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Issue 112 - Gentlemen only

Whisky Magazine Issue 112
June 2013

 

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Gentlemen only

Whisky chef Martine Nouet watches from the sidelines at a cookery school

Afew months ago, as I was surfing the internet, doing research on cookery schools in Scotland, one link attracted my attention, The Edinburgh School of Food and Wine (www.esfw.com).

Among the eclectic and mouthwatering themes listed on the programme, there was a one day class called the Glenfiddich Gourmet Cookery School. Even more surprising, it came with the mention “for men”. This is what I call a “Golf” offer: Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden.

A cooking class including a whisky tasting exclusively for men. This was “truly irresistible”, as my local supermarket says to advertise its exclusive range of products. I had to go and see. I was kindly welcome to watch the class in action but it was clear that I would not be given an apron. No problem, I'll come with a pen, a notepad and a camera, I said.

“Don't see any chauvinist intention in that,” chef Steve Brown explained when I arrived. “We also run a Champagne cooking class for Ladies only. All our other classes are mixed of course. But we think the atmosphere is different when we run one gender classes”.

I felt intimidated at first to be introduced to the 16 lads' gathering (The 16 men of ESFW!) but my presence was soon forgotten as they had a serious programme to fulfill: prepare a three course meal in two and a half hours and then enjoy their creations.

All were impatient to be confronted with the spatula and the carving knife. Knowing that Scotland was playing against Wales at Murrayfield that af...

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