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"I just wanted to say a big thank you for the cookery class on Saturday. I learned so much and can't wait to try out the recipes!
I was very impressed by your whole approach and have already recommended the day to one of the listeners of the radio station where I work."
Ben Adam-Smith - February 2012
"An excellent course with a good variety of recipes, the chef was very thorough and explained the reasons for flavour and how to distinquish the essence in all the recipes. I had a really enjoyable day and have come away with a much better understanding of food, flavours and cooking across all types of cookery not just Thai. Thank you, and see you again."
Mark Greig - January 2012
"Hi Kumud, thanks so much for Saturday, but more so, building my confidence to cook. You have inspired me to keep at it!! Thank you so much! Do you do a one to one course?"
Jayna Patel - January 2012
"The class has really helped with my understanding of spices and how to add to create dishes rather than just follow a recipe. I enjoyed every minute of the class and it will be remembered for a long time. Excellent tutor... Thank you "
Stephen James - Towcester - January 2012
"An absolutely fantastic personal walk through Indian cookery cookery and so very personable and informative. An excellent foundation to spices and their properties, you dispel the myths relating to spices and get to the facts – Briliant. Very professional and has ingnited my passion to learn more and enjoy more Indian cookery. "
Nick Fulcher - January 2012
"I learnt a lot and have gained a really good understanding of spice blending and taste...very enjoyable and totally recommended to all. I now want to do the Advanced Indian class. "
Alison James – Leicester - January 2012
"Thank you for a great class that was delivered with energy and enthusiasm. As a nutritionalist I particularly found the relation to the health benefits of food so interest and releavnt to everyday eating, I thoroughly enjoyed the class , what a great start to the year. Thank you "
Rebecca Deal - January 2012
"Thankyou for the excellent day of tuition on my fish cookery class. I love fish and I wanted to learn more ways to cook it and the class did exactly what it says on the can, but I now am confirdent about how to buy it, where to buy what to buy , have 7 new recipes to cook different types of fish. Most of all I have lots of confidence to just cook, the class was much more than I imagined it could be. A huge thank you, see you again for sure! "
Jacqui Burscoe - December 2011
"An excellent class in MiddleEastern Cookery, you have really hit the nail on the head and I was surprised at the level of authenticity of Middle Eastern flavours and styles of cooking. It was very reminicient of home cooking back in Syria. Great variation of recipes and glad you will be teaching others how to cook this way."
Maurud Hossein - November 2011
"Just a quick note to say thank you for such a wonderful inspiring day at the cookery school. I was just blown away by the knowledge that was imparted in such a short space of time, but in a very easy to digest form which always helps, The Chef was really professional, approachable and fun and the group was just good sports; altogether I had a wonderful day and learnt a great deal which I am now keen to put to use. Thanks – I'll definitely come again for the Fish course!"
Jackie Pearce - April 2011
"Highly recommended from start to finish! Learning about the spices – A real eye opener, making spice blends – I didn't know it could be so easy! And the cooking part was really good fun, really well balanced and excellent value for money!
Katie Morgan - April 2011
"Hi Kumud, Thanks again for a lovely day yesterday, I have to say I don't often rave about things, so Lindsay – my wife was surprised and pleased as it was her gift to me, that I came back so enthused by the day. I have surprised myself with how much I got out of the day and how much I am looking forward to re creating the dishes. Well done! You have a gift! PS: get the Spice shop sorted!"
Don Booth - Feb 2011
"A Brilliant cookery class – completely hands on, thorough explanations and great pace all day. Couldn't have been more enjoyable. Thank you"
Judith Wootton - Sept 2010
"I gave the cokery class to my husband with trepidation but I was over the moon to see how much he enjoyed it and was motivated to come home and cook – he wants to come back for the advanced class."
