So you can imagine I was delighted when my friend Sarah from The Sarah Story won two spaces on a night at Belfast Cookery School and invited me! I was doubly excited as it was my birthday week and it gave us a chance to celebrate!
Thanks to Chef Stephen I am now of the opinion that every meal should begin with dessert. Or at least the preparation of it. The theme of the evening was a Dinner Party so much like you would see on Come Dine With Me it was all about putting in the hard work early on and relaxing towards the end. We began our Sticky Toffee Pudding experience with a demonstration and then off we pottered to our stations. Chef Stephen was amazing at putting us ease and explained everything in such a way that whether you were a novice cook or a keen enthusiast (let's face it, none of us were pros) you were kept entertained and relaxed.
In between each course we got a wee wine break and to enjoy our food (dessert was still eaten last though). You could hear the hustle of Mourne's Oyster Bar downstairs and it had the real sense of a bustling Friday night.
I'm also now obsessed with Sea Bream. That was the most delicious little critter I've ever eaten and I wish I could get it every week.
Seriously how good do they look?! We got top marks in the class for colour on both this and the main course's Chicken which is an accolade I shall boast about for years.
A fine way to end the evening. I thoroughly enjoyed our night at The Cookery School and would recommend to anyone looking for something different to do on a night out. We were cooking with other pairs/couple but there was also a large group of eight on a work night out. I wish my boss would treat me to that!
Prices run between £40 - £60 per class with varying themes and, given that not only do you get to eat everything you make but you're also learning life skills, it's worth every penny.