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Larks Live, a new virtual cookery platform has launched, bringing revered chefs, bakers, wine experts and food and drink producers directly into everyone’s kitchens through live, interactive online classes.

Whether participants are looking to learn basic cookery skills, expand their repertoire of daily family meals, or learn how to recreate showstopping dishes to impress friends and family, they will be able to engage with an interactive, step-by-step class led by an expert.

From the comfort of home, attendees can cook alongside the chef in real time to get the full sensory experience, while asking questions from the expert, just like they would at a cookery school – or they can observe the demonstration and replicate the dish another day. Classes are limited to 12-20 participants so the chef or expert can easily interact with individuals at home during the Zoom session.

Larks Live co-founders, Clodagh Murphy and Charlotte Roach, wanted to find a way of helping the badly hit catering world while also supporting food-lovers at home who were feeling lonely or isolated.

“We wanted to create a cookery platform that would bring a sense of community to people so it wouldn’t be just a functional experience. We’ve brought a fantastic team of experts together with more on the way as new classes are added,” says Clodagh. “The classes are already proving a great success and a huge number of repeat bookings. In fact, the feedback we’ve been getting is so good, with 97 percent of participants saying they will sign up for another class.

“You don’t have to cook along on the day – you can just watch with a glass of wine if you like, but we find that around 80 percent of our participants like to cook along with the chef.

“In that way you can say to someone like chef Tim Maddams: ‘My sauce doesn’t look quite the same as yours.’ Or, ‘I haven’t got that ingredient, can I use something else?’ And Tim will react…”

Tim Maddams, best known for his appearances as a River Cottage Chef, writer, cookery teacher and TV presenter living in Devon, commented:

“I love sharing my passion for food and cooking simple but delicious food with others. Thanks to Larks Live, I was able to continue teaching throughout lockdown. It has been great fun hosting regular live and interactive cook-along sessions with a growing number of fellow foodies, many of which are now regulars on my Friday night Tapas and Tails sessions.”

Most of the classes on the Larks Live website cost between £10 and £15. For further information on Larks Live, please visit Follow @Larks.Live on Facebook and @larkslive on Instagram and Twitter.

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