Paige Joanna

Exploring London | The Jamie Oliver Cookery School

This weekend myself and Chris went to a Jamie Oliver Cookery School class. Chris is a keen cook so I thought it would be a fun thing for us to do together. It’s a great option as an alternative date idea. We booked into the pasta lesson, to learn how to cook fresh pasta and make it into different shapes with filling. The cookery school itself is based inside the Jamie’s restaurant in Westfield shopping centre and is in it’s own separate area.

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Jamie Oliver Cookery School

The class has about 20 people participating all together, so a good amount without it being over whelming. Upon entering you get a complimentary glass of champagne and have to put on an apron and wash your hands. When everyone has arrived we had to gather in the kitchen for an introduction and to start off the cookery process.

We had a wonderful chef called Dimo who was the teacher for the day. The class was divided into three parts so we could watch then repeat ourselves, with our own section each. Chris and I shared a station but had our own ingredients to make our own pasta.

The process was actually really simple, using 100g of 00 flower and 1 egg to make the pasta. We were showed how to mix it, knead the dough and then roll through a machine. After making the right dough we created ravioli, tortellini and farfalle, with a butternut squash and ricotta cheese filling. It was really well organised, a lot easier than I was anticipating and so much fun.

It’s a great date night idea if you fancy something different to do. As it is based in Westfield I would definitely recommend making a day of it with shopping, coffee and then one of these classes. At the end once we had finished cooking, everyone gathers around a table to eat together. We weren’t all social but it was nice to see everyones creations and laugh at the mistakes we had made along the way.

Fair to say Chris and I will be buying ourselves a pasta roll machine and making lots more ourselves. It teaches you the basics so you can go away and experiment yourself.

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The Result

The pasta was delicious and I would definitely make it again. The only thing I would do different is to have a bit more seasoning and salt (but that was just our preference). The Jamie Oliver Cookery School has many other options with things to learn, so there is something for everyone.

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