ tablets now more powerful and with more connectivity than a whopping desktop you may have bought as little as long as a year ago, it’s no wonder we’re online more and more often.

In other areas of the hospitality trade, breweries are now offering training courses, front of house for bar staff, cookery courses for chefs and managerial courses for tenants, through a medium they hope will entice the brightest from the crop of today’s school leavers – Internet portals. So it’s perhaps no wonder that suppliers to the trade are now investigating this avenue as a means to reach a bigger market place.

It’s not new. QVC has long since been a purveyor of fine quality meats, with cooking demonstrations over the air waves, meaning that you could order from the TV and, subsequently, from their website and even now through an iPhone app. The advantage a TV shopping channel has had in the past is being able to see how the meats were prepared so that there was confidence in ordering. But now, with advances in online technology, social media is getting in on the act, too.

Of all the platforms online, you’d think that Twitter is the least likely way to get your message across that you have carcasses, poultry and even fish to sell, but one such company that is optimising the niche is Marky Market, a personal meat shopper for the inhabitants of the Capital.

His day starts as any other supplier of meat in London’s would with a trip down to Smithfield Market. Using the underground, with a trolley packed with ice blocks to keep the meat as fresh as when it’s laid out on the stalls, he picks up the meat he has his orders for. Due to the volumes needed to secure the best price, it is oft the case that there is surplus in his trolley once the deliveries have been made.

It’s then back to the Soho office, sometimes with a slight meander to Billingsgate Fish Market, too, to sell the residual stock. Simple Tweets (within the 140 character limit) are usually enough to clear him out, packed, wrapped and delivered to the Tweeter’s door.

It’s a satisfying combination for both Marky Market and the online customer, whether it is a hostelry for their pub menu, a cookery school for the next day’s classes or an individual who knows what to do with am Old spot or Wild Boar sausage. Or, indeed, whatever surplus that day’s outing has left him with.

As reputations build on facebook pages, followers on Twitter and within the circles of Google Plus, buying your ingredients online is not only a trending way to do it, but could well be the future of meat shopping, especially in the capital if you don’t fancy being up at the crack of dawn yourself to get the best cuts, yourself.  Or, if you just fancy tweeting yourself, every now and again. (so sorry! had to be done)

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