Over the school holidays, parents need some ideas to keep the kids entertained. A family cooking class is a good way to do bring everyone together. Parents get time to bond with their kids, helping the young ones learn a valuable life skill. Just as importantly, it’s something fun for the grown ups too. Here’s a bit of inspiration to start you off.
‘Sourdough Pizza Class’ at e5 Bakehouse
Unlike the considerably more popular pizza-making workshops, e5 Bakehouse’s goes far beyond rolling out dough, slapping on some toppings, and watching it disappear into an oven. This 3-hour course teaches the fundamentals of sourdough – how to maintain a starter and leaven the dough. From there you’ll knock together tomato sauce from scratch, taking your pick from high quality meat and cheese to go on top, then letting it blister in the oven. Critically, e5 will teach you how to get the perfect crisp base at home. For ages 12 and up.
E5 Bakehouse, Arch 395, Mentmore Terrace, London E8 3PH
‘Cooking with your family’ at Rosemary Shrager’s Cookery School
Once a chef for Pierre Koffmann before later launching her own cookery school, Rosemary Shrager was, coincidentally, one of the judges on last year’s BBC show The Big Family Cooking Showdown. Here her school brings together an eclectic mix of flavours and recipes to one table, and over the course of half a day. Parents and those aged 8-16 years can team up to cook the likes of garlic bread, spaghetti bolognese, spicy turkey burgers (buns made from scratch), and chocolate fondant with crème anglaise.
The Corn Exchange, The Pantiles, Royal Tunbridge Wells TN2 5TE
(45-minute train from London Bridge)
Summer Holiday Workshops at The Chocolate Museum
Almost a guaranteed child-pleaser even if they (or you) aren’t too keen on cooking, Brixton’s Chocolate Museum offers summer holiday workshops teaching kids (from as young as six) and parents how to make truffles, temper chocolate, and shape ganache. As well as the workshops, the museum fills children in on ideas like Fair Trade and how chocolate came to be what it is today. You can just turn up for a class, or book ahead to ensure a place.
87 Ferndale Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8BA
‘Child & Parent Cooking Classes’ at L’atelier des Chefs
Across its two London locations, L’atalier specialises in preparing home cooks wanting to lay on dinner parties at home. At their Oxford Circus branch, and for £58 for two, a parent and their 8-11 year-old can work together to chop, roll, bake and blitz a fun concoction for their own lunch. This summer, classes include preparing a menu of of tagliatelle with breaded chicken and garlic parsley butter, chocolate milkshake, and rocky road.
Oxford Circus, 19 Wigmore Street, London W1U 1Ph
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This post was originally published in July 2018 and has since been updated.