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From Pasta to Pastry
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Rachel never had an interest in cooking, but she had to learn out of necessity. After leaving her convenient supermarket life behind on a trip to Zambia, she had to start fending for herself, and learnt the cooking basics. It didn't take her long to get hooked and before she knew it, Rachel was baking bread and making granita from homegrown lemons.

Rachel is now a patisserie graduate from Le Cordon Bleu, and in 2010 she decided to share her newly learnt skills with others. She teaches just about any type of cuisine you can think of, from Italian to Japanese. As well as giving private classes for students, hen parties, and corporate events, Rachel also runs a series of masterclasses in her kitchen in Highbury and other London venues. Her next scheduled classes are:

Patisserie Masterclass
27th March, 7pm-10.15pm, £75

In her Highbury kitchen, Rachel will teach you how to make a range of different pastries such as short crust and choux. With these pastries, you will learn some tasty recipes for shortbread biscuits, raspberry tartlets, and coffee Éclairs. While you are there you will get a light meal and be able to take your baked goods home. To book email

Fresh Pasta Masterclass
28th March, 6.30pm-10.00pm, £59

Join Rachel in Central Street, and learn how to make your own pasta fresh and ready to eat. You'll learn recipes for butternut squash ravioli and wild mushroom tagliatelle. After the class, you'll sit down for dinner and enjoy your lovely homemade food along with salad, bread, wine, and some cardamom cantucci biscuits.

How To Make Macarons
13th April, 1.30-4.30pm, £65

Taking place at the Soho Kitchen Club, macarons are the delight of the day. Create the perfect meringue based macarons with a choice of delicious flavoured fillings, including salted caramel, lemon mascarpone, or white chocolate and raspberry. After the lesson, you will be given a nice box to take your macarons in, and the recipes you learnt.

Modern Vegetarian Class
25th April, 6.30pm-10.00pm, £99

If you cook for vegetarians or want to find a way to make your own meals more interesting, then the next class in D'Arblay Street will give you some interesting recipes to try. These include mini pancakes with an unusual filling combination of pomegranate aubergine caviar, a edamame bean and peanut salad, some asian dishes that use noodles, miso, and tofu, and final a spicy mango creme brulee.

Sushi Masterclass
9th March, 7pm-9.30pm, £55

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If you like sushi and want to be able to make it at home, then Rachel will be giving a masterclass in her Highbury kitchen. Find out to make different types of rolls such as maki and nigiri, and learn how to prepare raw fish. After the class, you will be able to socialise with the other students over a glass of wine, while you eat your sushi.
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Why? Learn to cook
When: 27th March - 9th May
Phone: 020 3308 2911
Where: Rachel's Kitchen and other venues
Cost: £55-£99
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