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Ros Rants: World Food Day

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October 16 is World Food Day and with its passing, I have had time to reflect on the changes we’ve seen in consumer eating habits over the last 17 years.

Thousands of people come through the doors of Cookery School at Little Portland Street each year.  With good home cooking skills lost over the generations, we aim to arm people with confidence in the kitchen, knowing they can go home and replicate the food that they have learnt during their time with us.

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Four tips for kids in the kitchen

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Here at Cookery School, we love seeing kids in the kitchen! Cooking is such a great way to learn and encourage creativity – especially if there’s a delicious dish at the end.

If you have a curious and culinary-minded child, here are our top tips to get them cooking in the kitchen.

Use recipes that you know work

Do not be tempted to go online to find recipes as often,

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Celebrating our suppliers: Hasbean

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We choose all our suppliers very carefully, opting to work with companies that share the same ethos that we do. When it comes to coffee, we work with Hasbean, a sustainable coffee roaster and supplier based in Stafford, in England’s north.

Stephen Leighton established Hasbean in 1999 and chooses to work directly with over 30 coffee producers around the world, in places such as Costa Rica, Ethiopia,

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We’re hiring!

 

With the busy Christmas season ahead, we’re looking for additional assistance in our Oxford Circus kitchens!

We are hiring energetic back of house staff to wash up, clean and clear dishes, amongst other kitchen porter responsibilities. You must have a good level of spoken English as you will be interacting with customers.

The pay is £12 per hour. Daytime and evening shifts available. There is potential for up to 20 hours per week for the right person. 

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Five top tips for meal prep

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Batch cooking, or meal prep, is the act of preparing a week’s worth of food in one session, ensuring that your lunches and dinners are looked after for the days ahead. It’s a fantastic way to ensure you’re eating well, saving money and most importantly, improving your cooking skills!

However, meal prep doesn’t mean having the same thing for five days straight. With a little forward planning and organisation, you can enjoy a wide variety of dishes without too much effort.

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COMPETITION: Win a spot on our WSET wine course!

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Have you ever felt uncomfortable when faced with a restaurant wine list or superior sommelier? It’s not always easy telling grape varieties, vintages or Old versus New World apart, never mind attempting to understand what’s different about organic, natural or biodynamic wines.

Help is at hand with our three-day intensive Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) certified course.

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Class Diary: Cook’s Certificate

Jamie McGurk recently participated in our professional Cook’s Certificate course. Here, he explains his experience over the six-week course.  

It’s fair to say elaborate and expansive cooking at university is a rare and laborious feat. During my studies, my dinners were usually simple chicken and rice, followed by a couple of Deliveroo meals and some oven chips in between. Whether it’s down to the laziness of a second-year student,

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Ros Rants: The value of good teaching

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Good home cooking, along with sustainability, is at the heart of all that we do at Cookery School. We try to pass this message onto everyone who visits, as we want them to feel they can go away to cook on their own with confidence.

With cooking no longer being taught in schools and cooking no longer being passed down through the generations, we find an increasing number of people are turning to us to learn how to cook.

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