It’s Chrisssstmas! Are you ready for a month of fabulous feasting, advent chocolate munching and turkey sarnie supping? If you’re looking to get the kids involved in the kitchen over the festive period, why not check out our five fave seasonal cookery classes across London. So if you’re little one is the next Nigella or set to stir circles around Michel Roux Jnr – ready, steady, cook…
Jamie Oliver Cookery School
The Jamie Oliver Cookery School is back! In a brand spanking new home on Benwell Road, just off London’s bustling Holloway Road, you can join Mister O and his team on 19th December for a cracking Christmas cookery class. To kick things off, the in-house chefs will guide you through choosing the best turkey, and demonstrate how to prep, cook and carve it. You’ll then have a go at knocking up an array of essential sides: from Jamie’s Perfect roast potatoes and parsnips, to Brussels in a hustle, and knockout stuffing. This lesson is your complete guide to the best Christmas dinner ever. From cranberry to bread sauce and next level gravy, after all that cooking you’ll sit down and enjoy all of your delicious hard work. After this class, you’ll be fully armed to face the big day – there’s no need to fret over Christmas dinner again! Book your space here
Benwell House, 15-21 Benwell Rd, London N7 7BL
Italian Mama’s Christmas Kitchen at La Cucina Caldesi
Sharing their secrets of the trade and dishes of their heritage, Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi’s celebrated La Cucina Caldesi is a veritable treat for families looking to explore traditional Italian cuisine. Opening the doors of La Cucina Caldesi across December, your kids will have the amazing opportunity to learn, cook and enjoy a three course Italian meal courtesy of Italian Mama’s Christmas Kitchen. Exploring seasonal ingredients and traditional techniques, from savoury to sweet, this two and a half hour course resulting in a festive Italian three course meal, comes complete with a full recipe pack so they can recreate nonna’s finest fare at home.
La Cucina Caldesi – Marylebone, 118 Marylebone Lane, City Of London W1U 2DG
Bread Ahead Christmas Gingerbread Decorations Workshop
It wouldn’t be Christmas without somethings sweet from our pals at Bread Ahead. Before you go stocking up on their baked beauties, why not treat your kids to a couple hours of kitchen crafting at Bread Ahead’s Christmas Gingerbread Decorations workshop. It is believed that Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were keen advocates of gingerbread cookies and were fundamental in making gingerbread biscuits part of Christmas, along with Christmas trees and Yule Logs. Kickstart the school holidays by making some fantastic Bread Ahead Gingerbread Biscuits. You will be shown how to make fantastic ’stained glass’ Gingerbread Christmas Tree Decorations, plus a number of beautiful gingerbread biscuits. Suitable from 8 upwards and all little ones must be accompanied by an adult. With courses running from 4th – 22nd December at Bread Ahead Borough Market, Pavilion Road and their brand new Wembley outpost – find your nearest class here.
Ruby Violet Children’s Christmas Masterclass
Take a trip to Tufnell Park on 7th December as this Christmas we swap the grotto for gelato! Ruby Violet’s Children’s Christmas Masterclass is an ice cream dream. Over the hour class, your little ones will get the chance to go behind the scenes of North London’s finest ice cream emporium – from exploring the whole parlour, learning some of the secrets behind Ruby Violet’s surprising flavours and getting the chance to churn ice cream before creating their very own sundae and decorating a seasonal gelolly. Running from 12 noon to 1pm at just £20, we love this alternative festive cookery workshop – who say’s you can’t have ice cream for lunch? To purchase tickets for this event – click here.
118 Fortess Road, NW5 2HL, London
Daylesford Cookery School – Edible Tree Decorations
As Christmas Eve looms and the excitement builds, keep your kids amused until Santa arrives with a trip to Daylesford’s Cookery School in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire. Taking place on the evening of 20th December, join the cookery school team for some hands-on festive fun as you explore the most delicious ways to decorate your home! The course will cover various doughs and piping techniques for beautiful tree decorations to impress. You will return home with a box full of goodies – and the know-how to make more in case too many get snaffled before reaching the Christmas tree! £50 per person; includes practical and demonstration cookery sessions, refreshments and all course materials.
Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 0YG