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Published August 16th 2020
Cook with wine, friends, great food, all in Iso
Tired of being at home on your own in the evening? Would you like to come out of isolation with some new skills? Perhaps you're just hanging out for a really great meal? What if I told you I can fix all of these in 90 minutes and possibly connect you with your friends at the same time? Drool offer amazing cooking experiences for both chefs and those who have never cooked.
I was delighted to be invited along to share in a class myself to receive a personal experience of what Drool is offering. I will share my personal story a little further on in this article; see how I went with cooking with Drool and I'll even show you a photograph of my finished dish - read on!
Your own range of chefs to teach you amazing cooking skills, some from MasterChef, others Michelin starred.
Never before has it been so easy to access the most amazing teachers in cooking. Some of them are MasterChef contestants, others are Michelin star chefs. All of them are dedicated to making your cooking experience personal, professional and easy to follow along with. At the end of the experience, you will have your own amazing meals and baking delights ready for you to enjoy.
Tell me more: Drool is a young Melbourne start-up company, inspired by events in New York and wanting to create connections between people learning how to cook in Melbourne. Drool was all set to begin their classes in Melbourne just before lockdown. COVID-19 turned the world upside down and shut down everything when they were just about to commence. The essence of the Drool brand is all about connection and the heart and soul of the company is to develop a personal connection with the people learning new skills.
Once it became apparent that lockdown was going to disrupt the opening of this business, they had to change and turned everything into an online experience. I'm kind of really glad they did, as it opens it up to everybody in Australia and overseas in all different locations.
Spend the night with your own personal chef teaching you how to cook like a pro and maybe even a few friends.
The teachers come from various backgrounds and locations. Some are ex MasterChef contestants, one of them has a show on SBS, others are food bloggers and some are Michelin star chefs. These are teachers who you would usually not have access to and yet they have all come together on an amazing platform where you can learn how to cook for next to nothing.
Perhaps you don't think you can cook or you have always wanted to but don't know where to start or perhaps you are a terrific chef but would love to awaken some new skills during 'iso'. For the tiny amount of $15, you can join in a class in your own kitchen with these amazing teachers. If you want to include your partner or your children, they can join in the class with you for the same price of $15 for all of you. (*Some speciality classes are a little bit more).
Not only is the price terrific, but you also don't need to leave your house and at the end of the class, you will have all of these amazing food cooked and created, ready for you to enjoy.
All my ingredients lined up and ready for my pasta making class to begin.
The process is remarkably easy, just click HERE to see all of the cooking experiences that are available. Decide which class you would like to take, looking at the times, dates and delicious treats offered. Then just click to book.
Once your booking is confirmed, you will receive an email welcoming you to the Drool family and advising you of the ingredients you are going to need to have ready before your class.
At the appointed time your personal chef will be ready and waiting to greet you and cook with you.
Log on a few minutes before your class time and meet your friendly chef and your other classmates who are going to take the class with you. No more lonely Saturday nights, you've now got a whole group of great people to cook with! I personally really love this experience of sharing your cooking with other people. The organisers make sure that they include everybody in their discussions and you are welcome to ask questions. I really liked seeing what everybody else was creating as we went along in the class.
You could even get a few if your "in real life" friends together to log on and do the same class as you; raise a glass of wine together and cook at the same time - the next best thing to being able to see them in person!
Can't get together for a party, cook online together!
My pasta dough made from scratch, coming together beautifully. There is an amazing sense of pride in creating something from scratch by yourself.
The teacher was incredibly skilled and patient and taught us great cooking techniques. He filled the class with stories of his life in Italy and recipes and tips that his Nonna shared with him. I learnt things I have never heard before, including how to cook pasta for a certain amount of time to give you a good night sleep.
All of the participants were encouraged to hold up their work as we went along and we all delighted in each other's successes. Classes are capped at 20 participants, so you are guaranteed a personal, hands-on experience.
The pasta making class was relatively simple, yet we created the most beautiful rustic authentic Italian pasta. Once the pasta was completed and cooked (perfectly with a few very valuable cooking tips), we began with the sauce. This particular one was definitely not your calorie-controlled version, it was filled with dripping burnt butter, pan browned peppercorns and delicious cheeses. Even the simple aromas coming off it were heavenly.
The delicious pasta, perfectly cooked with a homemade cheese sauce.
With a quick lift and drain, the pasta went into the sauce and was swirled around and ready for serving in a matter of minutes. Family dinner ready five minutes after my class, just perfect.
The verdict from my family? "Oh my goodness this is absolutely amazing, did you really make it all by yourself from scratch?"
Proud response from myself, "Yes, absolutely from scratch." (Although perhaps with a little bit of help from my teacher and the rest of my classmates).
I didn't have any parsley handy so I decorated it with a tiny bit of fancy lettuce. Absolutely delicious.
So you've made it to the end of reading about my experience, what would be my take-home from it?
It was easy and really great fun; I hadn't realised how much I missed sharing and being around people during isolation - it was fantastic to just share a Saturday night with a group of people again. Perhaps share a cup of tea or glass of wine.
Whether sharing with your family or eating on your own at the end of the class, it was a delicious meal. I learnt some amazing new skills and I had a really great time doing it.
I love the fact that in doing this class you are supporting local businesses, up-and-coming chefs and a great Melbourne start-up enterprise, all at a very nominal price. Not only do you get a great meal at the end of it, you can feel good about it as you have assisted other people and shared with others.
Would I do another class? Absolutely, yes, I'm already booked in to learn how to make opera cake.
Is this something you would like to do? Perhaps come out of isolation with some great new skills. We would love to hear your thoughts and particularly if you have taken a class and what you made and how it worked out for you. Use the comment section at the bottom of the page and share with us. Happy cooking.