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Try a cook-along with friends!

01 December 2015

Fancy a change from traditional hosting? We visited Jerzy and Anna, who often invite friends for a different kind of gathering, with each guest bringing ingredients to make a meal together. ‘In our kitchen, several people can cook at once,’ says Jerzy. ‘Between us, we share the effort, cost and fun.’

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A creative way to cook

Invite each person to bring their own spices, ideas and skills – so the end result will be an interesting mix of everyone. 

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Self-serve set up

Before guests arrive, get your cooking equipment and dinnerware ready so everyone can find what they need and help themselves.

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No-fuss food

Go for a buffet-style table. Each person contributes one part, and the combined result is tasty and exciting.

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Watch the video: See how Jerzy and Anna cook up fun with their friends in their IKEA kitchen.

‘We love cooking as a group. Sharing food with our friends is a joy, but the real treat is spending time together’ 

Jerzy, architect, PoznaƄ

Made by

Photography: Dan Duchars
Styling: Emily Henson