Not long ago, I was talking to a chocolatier at Borough Market, one of the premier fresh produce markets in London, when he told me about Toral Shah’s The Urban Kitchen cookery school.  I couldn’t wait to film and participate in this adventure.

A week later I was a member of a charming group … on a tour of Borough Market.  Toral introduced us to Borough Market in detail. She explained the best seasonal produce, how cheese is produced; we tasted and compared olive oils, sampled cheese and chocolate from many countries, bought honey, breads and other fresh produce.

After we completed our shopping tour, we walked to Toral’s studio to prepare a sumptuous brunch from the items we had selected at the market. We each had the opportunity to stir, chop, fill and learn from Toral’s instruction.

Before long, our group was treated to a mouth-watering meal accompanied by mimosa cocktails. Toral concluded our learning experience with a pamphlet of recipes so we could treat our family and friends to fresh, healthy London cuisine.

The Urban Kitchen is a “must do” London culinary scene. Toral will recommend her favorite restaurants. An unbeatable deal!

Information you need to know:

Cost: £49/person ($78 US) includes a full meal, wine or   cocktails,comprehensive handout £65/person ($103 US) on Saturday workshops

When: Weekday evening events from 7:00 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.  Saturday    workshops from 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (lunch included)

Where: Toral’s work studio at 47 Brunswick Court, Tanner Street.  You can access Toral’s studio from the Tube, exit London Bridge or Tower Hill.

Class size: minimum 4 people – maximum 14 people

Contact: Telephone:  07956 513016