Jamie Oliver’s Cooking classes are interactive, informative and a lot of fun!
I had the pleasure of meeting Jamie Oliver several times during my time as a radio producer. I’d sampled some of his food, chatted with him, and read his books. But how would I shape up once I got in the kitchen at his cooking venture Recipease in Notting Hill, London? And would all the time I spent in Mexico help me in the Mexican Cooking Class I was about to do?
Over two hours we would prepare, cook and eat the following:
Mini corn tortillas
Roasted corn salsa
Spinach and feta filling
Our head chef was Jaz, who was bright, young and took control of the group quickly. There were around 20 people booked in for the class, ranging from a hen do, to romantic couples, to tourists visiting London over the Christmas period. It was fun, relatively informal and a great social experience. A glass of wine or beer was included, which certainly helped create an enjoyable cooking atmosphere.
The class was split into three cooking demos, followed by us copying and cooking in between. All ingredients and equipment were ready on our cooking stations and we worked in pairs to prepare the meal. It was perfect for a beginner or an experienced chef, and although I am a reasonably good cook, I still picked up a handful of very useful tips!
We learned about clever ways to prep garlic, how to check avocadoes are perfectly ripe, all about herbs and spices and more. I really enjoyed learning how to make the chipotle spiced pulled-chicken. It was a way of slow cooking using chicken thighs that I’d never tried before.
So the tasting… Well, the corn tortillas didn’t resemble or taste like anything I had in Mexico, but they worked well as a faux-taco to hold some of the toppings. The flavours in each of the dishes were delicious and moreish. The food was attractive and colourful, and there was plenty to make a meal for two. The stars of the meal were the chicken and the guacamole. The processes were relatively simple, and it would make a great meal for a fun dinner party at home.
I would love to return for another class. While there I saw the end of a Japanese food class, which looked really interesting! Recipease is a great, fun idea, and an excellent addition to the Jamie Oliver brand.
More info and booking information here.