When it comes to food, London has to be one of the most innovative cities in the world. And Jennifer Yong is a great illustration of this.
She quit a career in finance to open Jenius Social, located on the ground floor of a modern development of flats off the Holloway Road in Islington. It runs cookery classes, master classes in subjects such as game, fish, cheese, or baking, corporate team building events, and supper clubs.
I took a brilliant class in making tapas with Andrew Clements, one of the success stories of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant. Andrew has also worked in Rick Stein’s seafood restaurant in Padstow and at a five star hotel in Barcelona.
Jennifer, who was born in Singapore, but grew up in Australia, moving to London 10 years ago, is passionate about food and how it can connect people. “I like meeting new people. In London it’s a bit difficult to meet people: you do it at work, or through friends of friends, on line or at a bar. Here we group people so they can socialise and talk through food. It’s not dating it’s just a chance to meet interesting people you’d have never met,” she said.
Jenius Social is a fantastic idea and somewhere where you can learn about cooking without paying the kind of hefty fees many cookery schools in London charge.