What is it like to cook with Rachel Khoo?

How often can you get private cooking lessons from a celebrity chef? At a fun-filled cooking Masterclass on 18 Nov, the sweet and bubbly Rachel Khoo taught us how to whip up two of her favourite recipes.

(Photo: BBC Worldwide)

Born in England to a Malaysian father and an Austrian mother, Khoo is a renowned chef, writer and broadcaster. She was in town to promote her new BBC series, “Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook: Cosmopolitan Cook”.

In this show, Khoo travels to Europe and immerses herself in different cultures and cuisines. Venturing out from her home in London, she uncovers a world of culinary inspirations in cosmopolitan destinations. After her travels in each episode, Khoo returns home and creates a dish inspired by her trip.

Weekender attended her cooking Masterclass, and gained a few tricks of the kitchen from her!

The Best Ingredients are…

More butter is better

First up, Khoo shared with us her preferences for food, and we were pleasantly surprised.

She loves anything with lots of butter. In fact, her motto is: “More butter is better”. We agree – everything automatically tastes better with butter.

Khoo also chooses red wine vinegar over balsamic vinegar for salad dressing. Why? She explains that she likes her vinegar “with a bit of attitude”. Balsamic is too sweet for this feisty chef!

Big Cook-out

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The baked cheese cigar goes perfectly well with the greens

During her Masterclass, Khoo introduced her savoury baked cheese cigars with green papaya, cucumber and radish slaw. We quickly mastered the dish from scratch, thanks to her guidance.

The thin filo sheet was generously buttered and stuffed with gooey mozzarella and feta cheese before going into the oven. Mine turned out looking just like Rachel’s – dashing, if I may say so myself!

These crispy buttery cheesy rolls were well-complemented with the refreshing salad, which kept us going back for more. This recipe is definitely going into my party staples.

Want to learn easy and delicious recipes by Rachel Khoo? Catch her latest cooking show on BBC Lifestyle!

By Alison Chu

Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook: Cosmopolitan Cook airs exclusively in Asia, every Tuesday at 8.00pm on BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432)