Whether you’re looking to kick-start a new career as a chef or a chalet girl, or just fancy doing something a little different with your evenings, Avenue Cookery School has you covered. The family-run, welcoming cookery school in Wandsworth Town teaches you how to cook good food with confidence, with a huge range of classes and courses available, from vegan and Gluten free options to knife skills and Mexican street food. Hoping to brush up on our patisserie skills, we booked into the Macaron Masterclass…
However good you think you are in the kitchen, there’s always something new to learn. That’s certainly the sentiment at Avenue Cookery School, run by mother duck Diana and her twenty-something son Richard.
We arrived at the school a little before 7, giving us time to nip to the Sainsbury’s opposite for a bottle of wine. The Macaron Masterclass is BYOB and really sociable, and we ended up sharing our bottle with another couple who had arrived a little late and clearly forgot the memo.
Head chef and owner Diana ushered everyone close so she could explain the proceedings of the class, making everyone laugh and feel welcome with her vivacious personality. After a little introduction, her son Richard - who also had the gift of repartee - joined to demonstrate how to master the Macaron, giving lots of helpful tips. They made the whole process look incredibly easy, and were on hand to answer questions from their enthusiastic audience.
Next it was our turn to master the macaron! The ingredients were already weighed for us and separated in bowls, but it was great fun choosing our own colourings and flavours. Diana and Richard watched over us as we whisked, swung, then pipped macaron circles onto a baking tray. Before we put our macarons into the oven, we were advised to bash the tray onto the worktop surface to make sure there are were air bubbles in the Macarons that could cause them bake with a hollow centre, or crack on the surface - a great tip!
While we waited for our macarons to cook, we were treated to homemade bread and humus, which was absolutely divine. Everybody was nattering and admiring each other’s handiwork - there were so many beautiful coloured macarons in all different patterns and styles. We thought ours were clear winners, but Diana awarded our neighbouring cooking buddies the macaron masters, and jokingly presented them with an Avenue Cookery School mug.
Our journey to becoming macaron masters continues!
15% off your first booking (only valid for classes not courses). Call 020 8874 7623 to book and remember to quote Portico for 15% off your first class.