Cooking up new life skills

Burgers, meatballs and chocolate are on the menu at a series of cookery classes designed especially for parents and children.

The classes form part of the autumn schedule at The Cookery School at The Grand, York, which opened earlier this year.

And their aim is to not only teach children aged between eight and 13 how to master popular meals, but also to give them kitchen skills that will last them a lifetime.

The state-of-the-art Cookery School at The Grand runs a continuous programme of workshops and celebrity masterclasses for amateur cooks of all ages and abilities.

But this is its first foray into parent and child sessions and, to get the ball rolling, head chef and tutor, Andrew Dixon, will be teaching participants how to make the Ultimate Burger on Sunday 1 September from 11am to 2pm.

Each child and their parent will be given their own workstation and Andrew will demonstrate every stage of creating a perfect burger, with a grilled bacon and cheese topping and encased in a brioche bun.

He will then round off the class by showing how to make the classic party favourite of strawberry jelly and vanilla ice cream, before everyone taking part sits down to eat the dishes they have made.

A further class, on Sunday 13 October from 10am to 1pm will focus on making meatballs with tagliatelle and fresh tomato sauce, followed by vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce, while a third class, on Sunday 3 November, will concentrate on chocolate.

From 10am to 12 noon, a chocolate bar masterclass will teach children and their parents how to temper chocolate and use a variety of toppings to create showstopping chocolate bars. Andrew will then demonstrate and serve a sumptuous chocolate cake.

“Preparing, cooking and eating a meal with friends and family is one of life’s greatest pleasures,” said Andrew “and, as well as imparting kitchen skills, these classes will be great fun.

“Making a burger, for example, may sound relatively simple, but if you are doing it from scratch it requires quite a number of basic skills that, once learned, will stand children in good stead for the rest of their lives.”

The parent and child courses are designed for one parent, guardian or family member and one child – aged between eight and 13 – and prices start at £45 per pair.

Tea and coffee – and tasty treats – are included throughout the course of the day.

Since the Cookery School opened earlier this year it has held a wide range of classes and workshops under Andrew’s tutelage.

Other autumn highlights include masterclasses from Sabrina Ghayour, on 6 September, who will focus on Persian cuisine and award-winning chocolatier, Mark Tilling, who will hold a chocolate masterclass on 29 September.