Underground Cookery School: Currys In The Kitchen Event

Last Wednesday, I was invited to attend the Currys In The Kitchen blogging event, held at The Underground Cookery School. The school is based in Old Street and is run by head chef Matt Kemp, who has previously worked at River Café, The Ivy and Pont De La Tour. He provides cookery classes for corporate team building, hen parties and private parties.

Underground Cookery School-21Our night started with plenty of prosecco and nibbles, to help us relax and get chatting with other bloggers. There was a real mix bag, including fashion, food and lifestyle bloggers. I was amazed at how friendly everyone was – you wouldn’t think this was the first time we had met. The bubbles were free flowing and the laughter continued for the whole evening.

Currys In The Kitchen Dining Table

We were divided into two groups, with half of us learning to make chicken curry, and others making the pear soufflé.

Currys In The Kitchen Chicken Curry

I expected a cooking lesson but this felt more like a demonstration, with us being shown how to debone a chicken (don’t worry I will spare you of the ghastly raw chicken shots!), before throwing together some ready made ginger garlic paste, and tomato paste into a pan. I was a bit dubious about adding coconut milk and carrots to my chicken curry but it didn’t taste too bad, almost like a chicken jalfrezi.

Currys In The Kitchen Pear Souffle

I was quite excited about learning how to make a soufflé, as the last (and only) time I had made it, it tasted eggy. Our chef gave us some handy tips, from separating the yolks and egg whites, to stiffening the whites.

Currys In The Kitchen Cocktail Making

The night also included a lesson on making two classic cocktails, my favourite caprinha, with a heavy douse of tequila and a refreshing pina colada. I will definitely be wowing my guests with these beauties.

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Following the demonstrations, we all sat down together and enjoyed the meal. Here is my beautiful plate of chicken curry.

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And a pear souffle, which looked stunning but was too sweet for my liking. My quest for the perfect soufflé continues.

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The night was over pretty quickly but after lots of fun and laughter we ended the evening with a group shot.

Currys In The Kitchen Group Shot

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  • Posted March 23, 2014


    Looks like a lot of fun!

  • Posted March 24, 2014

    Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    I really enjoyed my night at the underground cookery school. I would have to loved to check out the curry in the kitchen session. Lucky you.

  • Posted March 24, 2014

    glamorous glutton

    Looks like a great evening. I want to learn how to bone a chicken. There are so many dishes I can think of to use a boned rolled chicken. I need to get my courage and make a souffle, so what if it doesn’t work first time. GG

    • Posted March 24, 2014

      Tina Anand

      It was a good night Amanda.Unfortunately we were only taught how to debone chicken drumsticks but I shall try and apply the technique on the whole chicken and see how I get on. Soufflés can be tricky but it is fun trying. The one I tried making at home was pistachio and dark chocolate, which sounded promising but ended up tasting a little eggy. I shall persevere though until I get it right.

  • Posted March 24, 2014

    Morgan @ Peaches, Please!

    I love cooking classes! Especially the ones where they give you alcohol… 😉

  • Posted March 24, 2014


    Wouldn’t it be great fun to go on one of these with a group of friends, I bet you had a right giggle 🙂
    Janie x

  • Posted March 24, 2014


    Looks like you had fun Tina! Wish I was in London I missed so many great events 🙁

  • Posted March 25, 2014

    Eat Your Veg

    Looks like a fun night out, and some great recipes to learn, particularly the pear soufflé and the caprinha for me please!

  • Posted March 25, 2014


    what a great sounding evening. I do love the underground cookery school

  • Posted March 25, 2014

    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Looks like a fun night! Although I doubt I would have been able to do a lot of cooking with all the alcohol haha.

  • Posted March 30, 2014

    Janice @FarmersgirlCook

    Sounds like you had fun, especially with the cocktails 😉

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