Swap places with the chef and make the food yourself.
Fancy yourself as a bit of an amateur chef?
Then a trip to Birmingham's leafy Edgbaston is just what you need. Cutting-edge restaurant, Simpsons, does more than just serve you Michelin-starred food; on their one-day cookery course you can swap places with the chef and make the food yourself.
There’s no Gordon Ramsay-style swearing here, though; Head Chef, Adam Bennett, exudes calm, and with only 12 in a class, the atmosphere is reassuringly relaxed and intimate.
Preparing a three-course meal in a professional kitchen might sound daunting but Adam talks you through each stage – whether you’re making their trademark foie gras and banana starter or the cep mushroom and quail tart on a salad of green beans.
And it’s not all hard work, either: once you’ve finished glazing and flambéing, the whole class sits down in the Orangerie for a lip-smacking three-course lunch (not necessarily the one you prepared).
After lunch you get a tour of the wine cellars from the Head Sommelier, and toast your culinary talents in the restaurant bar.
Who knows? The next Michelin-starred restaurant you eat at could be your own.
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