Rachel McCormack is originally from Scotland but spent most of her twenties living in Spain, mainly in Barcelona. While she was there she caught the Catalan obsession with food (it was and is easier to learn than their obsession with politics) and learned how to cook from eating in restaurants, talking to women in the markets, watching her friends fight over which was the correct recipe from a certain village and also watching their Mothers in their kitchens.
Three years ago, after a suggestion from Bea Vo, Rachel started Catalan Cooking classes at Bea’s of Bloomsbury and has gone on to teach regular cooking classes, do pop ups all over London and, working with E-Deli, sell some top quality Spanish produce.
She also set up and ran the Ropewalk section of Maltby Street Market for its first year, ran the first ever London Mallorcan Week in 2011 and is a tireless promoter of calçots and calçotades (or calçotadas in English) throughout the UK.
She is a regular panelist on the Radio 4 programme The Kitchen Cabinet, has featured in various newspapers and magazines (while regularly forgetting to add the links to her website), written various pieces for various publications (see previous parentheses) and has now set up the first ever GastroSalon in Charles Dickens’ old pub.
When not doing any of the above she can found drinking gin and expressing far too many opinions either in the pub or on twitter.
If you wish to get in touch to arrange a class, a pop-up, buy a gift voucher, or moan about the price of pigs’ trotters, you can contact Rachel here