Cooking Class: The Simple Art of the Perfect Cheese Plate with Amaryllis Tsegou

Cooking Class: The Simple Art of the Perfect Cheese Plate with Amaryllis Tsegou


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A nicely put-together cheese plate is perfect for a quiet night for one, as well as to share with loved ones. In this fun workshop, we'll learn all about how to put together a cheese plate, along with a couple of easy recipes for chutney, crackers, and spiced nuts to make it even more special!

A beautiful cheese plate is a celebration on its own! It requires minimum effort, can have an easily adjustable cost, and include flavors and textures which are sure to tick all the boxes: salty and sweet, smooth and crunchy, fruity and earthy. As such, it can be just the thing both for a quiet weeknight or something to look forward to for the weekend. Even though we all can do almost no entertaining right now, we still need something to look forward to, a reason to celebrate simple moments, either on our own or with our household or bubble.

This fun workshop covers everything cheese-plate related: from learning about different cheese varieties and what and how much to include, to presentation and decoration tips, even simple recipes for Apple and Orange Chutney, Red Wine Crackers, and delicious Honey and Rosemary Salty Nuts, all perfect to serve alongside cheese, but also great to have up one’s sleeve for a quick snack or a lovely appetizer.

Led by an expert on recipe development and food photography and styling, Amaryllis Tsegou, this interactive seminar will introduce learners to the simple art of the perfect cheese plate. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation of a simple meal and how it can be a celebration, even in these difficult days we are all experiencing.

Below are the items you’ll want to participate in this class. We will email attendees the full recipe with measurements and instructions prior to the class so that you can pre-measure ingredients before joining.

Red Wine Crackers

  • 40 ml dry red wine 
  • 45ml extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 tsp honey 
  • 100g/1 cup all-purpose/plain flour 
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds 
  • a sprinkle of sea salt flakes  

Honey and Rosemary Salty Nuts

  • 250g/ 1 1/2 c unsalted nuts  
  • 2 tsp hot water  
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes 
  • 1 heaping tsp honey  
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves picked and thinly chopped

Apple and Orange Chutney

  • 750g apples, cored, peeled, and diced 
  • 370g or 1 1/4 cup light muscovado sugar 
  • 250g or 3/4 cups raisins & sultanas (or use just one of the two) 
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped 
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds 
  • 2 tsp ground ginger 
  • Zest from 2 oranges 
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 350ml or 1 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 

Special Equipment:

We don’t list every item you’ll need here (e.g., standard items like knives, bowls, cutting boards). But we do our best to identify items that may not be in every kitchen and alternatives where possible. 

  • Medium-sized bowl, 2 
  • Mixing spoons, 3-4 
  • Parchment paper 
  • Baking sheet, 2 
  • Whisk (optional) 
  • Heavy-based medium-sized pan, 1

Amaryllis Tsegou is from Athens, Greece, but has been based in London since 2006. After completing a PhD in Dance Anthropology, she started her personal blog The Tasty Other, exploring her love of food, fascination with tradition and gatherings, and passion about storytelling through photography. Soon after, she started collaborating with other creatives and brands as a photographer, stylist and recipe developer. Using her background in education, she also organises food and photography workshops for children & adults both in London and abroad. She also regularly hosts supper clubs in Greece and London, preparing food that is inspired by childhood dishes and foods tasted and learned during her travels in Greece and abroad.

Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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Charming and knowledgable host, great recipes and suggestions

This class went by so quickly because it was full of recipes, hints and tips. Amaryllis Tsegou is so creative and encouraging. She keeps in mind budgets which is nice when buying cheeses and other items for a lovely and delicious platter.

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V.B.
Simply delicious!

You'd think there's not that much to learn about cheese platters, and yet, the class is so very worthwhile! The tips about cheeses, how to present them, and what to add... all excellent. The chutney, biscuits and nuts were really delicious and very easy to make. Thank you!

C
C.Z.
Cheese Plate

My second class with this instructor. Great recipes but unorganized, poor camera views, and she just seems not that interested in teaching.

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
67%
(2)
0%
(0)
33%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
B
B.C.
Charming and knowledgable host, great recipes and suggestions

This class went by so quickly because it was full of recipes, hints and tips. Amaryllis Tsegou is so creative and encouraging. She keeps in mind budgets which is nice when buying cheeses and other items for a lovely and delicious platter.

V
V.B.
Simply delicious!

You'd think there's not that much to learn about cheese platters, and yet, the class is so very worthwhile! The tips about cheeses, how to present them, and what to add... all excellent. The chutney, biscuits and nuts were really delicious and very easy to make. Thank you!

C
C.Z.
Cheese Plate

My second class with this instructor. Great recipes but unorganized, poor camera views, and she just seems not that interested in teaching.