There is an increasing interest in creating restaurant quality dishes at home. However, if you want to create dishes that really impress, it helps to learn the tricks of the trade first. There are few people better placed to share such tips than Tom Aikens. He is a master of his profession yet very rarely gives classes.
This hands-on experience will give you a unique insight into how a chef of Tom Aikens’ caliber produces simple but brilliant recipes; using recipes cooked at Tom’s Kitchen and similar to those in his latest cookbook (Tom Aikens,Easy) At the end of the class you will have learned both a series of new techniques and how to cook 3 fabulous dishes that will impress your guests.There will also be the chance to enjoy lunch at Tom’s Kitchen in Chelsea.
Cooking requirements: you need to be a confident cook and understand the basics of cooking. This course is not aimed at people who are looking for an introductory cooking class.
On arrival at L’Atelier des Chefs you’ll enjoy coffee and freshly baked pastries, followed by a brief introduction to the day. At this expert cookery school, you’ll then learn from Tom how to cook a series of dishes and a number of new cookery techniques. You will be taken to lunch at Tom’s Kitchen where you’ll be able to discuss your new found skills & experiences, before heading home to put them into practice.
The timings for the course are as follows:
8.30 – 9.00 Welcome Breakfast
9.00 - 11.30 Cooking class with Tom Aikens at L’Atelier des Chefs
11.30 – 12.00 Taken to Tom’s Kitchen by car
12.00 – 1.30 Lunch at Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea
Tom Aikens is a true star of the British food scene and has an ever growing profile. He has published several cookbooks, most recently Tom Aikens: Easy; appeared on numerous cooking TV programmes and is the ambassador of the WWF’s More Fish Campaign.
Tom Aikens has worked in many Michelin starred restaurants, including establishments overseen by Joel Robuchon and Pierre Koffmann. He has three highly acclaimed restaurants in London: Tom's Kitchen (Chelsea and Somerset House) and his signature restaurant in Chelsea, Tom Aikens, which holds a veritable laundry list of awards: eighth on Restaurant Magazine's list of the world's top 50 restaurants in 2005, and five rosettes from the AA Restaurant Guide since 2010.
Esteemed food writer, Matthew Fort, said of Aikens’ newly relaunched eponymous restaurant that the textures and flavours were “handled with rare finesse” and the elements “superbly cooked”.
For more information about Tom and his course, visit:
Discount for Mumsnetters! You can get 15% off this course by quoting: MumsnetAcademy on the booking page.
The course will take place on 10th July at L'atelier des Chefs (www.atelierdeschefs.co.uk - 19 Wigmore Street W1U 1PH) The nearest tube is: Oxford Circus or Bond Street. You will then be taken by car to Tom’s Kitchen for lunch.
Maximum number of students: 15 places, on a first-come basis.
This course is being run in conjunction with Great British Chefs, a digital business championing the best chefs across Britain. Founded in 2010 Great British Chefs has a following of over 65,000 on Facebook and over 30,000 on Google+. With over 60 award winning chefs, hundreds of their recipes and how to videos, their site and apps represents the go to place for people who want to cook interesting recipes, and discover the best chefs in Britain and their restaurants.
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