With the exception of our Beginners cookery course which is suitable for people with little or no skills, all our cookery courses are designed for enthusiastic amateurs and those who want to learn about good family cooking.
We define an enthusiastic amateur as someone who cooks regularly at home, who loves food and cooking but who may not necessarily have ever been taught formally.
Willingness to learn is far more important than any particular skill – we teach you everything from scratch, from how to chop an onion to how to bake bread (for example). We will never ask you to go away and make a hollandaise without showing you how to do it first!
How do I know if I’m a Beginner?
It’s very difficult to gauge skill level over the phone and therefore we have to trust in our students judgement of their own abilities.
It’s all about what you feel comfortable with. Our Beginners cookery courses run at a gentle pace and start with a basic level of tuition and we build upon that.
Confidence level is important – we want you to feel encouraged and inspired, not out of your depth. If you are less confident in the kitchen then perhaps try a Beginners course first.
We have yet to have a student leave us feeling that they had learned nothing – 99% of our feedback is overwhelmingly positive. Our courses balance classical and contemporary styles and our tutors are always learning new skills and techniques to pass on. We also have a number of specialist and nutritionally based courses such as Thai, and Gluten Free that are full of new ideas and new techniques.