Recently I signed myself up to an Italian cooking masterclass. Even for the more skilled chefs amongst us – which is not me – adding a few more cooking techniques to your repertoire is never be a bad thing.
Italian is one of my favorite cuisines; along with Indian, Thai, Greek, Chinese, American, Lebanese and chocolate cake…
The class was held at the beautifully rustic Tuscany restaurant in the Grand Hyatt Hotel. With outdoor views overlooking the Arabian sea the indoor setting is also impressive with a large, grand lion statue in the middle of the dining area.
Throughout the morning we would be taught to make three courses;
– Rosemary skewered shrimp
– Duck Ragout with tagliatelle pasta and pepper cream
– Hazelnut tart with a mascarpone coffee cream
Our skilled instructor for the morning was Chef Mauro Ferrari – With a name like that he just oozes an Italian vibe.
The best thing about this kind of master class is that you can experience the different foods, techniques and smells without actually having to get too dirty ourselves. Chef Mauro chopped, simmered and cooked up a storm as we looked on eagerly through each course. In his thick Italian accent he explained each stage of what he was cooking and gave us some helpful hints and tips as he cooked.
After a morning of teasing our taste buds with delicious smelling food we settled into the private dining room to tuck into the meal that we had just learnt to cook.
And voila, lunch was served…
This class cost 20 rials (£32) and included welcoming coffee and biscuits, morning refreshments, the 3 course meal that you had learnt about and a cooking apron to take home with you. Pretty great value for money if you ask me..
For more information on Tuscany or to book a table click here.