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.
Our 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.
We were divided into two groups, with half of us learning to make chicken curry, and others making the pear soufflé.
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.
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.
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.
Following the demonstrations, we all sat down together and enjoyed the meal. Here is my beautiful plate of chicken curry.
And a pear souffle, which looked stunning but was too sweet for my liking. My quest for the perfect soufflé continues.
The night was over pretty quickly but after lots of fun and laughter we ended the evening with a group shot.