Virtual Cooking Workshops

Holly Eliza Temple

The UK’s first lockdown brought a revival of home-baking, with bread flour going missing from supermarkets for weeks on end, and social media feeds nothing but an endless sequence of beginners’ sourdough and marbled loaves of banana bread. But have these kitchen love stories died now that we’re in the third national lockdown? We’ve assembled just a small selection of online cook-a-longs and classes, to make sure this doesn’t happen.

Photo via Heart & Parcel on Facebook

Free Cooking & English Classes
Regular online classes and cookalongs 
Heart & Parcel
Heart & Parcel, based in Manchester, help individuals to improve English and communication skills with food workshops (mainly dumplings!). English language learners can take part in cooking workshops to share experiences, stories, and learn new skills. During the pandemic, the collective of teachers and cooks started their From Home to Home free live streamed cooking classes for all English levels, and are continuing the programme in 2021 – you can sign up here. If you’d like to support Heart & Parcel’s work, why not buy a ticket to an Open Kitchens event – online cookalongs led by English learners. Last year saw the release of the Heart & Parcel Cookbook, with all proceeds going to continue their work with English learners. 

Photo via Manchester Jewish Museum on Facebook

Museum Foodies Group
Regular online discussions
Manchester Jewish Museum
The Museum Foodies group at Manchester Jewish Museum are used to meeting regularly to share culinary interests and food stories inspired by the collection. However, these gatherings are still taking place online via Zoom and Whatsapp, and you can send over an email to join the discussion. The January theme was all things rice, from risotto to pilau – you don’t have to be a cook to join, just an interest and curiosity in food stories! This group is linked to Eat the Archives, an upcoming event exploring the history of Jewish stories from the kitchen, hosted by chef Leo Burtin. Eat the Archives is due to take place on 25th February 2021 – further details are yet to be announced. 

Photo via Fermenters Club on Facebook

Do-it-Together Kimchi Virtual Workshop
Saturday 6th February 18:00-20:00
Fermenters Club
Another kitchen craze that’s only grown throughout lockdown, is the science of fermentation. A traditional way to preserve produce, pickling has made a comeback due to its gut-friendly bacteria and sustainable saving of food waste. Fermenters Club offers local and global networking for those interested in fermenting, and are hosting a number of workshops online if you’re looking to get started. This virtual kimchi workshop will guide you through making your own spicy Korean pickle – you can buy your tickets here, and you’ll be sent an ingredients and equipment list prior to the session. So dust off your mason jars and gather round the computer for a fermentation masterclass that’ll put your forgotten sourdough starter to shame!

Photo via Food Sorcery on Facebook

Online Bespoke Cooking Classes
Food Sorcery
Based in the south Manchester neighbourhood of Didsbury, Food Sorcery is a cooking school offering classes for everyone from parents and teens to workplace teambuilding. Now hosting their interactive cooking classes via Zoom, you can choose from a selection of menus from Indian paratha and dahl, to Vietnamese Pho and summer rolls. Contact Food Sorcery for a quote, and you could plan the ultimate lockdown dinner party with friends and family, even if distanced. You can even ask for ingredients to be delivered directly to participants!

Photo via My Chocolate on Facebook

Chocolate Truffle Making Webinar
Fancy a treat? MyChocolate is a chocolate-focused events company, hosting tastings and workshops all over the UK, with locations in London, Manchester and Brighton. Now, the team’s skills are accessible no matter where you are, with a LIVE Chocolate Truffle Making Webinar streaming to your kitchen. The one hour workshop is just £15 per household, inviting you and your housemates or family to learn how to make fresh cream truffles, even with no prior experience. Upon signing up to your chosen date, you’ll receive an ingredients list and guide to tempering your chocolate, but you can also buy an easy Isolation Sensation Truffle Kit direct from MyChocolate too. The perfect activity to get creative in the kitchen, and socialise with your household through everyone’s favourite sweet.

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