Kerry Castello - Aug 2010
"Thank you – I had a wonderful day, really enjoyable, very friendly, making learning very easy and interesting. The class has given me lots of ideas for both simple evening dinners but also dinner parties. Its really opened up a whole new style of cooking for me. Brilliant – highly recommended"
Steen Riisberg - Aug 2010
"I recently attended your One day Indian cookery class and I wanted to let you how much I enjoyed it. I had to say I didn't quite know what to expect but the whole day was enjoyable, friendly group and teacher, very approachable (I had loads of questions – I've obviously been doing wrong so far). Most impresssive was the spice trail and the knowledge of the teacher, and the information was relayed in such a practical way so that we can act on it. I've been to India and I have to say the most authentic food outside of India – thanks for keeping it real! Good luck"
Nick Timms - July 2010
"I just wanted to say thanks for a lovely experience today. It has sparked a much needed bit of inspiration which I have been lacking...
The presentation, the information and background and the recipes were all perfect!! I can't wait to get my spices and start delighting my family and friends."
"I would like to thank you for a hugely enjoyable and informative day. My family really enjoyed the food I prepared even my son Athur who is autistic and very particular about food absolutely loved it. My wife who is pregnant thought the food was amazing even the okra dish which she didn't particularly like the sound of. I dont know if it was my cooking or your expert tuition, probably a bit of both, and thank you for your kind comments regarding my cooking.
I'd be very interested to come back for one of your Thai Courses and will be giving polite hints to relatives on the approach to Xmas and my birthday. Hope to see you again soon"
"I've never been good at chopping onions and vegetables usually end up with big chunks so the demo and being shown a technique was very good. I actually made a sauce base that can be used for pasta or bolognaise or even a curry by changing the spice mix - that progress for me"
"Even when I follow a recipe it doesn’t work out, so having hand on experience was a great way to learn to cook. I actually found it very relaxing and good fun! I’d go again to get some more recipes!"
Thank you for a really great day of cooking and learning and opening my eyes to the benefits of all the herbs and spices we use. I really had no idea what to expect and I went away really pleased with the day, the fun during the day with the other delegates and what I'd learnt. Really brilliant day. I'll be back!
Rob Davies - March 2009
I wanted to say thank you for making my cookery course such a success. I confess that I had been concerned that I might find myself a little 'out of my depth' but you quickly put me at ease and the day was really enjoyable. You explained everything so clearly and opened my eyes as to how misinformed many of us are about Indian food. I was particularly surprised by the lack of complicated ingredients and the ease of preparation, yet the dishes we made were full of flavour and colour. Thank you once again; I had a wonderful day, with very best wishes.
Thank you for providing me with an excellent insite into Indian cuisine. The course was very informative and I know both me and Bob really enjoyed ourselves. I have a dinner party tomorrow evening where I will put my new cooking skills to the test. We both hope to attend the follow up course later this year.
Tony White - Jan 2009
I just wanted to let you know we had a wonderful experience at our recent cookery class – we came away having learnt a tremendous amount in such a short space of time and felt previledged to have been in your kitchen I really enjoyed the introduction to the spices and their health values, the tutor was very knowledgable and answered all our questions. The cooking was great fun and built up at a good pace which we could follow, Our tutor kept us all totally enthralled and the time went by far too quickly. Thank you very much.
Steve & Julie Mesher
St Helen School Cooking Challenge
I really did enjoy the Cooking challenge. I never really took an interest in cooking but after today I think that will be changing. I have learnt how to make 4 different smoothies, different salads, spaghetti Bolognese and a scrumptious lime tort.
"I didn’t realise smoothies are so easy to make and so healthy! That’s definitely the breakfast for me from now on."
"I Love desserts so making the Lime Tort by myself was awesome and so easy – I will make this at home for sure."
Natasha - year 10
"I’ve never really cooked before but I had so much fun today and learnt so much about healthy food that tasted brilliant – I didn't think the two were possible"
Ella B - year 10
We have had a really informative and pleasurable day – thanks very much it has been a great experience I will recommend this to all my friends.
Liz Sharp - Orpington Kent
Fantastic – thank you so much for being patient – you've given me so much confidence in the kitchen – I just get stuck in.
A great way to start the new financial year where meeting targets is going to be a team task - Relying on someone else to be fed is a great motivator to work together
Martin Chivers - Verdict solutions - corporate team building event
Great day, very different and lots of fun, lots to take away from the experience! Thanks very much.
I learnt a lot about people I thought I knew quite well, cooking is very nurturing and similar to managing people.
Eric Pedersen - Bra Boehringer-Ingleheim