Basic ingredients: In a relatively short span of time, Central Street Cookery School has become a vital hub for Londoners living and working in and around EC1 to come together and learn about food and cookery. CSCS is part of the award -winning St Luke’s Community Centre and is run by cookery teacher and food anthropologist Sofia Larrinua-Craxton, who has quickly made the school a focal point for those in the community to cook, eat and share. Affordable evening classes include knife skills, street food and world flavours workshops from an inspired and diverse range of cookery tutors. The school opened in 2012 and is clean, modern, and airy, and can accommodate up to 20 students. It is fully equipped with hi-tech gadgets, and can be hired for all kinds of bespoke cookery activities and parties. As well as straight-forward room hire for TV shoots, cookery demonstrations and product development, the school provides themed corporate events ranging from food educational days out to team building challenges.
They say: We believe that learning about food and cooking brings communities together and can help people in ways they might not realise, from feeding a family on a budget to understanding more about different cultures. The income from these classes funds the community projects. This is what makes this space feel special for anyone who uses it.
We say: Bargain. Experience 100 per cent hands-on classes – from Brazilian Samba Cuisine to Pakistani Street Food – by an ethnically diverse range of expert teachers at a fraction of the cost of other schools. All proceeds go to the St Luke’s Trust. Win, win.
020 7549 8176; www.centralstreet.org