Executive Chef at the Lighthouse Restaurant, Remy Azavedo, re-started his popular cooking classes last Saturday.
The classes have a maximum of eight to 10 students and the students do all the cooking, with Chef Azavedo watching and supervising.
Held every Saturday between 11.30am and 1.30pm, the classes cost $50 each, which includes a glass of wine and tasting notes.
‘The classes were started in November 2003. I used to have them in the Captain’s room – also known as the Port Room – at the restaurant, but they had to be stopped due to the damage we suffered after Hurricane Ivan,’ Chef Azavedo explained.
‘The sessions have always been very popular,’ he remarked. ‘I remember when we started, the first class had 12 people in it, which included Brian Uzzell and Michael Ryan. Most of my students back then stayed the same, as they always ended up booking the next class.’
The classes were resumed last year but were briefly paused recently due to Chef Azavedo’s vacation. They will now be re-started in the restaurant’s new fully-equipped studio kitchen, designed specifically for the classes.
On the menu for this Saturday’s class are vegetable crepes, bay scallop and calamari ceviche in coconut and lime broth and broiled Maine lobster with Moroccan salad.
Chef Azavedo is a Chef Rotisseur and has 19 years of experience in a hospitality environment. Before joining the Lighthouse Restaurant as executive chef in 2002, he worked as executive chef at the Links restaurant at Safehaven and as a sous-chef on Carnival Cruise Lines.
Despite his impressive qualifications, however, he emphasised that the class is suitable for all levels.
‘My classes are not for professional cooks,’ said Chef Azavedo. ‘They are for normal people or house cooks and there are no cooking skills required.
‘It’s a fun, engaging class and the reason I keep the number to eight to 10 people is to ensure there is personal interaction with the students. All you require is your will to try the recipes at home and to have a fun attitude, as I believe that anyone can cook!’