Kickin’ cookery courses happening in Brighton and Hove

It’s all happening – or has been happening – down on the south coast, particularly in the Brighton & Hove borough.

First and foremost, students at the City College were treated to an impromptu hands-on lesson with Norman Cook’s (a.k.a. FatBoy Slim) personal chef in the art of crew catering.

Then the cookerydoodledoo food craft and cookery school in Hove is going all Mexican on us, following on from the success of Cooking with Teenagers in May, where they now have a lasting homage to their smoky enchiladas with the recipe for all to see, eat and learn to cook themselves on their webpages.

The next Mexican cookery class at cookerydoodledoo is aimed at the younger age bracket, 3-10 year olds, and is scheduled for 23rd June. Prices for the first child is £12, which includes the cooking lesson itself and admittance for parents. Got two kids who you just can’t give to one without the other? That’s dandy, too, as you can add a second child on for a supplementary £3.

Lunch is also included, derived from what the mini-chefs cook up themselves. On the recipe card for the 23rd June cookery class is Guacamole, Quesidillas and a delve into two infamous Mexican ingredients that stand up well on their own or go perfectly together. No, not tequila and worms: chilli and chocolate!

DJ’s chef opens eyes of cookery students with hands-on gig

But back to the Brighton & Hove City College. The students just happened to be at the American Express Community Stadium learning their trade in the training college whilst FatBoy Slim was putting on a couple of gigs. Dan Stockland, the DJ’s personal chef and a classically qualified chef in his own rite, couldn’t resist dropping in for a walk down memory lane to his time as a cookery student.

But he did much more for the catering class than offer a bit of helpful advice. The four pupils who shone in the cookery classes were invited backstage to the kickin’ catering canteen of the roadies and crew, not just to get a visual on the opportunity but also to get stuck in with a bit of hands on cookery experience.

Jonathan File, a tutor at the training college, couldn’t praise the surprise turn of events enough, saying just how ‘personable and professional’ Dan himself was and what an ‘eye-opener’ it had been for his students to actually be involved in a real-life scenario backstage kitchen and just how stressful it can get.

Just one question: with a name like FatBoy Slim, just what does this DJ’s diet constitute? A bit of “Yo, yo!” and yo-yo, no doubt.

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