Have you ever been watching the super cute James Martin on the telly and thought you’d like to get a few cooking pointers from him? Or maybe you’ve been watching friendly Rachel Allen and thought she seems like she’d be great to teach you a few nice, new recipes. Perhaps you’ve been wanting to expand your family-style cooking repertoire and think Mary Berry would be the perfect grandma-esque one to teach you. Well, now you can take a cooking course from any of those three chefs at AVEQIA in London thanks to Costco.co.uk.
Each of the classes, no matter what chef you prefer, lasts four and a half hours from 11:30 am to 4 pm and even includes lunch alongside your fellow chef classmates. There will also be a question and answer session with the chef. And of course, you can buy their cookbooks with an autograph. This would make a great gift for someone that you love that loves to cook. And if you don’t live in London, this would be the perfect time for a special treat by combining your cooking course time with a weekend in London. Each chef will have just one class in either September or October and since each class is limited to just 20 students, if you’re interested, I wouldn’t wait too long to sign up.
James Martin: Friday, 6 September 2013; £499.99 (with VAT)
As the author of over 12 best-selling and award winning books, and presenter of numerous television programmes, James Martin is one of the UK’s most popular chefs.
James’ early love of food was nurtured at Castle Howard where his father ran the catering, and James often helped out.
He was Student of the Year for three years running at Scarborough Technical College, and at the tender age of 22, he opened the Hotel and Bistro du Vin in Winchester as Head Chef, where he changed the menu every day. James’ message about food has always been the same – he is passionate about celebrating British food, using the best ingredients possible and creating simple, delicious recipes accessible to all.
Mary Berry: Thursday, 26 September 2013; £499.99 (with VAT)
Mary Berry CBE is the doyenne of family cookery, specialising in Aga cookery, cakes and desserts. Her television career has spanned more than four decades, and she has written over 40 best-selling cookery books.
After training at the infamous Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and at Bath School of Home Economics, by the 1960s Mary was Cookery Editor of Housewife Magazine, and her success there lead her to a role as Food Editor for Ideal Home Magazine.
Her first television series, ‘Afternoon Plus’ with Judith Chalmers, was a hit with a lot of British mothers in the early 1970s. Three children later, she continued through the 1980s writing books and filming several more television series for the BBC from her home in Buckinghamshire, where she also taught Aga cookery classes.
Mary continues to write books alongside Lucy Young, her assistant of over twenty years, with several books to be published in 2013.
Rachel Allen: Saturday, 5 October 2013; £399.99 (with VAT)
Rachel Allen is a professional cook and a busy mother of three. Brought up in Dublin, at the age of 18 she left to study at the world famous Ballymaloe Cookery School. After graduating she worked in the kitchens at Ballymaloe House, then returned to work at the cookery school where she found her passion in teaching and where she continues to teach.
Over the years Rachel has become a well-known figure in the food world with her best-selling cookery books, television programmes and food writing.
Rachel’s first book, ‘Rachel’s Favourite Food’, was published in 2004 along-side a television series of the same name. Over the years eight books have been published selling over 1 million copies worldwide, each with an accompanying television series.
All courses are offered only at AVEQIA in London (2 St. Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD, to be exact). The facilities look absolutely beautiful, more like a really lovely Scandinavian restaurant than any place I’ve seen giving cooking classes before. Once you sign up at Costco.co.uk you’ll be given a voucher that you’ll use on the day of the class. This sounds like a really fun and unique chance to learn from some of the favourite UK chefs and get a tasty lunch as well. But, as I mentioned, there are only 20 spots available in each class, so don’t mull it over for too long or you might not be able to sign up with your chef of choice. This sounds like so much fun, I am actually considering signing up myself. For more information and all of the details, check out these gourmet experiences at Costco.co.uk.