A taste of Asia comes to The Cookery School at The Grand, York

By Anna Wolfram

In March 2019, The Cookery School at The Grand, York will open its doors to become a furnace of culinary creativity with a selection of cross-continent inspired courses from around the world.

The Cookery School’s striking collaboration of ingenuity and experience will see a team of experts, led by head chef tutor, Andrew Dixon, teach students the art of authentic Asian cuisine. With the nation’s love of curries ever on the rise, the launch of these classes will offer the opportunity for York’s residents and visitors alike to try their hand at Thai, Vietnamese and Persian dishes, among others.

On the decision to curate Asian cookery classes, Andrew Dixon commented; “We see a lot of food trends come and go, yet year on year, Asian dishes are among the country’s favourite when eating out or ordering a takeaway. Despite this, many lack the confidence to cook these recipes from scratch in their own kitchens due to the complex combination of flavours and ingredients. We can’t wait to offer a platform that will develop the culinary skills of students of all abilities, elevating them to a position of confidently cooking these spice-infused dishes.”

Guests can enjoy an evening cooking Persian cuisine with British-Iranian chef and food writer, Sabrina Ghayour, a multi-award winning, three-time best-selling author. Specialising in cooking up colourful, moreish dishes with Eastern flavours in an abundant ‘Mezze’ style, Sabrina invites students to learn unique recipes and techniques. With succulent lamb stew, caramelised onion and aubergine frittata, and home-made meatballs on the menu, Asian authenticity is guaranteed. To finish, the group will try their hand at a traditional Persian cheese and herb platter with walnuts, radishes and flatbread.

As we travel further down the south west coast of Asia, to India, The Cookery School’s classic Curry Night is perfect for those seeking the skills to make an authentic, flavour-rich curry. With no paste in sight, Goan chicken (or vegetable) curry is set to impress with an infusion of aromatic spices that will tantalise the taste-buds. Scraping burnt rice off the bottom of the pan will become a thing of the past as tutors show just how easy it is to perfect pilau rice.

Continuing south east across the Andaman Sea, embark on an exquisite culinary journey to Indonesia, up through Thailand, Vietnam and over to China and spend a full day perfecting a tangy tom yum soup, beef massaman curry and roasted pineapple with Filipino rum spiced syrup. For seafood lovers, the Tasty Thai evening course teaches how to nail a Thai green curry with fragrant jasmine rice using the most fresh, locally-produced ingredients. As with every course, the food produced is yours to consume.

With over 2,500 square foot of space, The Cookery School will have 16 workstations equipped with a state-of-the-art induction hob, electric oven and premium cookery equipment. There will also be an external courtyard complete with herb garden and seating area. The space will be fully wheelchair accessible offering a station and place in the demo area with wheelchair-friendly heights, as well as step-free access throughout.

Classes start from £55pp. For the full programme, see here.

To book your stay or for more information, visit www.thegrandyork.co.uk or call 01904 380038.