Cookery Classes @ Square Olive
“Cooking is not just about ingredients and equipment;
it is a sensual experience for mind, body and soul”
This belief provides the foundation for our inspiring Cookery Classes that give you the opportunity to lose yourself in the sensation that is Italian cuisine.
As a member of a small group you will be taught in the Square Olive kitchen. We will show you step by step how to make perfect pasta and much more. Whether you come on your own or with family or friends, you will soon feel part of a team chatting and cooking as you work together.
We will revile our culinary secrets to ensure that your cooking experience is both practical and fun. Even the most novice at-home chef will gain the confidence to produce delicious Italian fare. For anyone who wants to be able to cook authentic Italian dishes without hassle and fuss, these classes are a must.
Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month (from 3pm. to 4.30pm.)
Maximum 4 people
Costs £75 per head
Please see below an article which went out to press recently:
Ambiance, glamour, and Italian-style hospitality. There are no better words to describe the charm and sophistication of Square Olive Italian Restaurant. Situated in a brilliant location near the river, only a stone throw away from the Hampton Court Palace, is a restaurant with all of the flair of fine dining and the hospitality services of a comfortable family business. Opened in July of 2011, Square Olive Restaurant provides creative Italian cuisine developed by Executive Chef Carmine Ciampoli, with many of the quality food ingredients sourced directly from Italy. From the restaurant’s innovative entrees with porcini mushrooms, truffles and Wild Boar Bresaola, this impressive eatery provides a total Italian experience that will leave diners pleading for more.
The décor and atmosphere of Square Olive is chic and fashionable, adorned with a blend of contemporary furnishings blended superbly with old-world Italian charm. It has become a fashionable hot-spot for tourists and hip local residents for its formality and dedication to Italian cuisine. Square Olive also boasts a modern lounge bar, a place to relax and unwind with friends or business colleagues in a less formal environment for those who appreciate a calmer and less starched atmosphere. Offering a wide variety of alcohol products and innovative Italian-style cocktails, Square Olive has something for everyone.
When I first heard that Square Olive provides cookery classes to the general public, I was very excited to find out more. The restaurant provides quality meal preparation as a means to inspire attendees to savour the Italian experience right in their own kitchens. The reviewer in this article personally attended a cookery lesson with Executive Chef Carmine Ciampoli to experience the Square Olive sensation and learn about Italian-style cuisine from a master.
On arrival, we were greeted by one of the co-owners; Monica Ligi. She said that as she comes from Rome, she is always asked by friends and customers about various typical Roman dishes. Therefore, she thought it would be a good idea to hold cookery classes in the restaurant as the Italian cuisine is one of the most popular culinary with British Public. Her restaurant in Wimbledon holds regular Pizza Club sessions for various companies and local primary schools where children are thought about healthy eating and pizza making skills.
Then; we were introduced to the Executive chef. Carmine first made introduction with the group, identifying the preparations required to produce fresh ravioli. The chef went through, in detail, the recipes, ingredients and measurements required after handing out aprons. The team was ready to make pasta!
After combining the basic ingredients and kneading the dough, Carmine offered two options for filling; an innovative one, Wild Boar, and for the less adventures ones; Spinach and Ricotta. The chef attempted to create an atmosphere of teamwork between all members, making the experience much like that of a family unit with inter-group discussion the focus of the cooking experience. Unanimously, the team decided on Spinach and Ricotta as couples of us were vegetarian and set about the task of filling the dough on the pasta sheets.
The team discovered that in order to create beautiful and eye-catching ravioli, filling should be shaped into a uniform size. Carmine demonstrated the use of a shot glass to shape the dumpling figures by first laying it around the filling without having to cut through the pasta dough – instead shaping the ravioli. Throughout the entire experience of making fresh pasta, the executive chef identified Square Olive tricks of the trade to make the cookery experience more practical and by offering methods to make Italian cooking simple for even the most novice at-home chef. Carmine’s style of presentation and instruction was top-notch and made the group experience both rewarding and satisfying for those who appreciate homemade meals without a great deal of hassle or disorder. To the surprise of most of the class, the process of creating and filling pasta, due to Carmine’s excellent short-cut philosophies, was much easier to manage than expected and thus inspired this reviewer (and others) to inquire about other dishes the executive chef could make simple for even the most novice at-home chef.
The Square Olive cookery class was well worth the small price tag of only £75 and would be a welcome experience for small or larger groups of four. Carmine, despite his effort to create group harmony, served as a formal representative of the entire Square Olive dining experience with the type of flair and panache one would expect from an Italian-cuisine master. Carmine reinforced that cooking is a total mind and body experience, not just about the ingredients and processes involved.
By performing the cooking class within Square Olive, students were able to take in the décor and ambiance that would be expected during a dining or social experience at this fine dining restaurant. It is not often that residents are given a tour of such a remarkable kitchen and given such high-praised attentive service prior to sampling the restaurant’s tempting menu offerings. Simply for the experience of witnessing a professional chef in his most comfortable environment, the kitchen, the cookery class was well worth the time and investment to create stunning Italian pasta dishes.
The Square Olive cooking classes take place every first and third Tuesday of the month and it is highly recommended that all residents in Hampton Court, and even outside of the local area, make time in their busy schedules to attend class and meet Carmine Ciampoli. This executive chef was both inspiring and humorous, creating an atmosphere that was stimulating and enjoyable for not only his excellent teaching prowess, but for his ability to draw in the students and make them feel right at home at Square Olive. After sampling our ravioli dishes we had prepared, every student in the cookery class was in an uproar in a sort of uncontrolled frenzy about trying the many different dishes offered at the restaurant. If not only for the promotional angle of the cookery class as a quality advertisement for Square Olive, the cookery class brought a little of Italy into the hearts and minds of those who attended the seminar.
Square Olive allows experienced and beginner chefs the experience of fine Italian cuisine. Situated across from the luxurious Hampton Court Palace, Square Olive provides both aesthetics and charm in an environment that serves both the casual and formal diners with all of the finesse of a well-constructed business model that exceeds in style and elegance. Square Olive and its proximity to the Hampton Court Palace with a river view allowed all of the cookery class students to become kings and queens for a day and enjoy a bit of Italy with the reward of our own fingertips. Meeting face to face with Carmine Ciampoli should be on the top of every resident’s priority list.
If cooking is not for you, perhaps you should treat yourselves to a feast on Christmas Day at Square Olive and be treated as Kings and Queens.