Food & Drink

Join us for a weekend of food and drink masterclasses on 17 and 18 October

Comfort… creativity… or just a cracking dinner ‒ whatever cooking means to you, you’ve probably done a lot more of it in 2020. It’s been the year of banana bread, frying-pan pizzas, and loaf after loaf of sourdough ‒ and with a new season of ingredients to plunder, now’s the time to hone your skills and join us in the Telegraph’s virtual kitchen for a weekend of live culinary masterclasses, brought to you by Telegraph Events.

On Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October, the Telegraph’s award-winning food columnists will host a brigade of Michelin-starred chefs, cocktail connoisseurs and experts in baking and barbecuing, to share recipes, tips and tricks from their stoves ‒ and answer your burning questions as you follow along at home.

Book in for one session or sign up to the whole series to discover how Yotam Ottolenghi creates the recipes for his bestselling cookbooks and cafés (and meet fellow chef Ixta Belfrage, his secret weapon in the Ottolenghi test kitchen), or learn the secret to Angela Hartnett’s perfect pasta as served at her Michelin-starred restaurant, Murano. 

With columnists Diana Henry, Xanthe Clay and Susy Atkins as your guides, you can cook along live from the recipes shared with your ticket, or curl up on the sofa to watch the live action ‒ and create a showstopper cake or gin cocktail afterwards, at your leisure.

What’s on the menu

Saturday 17 October

3.30pm: How to serve up the perfect fried chicken

Chef James Cochran cooks the country’s finest buttermilk chicken at his restaurant, 12:51. Discover how to serve up a brilliant bird (golden, juicy and delicious) by following along as he makes his signature dish, loaded with fresh herbs and chilli jam.
45 mins

5pm: Mix the perfect gin cocktail

Join the Telegraph’s drinks expert Susy Atkins and cocktail connoisseurs Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley at aperitif hour for a spirited session of mixology. Master the Martinez and an elderflower gimlet while learning how to pick the best bottles for your bar.
45 mins

6.30pm: Make a Michelin-star meal in minutes 

Looking for the ultimate dinner-party dish? Stephen Harris’s restaurant, The Sportsman in Seasalter, Kent, has been named the UK’s best gastropub four times in the last five years and held a Michelin star since 2008. Hosted by fellow Telegraph columnist Diana Henry, Stephen will cook his signature seafood dish of lemon sole fillets with mussel tartare, and reveal his secret to serving simple but beautiful food.
45 mins

Sunday 18 October

10.30am: Create a showstopper worthy of Bake Off

Don’t miss Kim-Joy’s guide to creating spectacular bakes. Finalist in series nine of The Great British Bake Off, Kim-Joy will demonstrate a Halloween showstopper pavlova from her kitchen, with Telegraph columnist Xanthe Clay on hand to ask all your questions about her stunning creations.
45 mins

12.30pm: Perfect pasta from scratch

Enjoy an Italian masterclass with Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett and follow her method for making pasta by hand ‒ with tips she learned from her Italian grandmother. Hosted by Xanthe Clay.
45 mins

3pm: Become a master of fire 

The founder of Bristol Fire School, Genevieve Taylor, turns up the heat and shares recipes to cook over flames  ‒ Cambodian corn on the cob and sticky butternut squash with feta. Perfect dishes for campfires and barbecues, you’ll become a grilling pro with Genevieve’s expert instruction. Hosted by Xanthe Clay.
45 mins

6pm: Revolutionise your vegetable cooking

Bestselling author and restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi reveals his revolutionary approach to cooking flavour-focused vegetables, with Ixta Belfrage, his co-writer on his latest cookbook, Flavour. Cook along with them to make sweet-sour chaat masala potatoes, and discover how to give your veg some va-va voom. Hosted by Diana Henry.
45 mins

How to book

To book your tickets to the Food & Drink Festival for a weekend of virtual cooking masterclasses, and to have the opportunity to ask our experts questions as they cook, just click here.

All sessions will be recorded and available to view on YouTube, via the Telegraph Live channel, from Monday 19 October. 

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