Events: NomNomNom Revisit

NomNomNom Revisit

A bit like Grand Designs Revisited, at the end of September we had our first NomNomNom Revisit  – a gathering of food bloggers (cooks, writers and friends) returned to Cookery School to cook a Middle Eastern feast together. This time it was not a competition but a reunion with teamwork, storytelling and a fantastic meal.

NomNomNom Revisit
NomNomNom launched in 2008 (before Instagram even existed) as a MasterChef type food challenge for food, tech and London bloggers to see what they could produce in three hours (including a sustainable shop) which was then judged by prominent London chefs, food magazine editors and by the public online.

Nom Nom Nom in 2009 being judged by Tom Aikens

It ran for five years and raised over £6,000 for Action Against Hunger UK. Many of the Nom Nom Nom entrants went on to have successful food careers with a number of the bloggers publishing cookbooks. These included Urvashi Roe, Sumayya Usmani, Miriam Nice, Victoria Glass and Helen Graves who recently won a 2023 Guild of Food Writers’ award for Pit Magazine, which she founded in 2017.

Everyone had a great time at the Nom Nom Nom reunion and we’d like to share some snippets of the thoughts of four of the participants about coming back for the event (visit the links to read their full posts):

A few things have changed (we don’t use Twitter as much as we used to, if at all – and some of us MIGHT have a few grey hairs / had children – these things might be related) but the best things have stayed the same: The Cookery School’s amazing team, our shared love of cooking, and the amazing evening we all had together creating, reminiscing and of course, tasting all the amazing food we made.James Whatley

“What happens when you put together a dozen old school food bloggers to celebrate fifteen years since the first NomNomNom! Cookery Challenge?

Returning to their original haunt, the fabulous Cookery School at Little Portland Street mere footsteps from Oxford Circus, we were in the capable hands of cookery tutor Ros Rathouse alongside original event host Mecca Ibrahim co-founder of Women in The Food Industry. Together with former NomNomNommers and the help of the Cookery School  team we collaborated to serve a Middle Eastern feast comprising:

🥗 Sabich (flat breads stuffed with hard boiled egg, potato, chopped Israeli salad;
🥗 Roast cauliflower salad with celery, hazel and maple syrup dressing
🥗 Roast squash and red onion salad with tahini
🐠 Taramasalata
🌰 Mummara red pepper and walnut dip
🍊 Insanely awesome sticky syrup soaked orange semolina cake
🥮 Sublime Pistachio Baklava Sarah Trivuncic

I had the *best* time at this last night. Thanks so much to Mecca Ibrahim for organising and Rosalind Rathouse at Cookery School at Little Portland Street for generously hosting us all.

Now just need to add ‘making pittas’ to my list of skills on LinkedIn…Jonathan Waddingham

it was really nice to catch up with folks from ‘Before Times’ – and to do so at Cookery School. Expert guidance from founder Rosalind Rathouse and her amazing team of kitchen pros (plus all the space and cool utensils, tools and gadgets) made the experience easy. They even cleaned up after us! Whatever your cooking skill level might be, Cookery School is an ideal setting for learning about food while having fun making and eating it!Chris Osburn


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