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Connaught6 Hélène Darroze will be allowing young, would-be chefs the opportunity to access the kitchens of the renowned Connaught to receive the “ultimate masterclass” from the two-Michelin-starred chef.

The “petits gourmands” will be checked into the luxury Mayfair hotel and embark on a step-by-step culinary journey, armed with their very own personalised cooking apron, chef’s hat and wooden spoon to learn how to make a crispy, crumble and profoundly fruity crumble dessert.

Connaught2Originating from the south-west of France, Darroze spent hours watching her grandmother cook and this has inspired her to pass on her knowledge to children, who will be able to learn important skills and discover a new passion.

While tablecloths are ironed, silverware polished, glasses lustred and the kitchen preparing for the anticipation of the first dining guests, children get ready to descend upon the celebrated kitchen and take place at their designated station in which they will be dealing with this summer’s best ingredients to create their crumble.

Pineapples, strawberries, apples, bananas and nectarines are just a few of the ingredients that the children will have to hand when making their crumble, but all of these are fresh and of the highest standard.

Once the hard work is complete “les petit chefs” will be able to rejoin their parents, while the crumble bakes under the watchful eyes of Darroze, who can then enjoy a well-deserved meal.

Connaught3‘Le Petit Chef’ masterclass and dining experience costs £206 for two parents and one child, or £222 for two parents and two children, with this including lunch or dinner for the parents from the à la carte menu and a masterclass for the children with the pastry chef.

The classes are an hour long and take place at 11am (before lunch) or 5:30pm (before dinner).

The combination of Hélène Darroze and the Connaught combines traditional English character and impeccable service with the accredited two Michelin Stars alongside contemporary French cuisine with undeniable quality of produce brought to London’s Mayfair.

Connaught5This allows “le petits” the opportunity to learn in one of the best environments from one of the best female chefs, after achieving Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef award in 2015.

“Le Petit Chef” masterclass is available weekends and weekdays and only to parents and children who are staying at the Connaught and will be valid until spring 2017.

Connaught1Words by Liam Hosking