Preview: Live Chef Demonstrations In Covent Garden

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Preview: Live Chef Demonstrations In Covent Garden
Iain Graham from Urban Caprice
Iain Graham from Urban Caprice
Proof that good things come in small packages.
Proof that good things come in small packages.
Spiced crab with shrimp and pea shoot salad.
Spiced crab with shrimp and pea shoot salad.
Gary Lee from the Ivy puts the finishing touches to his Moroccan lamb dish
Gary Lee from the Ivy puts the finishing touches to his Moroccan lamb dish
Gary & Alice Hall (pastry chef at the Ivy) work on the blush peach and almond tart.
Gary & Alice Hall (pastry chef at the Ivy) work on the blush peach and almond tart.
The peach and almond tart before baking
The peach and almond tart before baking
The finished tart.
The finished tart.
Iain Graham from Urban Caprice
Iain Graham from Urban Caprice
Proof that good things come in small packages.
Proof that good things come in small packages.
Spiced crab with shrimp and pea shoot salad.
Spiced crab with shrimp and pea shoot salad.
Gary Lee from the Ivy puts the finishing touches to his Moroccan lamb dish
Gary Lee from the Ivy puts the finishing touches to his Moroccan lamb dish
Gary & Alice Hall (pastry chef at the Ivy) work on the blush peach and almond tart.
Gary & Alice Hall (pastry chef at the Ivy) work on the blush peach and almond tart.
The peach and almond tart before baking
The peach and almond tart before baking
The finished tart.
The finished tart.

Although the veil of mystery surrounding professional kitchens has largely been lifted by the rise in TV programming on the subject, watching a chef in action is still a quasi magical experience and, from tomorrow, some of the capital’s best will be displaying their culinary alchemy at the Real Food Market in Covent Garden.

Starting tomorrow there will be live demonstrations at 5.30pm and 6.30pm every Thursday, during which chefs from Caprice Holdings (think the Ivy or Scott's) will show you how to make some of their restaurant’s best dishes, share top culinary tips and - most importantly - let you sample the fruits of their labour. Londonist attended a sneak preview last week and found it to be a fascinating insight into the planning that goes into a professional kitchen - we learned, for example, that Urban Caprice never make canapés more than 3.5cm long, so that they can be scoffed without embarrassment - as well as a goldmine of culinary knowledge. (We’ll never slice a lemon in the same way again..) Gary Lee and Iain Graham were, moreover, excellent showmen, and their demonstration left us itching to get home and start cooking.

Needless to say, everything they create - despite the seeming ease with which it's done - is delicious, and it's well worth dragging yourselves away from the rest of the market to view these interesting culinary displays. Best of all, the demonstrations are completely free and you won't have to name-drop just to get a seat..

Demonstrations are at 5.30pm & 6.30pm in the North Hall of the Covent Garden Market building and last for half an hour. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday 30th September - The Ivy, Gary Lee

Thursday, 7 October - J Sheekey & J Sheekey Oyster Bar, Richard Kirkwood

Thursday, 14 October - Urban Caprice, Iain Graham

Thursday, 21 October - Rivington Grill (Shoreditch & Greenwich), Simon Wadham

Thursday, 28 October - Bam-Bou, Steve Gower

Thursday, 4 November - Daphne’s, Michael Brown

Thursday, 11 November - Le Caprice, Lee Bull

Thursday, 18 November - The Mount Street Deli, Mary Lewis

Thursday, 25 November - Scott's, Dave McCarthy

Thursday, 2 December - The Club at The Ivy, Jamie Dobbin

Thursday, 9 December - Group Pastry Chef, Phil Usher

Thursday, 16 December - Dean Street Townhouse, Steve Tonkin

Last Updated 29 September 2010