Going for a Curry Masterclass at L’atelier des Chefs in London
“What do you want for your birthday?” Chloe slipped into conversation one day.
“A curry cooking course,” I quickly replied, without any hesitation at all.
“Really? That’s it? You want a curry cooking course?”
“Yep! You know how much I love curry!”
That was the conversation Chloe and I had sometime before my birthday, and genuinely the only thing I wanted for it was a curry cooking course.
If there’s one thing I take pride on in the kitchen, it’s my curries, but I wanted to get better – I wanted to make that perfect curry.
Both Chloe and I absolutely adore cooking. We’re always challenge each other to cook something new and creative, so I thought it was the perfect present to spend the afternoon making one of our favourite cuisines.
So, when my birthday came around it came as no surprise when Chloe presented to me a slip of paper with the words printed across the top – “thank you for your confirmation of the curry masterclass at L’atelier des Chefs” – it looked like she picked up on my not-so-obvious hints!
Soon after this I found myself in the kitchen of L’atelier des Chefs in St. Pauls, London.
With two training kitchens in the city (and 10 in France), L’atelier des Chefs offer cooking courses in almost every cuisine imaginable, from Thai to Mediterranean to mastering macroons.
Also, some courses are just 30 minutes long where you learn a can learn quick dish in your lunchbreak and take it away with you, and others are three course fine-dining banquets where you learn traditional techniques.
With only four of us our class was really small, and under the guidance of Al (our professional chef for the day) we cooked up a veritable feast of chicken madras, a spiced prawn with coriander and lime, a beetroot achar, a chickpea dosa and a homemade naan bread (just without a tandoor oven).
This was a real traditional Indian feast with the heat from the madras, the sourness from the spiced prawn with coriander and lime, and the sharpness and bite of the achar (which had a lot of lemon running through it). The afternoon was all about flavour combinations and about balance, about what spices work together and why, and it was fascinating learning about what worked and why.
Al has been a professional chef for over 20 years so it was great learning a few techniques and flavour combinations from someone who has been bouncing around kitchens for most of his life, and it was so nice having such a small intimate group where we could all pitch in and ask individual questions too (which I did a lot, obviously).
I’m not going to go into too much detail of what we did over our two hour cooking course – for that you’re going to have to see what the course is like for yourself! – but I really enjoyed working over a stove and picking up some new techniques.
Once we had finished creating all the different dishes we served them up into a thali plate and ate them at a long table adjacent to the kitchen.
To be honest with you, it was hard to pick a favourite between the chicken madras that has such a deepness of flavour to it and the spiced prawn with coriander and lime that was really fragrant, and I really loved the freshness of the beetroot achar that cut through everything too.
All in all it was a fantastic meal and one I can’t wait to replicate in my own kitchen. My mum makes a killer madras herself, so she’s going to be the first person I try this new recipe on. I know if she thinks it’s good then it stands up to the test.
Right, time to get back into the kitchen!
If you’re looking at doing any of the cooking courses at L’atelier des Chefs you can get 10% off the price of 60min, 90min, 2hr and 2.5hr classeswith this promo code – CURRY10 – just add it at the checkout!
My curry masterclass was sponsored by L’atelier des Chefs. As always, all views and opinions are entirely my own and without bias.
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