Nicole’s Table – Cookery School

Nicole’s Table, Antigua

I first heard of Nicole’s Table while watching ITV’s recent series with Jamaican chef, Ainsley Harriott. Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen dedicated 2 episodes to Antigua on his culinary tour. It was here that he visited Nicole in a hilltop location and made a rum butter cake at her cookery school. I was very keen to go along on my next visit to Antigua.

Booking the course online is a smooth process via the website for Nicole’s Table. The response is prompt and a deposit is taken by bank card.

There are several cookery courses to choose from. Each one starts at 11am and finishes around 3pm …

  • Cooking with rum
  • All about jerk
  • Curry
  • From the sea

My Experience

The Fish Cookery Class – ‘From the Sea’.

Nicole welcomes guests on arrival and serves fresh juice on her verandha while waiting for other guests to arrival. The far reaching views are stunning.

Views from the verandah at Nicole's Table

It is a pleasure to be somewhere with such warm and welcoming people. Everyone chats together and gets to know one other. As we chop, mix and stir, home made, old fashioned rum punch is served and enjoyed by all.

During the hands on cookery class we made included crisp green plantain chips. These are fried in oil and lightly salted.

Plaintain chips
Plaintain chips

The chips are particularly good when topped with this flavourful pineapple salsa…

Pineapple slaw made at Nicole's Table
Pineapple salsa

We learnt how to make wanton cups from ripened plantain …

In the process of making the wanton cups
Wanton cups made from ripe plantain

and later filled them with spicy prawns…

Spicy prawns in wanton cups
Wanton cups filled with avocado and spicy prawns

Rum Tasting

Rums we tasted

While the salmon cooks, Adam, Nicole’s husband, educates us with an optional, short rum tasting class. This is lots of fun and extremely interesting. I highly recommend it. A selection of French, Spanish and English rums are tasted. Some are smooth and easy on the palate, others burn as they go down. One of the rums, their local English Harbour Port Cask Finish Rum, is paired with dark chocolate and complements it beautifully.

Rum tasting at Nicole's Table
Rum tasting

The Blackened Salmon

Blackened salmon we made at Nicole's Table
Blackened salmon

Spicy Slaw

Spicy slaw made at Nicole's Table
Spicy slaw

Once all the dishes have been cooked the food is served outside. All guests dine together, enjoying all the flavourful food created during the day. The meal ends with a very alcoholic rum tiramisu!

Enjoying the food we made at Nicole's Table

On leaving the course, a recipe book is provided, including all the dishes made that day.

The Studio

Studio apartment for rent

Beyond the verandah of Nicole and Adam’s home, steps lead down to a studio. This is available for rent as bed and breakfast accommodation. This peaceful location with far reaching views, is an ideal place to stay as a single person or a couple. You may wish to stay for a night or two, maybe longer. Be sure to sign up to a couple of the highly recommended cookery courses while you are here.

Full details of the studio…

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