Ready, Steady, Cook! i-on takes teamwork into the kitchen at Edinburgh School of Food & Wine
We’re big fans of a day out at i-on, and not just because it gets us away from the office.
It gives us a chance to try different things and get our creative juices flowing. Case in point: the Cook-in Competition - the ultimate team building cooking challenge - at the oldest cookery school in Scotland; Edinburgh School of Food & Wine.
Located within Newliston Estate, it feels a little like you’re trespassing on private property when you drive onto the impressive grounds. But once you step inside the school’s impressive industrial style kitchen, you’ll find the focus firmly on food.
The Cook-In Competition begins with a short demonstration by a dedicated chef-come-tutor of how to cook each course. You then recreate the dish in your allotted teams, before sitting down to eat (with a glass of wine) and awards (yes, we get competitive) are given to the team the tutor deems the best.
Our chef and course tutor for the day, Steve Brown, is skilled, engaging and inspiring and, whether you’re a budding chef or beginner cook, you’re guaranteed to leave with some culinary nuggets to up your game in the kitchen.
Our session is themed (on our request) to healthy eating and the menu features dishes including Thai seared beef and vegetable salad, and rhubarb custard with pistachio, orange and cardamom granola crumble. Delicious.
Fun, challenging and a great way to bring out some healthy competition.
Kitchen Pro Tips
To expertly crush garlic, place a roughly chopped clove on a board, sprinkle with sea salt, and press and drag the blade over it until it’s completely pulverised.
Coconut yoghurt and milk can be used in cooking and baking if you want to reduce your dairy intake – a 1:1 replacement ratio works perfectly well.
Improve your knife skills by using a see-saw motion when cutting, never lifting the tip of the knife from the chopping board.
Edinburgh School of Food & Wine, The Coach House, Newliston, Edinburgh, EH29 9EB, Tel: 0131 333 5001, esfw.com