Interest in home dining and entertaining has never been higher and many of us, inspired by Master Chef, the Great British Bake-off and other popular cookery programmes, are looking to improve and develop our culinary skills. Simon Broadribb of Hampshire Fare Member Upton's Butchers of Bassett in Southampton has launched his 2013 programme of cookery master-classes to cater for this new interest. The courses he is organising include Moroccan Cookery, Lamb Master-class, Sushi and Japanese Cookery, Fish and Shellfish, Bacon Making, Thai Cookery and Pork Master-class.
Simon has always placed emphasis on developing lasting relationships with the farmers that supply the shop. He told us: 'Knowing every farmer personally, not only guarantees quality but allows meat to be traced to its source. This is very reassuring for any consumer, not just meat eaters with a conscience. These classes give us a chance to demonstrate how to get the most out of your meat and fish purchase and provide some interesting and alternative ideas for maximising their freshness and flavours. '
The classes are priced from £75 per person for fish classes and from £95 for the meat master-classes, and they include the tutorial and practical, a relaxed dinner including wine, and meat or fish to take home. Classes last for three hours, 6.30pm - 9.30pm at Upton's of Bassett shop at 351 Winchester Road, Bassett, Southampton.
Photo - Simon helps students at a recent poultry master class