Basic Ingredients: Food at 52’s new premises are just down the road from their original school in Clerkenwell. The new school is equally cool, with an upstairs ‘arrivals’ lounge decorated with quirky artefacts and a spacious kitchen downstairs where classes take place around a long table. The kitchen has its own range cooker and vintage wooden boxes full of fresh vegetables. The owner and chef, John Benbow, creates a fun atmosphere, with background tunes and free-flowing wine, but is serious about his cooking. Courses are hands-on, focus on super-fresh flavours and ingredients and usually end with a convivial banquet-style feast.
They say: Saturday, after-work and express lunchtime courses offer a fresh take on popular modern cuisines such as Italian, Moroccan, Spanish and Southern Indian and are ideal for beginners to improvers.
We say: No strip-lights and hi-tech TV screens here. This is a charming boho cookery school where the passionate owner-tutor delivers relaxed, well-informed classes on international cuisine. The two-hour evening classes offer particularly good value at £65; other day classes start from £115 but keep an eye on the website for occasional special offers.
Read more about the cookery school’s owner and head tutor John Benbow
07814 027 067; www.foodat52.co.uk