Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Good Food Studio - French Cooking Class

We just love going to cooking classes, and to our delight many studios are popping up all over Joburg! Pick ‘n Pay recently opened their flagship store on William Nicol, and if you haven’t been there do yourself a favour! The fiancé nearly died when he saw the cheese section J

The Good Food Studio is located on the upper level of PnP on Nicol, and boasts one of the most impressive kitchens I’ve ever seen. The venue is well decorated and professionally run – so these cooking classes really are a pleasure.

We opted for the 3 hour French Cooking Class and we made a French Onion Soup, Dauphinois Potatoes, Chicken in a white wine sauce with black olives, flambéed pearl onions and green beans with toasted almonds. For desert we were taught the art of the French pancake by making Crepes Suzette. French cooking is delightful – packed with butter, cream, booze and fire theatrics!

As far as the cooking class goes you really can’t ask for a better venue – open, clean and professional. They also make it really easy by prepping most of the ingredients for you – so you won’t be wasting time grating garlic. We also picked up quite a few good tips from Chef Nikki. The food was delicious, and I’m sure we’ll be recreating some of the dishes at home. The only critique is that we don’t mind sharing a cooking station, but would prefer to make our own individual dishes. 

All and all we really enjoyed the experience and would love to go back for some more classes (we’re thinking Bread Making…) They also have great kids options and even classes for Bachelors.

Click here for more info (classes cost between R300 – R400) There is also a studio in Cape Town.

You cook in pairs

French Onion Soup with Gruyère Croutons 

Chef Nikki demonstrating 

Ingredients for the main & Pearl Onions blanching 

Wiets flambéing the Pearl Onions in Brandy

Main course

 Central island where you taste your creations

 VERY impressive kitchen

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