Knowledge Recycled: the company where you can learn to cook with a Michelin star chef for £9

The line-up of top chefs includes a former winner of Great British Menu

Updated on 01 September 2020 • Written By Eamonn Crowe

Knowledge Recycled: the company where you can learn to cook with a Michelin star chef for £9

A new online business set up during the UK’s lockdown period is giving budding foodies the chance to learn how to cook with a Michelin star chef as their teacher, for just £9.


If you have been wanting to brush up on your kitchen skills for a while now, but have never had the funds to attend an upmarket cooking class, new business Knowledge Recycled could be exactly what you are looking for. The online cooking school was founded by Julia Kemp, a former marketing consultant who decided to set up the company after moving back to the UK following a stint in San Francisco.

The interactive online classes take place on the video conference app Zoom and admission starts from as little as £9. Top chefs on the billing include Tom Anglesea, the head chef at The Laughing Heart, and Michelin-starred chef Lee Wescott, best known for his time at Penson’s in Worcestershire and a former winner of television cooking competition The Great British Menu.

Other big names making an appearance include top sushi chef Shaun Presland who oversees Pacific in Mayfair, and James Cochran, who runs 12:51 in Islington. Some of the classes are one-offs, while others are part of a series. When you purchase a ticket, you’ll see all of the ingredients and equipment that you’ll need for the class listed online and the participating chefs have made a special effort to ensure that the ingredients they use are commonly available in most supermarkets. If you don’t want to be interactive though, there isn’t any pressure to join in the cook-along, as some participants simply just watch the chefs do their thing.

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