Functional Fridays with Kombucha Kev and Kirsty Brown Cookery

Unlock your inner foodie and join us for our monthly Functional Friday with Kombucha Kev and Kirsty Brown Cookery.

It's 3 hours of Kimchi Making, Kombucha Tasting, Korean Food Eating Fun.

Transforming your gut health and living a healthier lifestyle shouldn't be as enjoyable as this.

Learn how to make Kimchi the traditional way, taste 8 different Kombuchas and take any bottle home with you, and then sit down for an awesome 2 course Korean meal you can easily replicate at home.

You'll also learn about the 4Ks of Fermented food and why it's important to have one of the following as part of your daily diet:

  • Kombucha
  • Kimchi
  • Kefir
  • Kraut

If you've been listening to the Tim Spector podcast then you'll know what this means.  If you haven't been listening to it, it's essential listening if you want to improve your overall health. 

This is something completely different to do on a Friday night.

So fly solo, or round up the gang for a Functional Friday of fun.

Your night of Korean Magic begins at 6pm and ends at 9pm.

Meet your Hosts

With a wealth of experience between them, you're in great hands with Kev and Kirsty when it comes to your Friday night of fun, laughter, and learning.

Kirsty Brown

Kirsty Brown is a freelance, private chef and writer. Currently, the executive chef for an independent nursery chain and forest school, The Railway Children.

Kirsty also runs her own pop-ups, supper clubs, cooking classes and micro-bakery, specialising in sourdough and global cuisine. Kirsty previously owned the acclaimed French-Yorkshire street food van, café and event company, Très Bon Raymond.

Kombucha Kev

Kevin Gillespie is the founder and owner of Functional Drinks Club, a Kombucha and non-alcoholic bottle shop in Otley.

He runs the number one Kombucha Tasting event in Yorkshire and enjoys nothing more than helping people transform their life by improving their gut health.

Passionate about educating people on what a good Kombucha looks like, and it's not what you find on the supermarket shelves or online at Amazon.

Often referred to as the Sober Sommelier, and more recently, the big, jolly Scotsman.

Kirsty & Kev talking about the night

  • Kimchi Cooking Class

    You'll learn to make kimchi to a traditional recipe, either with salted shrimps, or with kelp powder if you're vegan.

    You take home what you make, you just need to bring a jar and apron along.

    Everything else is provided.

    You'll also find out where the best places are to source authentic Korean ingredients while discovering how to make Kirsty's secret crispy fried chicken coating.

  • Kombucha Tasting

    You'll taste 8 different Kombuchas throughout the evening, learn about the 4Ks of fermented food & drink, and take home any bottle of your choice at the end of the evening.

    Most importantly, you'll learn all about what a good kombucha looks like versus what you often find on the supermarket shelves or online on Amazon.

    We'll then finish the evening with a Kombucha as a table wine alternative with the meal.

  • 2 Course Meal

    Korean Fried Chicken with Kimchi or Korean Fried Tofu with Kimchi and steamed rice.

    Gluten free and a chicken or tofu salad available on request.

    And then we'll be finishing the evening off with a Kombucha Blueberry Cheesecake.

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The Health Benefits of Kimchi


It's in the Otley Wesley Hall where there's loads of space and amazing kitchen facilities.

Functional Fridays
Wesley Hall,
65 Walkergate,
LS21 1AG

Directly opposite the Otley Tap House and White Swan Pub, or the best small tap room in Leeds, Shadow Brewing

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