I’m always happy when Worcester gets something new and foodie to add to it’s bustling foodie scene. Long standing cookery shop Cookmate has recently had a makeover of it’s upper floors to launch a cookery school. I was very excited to be invited down the other week to check out the launch of the Cookmate Cookery School for myself!
The Cookmate Cookery School in Worcester has officially opened it’s doors to budding home cooks. Whether you’re a complete novice or looking to improve your knife skills, you are sure to find a course for you! The school itself is set above the well established Cookmate shop on Broad Street (just off the High St in Worcester). The owners Caroline and Andrew Gregory have recently converted what was once an upstairs storage space into a beautifully modern cookery school. Let’s just say, the space really works!
To start there is a small selection of classes available to book and there are a few different chefs that teach the classes. At the launch we had the lovely Paul Bough teaching us how to make Focaccia. Paul was lovely and made the lesson super fun and very laid back. The Focaccia recipe he shared with us was so quick and simple. I’ve always assumed it was complicated so I’d never tried to make before, my how I was wrong! He had some brilliant tips and tricks for making bread that also help with making doughs in general. He also showed us a very quick pesto recipe that could be used for dipping our bread in. I don’t usually like watercress but it was delicious.
Now if you’re feeling intimidated, don’t. We may have all been food bloggers, but we all had a different level of skills and knowledge. Paul accommodated this, helping those who needed it more in places but also encouraging those of us who were keen bakers. The Cookmate Cookery School offer a number of different classes to suit your skills, from Asian Food to baking and hope to also have foodie preview nights. Where a chef cooks for you and you sit round the big chefs table and enjoy dinner cooked for you! What an experience that would be right?
After a really successful afternoon of baking (Dr W demolished the focaccia I made to take home) I am already thinking of booking in a session for my birthday! I just need to get my foodie friends in on the action. Have you been to a cookery school? Would you check out the Cookmate Cookery School? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. I was invited down to the launch as press. I was more than happy to cover something local to me on my blog as I love seeing local businesses thrive in Worcester.
P.P.S. Cookmate and it’s cookery school are located at 62 Broad St, Worcester WR1 3LY.