Review: Copycat Class at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen

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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. 

Review: Copycat Class at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen

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.

Review: Copycat Class at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen

An hour behind schedule, the session finally started. 

Review: Copycat Class at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen

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.  

Review: Copycat Class at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen

The helpers/kasambahays who also attended the workshop were asked to help the chef in front.

Review: Copycat Class at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen

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! 

Review: Copycat Class at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen

Here are the finished plated dishes that were recreated:

Halal Guys’ Beef Shawarma Rice

Review: Copycat Class at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen

Cyma’s Spinach and Artichoke

Review: Copycat Class at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen

Cibo’s Rigatoni Alfonso

Review: Copycat Class at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen

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! 

Review: Copycat Class at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen

California Pizza Kitchen’s Original BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad

Review: Copycat Class at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen

Conti’s Baked Salmon

Review: Copycat Class at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen

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. 

30 thoughts on “Review: Copycat Class at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen

  1. awww…I like your open-mindedness and optimism despite the setback sis. I just hope that they improve on their faults next time- their recipes look yummy!

  2. I also am surprised that your teacher wasn’t smiling. I think that teacher-student relationship is also part of the experience. Ang pangit naman na parang napipilitan lang sila…

  3. Promptness is a very important factor for a successful event. Friendliness and the ability to connect to the audience is a sign of a good trainor. In this aspect, a chef. Sana mabasa nila ang review mo.

  4. Based on your photo, the chef indeed looks like she needs a PR workshop. Cooking/culinary lessons should be fun and relaxing. They should also really work on their promptness.

  5. This is the first time I’m hearing about this kind of workshop. I’d especially love to learn how to make Conti’s Baked Salmon. It’s my fave !:) I hope they improve on the promptness and friendliness factors though. It’s weird how the chef didn’t even introduce herself.

  6. As much as I want to say that you did learn and that’s what you paid for, the experience itself, were it to be more positive, would have aided in facilitating better learning. Unfortunately that was not the case. Yes, when it comes a chore, service becomes compromised.

  7. My oh my! Late for 1 hour and no smile from the Chef? To think that there was a fee to attend this workshop? Not a good thing at all. Bright side, the food looks delish.. I hope they improve on their faults.

  8. First impressions really affect us. It’s a good thing that they taught so many recipes and you were able to enjoy it somehow. 😀

  9. Should i have known this, will likewise attend as I cook for my boys and though they do not complain, i would want to prepare something new and appealing. Love everything except for the Contis Baked Salmon. Ihihi.

  10. Nafeel ko yung frustration and disappointment mo sa delay at sa chef. Parang mas masarap matuto lalo na about food pag masaya din ang nagtuturo. I can imagine if I were there na I’d step out of the venue immediately after the workshop. Sayang mukha pa naman masarap ang food and in fairness and galing ng concept nila!

  11. Hi Cheryl,
    Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m Sari Jorge the owner of 25 Mushrooms Kitchen and I read your blog review on our Copycat 5 cooking class.
    I’m truly sorry to hear that you had a bad experience. Unfortunately, that was the day when we had a problem with our secretary Cleo coming in late. Because of this she wasn’t able to print our recipes on time. When I arrived at the school, I was very upset upon learning this because I know how this can cause much inconvenience to our students. Chef Monet and I were caught in a very embarrassing situation that we forgot to introduce ourselves. We were trying to focus on teaching the recipes very well to make sure that the class does not end too late and cause more inconvenience to everyone. All these may not have been fun to experience especially for a first timer like you. Again, I apologize for this. I hope we could have been in a
    better mood that day and got to meet you personally 🙂

    We at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen of course wanted you to have. Please feel free to call or text me personally at 09178272525 if there is a class that you’re interested in. We would love to have you over again.

    warmest regards,
    Sari Jorge
    25 Mushrooms Kitchen

    1. Hi Sari,
      Thank you for reaching out. I would love to meet you and experience your teaching under more favorable circumstances.
      Thank you also for the offer. I will check it out and get in touch.
      Best Regards,
      Cheryl

  12. Hi Cheryl,

    Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m Sari Jorge the owner of 25 Mushrooms Kitchen and I read your blog review on our Copycat 5 cooking class.
    I’m truly sorry to hear that you had a bad experience. Unfortunately, that was the day when we had a problem with our secretary Cleo coming in late. Because of this she wasn’t able to print our recipes on time. When I arrived at the school, I was very upset upon learning this because I know how this can cause much inconvenience to our students. Chef Monet and I were caught in a very embarrassing situation that we forgot to introduce ourselves. We were trying to focus on teaching the recipes very well to make sure that the class does not end too late and cause more inconvenience to everyone. All these may not have been fun to experience especially for a first timer like you. Again, I apologize for this. I hope we could have been in a better mood that day and got to meet you personally 🙂

    We at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen of course wanted you to have a good time.
    Please feel free to call or text me personally at 09178272525 if there is a class that you’re interested in. We would love to have you over again.

    warmest regards,
    Sari Jorge
    25 Mushrooms Kitchen

  13. I’d love to attend this. But I hope they should improve their customer service. Well, you paid enough and did your part to attend on time. I hope they will too.

  14. Awww, service is the deciding factor for anything, at least for me. But I thought there could be a problem behind the scenes; thus, the harried actions. But kudos to 25 Mushrooms for the personal message and apology! ^_^

  15. It so much puts me off when the people in charge are not friendly.
    However, it seems they have apologized to you in the comments section.
    The food looks tempting though

  16. It sucks that you have to wait that long for something like this to start. And the fact that they didn’t have enough recipes and pens is also very annoying. The attitude of the sheff had just made it all alot worse.
    I saw that the owner of this place has respond with an apologetic answer. I think you deserve a free course for that experience 😉

  17. I didn’t know there is such a thing as a copycat cooking class, I think it’d be really interesting to attend one. If you can replicate those delicious dishes from the famous restos that’d be so great. So weird that the chef didn’t even introduce herself. I wouldn’t have enjoyed the class too if the chef is not friendly.

  18. I have been longing to attend events like this! Especially from a person who sucks in the kitchen, this type of workshop is helpful! I would really learn a lot from this! Oh, and by the way, I love eating so attending these kinds of workshop would make me hungry, too! 🙂

  19. It’s really always sad to see people not being happy with what they’re doing at work. Too bad because you spend so much time there. Great review and overall good experience 🙂

  20. I like copying recipes from restaurants! For P1200, it’s a good deal na. Sadly, medyo may glitches. But good thing the owner acknowledged your review. 🙂

  21. I love the Spinach and Artichoke dip :)) In other news, the chef doesn’t look very happy nga :)) Sayang. It would’ve been a great, engaging class, but at least the food looks great.

  22. This sounds like it would have been a rock star session except for those 2 things. I’m interested to attend this now if I can recreate these meals!

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