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London-based chef Tom Aikens will be starting his cooking classes in January 2021 from a new private Instagram account - focusing on restaurant-quality vegetarian dishes.

After offering countless cooking experiences through his own Instagram account this year, Tom Aikens has just launched his new online cookery school: Cooking with Tom Aikens.

From the kitchen of his Belgravia restaurant, Muse, he will be teaching virtual lessons in cookery: from essential knife skills to how to prepare a show-stopping dish to impress discerning dinner guests (once you’re eventually allowed to have them again).

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The first course in the series will be Meat Free Mondays – taking place on Monday evenings throughout January, February and March. Costing £60 for the full course (six classes, starting on Monday 4 January), it is an ideal opportunity for those looking to reduce their meat-consumption and garner new skills in plant-based cooking. Bring on Veganuary!

Ranging from the healthy to the indulgent, the course aims to arm Cooking with Tom Aikens attendees with the skills to cook restaurant-quality vegetarian fare.

The courses will be available via a members-only Instagram channel – @cookingwithtomaikens – on which Tom Aikens will host each cookery class.

He’ll offer an intimate online environment where learning feels as organic as possible, with participants able to master skills from the comfort of their home.

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The inaugural course – Meat Free Mondays – will take you through these dishes and skills:

  • 4 January – Salt Baked Beetroot Wellington (vegan)
  • 18 January – Oven Baked Cabbage Cannelloni
  • 1 February – Cauliflower Tabbouleh & Cauliflower Pizza (vegan)
  • 1 March – Roasted Savoy Cabbage, Stilton, Pear and Pecan
  • 22 March – Chia Seed & Red Berry Pudding, Cardamom, Cashew Cream (vegan)

On the launch of his new cookery school Tom says: “It has been an incredibly difficult time for our industry, but one positive that has come out of this is the interest in cooking and growth in the number of people wanting to learn new skills in the kitchen!

“We’re hoping to offer people the opportunity to cook good, healthy meals at home – something I feel really passionately about! We’re so excited to be launching this new online platform, and I’m looking forward to meeting all our new members over Instagram in the coming weeks.”

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