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 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
In the classes at Bea’s of Bloomsbury Rachel tries to re-create the kind of meal that she has at her friends’ houses in Barcelona and other parts of Catalonia. It’s an informal gathering where you eat good ham, cheese and olives while everyone helps to prepare food and has a big discussion about the provenance of the food that is being made as well how to solve all the world’s problems. In the class solving the world’s problems is optional.
The classes will concentrate on a different theme depending onthe season and the produce available. The maximum size of the class is 8 so it is a real interactive class with everyone making and everyone helping. We eat the aperativos while we do the rest of the cooking and then we sit down together and eat the other two courses and share the Catalan wine. At the end of the class you will have eaten a lot of good food learned about what you are making and will have taken away a lot of ideas that you can then easily replicate at meals for friends and families.
Please come in comfortable clothing and shoes, with your hair tied back if necessary . Aprons etc will be provided.