We’ve teamed up with Villa Plus this year to offer Squid Ink Linguine with Parsley. Villa Plus is a villa rental company that provides self-catering holidays to 15 European destinations. To celebrate opening of their new Italian destination – Puglia, they have partnered with us and a number of other cookery schools to share recipes inspired by their destinations. Here’s our recipe. 


L’atelier des Chefs – squid ink linguine with parsley

Here’s head chef Chris Marriott’s take on a classic Italian dish…


500g linguini

Coarse salt

1 squid ink sachet

500g baby squid

1 garlic clove bulb

A bunch of washed, flat parsley

Black pepper

6 pinches of fleur de sel

100ml dry white wine

2 tomatoes

1 shallot

Olive oil

Separate the squid’s body from the tentacles and head. Remove any cartilage, rinsing the squid tube under cold water to remove grit. Slice the body into half-centimetre thick rings.

Peel and finely chop the garlic, remove the parsley leaves from the stalks and then finely chop them. Peel the tomatoes, cut them in half then remove the seeds and dice the flesh. Peel and finely chop the shallot.

Boil a large saucepan of salted water, add the linguine and cook for six minutes.

Heat some oil a frying pan on a moderate heat and fry the squid for four minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then add the garlic and parsley. Cook until the squid is golden brown then remove it from the pan. Add the shallots and deglaze with white wine.

Put the squid ink in the pan along with the linguine. Cook until al dente, adding a little water if necessary. Return the squid to the pan to warm through. Serve up, topping the linguine with fresh tomato and a sprinkling of parsley.

To see the full list of Pugila inspired recipes hand selected from an array of UK cookery schools read the article in full on Villa Plus’ blog



L’atelier des Chefs – Christmas Market Party

Whether you are a small or large group join our chefs, cocktail mixologist and other fellow foodies at this exclusive ticketed event on Tuesday December 19th (6.00-10.30pm). This takes place at St Paul’s cookery school, 10 Foster Lane London EC2V 6HR.

Tickets are priced at £100 per person and include bounty of Christmas treats:

  • Prosecco Reception
  • Souvenir Cotton Aprons
  • Four interactive Christmas Market stalls – including festive delights such as brie, bacon & truffle sliders and salmon blinis
  • Cocktail Making Station – learn to make two Christmas cocktails with our resident mixologist starting with the Christmas Cosmopolitan
  • Wine, beers and soft drinks included throughout

Spaces are limited so to ensure you don’t miss out get in touch a.s.a.p. to book your tickets email veronica@atelierdeschefs.co.uk or call 020 7659 9969 today




Are you busy? Have no time or simply feel too lazy to cook and prepare a masterpiece?

That’s why we created the magic 30 min class for £15!


In the meantime though our intrepid intern and foodie enthusiast has put together her quick & easy snack ideas…5 simple but tasty snack ideas that won’t leave you sweating in the kitchen for long!

1)  Smoothies

Who doesn’t love a nice cold smoothie, especially in the summer? A smoothie can be a delicious supplement for those unhealthy fizzy drinks and is even healthier than your usual orange juice. It also doesn’t hurt that it tastes good! If you are a big fan of fruits, you will love smoothies. Just pick your favourite fruits (fresh or frozen, it is up to you) and throw them into a blender with yogurt, feel free to add honey if you have a sweet tooth!

2)  Microwave Cake

Craving cake but do not want to go through the effort? Why not give the microwave version a try? It is quick, simple and takes about 10 – 15 mins to make. You more or less need the same ingredients used when baking a cake. Just mix butter, sugar, egg, milk and whatever flavouring you would like (e.g. vanilla extract) before stirring in the flour and baking powder. Feel free to make it to your heart’s desire, add in cocoa if you want, food colouring etc. To ensure the cake comes out flawlessly when done, I would suggest greasing the container used even if it is just a mug. Once ready, be creative! Sprinkle chocolate, cream, fruit…

3)  Tuna Melt Crisp Bread Crackers

If you have more of a savoury tooth, this snack is for you! Enjoy your snack with more of a crisp? Give this a try. All you need for this simple snack is tuna, onion, spring onions, cheese (of your choice), and crisp bread. Mix in onion, spring onions with the drained tuna and add a bit of salt and pepper for taste. Spread the tuna mix on the crisp bread before sprinkling cheese (I suggest mature cheddar) on the top. For the ‘melt’ part of this snack, place in the microwave for about 10/ 15 seconds or until the cheese is melted. If you would prefer the tuna melt on bread, you can substitute the crispbread for sliced bread but instead of popping it into the microwave put it on a grill. Alternatively, if you have a skillet feel free to make use of it to give the bread a nice crunchy texture.

