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Read on for all the latest news and information on our cooking classes and courses. Find out about new classes, chef spotlights, behind the scenes insights and much more!

 

Christmas Baking with Dan Lepard

With a dramatic increase in independent bakeries in the last five years across the UK and as our love affair with Great British Bake Off continues, the rise in professional and home artisan baking seems to be here to stay.

For over a decade we’ve been baking with award-winning baker and food writer Dan Lepard, who has inspired and taught thousands of students coming through the Cookery School doors.

Due to the mad rush to get onto our Christmas baking class we added an additional date – the 15th December,

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Choose ethical chocolate this Christmas!

At Christmas time, when we’re all thinking about chocolate, we wanted to mention that we’re full of beans about ethical chocolate!

Chocolate, which most of us take for granted, often has a slightly bitter aftertaste, not because it’s 85% cocoa but because the industry is a complex global supply chain which often results in cocoa farmers, particularly children, losing out. Chocolate is a luxury and we should be able to pay fairly for such a delicious treat.

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Chef Spotlight: Chantal Coady OBE

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We’re so excited to be welcoming the mother of English chocolate to the Cookery School kitchens this Christmas for an exclusive chocolate class! Chantal Coady established Rococo Chocolates nearly 40 years ago and since then, had led The Real Chocolate Revolution from the front. She’s done so much for the industry that she was awarded an OBE for services to chocolate!

We sat down with Chantal to find out what excites her most about chocolate and received a sneak peek of the tips she’ll be revealing at our Christmas Chocolate Masterclass on December 3.

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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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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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Class Diary: Cake Decorating

Our burgeoning baker, 13-year-old Marly Tashmina, is continuing her culinary foray with cake decorating. She explains what she learnt in the three-hour class. 

I recently attended a cake decorating class at Cookery School. I bake quite a lot in my spare time and I was really excited to attend a detailed class like this.

The chef was incredibly engaging and brought a welcoming and fun atmosphere to the room.

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Class Diary: French Breakfast Pastries

13-year-old Marly Tashmina recently participated in our French breakfast pastries class. She reveals what she learnt. 

This was my fourth class here. I was very excited as I had never made any croissants or French pastries ever before.

When I arrived, there was a really nice atmosphere. We had some drinks and delicious food. The chef was incredibly inviting and started by introducing the ingredients that we would be using.

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Chef Spotlight: Freddy Gangemi

Our fantastic team of chefs are the experts in all things cookery, leading the majority of our diverse classes. However, every now and then, we welcome a guest chef to share their specialist knowledge far and wide. Just one of these is Freddy Gangemi, an Italian native that leads our Roman and Sicilian classes. We sat down with Freddy to find out what he loves about cooking and the special draw to Italian flavours.

  1. Can you tell me a little about your culinary journey?

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