Join Coconut Merchant and Emily Dobbs in the HH&Co Backstage cookery school kitchen this January.  

Emily was the first British chef to popularise Sri Lankan food in London, through her cool and quirky pop-up stall in Druid Street Market (hailed by the Evening Standard as 'utterly fantastic'). She fell in love with Sri Lankan food as a child visiting her uncle who lived there - when the island was in the midst of civil war and her family seemed to be the only tourists. Years later, as a flourishing chef in London, she was determined to bring the food she loved to the city where she lived.

Previously Emily has worked at Spring at Somerset House and Ducksoup in Soho, London.

Sri Lankan food is vibrant, fresh, light and delicious - a lively and colourful combination of spices, flavours and textures. Perfect for sharing and celebrating, now you can recreate it in your own kitchen after a day with Emily.

Emily will guide you through a handful of recipes from her brand new book ‘Weligama’, which is a mix of easy-to-use, innovative recipes inspired by the island. You will then tuck into a Sri-Lankan feast for lunch, all cooked by you and your fellow chefs! Emily uses Coconut Merchant products in her cooking and you will also be treated to a FREE goodie bag from Coconut Merchant full of ingredients for you to use at home.

To top it off Sri Lankan food is naturally healthy, mostly gluten and dairy free due to the heavy use of rice flour and coconut milk, and vegan and non-vegan friendly- suitable for all!  

"As enticing as a soft breeze through Galle and equally delectable, WELIGAMA is spice-scented, evocative and the perfect introduction to Sri Lankan cooking."


"My favourite cookbook of the year!" 


"Emily Dobbs's book Weligama is full of characterful recipes: cucumber curry, gotu kola salad (fresh herbs, grated coconut, onion and anchovies); fresh pickles aplenty and a sticky perfumed celebration sponge known as Love Cake. This is the book of the year for spice fans."


Spice up the start of 2018 and head to the ‘spice-scented’ streets of Sri-Lanka with Emily Dobbs and Coconut Merchant, who have the UK’s largest range of coconut products. With coconuts grown in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines, the flavours are the perfect fit with Emily’ fresh style!


If cooking is your thing, then why not experience what it really is to be in our Guest Chefs’ kitchens, with a day with them at HH&Co Backstage, the cookery school.

Emily will lead a cookery workshop; a combination of demonstration and practical cooking held in our state-of-the-art cookery school kitchen, including lunch.

Tickets - £210 per person, includes lunch, a HH&Co Backstage apron, recipe pack and book.

Times - Saturday 13th January 2018, 9.45am arrival for a 10am start - approx 3pm