On a whim, I decided to sign up for 25 Mushroom Kitchen‘s Copycat Session. This is the session where they do a cooking demo of their version of famous dishes from popular restaurants. I prepaid the workshop fee of P1200 at their venue inside Valle Verde 5, Pasig the day before the workshop. Alternatively, you can also pay via BDO bank deposit. I was told that the workshop starts at 10AM and ends around 3PM.
Come the next day, I got to the venue 5 minutes late and the place was packed already. I managed to find a seat in front and excitedly waited for the workshop to start. 10 minutes passed, 20, 30, 40, 50, and still nothing.
All we got was this recipe handout. (Tip, do bring a pen so you can take notes.) Some of those at the back did not even get any as they did not have enough. The staff, who came late and caused even more delay, had to print more of the handouts so that everyone can have one before the session started.
An hour behind schedule, the session finally started.
The chef, I did not catch her name because she didn’t even bother to introduce herself, started recreating the recipe in front of us. She was generous with helpful cooking tips and advice but was very limited with smiles and warmth. It felt so much like a chore to finish the whole thing.
The helpers/kasambahays who also attended the workshop were asked to help the chef in front.
After each recipe was completed, we were all given a taste of the dish. This was the Beef Shawarma Rice from Halal Guys. In all fairness, yummy!
Here are the finished plated dishes that were recreated:
Halal Guys’ Beef Shawarma Rice
Cyma’s Spinach and Artichoke
Cibo’s Rigatoni Alfonso
Auntie Anne’s Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites
This was already the second batch, which explains the not so appealing look. I was busy helping with the dough that I was not able to take a photo of the first batch. It was gone in an instant!
California Pizza Kitchen’s Original BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad
Conti’s Baked Salmon
For a minimal fee of P60, you can also order a simple lunch (it was rice and ground pork menudo that day). I found the sample food filling already though so I did not order any.
What I like about the Workshop
- Variety. In one set, they were able to include different dishes from appetizer to main dish, to snacks, to dessert.
- Accuracy. I haven’t tried all of the dishes from the actual restaurants but those that I have are pretty much the same as the recreated one.
Things to Improve on
- Promptness. I hope they can start on time in the future. I’ve asked others who were not first-timers and they’ve also said that so far, the class never started at 10AM on the dot.
- Friendliness. I truly felt that the chefs were not happy with what they were doing. It felt like they were just doing it to get it over with.
Despite all of these, 25 Mushroom Kitchen’s Copcycat sessions are always a hit. I guess the attendees are more after the recipes and don’t mind the experience. As for me, it’ll be a long while before I attend another one.