In conjunction with Chef Roberto Cortez, The Underground Restaurant presents a series of afternoon cooking lessons.
Monday 23rd of March 2pm: CHOCOLATE
Understanding how chocolate works and different types, temperatures, perfect mousses every time, flavor development, Cocoa percentages.
Monday 30th March 2pm:VEGETABLES AND KNIFE SKILLS
Proper cooking techniques and new variations to bring excitement to vegetables, Learn how to hold, cut, slice and use knives properly with an overview of knowing when to use which knife. Bring your own knives!
Monday 6th April 2pm: DOUGHS
Brioche, puff pastry, inverted puff pastry, citrus peel butter cake, basic understanding of all elements involved in making doughs and applying temperature knowledge to ensure amazing results
Monday 13th April 2pm: FISH
Cooking techniques to master fish cookery using slow roasting, cold poaching, oil confit, low heat steaming, and brining. Learn how to recognize fresh fish and how to store properly
Monday 20th April 2pm: UNDERSTANDING SPHERIFICATION
Techniques, regular, reverse, cold oil, fat variations with complete ingredient information (Adventurous cooks)
Monday 27th April 2pm: SAUCES AND PLATING PRESENTATION Part 1 Savoury
You know those fancy pants ways of making your dinner look good? Learn it here. Towers, plate graffitti, the lot!
Monday 11th May 2pm: SALADS
New flavor combinations, analysis, recipes. How to make a salad without lettuce could be the subtitle of this lesson. With the summer hopefully starting, this could be the most useful lesson yet.
Monday 18th May 2pm: SOUPS
Techniques for perfect soups, velvety texture, purees, new variations
Monday 25th May 2pm: GRAINS
Proper risotto technique, using grains in inventive dishes
Monday 1st June 2pm: INTRODUCTION TO GELEES, ESPUMA MOUSSES, HYDROCOLLOIDS
How hard can molecular gastronomy be? Can the home cook do it? Time to find out…
Monday 8th June 2pm: TARTS
Monday 15th June 2pm: DESSERTS 101
Roberto also provides mobile phone cookery support, a kind of Samaritans for chefs if you try any of the techniques at home and get stuck!