From 22nd to 24th September 2017, BBC Good Food held the first ever major 3-day food and drink feast in the famous moat at the Tower of London. There were live demonstrations from some of the UK's top chefs and experts, including Tom Kerridge, alumnus Yotam Ottolenghi, Michel Roux Jr. and John Torode, showcasing over 200 innovative food and drink companies, live entertainment, artisan shopping and pop up restaurants from across the globe.
Le Cordon Bleu London hosted a special Skills School with free live cuisine and pâtisserie demonstrations, as well as ticketed 45-minute culinary workshops led by our world class Le Cordon Bleu Master Chefs which were fully booked throughout the weekend.
Learners were taught advanced cooking techniques which are also taught in our Diplôme de Pâtisserie and Diplôme de Cuisine programmes whilst enjoying the delicious free tasters from the demos!
Participants were excited to try their hand in cooking as they learned French techniques and basic knife skills enabling them to prepare delicious Salmon Tartare in the cuisine workshop. The cuisine demonstrations also allowed the audiences to learn sous-vide techniques as our Chef Anthony Boyd showcased a slow cooked Beef Daube Provençal.
In the pâtisserie workshop, participants made the classic Ispahan Rose Tartlet whilst learning how to make curd, piping and fruit decoration and professional presentation skills. Also in the pâtisserie demonstration, our Chef Nicolas Houchet taught the full audiences the techniques involved in making a modern version of the traditional French dessert, Tarte Tatin. They learned how to successfully make spiced linzer sablé dough, Manzana foam, caramel sauce and blown sugar apple. Participants no doubt walked away equipped and ready to improve their home-cooking!
On Friday evening, Le Cordon Bleu London Alumna and wine professional Ayseli Izmen tutored the successful wine masterclass. During the session the novices had an opportunity to learn the origins of wines, and enjoyed exploring the tastes of wines from Turkey, Lebanon and Georgia.
The Food’s Feast was truly a food lover’s paradise! Even children had their own exclusive kids’ workshop on Sunday where they learned cookie decoration techniques which was just a sample from the much loved Le Petit Cordon Bleu short course.
We are happy to have participated in BBC Good Food’s Feast! We also want to thank everyone who participated in making this a success- plus the weather was absolutely fantastic which made it all the more enjoyable!