La Cucina Caldesi cooking classes
Has anyone been? They are teaching on the weekend I'll be in London. (I tried to book at Eat Drink Talk but they finish for the summer the week before.)
My alternative is to spend the morning at Borough Market, but it sounds like Saturday may be impossibly crowded. Since I'll be at a trade fair the previous week, the last thing I want is more crowds.
I've never been, but you could also try Books for Cooks in Ladbroke Grove. They run cookery courses with a good reputation.
I paid for my parents to go for a birthday present. They really enjoyed it and learnt a lot, it was evident the next time I went round their house to eat.
I've looked into cookery courses at Cucina Caldesi (as well as Divertimenti), but they're a little pricey. I went to Books for Cooks instead, which was pretty good (Japanese food with Kimiko Barber) and I've got another one next month called Easy Indian with Manju Mahli. They're £30 for 3 hours (demonstration workshop rather than hands-on) and you get to eat what the teacher prepares. Hands-on classes aren't much more expensive but I think they can only take 8 people. Have a look at their schedule online at www.booksforcooks.com. And if you're interested in reading more about what I learned from Kimiko Barber, have a read
Helen Yuet Ling Pang
I went with a big group. It was fun, but I didn't really learn anything new. Also they were a bit short with the wine pours. Some of my group members seemed to lack culinary talent so a few of the dishes didn't come out too well. I don't think I'd pay for it myself, but if I were being taken I'd go again.
On a side note I love both their restaurants, totally worth checking out.
I took their knife skills class a while ago - it was a great class and the best part was sitting down afterwards for a lovely long lunch that we had all made.