4)  Fruit Salad

Fruit salad is probably one of the easiest, tasty snacks to make. All you need is a lot of your favourite fruits. You can either cut them up or throw into a bowl (feel free to create a dressing to bring the fruit salad together), you can be more creative and cut them into shapes before placing them unto cocktail sticks. You can make a chocolate sauce on the side for dipping or drizzle over the fruits.

5)  Chicken in Tortilla Wrap

For you savoury snack lovers, here’s another idea for you to try! All you need is tortilla wraps, chicken (preferably chicken breast), mayonnaise, cheese (optional), lettuce (or/ and any other veg you would like in your tortilla wrap). Boil, grill, or shallow fry your chicken with any seasoning you want (e.g. salt, pepper). While the chicken is being prepared, pull the lettuce apart and place into a tortilla wrap. Spread mayonnaise onto the lettuce before placing your slightly cooled chicken on top of it. This last step is optional, sprinkle some grated cheese on top and VOILA! C’est Fini!

Hope these snack ideas have been helpful, they take little to no time and are tasty. Give at least one of them a try! You are more than welcome to post your snack creations on social media and tag our account handles. Also, leave behind comments under this post so we can know how it all went in the kitchen!

National Burger day celebration is back again on Thursday August 24th but here are L’atelier des Chefs we are up for celebrating the mighty burger all month in these tasty classes :)


To whet the appetite of you lovely burger lovers here are some interesting facts:

1. During WWII, the US government tried to rename hamburgers “liberty sandwiches,” because they believe the name hamburger comes from Hamburg, Germany.

2. According to World Guinness Record the biggest burger ever made was created at the Black Bear Casino Resort in Minnesota. It weighs 2,014 pounds and had a 10 foot diameter. It took a crane to flip it and seven hours to bake the bun.

3. McDonald’s even claims to produce more than 75 hamburgers per second, of every minute, of every hour, of every day of the year.

4. On average, Americans, eat 3 hamburgers a week. That’s a total of 50 billion burgers a year.

5. Another breaking record, the most expensive burger signed in World Guinness Record book will cost you $3600.

Hope to see you in our kitchen soon mining, flipping and frying!

Why should we care about seasonal food when we can buy anything anytime in supermarkets?

Believe me or not there are positive benefits to eating foods that are available at the time they should be, not only is the food tastier, but it saves you money, is better for the environment, and good for your health too. Sounds interesting? Read on to find out why.

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Easy on the Wallet
Say what? Your weekly shopping could be actually cheaper if you buy seasonal food. The reason is simple, if the food grow in season it will required less work. The less effort it takes for the farmers to produce the less it will cost you.

It’s the Taste That Counts
There is no doubt that the taste of your food is important. When you are buying fruit or anything really, you want to get that lovely red tomato full of juiciness rather than the squashy barely red one. You can avoid disappointment if you follow seasonal trends. The food will be harvested at the right time when it reaches its full potential/ flavor. Eating seasonal foods will also support your body’s natural healing and cleaning abilities.

Variety All Year Long
Before doing your weekly shopping spend time doing a bit of research and think seasonal! It will spark your creativity in the kitchen with new recipes. You will be surprised even in winter a variety of food is still being harvested such as citrus, leeks, sweet potatoes and cauliflower to name few.

Plus don’t forget to check out our tasty store cupboard of recipes to keep you inspired.

At the beginning it can sounds difficult but once you put your effort in it, you will be rewarded with quality product full of nutrition for low cost.


Cactus Language is the leading provider of evening language courses in the UK. With almost 20 years’ experience in language teaching, each year Cactus helps over 5,000 people learn more than 15 languages in 11 central locations across the UK, 5 of them in London.

Cactus group evening language courses are the ideal way to learn French, Spanish, German and many other languages and cultures in conjunction with your cookery classes. From Italian courses in London, to Japanese courses in Manchester, both our 10-week courses and 5-week intensive courses offer a great chance to learn quickly in a sociable environment.

If you are a L’atelier des Chefs student, book now any of our evening language courses and get 20% off* your course by entering the code CP20 when you make your booking.

For more information on our courses, call us on 01273 830 960 or info@languagecoursesuk.co.uk. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any question you may have.

*Terms & conditions for CP20 promo code: 20% off the price of any Cactus evening language courses. The code expires on December 31st 2017. Please note that this offer is not valid in conjunction with other offers.

A short commute from Central London can lead, until April 9th, to a new foodies’ destination. Head to Kensington Olympia for the Eat&Drink Festival 2017 – as we did on the weekend – and get ready to meet over 100 exhibitors, discover new trends and – here comes the part everyone loves – enjoy tasty samples from the finest Artisan Producers in the country.



Supported by major experts in the Food industry (Hello, Foodism!), the newest Food Festival in London certainly promises to have something for every type of Foodie (want to check which one is yours? Head here for a full identikit and list of gifts they are going to LOVE).

