Tickling Blackburn’s Tastebuds With A Cooking Masterclass!


Here at Kitchen Design Centre, we’re all about matching up style with substance. Our beautiful kitchens are created with the needs of busy couples and families in mind – from intuitive design, to state-of-the-art appliances from big brands like Neff and Quooker, our kitchens are a pleasure to cook in.

Every month, we host a two-hour cooking masterclass at one of our showrooms – the perfect way to demonstrate just how user-friendly our kitchens are. We invite experienced chefs and home economists in to guide local foodies through a wide variety of versatile dishes that can be tried out at home.

March’s Cooking Masterclass…

This month’s masterclass was another runaway success, thanks to the efforts of talented Neff home economist Karen Walker and Neff regional business manager, Derek Paton, who helped make our food-lovers welcome (and hungry!) over the course of the evening.

Will Hustler, one of Kitchen Design Centre’s designers, commented:

“This month’s Cooking Masterclass was a big success – these events are always a great opportunity for keen cooks around the North West to pick up some top tips from the professional chefs from Neff. There’s always a really friendly atmosphere, not to mention plenty of good food to try towards the end of the demonstration!

“Our thanks go not only to our guests for the evening, but to Karen and Derek from Neff, whose efforts made sure the evening went perfectly.”

If you fancy trying out one of the delicious recipes from this month’s Masterclass, you’ll find details for the leek, spinach and goat’s cheese tart at the bottom of the page!

Fancy attending a Kitchen Design Centre Cooking Masterclass?

Our cooking masterclasses are held every month and alternate between our Manchester, Blackburn and Colne showrooms. April’s Masterclass will be taking place at 7pm – 9pm on Thursday, 10th April in Colne. As ever, we’ll have a professional chef hosting the evening, during which you’ll get a chance to get up close and personal with a range of amazing dishes, not to mention our beautiful designer kitchens and Neff appliances.

Attend a Masterclass, and you’ll be in with a chance to win!

If the chance to tickle your taste-buds by attending a cooking masterclass with a talented chef isn’t quite enough to tempt you, remember that everyone who attends a masterclass at our designer kitchen showrooms is entered into a prize draw to win a set of induction pans worth £125.

This month’s winner was the lovely Mrs Stevenson, who got a hug from our kitchen designer, Will Hustler, to go with her fabulous new Neff induction pans!

Neff’s Leek, Spinach and Goat’s Cheese Tart


2 tbsp olive oil
Plain flour, for dusting
225g (8oz) shortcrust pastry
225g (8oz) leeks, thickly sliced
170g (6oz) baby spinach leaves
4 eggs
250ml (1/2 pint) milk
30g (1oz) Pecorino cheese, finely grated
100g (3 ½ oz) goat’s cheese, crumbled
2 tsp finely chopped oregano or thyme leaves


  1. Grease a 23cm (9in) dark metal flan tin, 5cm (2in) deep. On a floured surface, roll out the pastry and use to line the tin. Chill.
  2. Preheat the oven to Bottom Heat 180 degrees C, with the Universal Tray on shelf 1. Heat the oil in a large pan and add the leeks. Cook over a medium high-heat for 10 minutes until soft. Add the spinach, cover, and cook until wilted. Season and mix well, then set aside to cool.
  3. In a jug, lightly whisk the eggs, milk, cheeses and oregano. Season lightly. Spoon the leeks and spinach into the pastry case, then pour over the egg mixture, taking care not to overfill.
  4. Place on the preheated tray and bake for 15 minutes, then turn down the heat to Bottom Heat 160 degrees C and cook for a further 40 minutes until the filling is just set. Delicious with a rocket salad.

(Whilst the contents of this recipe have been developed for use in conjunction with a Neff oven, it is possible to achieve successful results when using different oven brands. Simply follow the recipes and refer to your appliance user manual, as some manufacturers may suggest using higher temperature settings).

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