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“stress free dinner party”
Review of Food at 52

Food at 52
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Owner description: Much more than a cookery school, this is a full-on culinary experience. Come join us in the kitchen for an amazing feast that you cook. Bring your own group or meet new cuisine-savvy friends as the wine flows and the kitchen heats up. The perfect alternative to another boring London attraction.
Purley, United Kingdom
1 review
“stress free dinner party”
Reviewed 17 May 2014

Yay! At last I have a new repertoire that I can roll out! A brilliant day, great chef, great food and wine , whats not to like? Thank you to Johnny and your staff.

Visited May 2014
Thank Erica P
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English first
2 reviews
“A fantastic way to spend a day”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

We went this past Saturday with a couple of friends for the Flavours of Thailand day and I have not stopped raving about the experience. I will start with the setup: the kitchen is a stylishly decorated room with ample natural light and a perfect amount of space for working with large groups. They provided all the knives, aprons, cutting boards, etc. Staff were polite, efficient and non-intrusive. John’s (co-owner) instruction was clear, insightful and never condescending. We made a green fish curry which was easily one of the best I have tasted ( despite the fact I got in trouble from my fiancée for putting in too much spice!), a beef rendang, as well as a Thai beef salad (both superb). For dessert a fresh honey mango sticky rice was provided. The wine and beer selection was thoughtful and complimented the food beautifully.

The philosophy of this place is diametrically opposed to other cooking schools that I have heard about where can sometimes feel you are sitting in a primary school classroom. Of course you learn many tricks and techniques, but you are genuinely there to have fun through making a meal and relaxing with a couple glasses of wine which, is really what cooking is about right?

Visited May 2014
Thank MattandLindsay
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Saltash, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
“Fish & Seafood”
Reviewed 4 May 2014

Fantastic experience, thoroughly enjoyed by like minded people, atmosphere was buzzing. Will certainly return to Food at 52 for more courses. Very highly recommended.

Edward Hill, Saltash, Cornwall.

Visited April 2014
Thank Engedina
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St. Albans
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“Just as enjoyable second time round”
Reviewed 26 April 2014

Having done the Italian cooking course at Food at 52 a year ago we came again this time for Spanish. We enjoyed it every bit as much second time round. This isn't a dry cookery course. It's a really fun day where you come along, get some recipe ideas, pick up some cooking techniques and cook a meal which you eat (accompanied by wine) along the way in good company with a great host. All very relaxed but you do learn as well. The meal is cooked jointly in small groups of around four or five so not everyone gets to do absolutely everything, but the balance between doing and watching is just right and makes it enjoyable and educational while being relaxed and not at all stressful. The hosts are all really friendly, putting everyone at ease and making for a convivial atmosphere.

The order of play is you come and get given a coffee to start, introductions etc. Then the menu for the day is laid out. There might be some prep for later dishes but then the starter is cooked (in our case olives stuffed with manchego then deep fried in breadcrumbs and served with hot honey).

The the main courses - we had tapas being prawns with a delicious sauce, and stuffed squid followed by grilled seabass and paella. Finished off with chocolate and olive (yes - delicous!) truffles with an espresso.

After the event you get emailed all recipes and a gadget list. One thing to note is that after you've booked you don't get a confirmation email near the time (maybe something for you to think about John) but there was no problem with the booking.

Really an excellent experience and pitched just right if you are interested in food and cooking, and want a relaxed and enjoyable experience to pick up a few ideas. Just don't expect the formality of a cookery school.

We'll definitely be back - for the fish course I think.

Visited April 2014
Thank TomGSt_Albans
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“Wonderful Thai cooking experience”
Reviewed 12 April 2014

If you thought you can cook Thai food think again. Jessica and John carefully showed us how to get the best flavours out of Thai ingredients combining them together to make wonderful pastes. We then made papaya salad to die for .. The whole experience was so useful and I am already looking forward to using the techniques I learned . All helped by the odd wine or bottle of Chang beer !!.. Highly recommended

Visited April 2014
Thank ianbishop1964 .
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