We here at School of Wok were all closing watching Gok Wan's new Channel 4 cookery show, Gok Cooks Chinese, on Monday night and we weren't alone, with a total of 1.3 million viewers across the UK tuning in. Ahead of the first show, a few in the press were a bit sceptical about whether this loveable fashionista could even handle a wok, but Gok proved them wrong, showing that he really knew his stuff when it comes to Chinese food!
With the help of ‘Poppa Wan' (his dad John), Gok guided us through the simple basics of Chinese cooking, from the ‘holy trinity' of ingredients - garlic, ginger and spring onion - to his "love basket" of essential condiments and what to look when buying a wok.
However, his trip to Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant Hakkasan in London was truly amazing, showing the head chef cook a mouth-watering beef and black bean dish that took just one minute and 41 seconds from wok to plate. It just goes to show how quick and simple even the best Chinese cooking can be!
Gok himself whipped up some tasty dishes including beef in fragrant black bean sauce - cooked in a slower but still pretty impressive three and half minutes - spicy prawns with cashew nuts and the perfect fried rice. We're looking forward to what he's got in store next week.
If Gok's sparked in you a passion for Chinese food or an enthusiasm to learn more about Eastern cuisine, why not book yourself in for a lesson at the cookery school. Whether you're completely new to Chinese cooking, looking to brush up on your skills, or just wanting to experience our fun and exciting lessons first hand, we offer a range of classes available to suit your needs.
Our ‘Quick Fire Wok ‘ sessions are action-packed one-hour classes in which our specialised chefs will guide you through the ins and the outs of using and handling a wok, while our three-hour ‘Understanding the Wok' lessons are intensive courses designed to teach you more in-depth tips and techniques that will have you cooking up delicious meals so quick that you could even give Gok a run for his money!
To see when these and a variety of other classes are on, click the calendar for more details. Remember, our new cookery school opens its doors on 28th May..........not long to go!!!