Restaurants Reviews

Underground Cookery School

Obviously, I am pretty into food. And by that I mean both making it and eating it. When you read my blog it’s also fairly obvious that I have zero formal culinary training; so when I was invited to attend a bloggers event at the Underground Cookery School I RSVP’d without even really reading more than the first sentence! I’ve always harbored the not-so-secret desire to go to culinary school (or at least pastry school) and have my own bakery but due to the fact that I’ll be paying off my BA and my MA for the rest of time, this is pretty much out of the question. Unless I become a famous actor that turns to the foodie industry, a la Gwyneth Paltrow and her cookbook.

The Underground Cookery School is located close to the Old Street Tube Station, and since 2003 they have been holding parties teaching people how to cook in a super relaxed, cheesy-jokes-galore atmosphere. One of the chefs even had a pretty sweet playlist going on through the night. The school is aimed at parties; company events, birthday parties, hen and stag do’s (bachelor and bachelorette parties), etc.

All 18 bloggers were cheerfully plied with prosecco (the easiest way to my heart) and a delicious arancini canape that I ate more than my fair share of. (Also, that’s a recipe I’d love to get… mmm…) And  then we got stuck into the cooking.  The menu had a starter of sea bass with lemon dressing, asparagus and peas; a main of chicken breast with broad beans, jersey royals and salsa; and a dessert of strawberry meringue roulade. Trust me, these guys definitely know their food.

I’m pretty proud of some of the skills that I learned there, and Sam is now pressuring me to cook him fish. I also got to meet some fantastic London bloggers and had some really genuine conversations. I can honestly say that I had a blast! This is exactly the kind of experience that I’d want for my bachelorette party. And I’m not even saying that because I was given free food and unlimited drinks. It was a great night out and I can totally understand why it’s so popular.

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So many DSLRs in one room.
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 Getting our first tidbit of information.
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 Some fellow blogger chopping herbs and shelling peas.
This might not shock most readers, but it flabbergasted Sam. Not only did I pick up a fish, but I was also taught how to correctly fillet and debone a fish. Which I did with my own bare hands. (And a knife, but you catch my drift.)
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Which one of these beauties is going on my cutting board?
 Sorry if it grosses you out, but I am just so proud of having conquered my own fishy fear.
After filleting our fish, we were taught how to correctly butcher a chicken and we all had our own chicken to practice on. I packed away my camera to hid it from my chickeny hands.
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Spreading the meringue for the roulade.
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Some excellent team-effort roulade rolling!
After learning the proper filleting, butchering and meringue-making skills, we were served the delicious dishes that we had helped to prepare.  My only qualm with the night was that it wasn’t the kind of dessert that we could all help make. If that’s the biggest issue of the night, then it’s a pretty good night.
Long-time readers will know that I don’t actually eat seafood, but never fear! A fellow blogger had my portion so it didn’t go to waste.
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The sea bass starter.
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The chicken breast main dish.
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Our three awesome chefs/teachers entertaining us to the last.
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Plus we left with an awesome gift of chili oil and mango chutney!

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Just doing their thing. Juggling chicken parts.

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