Le Cordon Bleu. Doesn’t it sound sophisticated? The words conjure up glamorous sabbaticals learning to cook French food for a career change, or just to improve your cooking for your husband. Ha. Wouldn’t that be nice, to have a spouse pay for you to take a year out to improve your cooking? Well, now you don’t have to take a year out.
In the lead up to Christmas (be quick!) you can book yourself on to one of Le Cordon Bleu’s short courses to learn how to make Christmas dinner or chocolate truffles.
The best bit about the chocolate course is that not only do you get to take home a pretty box of truffles – a ready made, personally made gift! – you will also take home a chocolate tree that you decorated yourself! Maaaybe they will have helped you a little. I won’t tell anyone.
We had a taster introduction to the course earlier in the year and what we tasted was delicious. The courses were at an introductory level so be prepared not to be too prepared if you’re thinking of signing up, though I suspect there are great tips for even experienced home cooks. The staff at Le Cordon Bleu have years of experience in professional kitchens and a wealth of handy tips and tricks that they willingly share. This is one of the things that truly sets them apart from many other cooking courses. Also, the kitchens and workspaces are gorgeous and easy to get to by Holborn station. It seems like a very enjoyable way to spend a few educational hours in the kitchen.
If you think you have your Christmas dinner and truffle making skills sorted you could investigate their other short course options as a gift, or discreetly direct your loved ones to this post if you fancy learning to make perfect pasta or sushi yourself.
Bon appetit and happy cooking!