A Food Tour with Chef Liam Barker and AirBnB

AirBnB has launched their city experiences to allow visitors and residents of cities around the world, including ones staying in accommodation booked via them, to go on adventures together to get to know their host city better.

Image courtesy of: Chef Liam Barker

Liam is a chef by background, and has many years experience in the kitchens of some of London and the UK’s best restaurants and hotels. This in-depth understanding of food and his passion to share his knowledge comes across during the tour through his warm persona and ‘get involved and I will show you’ method of teaching.

Image courtesy of: Chef Liam Barker

We were invited on a soft launch of his new North London cooking experience – a foodie tour around his favourite shops to get provisions of some of North London’s best ingredients before cooking up a storm and settling down to enjoying dinner together. We met up in Camden Passage, just down the street from Angel station, outside Moxtons fishmongers. Liam explained about the different types of fish on display and how to tell that fish are fresh.


We then walked a short distance to master chocolatier Paul A Young so we could get a small giftbox selection of chocolates each for our sweet treats at the end of the meal.


Next we went to Mrs’ Lovells green grocers where we picked up our fruit and veg we needed, including an unusual ingredient – smoked garlic. This has quite an intense aroma (could smell it in the taxi!) and was fun to try and locate in the green grocers.


Finally, we made a pit-stop at Highbury Vinters wine shop to pick up essential wine supplies that would complement the meal we were cooking.


Liam had an Uber people carrier on standby to ferry us from one location to another, when it was too far to walk – you need to save some energy for cooking right?

We were finally whisked to a terraced house that has a café by day and which has a small kitchen and eclectic dining room where Liam hosts the cookery masterclass aspects of his food tour. Before starting cooking, we cracked open a bottle of wine and had a competition to see who could pick out the notes of the wine – a hint: no wrong answers!


We put our sea bass to bed encased in a cave of a mixture of 1kg of Maldon sea salt and whipped egg white.


Before the oven treatment:


And here he is in all his baked glory the sea bass ladies and gentlemen!



– with a golden brown coloured salt crust:

Images courtesy of: Chef Liam Barker and Connie Consumes

When Liam produced the blowtorch to blowtorch the butterflied prawns, it brought back memories of my childhood having fun cooking by fire, including making chapattis puff up directly on the hob and toasting marshmallows.

We made some Beetroot, horseradish and mayonnaise toasts for starters.


So you know that delights you are in for, the menu we enjoyed on the night included:


Beetroot, horseradish and mayonnaise toasts


Blowtorched blackened tiger prawns


Salt crust baked sea bass


New Potatoes with dill


Citrus leaf salad


Braised cos lettuce


Accompanying selection of wines specially chosen by Chef Liam


Here is the finished dish – what a colourful plate of food:



What are you waiting for – head over to AirB&B’s site and book Chef Liam’s awesome North London food tour for an unforgettable experience lasting about 4-5hours, and learn to make some beautiful British dishes in an evening of cookery in Islington!


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Great also meeting fellow foodie friend and blogger Connie and her partner.

About goantolondon

International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from: http://www.royalorienttrain.com/goa/goa-history.html
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