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A cookery masterclass at the home of Thomasina Miers
Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9:30 AM - Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM (GMT)
The course will begin at 9.30am on Friday morning at Thomasina's home, with a traditional Mexican wake-up call of spiced hot chocolate and an introduction to the intriguing, diverse world of Mexican cooking.
In a small group, the aim is to make everything from scratch with a strong emphasis falling on Mexican cooking methods. You'll learn to prepare fresh salsas, experiment with unusual cuts of meat, work only with seasonal vegetables and cook beautiful fresh fish. The building blocks of Mexican cookery and its extensive use of traditional spices and herbs will be our guide. A few naughty puddings will sneak into the two days as well.
Thomasina's approach to teaching is relaxed, informal and fun and she favours food that is fresh, packed with flavour and refreshingly different. The class will encompass simple, lively dishes and some perhaps a little more complex that you can recreate at home, whether they be relaxed suppers for the family or more spoiling dinners that you cook for friends.
During this two-day course, over lunchtime feasts and relaxing drinks at the end of the day, you'll learn about her approach to sourcing ingredients, making the most of seasonal produce and a few tricks about how to eat well all year round.
Dates: Friday 31 January and Saturday 1 February 2014
Location: Based in Thomasina's home in central London
Price: £800 (includes VAT and booking fees, ingredients and equipment)
Maximum class size: 10
Thomasina Miers is a cook, food writer, television presenter, an entrepreneur and the co-founder and Executive Chef of Wahaca. Wahaca won the SRA's Sustainable Restaurant Group of the year award in 2012 and have won various other awards for the sustainability of the business, the quality of the food and its value.
Tommi has presented various cookery shows on television and radio, including A Cook's Tour of Spain, Wild Gourmets, Mexican Food Made Simple and The Kitchen Cabinet (BBC R4). She is the author of five books, her latest book being WAHACA – MEXICAN FOOD AT HOME, (Hodder & Stoughton); her next book is all about chillies and will be published in May 2014.
In addition to the day-to-day running of the restaurants, Tommi is a passionate supporter of slow, seasonal food, and local markets. She wholeheartedly and vocally supports the Fish Fight campaign and recently cooked insects in Oxford for the Grand Banquet of Rainforest Insects amidst the Ghost Forest trees with experts in the field of food security.
In 2013 Tommi and Tristram Stuart launched a new campaign The Pig Idea which aims to reverse the ban on feeding catering waste to pigs. As part of the campaign, the Feeding the 5000 team in partnership with Wahaca Mexican Restaurants will be rearing 8 pigs in London's very own Stepney City Farm.
At the end of this trial period The Pig Idea hosted The Pig Feast in Trafalgar Square where they provided a free meal to thousands of people as a way to raise awareness of the campaign and the issues.
Tommi is a passionate advocate of good food, responsibly sourced and wonderfully cooked. She supports fair-trade producers and local markets; campaigns for worthwhile causes and jointly runs a successful, growing business.
Tommi lives in London with her husband and two young daughters.
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