FOR SERIOUS FOODIES
Whether you’re a kitchen novice or domestic goddess, you’ll find something to whet your appetite while learning tricks of the trade at these fantastic Essex cookery schools and nationwide schools too…
The Mistley Kitchen, Colchester
Beautiful Georgian townhouse. Check. Stunning setting. Check. Idyllic village backdrop. Check. There really is little not to like about The Mistley kitchen workshop. Established in 2001 by American born chef Sherri Singleton, the well designed kitchen has space for up to 12 pupils in each workshop with a regularly updated menu of courses and host demonstrators there’s even a course to help you hone your knife skills. We suggest combining your course with a stay at the Mistley Thorn, an award winning restaurant and hotel… It would be a shame not to, right? Prices start from just £40 per person.
Rick Stein's Cooking School, Cornwall
Whether you’re aiming to master new skills or perhaps try something entirely different, the vast choice on offer at the Stein cookery school means you could choose a different course every week. Seasonal courses and holiday courses for kids are also available with accommodation on-site. Prices start at £70 for an adult half day course, rising to 2K+ for a course with Rick himself.
LEITHS COOKING SCHOOL, LONDON
“Known as the ‘Oxbridge of the food world’, Leiths School of Food and Wine really is the crème-de-la-crème of cooking schools, having trained everyone from Diana Henry to Lorraine Pasquale and Gizzi Erskine since Prue Leith started the school in 1975. The Leiths Diploma attracts serious chefs from around the world. Prices from £95 for one-day class to £685 for a one-week boot camp cooking course, with a three term professional diploma costing £21,905.
RAYMOND BLANC COOKING SCHOOL OXFORDSHIRE
With over 30 years of experience under his belt, head tutor Mark Peregrine is well equipped to teach the range of courses on off er at the stunning Le Manoir aux Quat’saison. There’s something to suit all abilities at this world famous 2* Michelin restaurant; an amazing experience for cooking enthusiasts. Treat yourself to a stay at the hotel for a completely indulgent experience. Courses range from £185 for half day course to £4500 for 4-day residential course.
JO’S BLUE AGA
Run by the super-friendly Jo Wheatley - winner of the Great British Bake-Off 2011 - from her charming home in Magdalen Laver in rural North West Essex. Jo’s courses are run on more of a demonstration basis, although she does also teach the odd hands-on cooking class with anything from six to ten people per class. A range of gourmet treats and refreshments will be provided to keep you nicely topped up. Bring an apron if you’re attending a hands on course, the rest will be provided. Starting from £100 for a full day course. Private classes available on request.
Ann's Smart School of Cookery
Owned by 2009 Masterchef contestant Ann Hood, the Smart School of Cookery offers an intimate setting for up to 20 guests throughout the UK, including Danbury, and Chelmsford. Each course is run by a different specialist chef tutor and includes all food and equipment required. With a huge range of courses on off er, you’ll be able to select from workshops such as Vietnamese cooking, Spanish tapas, sushi, cheese making. Is anyone else’s mouth watering?