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THE COOKERY SCHOOL

WHERE Weber Grill Academy, Stoke Newington, London (grillacademy.co.uk; locations nationwide)

THE COURSE American Barbecue, £129 for 4 hours

TESTED BY Hugh Thompson

NO SMOKE WITHOUT FIRE Outside at Meat N16
Kai uses a chimney starter
Beef brisket with smoke ring

WHAT IT’S LIKE The Weber Grill Academy runs different courses at various venues across the UK. London has two venues: The Jolly Gardeners pub in Earlsfield, south London; and, north of the river, Meat N16, a butcher’s shop and deli, which I visited. Instructors are trained by Weber in how to operate the barbecues and cook the recipes.

After donning our aprons and meeting our teacher for the day, a dapper butcher called Kai Marsand, we were given a glass of something chilled and started prepping. The various tasks, divvied up among the group of eight or so, included making slaw, removing the tough outer ‘silverskin’ off whole packs of ribs, preparing spicy potato wedges (my task), trimming and coating chicken wings and mixing up barbecue sauce. Kai went round making sure everyone was clear about what they had to do, helping them if need be. Next, as the rain had stopped (classic barbecuing weather), Kai fired up the barbecues…

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Fire up the barbecue, our globetrotting August issue has burger recipes everyone will love and a spicy North African lamb from Berber & Q. Gather hungry friends for our summer menu from Provence, Olia Hercules’ recipes from Georgia and Azerbaijan, and Eleonora Galasso’s casual Italian supper. GBBO stars feature, too, with Martha Collison’s great bakes and Chetna Makan’s Indian street food. Plus, chill out with our no-cook midweek meals and a pull-out special of frozen desserts.
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