In our busy lives, food often becomes mere fuel, leaving us feeling empty and disconnected from our bodies. We can end up feeling run-down and unable to make an impact in the world. In our classes we offer an alternative approach to food that prioritises nourishment and connection.

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Wholefood cooking classes with Concord Institute

We are delighted to introduce our “Heart in a Pot” class series. Join us in our welcoming kitchen where our wholefood teachers will inspire you to make delicious dishes that feed your body and heart and connect you to the Earth.

These dishes will take under an hour to make, in just one pot, with a few simple ingredients that you can adapt and customise at home. You will also learn the fundamentals of wholefood home cooking – the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of combining ingredients as well as methods and cooking styles. You can apply this knowledge beyond the recipes from the class.

“Heart in a Pot” is a series of 6 interactive classes, taking place on Monday evenings, 7 – 9 pm at Concord Institute in Finsbury Park. Numbers are limited to ensure full attention for all students.

The cost is £260 for the entire series of 6 classes, or £50 for a single drop-in session.


If you would like to find out more about this cooking series, please contact Sarah Williams on or 07919 888437.


Heart in a Pot runs throughout the year. Here is a list of the series:

Heart in a Pot: Winter
08th, 15th, 22nd, 29th Jan / 05th, 12th February 2024

Heart in a Pot: Early Spring
04th, 11th, 18th, 25th March / 01st, 08th April 2024

Heart in a Pot: Spring
06th, 13th, 30th, 27th May / 03rd, 10th June 2024

Heart in a Pot: July
01st, 08th, 15th, 22nd, 29th July / 05th August 2024


If you have any allergies or dietary requirements (e.g. Vegan or Gluten Free), please let us know upon booking. We can adapt all of our dishes to accommodate your requirements.


Date: 13th November, 7pm – 9pm

Autumnal Risotto with Brown Rice

In this class, you will learn the basics of making a good risotto using whole-grain brown rice – from choosing which rice to use, and which vegetables to combine with it to create endless seasonal variations.

Facilitator: Nicholas Allan


Date: 20th November, 7pm – 9pm 

Soup of Ancient Grains, Beans and Vegetables

A rich and hearty soup of einkorn, white beans, and autumnal vegetables elevated with preserved tomatoes, seasonal greens, and herbs.

In this class, you will learn about a variety of ancient grains such as farro, emmer, einkorn, and spelt.

Facilitator: Nicholas Allan


Date: 27th November | 7pm – 9pm

Whole-Grain Pasta with Mushrooms & Pumpkins

A seasonal and wholefoods take on a classic pasta dinner, using autumn mushrooms, pumpkins and herbs.

We will be using wholegrain pasta, and there will also be a gluten-free option.

Facilitator: Nicholas Allan


Date: 4th December, 7pm – 9pm 

Rich Puy Lentil Soup

A highly versatile soup made with French puy lentils that can be easily adapted to use beans or different types of lentils. It can also be adjusted to be more ‘soupy’ or ‘stewy’ in accordance with the seasons or your preference.

Simple, delicious and deeply warming.

Facilitator: Blandine Bardeau

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upcoming dates:

Monday Classes | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

13th November – Autumnal Risotto with Brown Rice
20th November – Soup of Ancient Grains, Beans & Veg
27th November – Special Pasta with Mushrooms & Pumpkin

04th December – Rich Puy Lentil Soup

Heart in a Pot: Autumn – Winter participant testimonials


"Heart in a Pot helped me in keeping the momentum going after the cooking sessions of the Foundation Course. Chef Nicholas guided us, with knowledge and kindness, through every step of the preparation of a delicious hearty dinner that we then enjoyed all together. An experience that I would definitely recommend!! "

Angelo Tantillo


Participating in the Atelier 1-day cooking course was a beautiful, grounding, nourishing and relationally rich day. Jean was a masterful teacher, weaving in practical cooking tips with fascinating insights into the history and philosophy of organic whole-meal food. I came away feeling light, replenished, inspired, and armed with some new recipes and techniques to try out at home. I can’t recommend it enough.

Rich Devine


I really enjoy these Heart in a Pot classes. It makes cooking healthy meals really accessible. The deep knowledge of food and seasons come through in the teaching. Even if you have made a dish before, there are cooking techniques to learn in every class and often I find myself cooking and experimenting with new variations of vegetables. It's great for beginners or to remind us how to cook wholefoods really well so they taste delicious!

Phillipa James

Heart in a Pot: Autumn – Winter programme details

£50 per drop-in session, or £260 for all 6 sessions.

For drop-ins, please book 3 days in advance.



Location: Concord Institute, Unit 2-4 Thane Works, London, N7 7NU

Price: £260

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