Cooking ideas at Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden

13 June 2019

Chef Damian Clisby at Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden is on a mission to inspire the next generation of chefs.

Ten lucky GCSE students from Grey Court School were welcomed to Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden for a masterclass on how to make perfect pasta with restaurant director Damian Clisby and his team of professional chefs. The Cooking Ideas session was aimed to inspire the next generation of chefs, introducing them to careers in food, through a practical session of cooking skills, tasting and sharing great food.

Students were first given a behind the scenes tour of a professional kitchen where they enjoyed a cooking demonstration by head chefs as they prepared lobster gnocci. The students learned about seasonal produce and organic food, which Petersham Nurseries source from their own farm in Devon.

The skills of the students were then put to the test when they got to make pasta from scratch and create three pasta dishes; squid ink spaghetti with clams and mussels, pesto tagliatelle with green beans and parmesan and ricotta ravioli.

Chef Damian said, “It’s a pleasure to invite these young people into our kitchen and a wonderful opportunity to share our skills and passion with the next generation.” 


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