|Spiced Asian Mango - tropical scented, with citrus accents from the lemon confit, foam, ice, shards, croutons all in one plate.|
My mother always prepared lots of food, just in case we had last minute guests, usually mine or my brother's friend from the neighbourhood or school. The art of cooking has always fascinated me, and I find it easy to understand food, ingredients, pairing and its methods. I've been to a handful of cookery day classes to date. I really enjoy learning techniques and about other cultures cuisine its traditions.
|spiced Asian Mango - canapé portions|
The first in the line up is also the first pastry chef featured on Great British Chefs site, Graham Hornigold. Graham is the Executive Pastry Chef of the Hakkasan Group; he oversees all the group pastries sections of the group portfolio. Working with a group of skilled chefs in over twenty kitchens, Graham and his team develop, test and create the wonderful desserts on offer on all the restaurants in London, China India, the Middle East and America.
I noticed there's a feeling of teamwork under Graham's supervision 'no one owns a recipe; it's all a team effort; everyone takes the credit.' That was apparent at the masterclass too. Graham was joined by pastry sous chef Juan Pablo Colubri and Daniel Pearce, Head Pastry Chef at Hakkasan, London.
|rhubarb and custard|
|rhubarb and custard cracked open - food porn!|
|Lemon and Sesame Tart -we made this dessert on the night - lots of steps but so worth it|
|Graham and Daniel|
The showstopper: Apple tarte tartin
|We want that Korean machine! It is like a mandolin that sliced the apple in one whole sheet - the result is a very long lasagna-like sheet of apple.|
|Juan and Daniel working on the Apple Tarte Tartin|
|Juan - layering the 'apple lasagna sheets intercalated with bits of dry caramel|
|after baking amazing result: a multitude of layers of caramel and apple|
|Apple Tarte Tartin|
|Graham, Ross (Cookery School) and Daniel|
It was a fun class; half was hands-on, and half was demo. It was full of very useful tips and tricks that I will apply to my cooking. My desserts are going to look 'cheffy', I hope! There's a beautiful e-book where you can find the recipes for this masterclass: Graham Hornigold e-book
I was a guest at this masterclass that was hosted by Great British Chefs and held at Cookery School, London. Thanks to the chefs for a wonderfully sweet evening.
Cook School with Graham Hornigold from Great British Chefs on Vimeo.