Have you ever watched Saturday Kitchen and thought, 'I could give them a run for their money with the omelette challenge'? Well, now you can! Cactus Kitchens, where Saturday Kitchen is filmed, have opened a cookery school and they hold 'A Taste of Saturday Kitchen' once a month.
We made our way downstairs to the studio where Saturday Kitchen is filmed - it's surprisingly small! - and took time to hear about what goes on during the rehearsals and filming of the show. We were allowed to mooch around the kitchen and, if you ever wondered if those ovens are fake and maybe the food was secretly placed in somehow at the back, you're wrong! The ovens are totally real and there is also a (small) prep kitchen downstairs where they have exactly the same ovens, so that the home economist (who works behind the scenes) can test all the recipes before filming. We moved on to see the production control room, where the shots you see on the TV are controlled, followed by the prep kitchen and even James Martin's dressing room (shh, keep that to yourself!)
After our tour and a optional book signing by Atul, we went up to the top of the building (which was once a chapel and vicarage) to the cookery school. We watched Atul demonstrating a prawn, scallop & pineapple curry, chatting and answering our barrage of questions before we tasted the curry, which was gorgeous!
Now that omelette challenge....!
Before I tell you what happened, let's just say that I'm a little egg phobic and cannot bear to eat any form of egg unless it's in cake, pastry etc., and haven't really cooked an egg... ever. (Don't roll your eyes, yes, I do know I write a food blog!)
Anyway, so here we were, about to do the 3-egg omelette challenge - maybe the pan wasn't
At the end of the session, we retired to the green room for more (much needed) coffee, and I was presented with my own egg trophy, which had probably the worst time ever in the history of the famous omelette challenge plastered over it *cringe*.
I spoke to a couple of the other attendees who regularly go to similar events and they thought it was slightly expensive (£149 pp) and wished that they had eaten a late breakfast or early lunch before going, as it's really more of a tour and demo rather than a food feast. One other thing to note, the book is unfortunately not included in the price.
But having said that, if you have a partner or friend who loves watching Saturday Kitchen this would made a really nice birthday treat - quite a few of the participants had been gifted the experience as a Christmas gift - it's great fun and you do get to meet a fab chef up close and personal as they say! (And they might even help you out with your omelette!!)
A few more photos from the day:
PS. A little bit of gossip that I overheard while on the tour - James Martin turned up last week in a loud lime-green sweater and was gently persuaded to change into something less vibrant - I saw a playback of the show later and noticed him wearing an elegant black shirt!
Disclaimer - I went along to the Saturday Kitchen Experience as a guest of Cactus Kitchens, via a Twitter competition last year. I was not required to write about it, but thought my experience might help someone else decide if this is for them.
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