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I love to cook. There is something very therapeutic about taking time out to prepare dinner with some background music and a glass of wine. Now, I am not anticipating to be on the next series of MasterChef but I am always keen to try out new recipes. On that note, I recently found out about the Waitrose Cookery School at Kings Cross and thought that it would be a great way to spend a day off in London. I ended up booking their Indian Street Food course on Wednesday 17 July 2019. Here’s how I got on.

What is Waitrose Cookery School?

Waitrose Cookery School run a number of cookery courses each week in dedicated teaching kitchens found at their stores at Kings Cross, Finchley Road and Aylesbury. Each course is slightly different and focuses on a different cuisine. The courses range from Vegan Dining to Indian Street Food and there are even after-work classes making tacos! 

The choice of courses is amazing! There was so much choice, in fact, that it was initially very difficult to narrow down my options. Eventually I decided to pick a day and then check to see what courses were running. I ended up booking the Indian Street Food course which is a five hour course running from 10am until 3pm at Waitrose Kings Cross. The course costs £100 and includes breakfast, all of the ingredients for the recipes, tuition by two professional chefs, a dedicated front-of-house host as well as wine and beer with each course cooked.

Indian Street Food

Food

My first impression of Waitrose Cookery School was excellent. The kitchen and ingredients had already been prepared, I was warmly welcomed by our host for the day and breakfast was set out waiting for us to arrive. While the weather was warm outside, the kitchen had thankfully been kept nice and cool and looked amazing. There were so many ovens! Over free coffee and croissants I chatted to my fellow course mates who were a mix of ages and had varying amounts of experience in the kitchen. During the course you cook in pairs so, as I visited on my own, I was partnered with another person who was an excellent partner throughout the day.

We were then introduced to our chefs who gave us our first demonstration – how to make the Lamb Shank Hyderabadi. Both of the chefs were excellent and explained each stage slowly whilst showing us a number of new skills to practice. After each demonstration we were sent off to prepare our dishes. The ingredients we were given were excellent, as you would expect from Waitrose, and soon the kitchen had the wonderful aroma of Indian cooking.

In addition to the Lamb Hyderabadi, we also made roti (an Indian flatbread) and a pineapple chutney to complement the main course. The other dishes we cooked were bombay potato samosas and onion bhaji. Each recipe was very easy to follow and they printed them all out and put them in a pack for us to take away. The pack also included some recipes that we didn’t have time to make including orange and cardamom ice cream and various chutneys.

The Big Takeaway

At the end of the course, we sat down at communal tables to enjoy our creations with a glass of beer or wine. After stuffing our faces, we packed away the leftovers to take home with us (of which there were plenty) and said our goodbyes. I had a fantastic day at the Waitrose Cookery School and would highly recommend to anyone who is looking for something different to do in London. In addition, they also sell gift vouchers so this could be an excellent present for any aspiring chefs in the family. 

Find out more about Waitrose Cookery School. 

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Alex is a solicitor at an international law firm based in London. He has always loved travelling and loves to eat like a local. His favourite destination is Peru where he spent a month travelling in 2009 with World Challenge.

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