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Cooking Lessons: Everything you need to know

Not much cop in the cookery stakes? Cooking lessons are a great way to enhance your prowess in the kitchen, meet like-minded people or wow your new girlfriend.

If you’re into Japanese food, the experts at Yo! Sushi London are ready and waiting to teach you how to make some stunning sushi dishes. If you love a good curry, book the half-day Indian cookery course in Hertfordshire and cast those take-away menus aside forever.

Looking for something even more refined? Take a class at the Novelli Academy and let Jean-Christophe’s minions show you how it’s done.


Q: Oh no! I have literally set my hands on fire while making a Pot Noodle. What can I do to stop this?
A: How about a few useful cookery lessons?
Q: That sounds ideal. What cuisines are we circling around?
A: We have a smattering, including Sushi, African and Indian.
Q: But where would I have to go? Africa, India and wherever Sushi comes from?
A: Japan. No, don’t be crazy, a passport will not be needed. The classes tend to take place in London or its environs at specially dedicated culinary establishments.
Q: And what could I possibly be cooking?
A: It completely depends which lessons you go for. Within each cooking discipline there may be particular courses, aimed at whatever taste you prefer. Just purchase your voucher now and you can sort dates and which course to take once your information has arrived. If nothing makes sense, just contact your supplier or talk to us.
Q: Do I need to be a top flight chef with his own TV show and range of bespoke spatulas?
A: Oh no, experience is not necessary. The lessons are aimed at people of all levels of expertise.
Q: And if the thought of touching or cooking meat fills me with Morrissey levels of rage?
A: If you have any dietary stipulations or vegetarian requirements, just make that clear when booking and we should be able to accommodate you without a problem.
Q: But what about my sweet tooth? Can that be appeased?
A: It surely can. We have a vast array of experiences for chocolate lovers where you can make a variety of delicious delights in the finest chocolate that were legally allowed to look at. Take a look at our Chocolate Workshops section if you don’t believe me.
Q: But what if I want to inform others of my new found skills?
A: You get to take your delights home with you. Share them with pals or lock yourself in the rumpus room and gorge yourself.
Q: I made an ill-judged mammoth Wicker Man and now can’t get out of the dining room. Any hope for me?
A: Yes, of course. We’ve heard about that sort of thing. Join our Curry Kit Club, where every month a new delicious recipe plus all the spices needed to make it are sent straight to your home. You get a new classic dish every few weeks to impress your well-wishers with.

Fun Facts

  • 1. In the 7th century AD, chefs in Assyria’s Royal household wore crown-like hats. It’s claimed this made them feel special and so less inclined to poison the king. And probably helped them get jobs at Burger King later on.
  • 2. When Gordon Ramsey was filming in Costa Rica in 2011, investigating illegal shark fin trading, he was soaked in gasoline, and threatened with a gun. Now, is he sure he didn’t just wander onto the 'I’m a Celebrity...' set?
  • 3. It is thought our ancestors Homo erectus, first used fire to soften meat 1.8 million years ago. Which may explain why there’s so much grunting going on over barbecues.
  • 4. Cooking also encouraged us to socialise, as our mouths, once occupied with ripping raw flesh, were able to spend more time talking. And complaining about the food, I would imagine.
  • 5. The now extinct turnspit dog or ‘underdog’ was a breed of terrier bred to work in the kitchen, turning a wheel attached to a spit. Spit the Dog!
  • 6. The tin can was patented in 1810 by British merchant Peter Durand, who had adapted it from a French system of glass containers. But weirdly the tin opener was invented in 1809 (this isn’t true).
  • 7. AGA, as in the stove, stands for Aktiebolaget Gas Accumulator, the name of a Swedish company. I thought it was called that because that’s the noise you make when you stick your hand on one: “AGGGGAAAA!”
  • 8. The largest item on any menu in the world is a whole roasted camel which is often stuffed with a lamb, chickens, fish and eggs. When they ask you ‘one hump or two’ probably best to say one.
  • 9. It is claimed that the most expensive hotel meals in the world are Tokyo for dinner, Sydney for lunch and Madrid for breakfast. Especially if you’re travelling from one to another between sittings.
  • 10. A combined spoon and fork, closely resembling the modern spork, was invented by Samuel W. Francis in 1874, with the word first appearing in the 1909 Century Dictionary. All of you who thought it was created by Dr Spork from Star Trek are wrong. His name is actually Mr Spork.