Give a Japanese Cookery Course this Christmas!

The Gift of a Culinary Experience this Christmas with Hashi Cooking

Each festive season many of my previous students come back to Hashi, looking for gift vouchers that they can give to their friends – sharing a new experience, and a skill, rather than a material gift at Christmas.

If you’re looking to give a family member or friend a Japanese cooking experience, here are the top recommendations for a Christmas gift they won’t forget!

1. Top For Foodies: Gourmet Course

This four-part course is for individuals who have perhaps rolled sushi before, probably know their ramen from their soba, and are keen to get to grips with top ingredients.

It’s not often that a Christmas gift keeps giving for four weeks, but with this course, the receiver will be learning, creating, eating and drinking well into the new year.

They’ll have the chance to work with the fantastic flavours of black cod, salmon caviar, scallops, squid and fresh wasabi, preparing and watching demonstrations of four-course menus at a professional Chef’s Table set up – with sake of course!

2. Top for Keen Amateurs: Beginners’ Course

Have a Japanophile friend? Know somebody who can put together a mean Italian or Spanish meal, but has never tried Japanese? Or someone that has visited every Japanese restaurant in town, but prepare a miso soup?

Hashi’s Beginners’ Course introduces all of the basics in the first class, before moving on to sushi, tempura, dumplings and noodle dishes across four busy evening classes. Attendees can start the course with no knowledge of Japanese food and will finish the course having seen, created and tasted over 15 dishes and accompaniments; in fact they’ll be all set to thank you for their Christmas gift with a three-course meal!

3. Top for Speciality Diners: Private and Vegetarian Classes

Hashi’s Private Classes are extremely popular, and as a gift work brilliantly. If you know that one of your loved ones is keen to learn a specific dish or skill, or has a particular allergy or dietary requirement, we can plan a class or two to suit their needs – and, as with any class or course, you can join them too! Only, with a Private Class, you know that it will just be the two of you.

Meanwhile, the new Vegetarian Classes come in pairs and include a total of 8 dishes across a fortnight. I began these classes after having realised how few Japanese cookery schools cater to vegetarians, and also as many of my favourite Japanese dishes are vegetarian!

Seaweed and tofu are the two top ingredients, and this two-part course allows students to learn how to prepare smoked, fried and silken tofu as well as dumpling, vegetable and tempura dishes.

4. Top for Groups: Workshops!

Hashi Workshops are great fun, and can take place at your place or ours.

Invite a group of colleagues, teammates, friends or family members to join together and create a series of dishes while catching up over a glass of wine or two. Recent workshops have taken place in locations ranging from The Ivy in London to Puglia, Italy, and of course at our home school in Wimbledon too.

For a simple, delicious and rewarding experience, why not opt to make a series of sushi, try different sashimis and soups, and taste sake; or, if you are a group of foodies, we can devise a more complex menu from starter to dessert! You choose the dishes, the time, the guests and the location, and we’ll provide everything you need.

If you’d like to give the gift of a new skill this Christmas, take a look at the website for details of all they have on offer!