What you will do
Our popular Patisserie Challenge pitches team against each other in a friendly, bake-off style competition.
Teams need to communicate, problem solve, and work creatively to win, meaning this activity lends itself perfectly to team building days.
After arriving and having some nibbles and a drink, Rachel will demonstrate the techniques that you'll need, such as making your pastry, preparing choux pastry and crème Chantilly or piping and decorating.
In teams, it’s then a race against the clock to prepare some winning patisserie. After presenting your picture-perfect creations to impress the judges you’ll be able to tuck into your freshly baked treats! Options include profiteroles, éclairs, fruit tartlets and macarons.
The classes take place in a lovely teaching kitchen in East Finchley (Northern Line, East Finchley is 15 minutes from Kings Cross) which can fit up to 9 people for the patisserie challenge.
The Patisserie Challenge can take place at any time of day, so this is just a sample order of events and timings: 2pm: Nibbles, drinks, introduction 2.30pm: Rachel’s demonstration 3.00pm: The Challenge begins. Teams have 90 minutes to bake 4.30pm: Judging and prize giving, followed by tea, coffee and Prosecco 5pm: Event ends ￼￼
We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
This is a Flexitime class, which means the teacher can run this class around your schedule.
Time & Location
Select a date and location you want and your teacher will get back to you to confirm their availability.
About your host, Rachel's Kitchen
With a degree in Theology and no culinary ability whatsoever, Rachel’s passion for cooking started while on VSO in Zambia. Having never cooked before, she was forced to learn fast whilst living in a village with no supermarket. So, she started baking her own bread, making granita using lemons from her garden, and searching for recipes wherever she could find them, and the rest, as they say, is history. After graduating in Cuisine and Patisserie from Le Cordon Bleu, Rachel went on to work with some of London’s most inspiring chefs at Galvin Bistro de Luxe in Baker Street, Lanka Patisserie in Primrose Hill, and Divertimenti Cookery School.
In June 2010 Rachel started Rachel’s Kitchen as a way to share her passion for great food using quality ingredients – we only use the best. All eggs are free range, fish is sustainably sourced, meat is usually organic, fruit and vegetables are usually from our friendly local grocer, and all food is sourced and made with love.
Rachel has taught thousands of people the confidence to create delicious dishes in the kitchen. She is a judge for the Great Taste Awards and the Quality Food Awards, was voted runner up ‘Best Cookery School Tutor’ in the UK Cookery School of the Year Award 2012, and was a finalist ‘Best Young Rising Star in the Cookery School Awards 2013 and 2012. Her classes are unique due to the personal, fun and friendly atmosphere created throughout. As the food explosion in London continues to spread, and cookery programmes filling our screens, we think this is an excellent time to teach London how to cook.
With her relaxed approach, fun teaching style and hearty flavours, Rachel’s Kitchen has become the cookery school of choice for both private and corporate clients, and for brushing up on your cooking skills whilst smiling at the same time.
We provide everything - drinks, food, aprons and recipes. We just need to know any allergies or dietary requirements in advance, and participants should wear comfortable shoes and clothes that might get a little messy although we do provide aprons.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.