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Published on May 21st, 2014 | by Gavin


BBQ Masterclass @ Jumeirah Lowndes, Belgravia

After last weekend’s smoking hot temperatures and the upcoming bank holiday, I’m sure barbeques are on everyone’s minds at the moment.  However, us Brits don’t often get enough practise at perfecting our BBQ technique, which often leads to sausages burnt to a crisp, leather-like steak, and undercooked chicken.  But never fear, the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel is here to spare your blushes by running a series of masterclasses with Executive Chef Martin Gabler.

You are in safe hands with Martin, with a C.V. that includes finishing second in the British BBQ Championships 2012 and he hails from barbeque capital of the world, South Africa, he knows his stuff.  The class takes place on The Terrace, a purpose built ground floor summer space at the back of the hotel where residents and the public can enjoy al fresco dining at its best.

The Terrace Jumeirah Lowndes

The class begins with an introduction to today’s menu.  The mention of rib eye steak, chicken skewers, tiger prawns, burgers, and warm sticky apple pudding is sweet music to my ears as I am starving.  First up, we learn how to make basic pizza bread, a staple of any good barbeque occasion.  The dough is made with strong flour, yeast, and rosemary, with Martin warning us to baste with plenty of olive oil to prevent it burning on the open flame.  They are then placed directly on to the grill to form a deliciously light and fluffy pre meal snack.

Pizza Bread

My main issue with barbeques is that guests are often left waiting hours while each dish is cooked, and we’re told that good prep is key- it may seem obvious but so many of us often take this step for granted!  With this in mind, Martin produces a huge 800g steak and begins seasoning it up to go on the fire.  As this will take the longest to cook (approx 45 minutes), this is the first meat to be plonked on the middle of the barbeque and is covered to enhance the smokiness.  Instead of trusting the minute system to determine how well cooked your meat is, Martin swears by a temperature probe; which also guarantees meat is safe to eat.

Ribeye Steak

Next up it’s my favourite dish of the afternoon, some rather impressive tiger prawns; which taste even better than they look.  They take only 8 minutes to cook on the grill and good job too, as I couldn’t wait to wolf down the flavoursome shellfish.

Jumeirah Lowndes

Grilled Tiger Prawns

The finale to the masterclass is the chance to make our own gourmet hamburgers.  With mustard, shallots, chillis and parsley at my disposal; I go a bit crazy with the ingredients.  However in my haste, I made the rookie mistake of forgetting the salt, so my burger was a bit disappointing and I looked on enviously at my fellow diners with their perfectly seasoned patties.

My Burger

Having picked up so many useful tips and tricks; I left the Terrace with a new found confidence in my own barbequing abilities.  £38 may seem quite steep, but given how much food we sampled, as well as a cookery class from one of the best in the business, it’s well worth booking up if your summer planner is filled with al fresco dinner dates.

Classes will run every Saturday from 24th May to 14th June and begin at 10:30am.  For £38 guests receive nibbles throughout the class, a main dish, dessert and a drink on arrival.  To book your place email JLH.LBK@jumeirah.com or call 0207 858 7223.


The Terrace at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel, 21 Lowndes St, SW1X 9ES

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Born and raised in Croydon, South London, Gavin is a lover of cocktails, a passionate foodie, and a self-proclaimed ‘dancing god’. A (relatively) normal guy that decided to start blogging about his experiences around the city he loves.

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