Virtual Cooking Classes, Food Events and Tutorials to Stream Now
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Whether you’re looking to become a sourdough connoisseur or master the art of cooking fish, there’s never been a better time to brush up on your kitchen skills. Read on for our pick of the best virtual cooking classes, food events and tutorials to stream now, from cook-along supper clubs to cocktail-making workshops.
French Pastry Fundamentals with Dominique Ansel
Learn how to create perfect pastries with legendary French chef Dominique Ansel. The 17-lesson course covers a range of both sweet and savoury treats, beginning with Madeleines and fruit tarts, going onto chocolate cakes, bonbons, croissants, and finally delving into the famous cronut, which Ansel created at his eponymous New York bakery. £85, sign up on Masterclass.
Recreate classic Chinatown dishes under expert guidance from Masterchef stars Ping Coombes and Sandy Tang, who are running a series of live cook-a-longs on the Chinatown London Instagram. This week it’s Chinese dumplings, followed by Plum Valley’s sea spiced aubergine, and TPT’s chicken and salted fish fried rice. Tune in on Instagram.
Virtual cocktail making with Mixology Events
Mixology Events is taking its award-winning classes online, offering sessions with expert mixologists every Wednesday and Friday. Participants will receive a professional cocktail making kit prior to the masterclass, with all the ingredients and equipment needed to mix up classic cocktails at home including premium spirits, mixers and fresh fruit. £70pp, visit mixologyevents.co.uk
The Initiative’s supper club series
The Initiative has launched a virtual supper club series, offering the chance to cook alongside renowned chefs from the comfort of your own home. Sign up online and 24 hours before the event takes place you’ll receive a package with all ingredients needed for the menu, including an aperitif and a bottle of wine. On the evening, tune in at 7pm to be guided through the cooking process by that week’s guest chef. Tickets cost £40 each, with £5 from each ticket donated to The Initiative’s new food bank charity. Reserve your space at sevenrooms.com
Gordon Ramsay Teaches Cooking
Join seven-star Michelin chef Gordon Ramsay in his home kitchen (virtually, of course), with this comprehensive 20-part course. Classes cover the fundamentals of cooking, such as mastering ingredients, setting up your kitchen and knife skills, as well as lessons on making specific dishes, such as lobster ravioli and beef wellington. £85, sign up on Masterclass.
The French Corner Fridays
Looking for something to spice up your Friday nights at home? Look no further than ‘The French Corner Fridays’. The Initiative is delivering drinks to homes and streaming a live DJ set every Friday, channelling the lively Friday night atmosphere from its renowned restaurant and bar The French Corner. Drinks packages available include the ‘Bumbu Stay At Home’ (a full cocktail-making kit featuring strainer, bar spoon and shaker), the ‘Pre-Mix Cocktails x Wine Pack’ (including Chilli & Lemon crisps!) and the ‘Macqueen And The Violet Gin Survival’, ideal for gin lovers. Place your order here, then tune in this Friday for the DJ set via The Initiative Instagram and The French Corner Facebook page.
Justine Murphy’s child-friendly cooking classes
To mark the release of her new mymuybueno Cookbook, Justine Murphy, founder of global chef selection agency mymuybueno, is encouraging kids (and supervisory adults) into the kitchen with a series of fun and simple virtual baking videos via Instagram. From chocolate doughnuts and maple pecan muffins, every recipe has been ‘kid-approved’, is plant-based, refined sugar-free, and of course delicious. instagram.com
Bread Ahead’s online baking classes
From delicious sugary doughnuts to soft no-knead sourdough, renowned London-based bakery Bread Ahead is hosting a series of live bakes every day at 2pm on Instagram. Simply gather the listed ingredients and get baking. The bakery has also launched a number of online courses on their website, including gluten-free baking, Scandinavian baking and doughnut-making, as well as interactive workbooks, which you can use alongside designated live workshops. breadahead.com
La Maison Wellness’ mindful cocktail masterclasses
If staying at home and social distancing has got you peering into the wine cupboard a little more often than usual, you’re not alone. Luckily, Camille Vidal, founder of La Maison Wellness, is here to remind us to be more mindful with our alcohol consumption. The ‘healthy hedonist’ is hosting a live mindful happy hour cocktail masterclass every Friday via Instagram so you can learn to craft your own health-minded and no-hangover tipples from home. Every Friday 5pm. instagram.com
Borough Talks – Agricultural Bill
In this special instalment of its popular Borough Talks series, Borough Market will be hosting a panel discussion on the government’s proposed Agriculture Bill. Though not without its positives, the bill has raised concerns amongst those in the food sphere, due to possible importation of food products from countries whose standards of animal welfare, environmental protection and food safety fall below the UK and EU’s. With panellists including food writer and critic Tom Parker Bowles and food policy expert Professor Tim Lang, moderated by Angela Clutton, host of Borough Market Cookbook Club, it is bound be a thought-provoking look at an increasingly salient issue of post-Brexit Britain. Wednesday 17 June, 1:30pm; register for the talk here.
National Cream Tea Day Bake-Along
Lockdown or not, it’ll take more than a global pandemic to get between Brits and their cream teas. Celebrate National Cream Day on 26 June by taking part in an online bake-along, hosted by the Cream Tea Society and led by TV chef Juliet Sear, who will be making a delicious scone recipe with a twist. As usual, the day also includes fundraising for a worthy charity cause. Cream tea enthusiasts can take part using the hashtag #nationalcreamteaday and bake along via the society’s Facebook or Instagram – whether you put the jam or the cream first, all are welcome. creamteasociety.co.uk