You can take part to live cooking demonstrations in the Foodie Lab, enjoy signature dishes served in a cosy olive grove or simply have a feast among the food trucks at The Great Eat (with such a name, we signed up in no time).

And, as no meal is complete without a glass to wash it off, you can’t skip the Drinks station, where expert mixologists will help you pair your Street Food fav with the perfect wine, beer or cocktail. Special mention goes to the Rosé Club, a lovely blossoming bar terrace that will make you want to try all of the 50 Shades of Rosé.


Happy Festival Season,

L’atelier des Chefs team


Eat&Drink Festival – Kensington Olympia until April 9th. See more and book tickets here

There is a reason why Mother’s Day always falls on a Sunday, and this reason is that mothers deserve a long, un-rushed, made-by-someone-else breakfast in bed at least once a year as a treat on their special day.

So this Sunday it’s on you, for once, to get up, sleeves up, and cook breakfast… and no risk of sleep deprivation here, as we have worked out 4 recipes that you can whip up in maximum 30 minutes, or you can even get ready in advance.

  1. Chobani yogurt pot with granola, honey and caramelised apples

Revisit the classic yoghurt-for-breakfast habit by adding a homemade granola and apples mix. Rich in flavour and nutrients, a great part of this recipe can be prepared in advance, leaving you just the task to choose a nice pot or glass to assemble your creation in on the morning.

yogurt pot granola


2. Strawberry and fresh mint smoothie

Show your mum you got the importance of “5 a day” by blending a fresh smoothie just for her (but try not to wake her up while the food processor – very loudly – works its magic).

3. Muffins with grapes and marzipan

Add texture to your mum’s breakfast with these Muffins with grapes and marzipan. The muffin recipe is adaptable to any combination of ingredients you want to use, but the choice of red grapes right at the heart of your muffin and the marzipan will just step up your game. Fancy, right?

4. Poached egg and toasted muffin with Parma ham

Here comes the Egg of Columbus. If you and your mum ever had a dispute over your cooking skills being limited – in her opinion – just to eggs, now it’s the perfect chance to show her that eggs may be easy, but not everyone may be up for the challenge.

A pivotal moment for every pro-chef in the making, this poached egg-based savoury dish has got the power to posh up her breakfast on Mother’s Day.

Preparation time: 5 minutes (times the number of attempts you may need to get the egg right).


Disclaimer: we know you make her happy every day, so this breakfast is just the chance to go the extra mile. And once the morning is set on this note, why not continuing with a day of fun spent together? Check out our Mother’s Day schedule, which includes the mighty Greek Feast Masterclass and join us in the kitchen this Sunday with your mum. Alternatively, offer her the gift of cooking with our Gift Card and choose a more convenient time for you two to attend a tasty class.


Happy Mother’s Day,

L’atelier des Chefs team

egg heart

This Monday say bye to post-weekend blues and Bonjour! to free Macaroons! To celebrate World Macaron Day, on March 20th, colourful Macaroons shells will flood out our St Paul’s kitchen and be offered to the public along with mouth-watering fillings and short demonstration to compose tasty heavenly bites.

Join us from 12 in our City venue to mix&match shells and pair them with a choice of lavish fillings, including Salted Butter Caramel and Dark Chocolate. Then pipe, twist, and delight your taste buds with a delicate chef d’œuvre!
Want the magic last for longer? Don’t skip the visit to our store, where you will find the essential Macaron Making kit on offer with a 30% off. And if the Macaron Making demonstration gives you a taste for more, we’ll treat everyone who ventures in with a 10% off the price of our Gift Cards.
The perfect, but not exclusively, Mother’s Day idea!




Allez, on y va!
World Macaron Day free pop- up, Monday 20th March, 10 Foster Lane, from 12.

When is the last time you have eaten?

If your answer is ‘last night’ as you have skipped breakfast this morning, it may be why you are feeling down right now. In fact, not only your body is resorting to its energy reserves to keep you going, but the low blood sugar in your body is also responsible for your mood swings.

Although in this case eating can be a (quite self-explanatory) solution, the results of a study published in The Journal of Positive Psychology prove, surprisingly, that cooking can have the same soothing effects of enjoying a nice meal itself.

A case study conducted among 650 people over two weeks, in fact, has shown increased levels of positive feelings in those subjects who performed daily creative activities – one of the most common, no need to say, being cooking. Who doesn’t burst in pride at the sight of a baking triumph?

And if actually cooking still feels quite an ambitious plan to you, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t other creative ways you can relax in the kitchen. One of them is by tradition kneading the dough. So how about a very much hands on Bread Making session?

bread making class

Happy relaxing cooking,

L’atelier des Chefs team