The days of sneakily ordering take-away and disposing of the containers before your beau/friends/family comes over for dinner are about to be a thing of the past, it’s time to get yourself to a cooking class. Whether you want to sneak off on your own and suddenly surprise your nearest and dearest with your new-found immense cooking skills or you want to grab a friend or even a whole group of you, Food at 52 is the place to go.
They have a range of courses which vary in experience level with beginner courses like Kitchen Basics where they teach clueless kitchen guests on a range of skills from rice and fish cooking to choux pastries and souffles. Other courses include Stress Free Dinner Party and evenings dedicated to Fish & Seafood.
They also host evening focussed on specific regions of cooking like Flavours of Italy, Vietnamese and Spanish Tapas. The Handbook popped down to see how our cooking skills fared when applied to Southern Indian cuisine – we excelled of course.
The cooking school itself is street level and you are welcomed into a cosy reception filled with treasures from around the world that would make Phileas Fogg proud. We are led downstairs by the enthusiastic owner John, who owns and runs Food at 52 along with his wife, and whose passion for cooking is clear throughout the evening as he teaches the class. Downstairs is where the cooking (and the magic) takes place and we are divided into 3 mini groups, each assigned 3 dishes to create like Aubergine Rasavangy, Spinach Vadai and Tindori Thoran. We are left to make the assigned food with regular check-ins from John and intervention when things started to go awry (we only burnt the Lemon Rice once).
Once all the dishes have been created we rest upstairs and chat before being welcomed back down where the cooking surface has been cleaned and decorated with cutlery and lit candelabras. Everyone then gets to the best part of the evening – the eating. All the dishes are shared round and you are free to enjoy the fruits of your labour with wine and beer, our kind of night.
Prices begin from £115 per person, a full list of courses can be found on the website.