Bourne & Hollingsworth, predominantly of cocktail and brunch fame, have added a further string to their bow with their new project ‘B&H Kitchen’. Set above the cocktail bar in B&H buildings, Clerkenwell; B&H Kitchen will offer cookery classes for all levels, led by Executive Chef Adam Gray.
Courses will either be ‘short’ courses starting at £60, including ‘How to cook the perfect steak’ and ‘Healthy Eating’, or All-Day at £125 with offerings such as butchery (no doubt in an attempt to compete with the highly successful butchery courses offered by London’s most infamous butchers) and bread-making. All-Day courses will include lunch, and all courses offer you the chance to sample one's efforts with an accompanying cocktail at the end of the day.
The space is light and well thought-out, combining high-end equipment with a country-kitchen feel, centred around a striking and bespoke wooden table which doubles as a tutorial space and dining table. Fresh herbs and green plants line the windows and hang from the ceilings.
Though the interior undoubtedly impresses, the true value to the courses on offer is the man at the helm. Adam Gray previously held a michelin star for 10 years with Rhodes Twenty Four, and has a vast amount of experience both in the kitchen and in sharing his skills (he previously established the ‘Adam Gray Chef Academy’ at Northampton University and the ‘Shires Cookery School’ as part of his co-owned pub ‘The Red Lion’ in East Haddon).
Watching him prepare a dish of Cornish mackerel, rhubarb relish and a sea kale and pea shoot salad, his knowledge, passion and skills were highly evident. As he talks about the ingredients, their seasonality, and his reasons for putting them together in such a way, it struck me that his oversight is the reason I would recommend these courses. While he unfortunately does not run every course, his trained ‘professional chef tutors’ deliver the courses envisaged by him.
The space can also be hired for bespoke events, such as private dinner parties with a private chef and bartender included!