We all know Christmas can be an incredibly stressful affair, especially if you are the one preparing the festive feast for your whole family. You’ve got to cater to vegans, those with a nut-allergy and order in those all-important ingredients that will impress the extended family. You can ease those worries by checking out these top 5 Christmas cookery classes that are guaranteed to make you shine brighter than the star on top of your Christmas tree.
Best of British: Vegan Easy Christmas Class from The Avenue Cookery School
We all know plant-based means big business these days. The Avenue Cookery School is offering ‘traditional’ Christmas meals with a vegan twist. Expect items like nut roast, celeriac mash, Christmas pudding, and mince pies. This includes meal preparation, planning, and flavour inspiration and after a few hours of hard work, expect bottomless wine to be served whilst you enjoy the fruits of your labour.
The Perfect Christmas Cake courtesy of Divertimenti
Divertimenti is one of the most established cookery schools around having been established since 1963. Their teachers include industry greats such as Adam Byatt of Michelin-starred Trinity fame and Omar Allihbhoy of Tapas Revolution fame. With Bake Off still as popular as ever, they are offering a course to master the perfect Christmas cake led by Bee Berrie. She will show you how to personalise your light fruit Christmas cake to include your favourite fruits and flavours and also how to decorate the cake with foliage, berries and seasonal fruits.
Fin-tastic Festive Masterclass at Fishworks
For a festive cookery class with a difference, why not consider a seafood masterclass at Fishworks in Marylebone with their head fishmonger, Benny Yong. You’ll learn the art of shucking oysters, dressing crabs and curing your salmon. And whilst you enjoy the fruits of your new-found skills over lunch, they will offer individual wine pairings for each course along with festive sides.
Enjoy a Christmas party with a difference at Food at 52
The intimate vibes at Food at 52 Cookery School means it is always a great venue for team-bonding as well as picking up new skills. Their twist on the traditional Christmas menu is one of the most mouthwatering options you will find this season including dishes such as Goats’ cheese, beetroot and butternut squash filo tarts with parsnip veloute and orange and honey roast spatchcock poussin.
A Taste of Christmas Waitrose style
Waitrose cookery school often has the widest selection of cookery classes available and for their Christmas edition, you will learn how to entertain your family and guests by picking up new ideas and skills with the Waitrose team. This includes trying out their new exclusive Christmas products, getting tips on how to match cheese and wine and making classic and Christmas cocktails that will thrill the most demanding of audiences.
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