We were already pretty excited when this new self-styled literary restaurant opened its doors on the bank of the Nile last month in Zamalek. Upon finding out that Left Bank also hosts a variety of events, we decided to join in one of the activities. Since our singing voices aren’t up to scratch, we decided to pass on the open mic night. We considered going to the floral design and the still life course but our lack of painting qualities kept us back. We did get very excited by the weekly cooking class, however; anything related to food excites us at Cairo 360.
We should mention that cooking has never been our strongest point. Having good taste is one thing but mixing up ingredients and preparing a decent meal is another. So we were a little worried that we would fail miserably in Chef Benoit Laboureux’s class. The cooking classes take place every Tuesday morning between 10AM and 12PM. Yes we know; it’s very early. However, you are going to make yourself nice breakfast by the end of it all. The group at the time of our visit consisted of a few rather enthusiastic women under the guidance of Chef Benoit and his assistant.
The class takes place at the community table which is already prepared before you arrive. When we had our class, tuna salmon rolls and ice cappuccino were on the menu. Don’t expect to learn how to make a four course meal during this class; Chef Benoit picks simple yet impressive starters and desserts. Besides teaching how to make the dishes, he also teaches how to present the bites for your guests and impress them. Chef Benoit takes you through every step of the process and also tells you where to obtain certain vital ingredients, some of which are available in normal supermarkets while a few are more niche but can be found at some well-known specialty shops. The tuna salmon rolls were pretty easy to prepare and the best part of the whole process is of course devouring what you just prepared. We loved our tuna salmon roll and were filled with pride at the fact that we were able to create such a fresh and delicious delicacy. It was very simple to make and should be easy to do at home yourself.
The next step was the ice cappuccino, which proved a bit more difficult. We picked up some handy tips along the way though. For instance; always pour a cup of espresso through your handmade chocolate sauce. It gives your sauce just that extra depth in taste. Also, you can freeze coffee in for a night and then scrape it on top of your dessert or coffee. And last but not least, we finally learned how to roll a pretty-looking ice scoop worthy of any top dessert.
As mentioned, the cooking class takes place every Tuesday morning from 10AM to 12PM and is free of charge. You have to register beforehand at firstname.lastname@example.org . Chef Benoit is a very cool chef who will guide you through each step of the cooking class. We heard that in some classes he also teaches how to make his delicious chocolate truffles. When you go to a class don’t be surprised to find a member of the Cairo 360 team working frantically to keep up with the rest.