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Seeking cooking class in London

hopegoode May 23, 2009 04:36 PM

Could anyone recommend a teacher who has an accessible location? I have a problem with stairs and would need a prep table where I could work sitting down. I am open to various ethnic foods instruction. Thanks, in advance, for your help.

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    fifi Jul 26, 2009 11:26 AM

    Hi Hopdegoode,
    Not sure if you are still looking for cooking classes but I recently had a Thai chef come to my home to teach a class to us there. He was fantastic - we got to learn 4 or so Thai dishes (which you can choose), he brings the ingredients and you get to take things at a good pace while getting to learn all the dishes hands on. The classes are peppered with his own anecdotes from learning with his grandmother and with stories about Thailand. Also his price was very reasonable. This could definitely solve your query about wheelchair access if he came to your home.
    His name is Brett and the website is http://yourthaichef.co.uk/,

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      juneavrile Jun 10, 2009 02:27 AM

      I took a pastry course with a local authority school in Kensington, it's not chi-chi, but it had excellent chef / teacher, well equipped kitchen and, of course, all very accessible. I found it in Spotlight.

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      1. re: juneavrile
        hopegoode Jun 13, 2009 03:15 PM

        Juneavrile, would there be any website/info to consult re "the local authority school" you mentioned above?.

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          juneavrile Jun 18, 2009 02:53 AM

          Spotlight used to be for sale in the newsagents, it's a catalogue of all the courses available in London. I'm not sure but it might have changed its name to hotcourses and there is a website called www.hotcourses.com. Click on the part-time option and then pop cookery into the subject box and it will give you a long list of what's available from both public and private sources. Note that you don't have to live in a particular area to go to school there.

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        fifi Jun 8, 2009 01:33 PM

        Also, if I recall Divertimenti's cookery class area is down a flight of stairs.

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          fifi Jun 8, 2009 01:32 PM

          Caldesi cookery courses in Marylebone are on the ground floor so should be easily accesable. I think we sat to prepare everything too (might want to double check though).
          Eat Drink Talk is up a flight of stairs - check with them to see if they have a lift - you sit on bar stool type things - the girl who runs the school is really nice and helpfull, so just give her a call/email if you can too.

          1. nanette May 26, 2009 12:18 PM

            I don't know of any places that provide an accessible location, but only because I've not been to a cooking class (going to one in June). It might be worth telephoning or emailing the many providers of classes in London to see if they are suitable.



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            1. re: nanette
              hopegoode May 28, 2009 11:46 AM

              Thanks, Nanette. I have emailed the schools you recommended. I appreciate your efforts!
              Will check back to see if any more suggestions are posted!

              1. re: hopegoode
                Gourmet Chick Jun 3, 2009 05:28 AM

                Try Food at 52 classes are in the ground floor of a Clerkenwell house = no stairs that I can remember and I am sure they could accomodate you seated. http://www.foodat52.co.uk/

                Leiths classrooms are up one flight of stairs so you may need to rule that one out.


                1. re: Gourmet Chick
                  steampie Jun 12, 2009 07:38 AM

                  Actually, Leiths moved locations in January 2008 (they are now in Chiswick). So while the kitchens are one flight up, they have an elevator. There are plenty of stools in the kitchens for sitting whilst prepping as well.

                  1. re: Gourmet Chick
                    rblack Jun 16, 2009 09:36 AM

                    Leiths new location is handicap accessible now, with all the fixtures and fittings that come with that. The staff are very accommodating with people who have special needs.

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