Jamie Oliver manages to bring out a cookbook of fresh ideas every year. Jamie’s Ministry of Food is certainly one of his best – a book that should be given to every person leaving home, it has everything there and what’s more it is written in a funky new style that makes it exciting and refreshing. Even people who don’t usually like cooking will find it inspiring. – definitely our book of the year for 2009.

At Wickedfood cooking school in Gauteng, we consider this book his best. Each month we take six recipes from the book and re-interpret them, with plenty of tips along the way. In May our aspiring hobby cooks will learn the secrets to successful easy cooking, with class theme being quick meals and pastas (click here for more information on the class). Dishes covered during the class will include spicy Moroccan stewed fish with couscous, chicken and leek stroganoff, broccoli and pesto tagliatelle, classic tomato spaghetti, macaroni cauliflower cheese bake and banana tarte tatin, with a wicked twist.

Wickedfood Cooking School

Sunninghill – (011) 234-3252 sunninghill@wickedfood.co.za

Boksburg – (011) 823-5365 boksburg@wickedfood.co.za

Runs cooking classes throughout the year at its purpose-built cooking studios. Classes are run in the mornings and evenings 7 days a week (subject to a minimum of 12 people). The venue is also popular for corporate events and private functions – team building cooking classes, birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference.

Our classes are hands-on, where every person gets to participate in the preparation of the dishes. They are also a lot of fun where you not only learn new skills, but get to meet people with similar interests. For corporate groups and teambuilding cooking classes these classes are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients.