Now have done about 3 divans with cooking lessons and what they say about 'always learning' and 'you can't please all of the people all of the time' is true! Guess that is why they are cliches. Anyway one good suggestion/lesson is that I shall arrive with a copy of the recipes for everyone. That way people who do want them can take notes, ask questions and write answers right beside the recipe. Another thought to cut on the total amount of time involved in the cooking would be to cook fewer dishes and have more participation rather than demonstration.

Please  feel free to weigh in on this because I have had a wide spectrum of responses to this....some way to achieve this without having to take an adult group to task and reverting to a schoolroom atmosphere, specially when they seem to be enjoying each others' company and having a good time.